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Office of Graduate Medical Education
3600 Forbes Ave.
Iroquois Building, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-647-6340
Fax. 412-647-5809


Rita M. Patel, MD

Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

Anna Roman, PhD, MPA

​Vice President
UPMC Medical Education Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology  

Gabriella Gosman, MD

Associate Designated Institutional Official (ADIO)

Wendy Helkowski, MD
​Associate Designated Institutional Official (ADIO)  

Frank Kroboth, MD

Executive Director, Alumni Affairs, Graduate Medical Education
Co-Chair, Recruitment, Orientation, Activities, and Retention Sub-Committee (ROAR) of the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC)
Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Samantha Comarnitsky, MPA

​Director of Operations

Marlene Cooper

Executive Director, Graduate Medical Education

Robert Albenze, MEd

Director, Quality, Education and Evaluation

Kristin Lasher, JD

Director, GME Compliance & Institutional Certification


Key GME Resource People

Karen Bumford

Project Analyst
MedHub Support and billing, demographics, advances and termination of trainees, visiting residents

Michael Georger, JD
Contracts Administrator, GME
Master Affiliation Agreements and Program Letters of Agreement, Initial and Reappointment Post Graduate Training Agreements, Out of Match Offers/Contracts

Melissa Hildebrand

Project Manager
Annual System-wide Resident & Fellow Orientation, Resident & Fellow social events, supervise trainee credentialing verification, loan deferment, and meal ticket programs

​Kimberly Hills
Administrative Coordinator
Support the UPMC ME Vice President and Directors; Assist coordination of special events and office operations

Jacqueline Hudson  

Senior Administrative Assistant
Trainee credentialing verifications, loan deferments, and meal tickets, distribution of GME Certificates of Completion 

Kathryn Martinez, JD
Contracts Administrator, GME
J-1 Visas, Master Affiliation Agreements and Program Letters of Agreement, Initial and Reappointment Post Graduate Training Agreements

Ashleigh Nixon

Project Specialist
Assistant to Samantha Comarnitsky, Accreditation Support, Observerships, Notary Public, special projects 

Kathy Rudowsky  

Project Specialist
Process Trainee Licensure, State and Federal clearances, Clearance compliance (Acts 33, 34, & 73), DEA Registrations

Michael Spataro, MBA


Business Analyst
GME Cap Control, budgets, expenses and other financial administration

Mike Thomas

Physician Employment Coordinator
SIEPs, I9s, GME ROCS Supplemental Pay, New-hire paperwork & demographics, Pre-employment Clearances, distribution of OZ Certificates of Completion

James Walker

Project Manager
Director, Special Projects for the DIO & NRMP/ERAS Institutional Administrator

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