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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
Email: GME_Administration@upmc.edu

Leadership

Rita M. Patel, MD
412-647-6442

Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
patelrm@upmc.edu

Anna Roman, PhD, MPA
412-647-2741

​Vice President
UPMC Medical Education Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
romanam@upmc.edu  

Gabriella Gosman, MD
412-647-2386

Associate Designated Institutional Official (ADIO)
gosmgg@mail.magee.edu

Wendy Helkowski, MD
412-647-2386
​Associate Designated Institutional Official (ADIO)
helkowskiwm@upmc.edu  

Frank Kroboth, MD
412-692-4818

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
krobothf2@upmc.edu
Samantha Comarnitsky, MPA
412-647-6423

​Director of Operations
comarnitskys@upmc.edu

Kristin Lasher, JD
412-647-0383

Director, GME Compliance & Institutional Certification
lasherkm@upmc.edu

 

Key GME Resource People

Karen Bumford
412-647-5817

Project Analyst
MedHub Support and billing, demographics, advances and termination of trainees, visiting residents
bumfordka@upmc.edu

Michael Georger, JD
412-647-2312
Contracts Administrator, GME
Master Affiliation Agreements and Program Letters of Agreement, Initial and Reappointment Post Graduate Training Agreements, Out of Match Offers/Contracts
georgermj@upmc.edu

Melissa Hildebrand
412-647-7481   

Project Manager
Annual System-wide Resident & Fellow Orientation, Resident & Fellow social events, supervise trainee credentialing verification, loan deferment, and meal ticket programs
hildebrandm@mail.magee.edu

​Kimberly Hills
412-647-2741
Administrative Coordinator
Support the UPMC ME Vice President and Directors; Assist coordination of special events and office operations
hillsks@upmc.edu

Jacqueline Hudson  
412-647-9681 

Senior Administrative Assistant
Trainee credentialing verifications, loan deferments, and meal tickets, distribution of GME Certificates of Completion
hudsonjl@upmc.edu 

Alexandra Ley, MSW
412-647-6426
Ombusman
Maintaining and updating UPMC ME policy, Support for policy-related issues and compliance, Resident/Fellow Recruitment and Retention
leya@upmc.edu
Kathryn Martinez, JD
412-647-5626
Contracts Administrator, GME
J-1 Visas, Master Affiliation Agreements and Program Letters of Agreement, Initial and Reappointment Post Graduate Training Agreements
martinezkm@upmc.edu
Ann Miller, MEd
412-647-6882
Contract Administrator
APORs, Program Support & Education Development
ann.miller7@upmc.edu

Ashleigh Nixon
412-647-3174

Project Specialist
Assistant to Samantha Comarnitsky, Accreditation Support, Observerships, Notary Public, special projects
nixonac@upmc.edu 

  
412-647-5816   

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

Michael Spataro, MBA
412-864-1568

 

Business Analyst
GME Cap Control, budgets, expenses and other financial administration
SpataroMC@upmc.edu

Mike Thomas
412-647-4612   

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

James Walker
412-647-6442   

Project Manager
Director, Special Projects for the DIO & NRMP/ERAS Institutional Administrator
walkerje@upmc.edu

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