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Leadership

Program Leadership

Susan Manzi, MD, MPH

Susan Manzi, MD, MPH

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

James B. Reilly, MD, MS, FACP

James B. Reilly, MD, MS, FACP

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

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Anastasios Kapetanos, MD, FACP

Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Assistant Professor, Temple University

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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

Dr. Christine Herb, MD

Associate Director; Geriatrics Track Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Bio

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

Thomas Robertson, MD

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Bio

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

Nicole Sacca, DO

Associate Director; Primary Care Track Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Bio

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

Kevin M. Taffe, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Bio

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.