Our Team

Amy Haller - Program Director

​Program Director

Amy Haller, MPAS, PA-C

Amy joined UPMC in 2009 as a Senior Surgical Physician Assistant in the Department of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery. In 2012, she alongside direction of the Department of Surgery and Office of Advanced Practice Providers created and launched UPMC Advanced Practice Provider Surgical Residency Program and was selected as Director. In 2018, she joined the UPMC Office of Advanced Practice Providers and was named Director for the UPMC Center of Advanced Practice Education.

Her clinical duties include outpatient/inpatient care, and assisting in OR across the UPMC Health System as clinical needs arise. As director of the residency program, she is responsible for overseeing the education and clinical training of the PA/NP residents, as well as all administrative details of the program.

Amy graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies and went on to attend and graduate from the Yale/Norwalk Hospital Surgical Residency for Physician Assistants. She enjoys teaching and inspiring other clinicians to achieve their full potential.

Raquel Forsythe - Medical Director

​Medical Director

Raquel Forsythe, MD

Dr. Forsythe, is an assistant professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine, associate program director of General Surgery Residency Program, assistant medical Director of Trauma Surgery, and director of Education of Trauma Surgery at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

She received her medical degree from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, completed her General Surgery Residency at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and fellowship in Surgical Critical Care from the University of Tennessee – Memphis.

In 2012, Dr. Forsythe became the Education Director of the UPMC Advanced Practice Provider Surgical Residency Program and in 2014 became the Medical Director.

APP Postgraduate Surgical Residents

Class of 2018

Emily Gilchrist, CRNP and Chloe Thieleman, PA-C

2018 graduates, Emily and Chloe

Class of 2017

Katy Jester, PA-C and Kathryn Melber, PA-C

2017 graduates 

Class of 2016

Amy Casale, PA-C and Robin Scaife, CRNP

2016 graduates 

Class of 2015

Emily Toohey, PA-C and Theresa Borrelli, PA-C

2015 graduates 

Class of 2014

Rebecca Wiegand, PA-C and Tammy Novotne, CRNP

2014 graduates 


Contact Us

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Amy L. Haller, PA-C
Director, UPMC Advanced Practice Provider Surgical Residency Program

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