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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

Director, Fellowships & Special Institutional Educational Programs
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

Stephanie DeNillo
412-623-3723 (FAX)

Project Specialist
Deployed Staff; Manages GME office at SHY, Rotating residents & medical students, preparation of GME Certificates of Completion

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 


Manager, Contract Administrator, GME
Initial and reappointment Post Graduate Training Agreements, review of documents needing review and signature,  Master Affiliation Agreements and Program Letters of Agreement.

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, Visas, Foreign National Information Forms, VIA, Clearance compliance (Acts 33, 34, & 73)

Michael Spataro


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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