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Leadership

Medicine Institute Leadership

Susan Manzi, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Medicine; Co-director, Lupus Center of Excellence; Vice Chair and Professor, Temple University

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James B. Reilly, MD, MS, FACP

Vice Chair of Medical Education; Assistant Professor, Temple University and Drexel

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James J. Reilly, MD, FACP

Vice Chair, Department of Medicine; Associate Professor, Temple University

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Internal Medicine Residency Program Leadership

Anastasios Kapetanos, MD, FACP
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Assistant Professor, Temple University

Dr. Kapetanos is a board certified internist and primary care physician. A native of Toronto, Canada, he moved to Pittsburgh to pursue his residency training, and served as a Chief Resident at Allegheny Health Network, where he focused on developing the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) infrastructure for the residency program. Prior to being appointed Program Director, Dr. Kapetanos served as a core faculty member and Quality Officer for five years and before becoming an Associate Program Director. Dr. Kapetanos has won several awards for his work with residents and medical students, including the Excellence in Ambulatory Teaching Award (2016), Research Mentoring Award (2017) and the Dean's Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from the Drexel School of Medicine (2017). Dr. Kapetanos sees outpatients at the AGH Internal Medicine Clinic, and serves as a teaching attending at Allegheny General Hospital.

Academic Interests
Dr. Kapetanos’ academic interests include the transitions of care for hospitalized patients, and using electronic health records to improve patient care. Above all, he enjoys mentoring residents through the entire process of conceiving and implementing their own QI projects, and seeing them progress into real-world innovations in medical practice.

Dr. Christine Herb, MD
Associate Director; Geriatrics Track Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Herb is a board certified internist and geriatrician. She is a native of Pittsburgh and completed her residency training at Allegheny Health Network where she also served as a chief resident. She completed her fellowship training in geriatric medicine at the UPMC Presbyterian program. Prior to being appointed as an Associate Program Director, she served as core faculty and the subspeciality education coordinator for geriatrics. In this role, she designed the curriculum for the geriatric rotation that every third-year resident completes. Dr. Herb sees inpatient geriatric consults at Allegheny General and serves as a teaching attending at West Penn Hospital. She also sees both long term and rehab patients at the Willows skilled nursing facility in Oakmont.

Academic Interests
Dr. Herb’s academic interests include improving the care of the older adult while hospitalized and in transition to their next level of care. She enjoys increasing awareness and knowledge of geriatric syndromes amongst the medical residents and sharing geriatric pearls at all levels of training.

Thomas Robertson, MD
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Robertson is a board eligible internist. A native of Chambersburg Pennsylvanian, Dr. Robertson pursued an undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. After doing a year-long service program in Costa Rica, Dr. Robertson attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently completed residency at UPMC, where he focused on care for underserved populations and ultrasound education. Dr. Robertson joined AHN as a core faculty member and Associate Program Director for the internal medicine residency program. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies. Dr. Robertson sees outpatients at the AGH Internal Medicine Clinic and the Center for Inclusion Health, and is a teaching attending and Center for Inclusion Health consultant at Allegheny General and West Penn Hospitals.

Academic Interests
Dr. Robertson’s academic interests include expanding access to care for underserved populations and implementing strategies to improve care for these patients. Additionally, he focuses on point-of-care ultrasound education and its potential impacts on patient care, as well as frequent contributions to medical education podcasts. Dr. Robertson is passionate about the “whole person” approach to mentoring students and residents and fostering in them a commitment to use their skills to help those in need.

Nicole Sacca, DO
Associate Director; Primary Care Track Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Sacca is a board certified internal medicine and primary care physician. She is originally from the Pittsburgh area and decided to stay here to do her residency training at Allegheny Health Network. Following her three-year internal medicine residency, she served as Chief Resident, a junior faculty position, and focused her work on building the Primary Care Track and the ambulatory curriculum. After her Chief Residency, Dr. Sacca took a position as core faculty here for the residency program. She also serves as the Medical Director for the West Penn ambulatory residency clinic as well as Director of the Primary Care Track. For the past three years, Dr. Sacca has focused on building interest in the primary care profession in residents and has worked to institute innovative curriculum for the program such as the Flipped Classroom style teaching. She currently serves as Associate Program Director for the AHN internal medicine residency program with a dedication to ambulatory curriculum and resident recruitment for this upcoming academic year. Dr. Sacca won the Professionalism Award (2014) during her training at AHN as well as for Excellence in Ambulatory Teaching (2016). Currently, Dr. Sacca sees patients in the outpatient setting at West Penn Medical Associates, and serves as a teaching attending on the inpatient service at West Penn Hospital.

Academic Interests
Dr. Sacca’s interests in clinical medicine include focusing on preventative health care and women’s and adolescent’s health. Her academic interests include curriculum development, resident recruitment, and high value care. She most enjoys finding ways to engage medical students and residents in ambulatory medicine and mentoring them as they prepare for careers in primary care or other subspecialties.

Kevin M. Taffe, MD, PhD
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Dr. Taffe is a board certified internist and primary care physician. Born in Chicago, Illinois, but raised in Pittsburgh since the age of seven, he received his MD/PhD at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and completed his residency training at UPMC Montefiore. Dr. Taffe joined the faculty at the Allegheny Health Network in 2004 and was appointed as an Associate Program Director in 2006. Dr. Taffe has won the Claude R. Joyner Excellence in Teaching award, as selected by the residents, a total of six times since 2010. Dr. Taffe sees outpatients at the AGH Internal Medicine Clinic, where he is the Medical Director and Director of Ambulatory Education. He also serves as a teaching attending at Allegheny General Hospital.

Academic Interests
Dr. Taffe’s academic interests include teaching of the physical exam and evidence based medicine. He runs the residency’s physical exam OSCE in addition to a monthly noon conference series on the exam. He is the director and moderator for the resident “Journal Court,” an innovative approach to journal club in which a study from the medical literature is put on “trial” and debated by two teams of residents.

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.

Academic Interests
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.

Elizabeth Cuevas, MD
Inclusion Health Track Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Primary Care Transformation Team Director; Assistant Professor, Temple University

Dr. Cuevas is a board certified Internist and primary care physician. She received her medical degree at the University 0f Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then completed her residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After finishing her training, she stayed in Boston, working as a General Internist and splitting her time between the MGH Internal Medicine Associates as well as the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Dr. Cuevas moved to Pittsburgh in 2011 and joined the faculty at the Allegheny Health Network. She is one of the founding members of the Center for Inclusion Health in 2014, which was established to improve the systems of care at AHN for marginalized populations. Dr. Cuevas served as an Associate Program Director in the Internal Medicine Residency Program for seven years. She remains as a core faculty member in the residency program while also serving as Director of the Inclusion Health Track and Director of Primary Care Transformation for the Residency Clinics. In addition, Dr. Cuevas also serves as the Academic Officer for the Primary Care Institute. Dr. Cuevas sees outpatients at the AGH Internal Medicine Clinic, and serves as a teaching attending at Allegheny General Hospital.

Academic Interests
Dr. Cuevas’ academic interests include primary care transformation, inclusion health, behavioral health integration and medication assisted therapy in primary care, and addressing concerns surrounding the social determinants of health. Additionally, she has a strong interest in teaching and mentoring residents and students in these areas of interest.

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.

Academic Interests
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.

Mario Castagnaro, PhD
Director of Scholarship and Evaluation; Assistant Professor, 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.

Academic Interests
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.