Mario Castagnaro, Ph.D.
Director of Evaluation and Scholarship; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Temple University
Originally from New England, Dr. Castagnaro came to Pittsburgh to complete his Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been teaching writing at the collegiate level for nearly twenty years. Joining the Allegheny Health Network in 2012, Dr. Castagnaro is responsible for facilitating, enhancing, and tracking research and scholarly activities among the program’s residents and faculty, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the evaluation system for residents and faculty, and designing and implementing tools and systems to enhance feedback and evaluation. In addition, he co-directs the resident mentoring program, collaborates with IM faculty on educational workshops and presentations at key National Meetings such as APDIM.
Dr. Castagnaro’s research interests lay in academic medicine, specifically in pedagogy, physician wellness, enhancing scholarship among trainees, grant-seeking, and the use of novel and emerging technologies to enhance learning. Recently, Dr. Castagnaro has been working to incorporate Narrative Medicine into the residency program and medical student clerkship as both a way to enhance empathy, sharpen listening, observational, and writing skills, and as a tool for promoting physician wellness.
Emily Chambers, DO
Program Director, Osteopathic Recognition; Core Faculty
Joan Devine, MD
Internal Medicine Practitioner; Assistant Professor, Temple University
Dr. Devine is a board certified internist and primary care physician. A native of Pittsburgh, she trained initially in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh and completed her residency in Philadelphia at Pennsylvania Hospital. She stayed on there working as director of the outpatient residency clinic and employee health as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. From there she transferred to the teaching program for the Department of Medicine at Allegheny Hospital and had a broad area of interests and involvement in the teaching program for the Medical College of Pennsylvania MCP. After seven years, she was board certified in Geriatric Medicine and joined a mixed practice of General and Geriatric medicine where she practiced for about 20 years before returning to the AGH teaching faculty. Since returning to the AGH Internal Medicine practice, she has been a preceptor for residents in the outpatient clinic and on rounds. She has presented at APDIM concerning feedback methods and social media for chief residents and has participated in resident evaluation and recruitment. Dr. Devine along with developing a chief resident boot camp, working with resident remediation, initiating a faculty development program and advocating for cost conscious outpatient treatment. Most recently she has also been involved in developing faculty modules for research mentoring for residents and growing the faculty development program and has served as a judge for resident research day at AGH and at the regional ACP meeting.
Dr. Devine’s academic interests include teaching and practicing primary care, optimal educational/teaching methods, and chief resident preparation for their role in the department, faculty education and new program development in the Department of Medicine. She has presented during a review of internal medicine literature for Grand Rounds and developed a feedback update for faculty education as well as participated in a debate concerning the pros and cons of the use of medical marijuana and the use of social media in residency. She has received awards from the ACP for outpatient supervision of residents.
Molly Ainsman Fisher, MD, MS
Core Teaching Faculty
Dr. Fisher is a board certified internist with a fellowship certification in women’s health. After completing medical school at the University of Colorado, she moved home to Pittsburgh for her residency training and a chief resident year at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She then participated in a general internal medicine and women’s health fellowship through the VA. As part of her fellowship, she earned a masters in medical education from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Fisher is now a core faculty member and the Director of Women’s Health of the Medicine Institute. Dr. Fisher sees outpatients at the AGH Internal Medicine Clinic in the Women’s Health and Gender Medicine Primary Care Clinic, precepts students in the AGHIM outpatient clinic, and serves as a teaching attending at Allegheny General Hospital.
Dr. Fisher’s academic interests include women’s health, caring for transgender and gender nonconforming persons, health policy, curriculum development, and mentoring learners at all stages.
Director of Quality and Safety; Core Teaching Faculty
Dr. Gadani is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Allegheny Health Network where she also served as a chief resident with an emphasis on patient safety and quality improvement. She has since joined the faculty as the Director of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement where she facilitates monthly Medicine Institute Morbidity and Mortality conferences, quality improvement lecture series and oversees the curriculum for internal medicine resident’s rotation in patient safety and quality improvement. Dr. Gadani also sees outpatients where she serves as a resident clinic preceptor and as an inpatient teaching attending at West Penn Hospital.
Dr. Gadani’s academic interest includes improving the quality of care we provide our patients and implementing methodology to deliver safe care and efficient patient care. She enjoys mentoring residents in Quality Improvement projects in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. She also has a burgeoning interest in the field of women’s health and preventive medicine.
Abirami Janakiraman, MD, MPH
Core Teaching Faculty
Dr. Janakiraman is a board certified internist and primary care physician. Prior to her residency training, she obtained her Master's Degree in Public health and worked for the state of California implementing health care programs focused on women and children's health. She returned to western Pennsylvania to pursue her residency training at Allegheny General Hospital. Upon completion of her training, she joined the Medicine Institute as Core Faculty. Dr. Janakiraman has presented several times at the national conference for Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine on topics in program development in residency training. She currently serves as co-director of the High Value Care Curriculum (HVCC). HVCC focuses on implementing changes in the practice of clinical medicine at the residency training level to promote system wide changes that translate into cost effectiveness and clinically appropriate care. She is also Director of Career Planning Series for the Medicine Institute and its subspecialties. Dr. Janakiraman sees outpatients at Pittsburgh General Medicine Associates as well as at the Center for Perioperative Medicine. She serves as a teaching attending at the Allegheny Health Network for both the Medicine Institute and Department of Orthopedics.
Dr. Janakiraman’s academic interests include utilizing evidence based medicine to drive clinically appropriate and cost effective high value care in the inpatient and outpatient setting, perioperative medicine and improving physician burnout at the physician training level.
Alexandra Johnston, DO
Core Faculty; Director of Resident Experience
Dr. Johnston is a board certified internist and primary care physician. She sees outpatients and precepts residents at West Penn Medical Associates and serves as a teaching attending at West Penn Hospital. Dr. Johnston is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Erie to pursue her medical education at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Johnston returned to Pittsburgh for her Internal Medicine residency training at Allegheny Health Network and was a member of the Primary Care Track. She served as a Chief Resident with emphasis on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Resident Wellness. She was the winner of the ACP Western Division Professionalism award in 2016 and winner of the Kenneth Mitchum Award for competence and compassion in medicine in 2017.
Dr. Johnston’s academic interests include primary care education, inpatient medicine, academic medicine and medical pedagogy, physician wellness, and patient safety and quality improvement in the clinical setting.
Seth Patton, DO
Internal Medicine Practitioner
Dr. Patton is a board certified internist and primary care physician. A native of Western PA, he returned home to Pittsburgh for residency training and served as a Chief Resident at Allegheny Health Network. Dr. Patton sees outpatients at the AGH Internal Medicine Clinic and serves as a teaching attending at Allegheny General Hospital.
Dr. Patton’s academic interests include primary care education with a focus on physical examination skills and preventative care. He also enjoys the challenges of learning point-of-care ultrasound in the primary care setting and looks forward to incorporating this new technology into resident education.
Patrick Perri, MD
Inclusion Health Track Director
Dr. Patrick Perri received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and M.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a special Concentration in Health Care to Underserved Populations, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine-Primary Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing his residency, Dr. Perri served as Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Professor in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital while working as a clinician on the Street Team of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. He currently serves as Medical Director of the Center for Inclusion Health at Allegheny Health Network and is active as a primary care clinician-educator on the faculty of the AHN Internal Medicine Residency Program. Within the Center for Inclusion Health, he has leadership roles with the Program for Homeless and Urban Poverty Medicine, Inclusion Health Inpatient Consult Service, Medical Respite Program, and Inclusion Health Residency Training Track. In addition to his clinical and teaching activities, Dr. Perri directs the Street Medicine Institute—an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to health care services for people living on the streets throughout the world—and also chairs the annual International Street Medicine Symposium. During his twenty-plus years of work with homeless and other socially excluded populations, Dr. Perri has developed and implemented a number of internationally-recognized innovations in homeless health care delivery and medical education, including a homeless inpatient consultation service model and a comprehensive curriculum in homeless health care.
Beth Anne Roberts, DO
Associate Director, Osteopathic Recognition; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Roberts is an AOBIM board certified internist and hospitalist. A Western Pennsylvania native, she obtained her BS in Biology from Duquesne University and then attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. She then returned to Pittsburgh to complete an Internal Medicine Residency at UPMC Mercy Hospital. She began her career as a hospitalist at Allegheny General Hospital in 2011 and proudly joined the IMRP faculty in 2018. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at LECOM and even finds time to return to LECOM to participate as a preceptor in OMM lab. When not at work, she is busy Mom of three beautiful children, and can be found volunteering at their school, shuffling them between their activities, and visiting museums and zoos.
Dr. Roberts’s academic interests include medical ethics, physician wellness, and incorporating her osteopathic roots into her practice of hospital medicine. She has a passion for mentoring and educating residents in the art of internal medicine.
Joseph Sabol, MD
Director of Hospitalist Medicine; Instructor of Medicine, Temple University
Dr. Sabol is a board certified Internist and Hospitalist. A graduate of Temple University Medical School, he completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. After two years of primary care, he realized this was not the right match for him. In 1993, he became a Hospitalist, before the term was coined. He joined the faculty at West Penn Hospital in 2001 faculty Hospitalist and a core faculty member at West Penn in 2001 and remains a core faculty member of the AGH residency program. He is currently the Director of Allegheny General and West Penn Hospitalists. Dr.Sabol has won 3 Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards as well as the Blockley-Osler Award from Temple Medical School for excellence in bedside teaching.
Dr. Sabol’s academic interests include medical ethics, thrombosis, and anticoagulation. He is currently the Chair of Ethics for West Penn Hospital the Chair of the Cardiology and Anticoagulation Committee for the entire Allegheny Health Network. Dr. Sabol enjoys mentoring residents and students and observing their progress through their years of training.
Mary Lynn Sealey, MD, FACP
Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Associate Professor, Temple University
Dr. Sealey is a board certified internist and primary care physician. A native of Scranton, PA, she moved to Pittsburgh after completing an Internal Medicine Residency at Temple University Hospital where she also served as Chief Medical Resident. She was hired in 2000 as the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director at West Penn Hospital and served as the Clerkship Director for 8 years. She completed a one year postdoctoral primary care fellowship at Michigan State University in 2005.She became the Transitional Program Director at West Penn in 2008 and served in this role for a year before she also assumed the role of Categorical Program Director at West Penn Hospital. Two years later, she became the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program for the Allegheny Health Network and served in this role for two years. Dr. Sealey then became an Associate Program Director in 2012, a role she held until 2018 when she became the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education. Dr. Sealey has won several awards for her clinical work as well as work with residents and medical students, including the Golden Apple Award (2001), Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching Program (2001), Clinical Practice Award, PA Chapter of American College of Physicians (2009) and an Award for Outstanding Clinic Preceptor (2015). Dr. Sealey sees outpatients at the WPMA Internal Medicine Clinic, and serves as a teaching attending at West Penn Hospital.
Dr. Sealey’s academic interests include medical education of residents and medical students and High Value Care. Above all, she enjoys teaching and learning with students and residents and sharing new and interesting info she has learned from Medical twitter and Podcasts.
Tarun Sharma, MD
Director of Research, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Associate Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship; Assistant Professor, Drexel University
Dr. Sharma is a board certified rheumatologist. Dr. Sharma completed his internal medicine training at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine- Jersey City Medical Center, NJ, and subsequently his rheumatology fellowship training at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. He has been with Allegheny Health Network Rheumatology since 2015. He currently serves as the Director of Research for the AHN Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is also the Associate Program Director for the AHN Rheumatology fellowship training program. Dr. Sharma is also the Quality Officer for the Autoimmunity Institute at Western Pennsylvania Hospital.
Dr. Sharma mentors internal medicine residents in their research projects and general academic pursuits. His research interests include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and cardiovascular disease co-morbidities among rheumatic diseases. He has several regional and national presentations, publications and book chapters on these subjects and serves on the national guideline committees in these areas. He has specific interest in value-based autoimmunity pathways- improving patient outcomes at lower costs.
Patrick Sleckman, DO
Internal Medicine Practitioner, Core Teaching Faculty
Dr. Sleckman is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who practices as a primary care provider at West Penn Medical Associates. Originally from New York, he completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. He then moved to Pittsburgh to pursue residency training at AHN. Dr. Sleckman served as a chief resident for the 2017-2018 academic year. He serves as a preceptor for the West Penn Medical Associates clinic and a teaching attending at West Penn Hospital. In addition to serving as a core faculty member for the residency program, he is heavily involved in undergraduate medical training, serving as the site director for undergraduate medical education at West Penn Hospital for the AHN IM residency program.
Dr. Sleckman is focused on providing high quality IM training, and enjoys training all levels of learners, from first year medical students to third year residents. He is also interested in initiatives fostering better communication between physicians, nurses, and medical assistants to ultimately provide optimal care to patients.
Daniel Speredelozzi, MD
Site Director, West Penn Hospital; Internal and Critical Care Medicine Faculty
Dr. Daniel Speredelozzi is in the internist and specialist in critical care medicine. Dr. Speredelozzi did his internal medicine residency at Allegheny Health Network, where he also served as a chief resident. After moving to Springfield Massachusetts to pursue a fellowship in critical care medicine, Dr. Speredelozzi returned to Pittsburgh to assume the roles of staff internist and internal medicine residency Site Director for West Penn Hospital. During his training, Dr. Speredelozzi participated in multiple research projects focused on antibiotic stewardship within the medical ICU. Dr. Speredelozzi has also been actively involved in research investigating the use of thromboelastography (TEG) in ICU settings. Dr. Speredelozzi as Chief Fellow for the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, and was named Fellow of the year.
Dr. Speredelozzi’s academic interests include novel ventilator strategies in ARDS, the use of pro calcitonin in the medical ICU for prognostication and antibiotic stewardship, as well as novel treatments for septic shock.
Lyn Weinberg, MD
Geriatrics Division Director, Core Teaching Faculty
Dr. Weinberg is a geriatrician who is board certified in both internal medicine and geriatric medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and her geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is honored to serve as the Division Director of Geriatrics for Allegheny Health Network, as well as the Medical Director of AHN's Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP). She is also a key clinical faculty member for the Internal Medicine residency program, with a focus on geriatric education. She sees patients in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient, skilled nursing facility, hospital, and home visits.
Dr. Weinberg is passionate about improving the quality of care for older adults. Her primary academic interests include: delirium management and prevention, maintaining mobility and functional status in the hospital setting, optimizing transitions of care for older adults, and antibiotic stewardship in the geriatric population.