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Our Experts at the HHT Center of Excellence of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh


Chris Faber, MD

Christopher Faber, MD
Medical Director, Adult HHT

Dr. Faber is a pulmonologist with 20 years’ experience treating HHT patients. He is the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Lung Center at Falk Clinic.

He's board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine.

Suneeta Madan-Kheterpal, MD

Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric HHT

Dr. Madan-Khetarpal spearheads the HHT program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

She is a clinical geneticist who maintains active interests in both patient care and research. Dr. Madan-Khetarpal sees patients of all ages with suspected genetic disorders. She       has a special interest in HHT management and research.

She's board-certified in clinical genetics, clinical cytogenetics, clinical molecular genetics, and medical biochemical genetics.

David Finegold, MD

David Finegold, MD
Translational Research Director

Dr. Finegold is a physician scientist. His career has focused on clinical and translational research in vascular biology.

He directed the biochemical genetics lab at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 1996 to 2013. He has also served as the director of the lysosomal disorders program.

Dr. Finegold is board-certified in pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology, and biochemical genetics.

Beth Roman, PhD

Beth Roman, PhD
Basic Research Director

Dr. Roman has been engaged in HHT-related research since 2002. The goal of Dr. Roman’s research is to understand how the gene mutations in people with HHT affect the way cells process signals that cause blood vessel malformations.

This knowledge may allow us to design therapeutic strategies to correct the cells' mistakes in HHT patient and help ensure development of proper connections between arteries and veins.

Contact Us

To make an appointment or refer a patient, call the HHT Center of Excellence at 412-648-6161,
or email us at

Please let us know if the patient is under 18 so we can schedule care at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Our Doctors


Marc A. Simon, MD
Cardiology (Adult)

Shawn C West, MD, MSc
Cardiology (Pediatric)

Clinical Cytogenetics and Genomics

Daniel Bellissimo, PhD
Clinical Genomics

Svetlana Yatsenko, MD

Dentistry/Oral surgery

Bernard Costello, DMD, MD
Dentistry/Oral surgery (Adult and Pediatric)


Douglas Kress, MD
Dermatology (Pediatric)

Diagnostic Service/Vascular 

Andrew A McCormick, MD
Diagnostic Service/Vascular team (Pediatric)


Ken Fasanella, MD
Gastroenterology (Adult)

David Whitcomb, MD, PhD
Gastroenterology (Adult)

Leah Siebold, MD
Gastroenterology (Pediatric)


Jaideep Behari, MD, PhD
Hepatology (Adult)


Roy Smith, MD
Hematology (Adult)

James D. Cooper, MD
Hematology (Pediatric) 

Maternal Fetal Medicine 

Katherine Himes, MD

Devereux Saller, MD

Medical Genetics

Jessica Sebastian, MS, CGC
Genetic Counseling

Interventional Radiology

Philip Orons, DO
Interventional Radiology (Adult)

Sabri Yilmaz, MD
Interventional Radiology (Pediatric)


Dana D. Cummings, MD, PhD
Neurology (Pediatric) 


Stella Lee, MD
Otolaryngology (Adult)

Amanda L Stapleton, MD
Otolaryngology (Pediatric)


Geoffrey Kurland, MD
Pulmonary (Pediatric)

Our Staff 

Toni Opalko, RN
Program Coordinator

Melody Porter
Administrative Assistant

Our Researchers

Lance Davidson, PhD
Professor, Bioengineering

Andrew Hinck, PhD
Professor, Structural Biology

Additional Resources

Opens the Cure HHT websiteVascular Medicine Institute at the University of PittsburghUniversity of Pittsburgh Human Genetics Public Health Program