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Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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

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Professionalism Concern Line: 1-844-463-4362​


Rita M. Patel, MD

Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Professor & Vice Chair, Faculty Development
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Anna M. Roman, PhD, MPA

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

Gabriella Gosman, MD

Associate Designated Institutional Official (ADIO)
Professor & Vice Chair, Medical Education
Residency Program Director
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Wendy Helkowski, MD
Associate Designated Institutional Official (ADIO)

Associate Professor & Vice-Chair, Medical Education
Residency Program Director
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Frank Kroboth, MD

Executive Director, Alumni Affairs, Graduate Medical Education
Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education
George H. Taber Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Samantha (Comarnitsky) Cascone, MPA

Director, GME Operations
Responsible for the daily operations of the UPMC Medical Education Office.
Oversees strategic planning of system-wide initiatives to impact UPMC’s Residency and Fellowship training programs.

Kristin Lasher, JD

Director, GME Compliance & Institutional Certification
ACGME Institutional Coordinator
Responsible for planning, organizing and directing all aspects of Institutional and Program Accreditation.
Ensures compliance with the academic mission, strategic direction and operational plan of Graduate Medical Education.​

Key GME Resource People

Jeffrey Blanc

GME Systems Administrator
MedHub Support and billing, demographics, advances and termination of trainees

Brandon Doughty​

GME Systems Administrator
Support GME technology and communications efforts via MedHub, SharePoint, and external website management

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, DEA Registration

Terrence Harrington, MS

GME Quality and Patient Safety Manager
Initiatives of the Leaders in Education and Patient Safety Committee​

Lisa Herald

Compliance Administrator, GME
Annual Program Oversight Reviews and support to the Accreditation, Review, & Quality Committee

Melissa Hildebrand

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

Jacqueline Hudson

Executive Assistant II
Trainee credentialing verifications, loan deferments, and meal tickets, distribution of GME Certificates of Completion

​Anthony Mareino
​Admin Assistant 
Direct support for the Vice President, UPMC Medical Education and general support to the UPMC ME Office.​

Kathryn Martinez Slepak, JD

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

Ann Miller, MEd

Compliance Administrator
APORs, Program Support & Education Development

Cristine Palmer

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

Brittany Rosser

Credentialing Administrator, GME
Process training licensure, State and Federal clearances, Observerships, and visiting residents

Tania Silva, MS​

Compliance Administrator
Review new program applications, supports the PDD and GMEC

​Monica Storrs

​Senior Administrative Assistant
General support to the UPMC Medical Education Office​

Mike Thomas

Physician Employment Coordinator
Special Non-ACGME Programs (SNAPs), I9 tracking and compliance, MedHub Supplemental Pay, Onboarding paperwork & demographics, Pre-employment Clearances

James Walker, MBA

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


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