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Division of General Internal Medicine Newsletter



  • GIM News
  • Donna L. Bishop, Editor
  • Next issue:
    October 2017
  • Submission deadline:
    September 29th, 2017
  • E-mail: Donna Bishop

Departmental Changes

After many years of tremendous VA leadership, Dr. Melissa McNeil is stepping down from her role as Medical Director of the VAPHS Women’s Health Program. Under her leadership, the program was twice designated a National Center of Excellence, and developed into one of the nation’s best women's health programs, with one of the largest and most successful fellowships in the country. Dr. McNeil will continue to provide guidance to the program as the Director of the Women’s Health Fellowship Program.

Stepping into the role of Medical Director is Dr. Deborah DiNardo, who has been heavily involved in the Women’s Health Program since she joined the General Internal Medicine group at the VA in 2013. Dr. DiNardo is the Pittsburgh site co-leader for the National VA Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network. She developed and implemented a QI intervention for care navigation of women with cancer at the VAPHS, and is PI on a grant from the Veterans Research Foundation to study the results. She developed and nationally disseminated a workshop on breast cancer risk assessment for which she won the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Junior Faculty Education Award in 2016—her second consecutive year of being honored with that award. She is currently mentoring two of our Women’s Health Fellows in their Master’s research projects. Since 2013 she has been a faculty instructor at the National VA Women’s Health Mini-residency training courses every year, as well as a faculty instructor for the VA Pittsburgh Women’s Health Update CME courses twice each year.

Janel Hanmer, MD, PhD, will be taking on the role of Medical Director of the UPMC Patient Reported Outcomes Center, which provides UPMC with content expertise in the measurement, integration, and interpretation of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs). She will continue in her current capacity as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Hanmer is uniquely positioned to lead the center: her PhD is in the area of Population Health Science with a focus in health-related quality of life measurement, particularly health utility measurement. She also brings clinical experience as an active hospitalist at UPMC Montefiore to her new role. Her more recent work, supported by a KL2 award, has involved working directly with measures in the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), concentrating specifically on developing a new preference-based summary score. Dr. Hanmer was also appointed to the editorial board of Medical Decision Making last year.

Kristian Feterik, MD, MBA, will be taking a new role in Clinical Informatics. Dr. Feterik is currently the Assistant Director of eRecord for the Information Services Division and an Associate Medical Director for Clinical Documentation Improvement. His role is continuing to expand with multiple activities involving Cerner EHR, both here and at other UPMC hospitals. He is also involved in areas such as direct secure messaging, interoperability, meaningful use, electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) and existing EHR system optimization. Due to his increased responsibilities he will be stepping down as the Clinical Director of Hospital Medicine. Franziska Jovin, MD, will serve as the Interim Clinical Director of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Feterik completed his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in 2011, and became board certified in December 2016 as a subspecialist in Clinical Informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Just this February, Dr. Feterik became certified in Health Information Technology: Healthcare Data Analytics from the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology of Oregon Health & Science University.

Dio Kavalieratos, PhD, was appointed as the Associate Director of Palliative Care Research within the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. Dr. Kavalieratos will work with the Director of Palliative Care Research, Dr. Yael Schenker, to enhance the conduct of cutting edge, policy- and practice-relevant research to improve the lives of patients with serious illness and their families. In this new role, Dr. Kavalieratos will serve as a liaison between the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics and the University’s various graduate and professional schools, as well as national partners, to build a pipeline of junior scientists in palliative care research. He will also serve in a newly created role as Director of Implementation Research within the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute. Dr. Kavalieratos also joined the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA as a qualitative methodologist.

Dr. Kavalieratos is a health services researcher who earned his PhD in Health Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the faculty of the Division of General Internal Medicine in 2014.