Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology



Fellowship Training Program


Aye, Myo-Pale, MD

Originally from Myanmar, Pale' received her BS degree from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. She then joined the postbaccalaureate IRTA program at the NIH and worked at the NIDCR for two years prior to her medical training. After completing her MD from American University of the Caribbean, School of Medicine, she did her Internal Medicine residency training at Staten Island University Hospital, NY. After her residency, she joined the Rheumatology fellowship training program at the UPMC. Her current research project is to further characterize the patients with systemic sclerosis and Sjorgren's syndrome overlap. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, and travelling.


Emily Brunner, DO

2006 – LeMoyne College – BS
2010 – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
2014 – Geisinger Medical Center - Residency
2018 – Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

After receiving her BS in Biology from LeMoyne College, Emily attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She then couples-matched with her husband into Med-Peds at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA where she served as Med-Peds Chief during her final year. She was awarded a resident teaching award, an honor given to a single graduating resident per year across all medical and surgical disciplines.  In 2014, she began her Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship program at UPMC in 2014. She is currently working with Drs. Rohit Aggarwal, Chester Oddis and Cassie Torok to establish a registry for children with juvenile dermatomyositis.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, biking, running and exploring the restaurant scene in Pittsburgh. She bikes to work every day (even in the winter!) and completed her first full marathon in October 2015 with a qualifying time for the 2017 Boston Marathon.


Devon  Charlton, MD

2004 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – BS
2012 – Trinity School of Medicine – MD
2015 – Danbury Hospital - Residency
2016 – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - MPH


After leaving southern California's ocean-side living for the East Coast, he received his BS in 2004 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Material Science and Bioengineering.  Prior to medical school, he moved on to clinical research (including the RAVE trial) within the Department of Rheumatology.  He worked for four years at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City with a focus on tissue engineering in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He completed residency in Internal Medicine in 2015 at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut while earning a MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2016). Outside of Rheumatology, he stays active in water polo, jiu-jitsu & judo, foodie-ness, guitar, healthcare policy, entrepreneurial endeavors and learning languages.



Kanchana Herath, MD

2008- University of Minnesota- BS
2013- Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine- MD
2016- Medical College of Wisconsin- Residency

I'm from Minnesota and went to undergrad at University of Minnesota. After graduating I worked for a medical device start-up company as a biomedical Engineer. I then moved to Hershey, PA to start medical school. After medical school I went to Milwaukee for Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In residency, I did research looking at the effects of obesity and exercise in patients with chemotherapy related fatigue. My husband is from Pennsylvania which is what brought me back to this area.
Outside of work I enjoy traveling, yoga, running, and spending time with family and friends. I also have a list of restaurants in Pittsburgh that I am determined to get through before my fellowship is complete!


Amanda Kocoloski, MD

2007       University of Dayton - BS
2012       Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine - DO
2015       Carolinas Medical Center  - Residency
2016       Carolinas Medical Center  - Chief Resident
2016       University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine - (MMEL; anticipated)


Originally from southeast Ohio, Amanda attended college and medical school in Ohio.  While attending Ohio University, she served an extra year as a primary care associate, gaining additional clinical experience, functioning as a clinical skills teaching instructor, and starting her masters of science in medical education leadership (MMEL) online through the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She moved to Charlotte, NC, where she completed internal medicine residency and then served as the internal medicine chief resident.  She moved to Pittsburgh to start her rheumatology fellowship in July 2016, and continues to work on her MMEL degree with anticipated completion in December 2016.  Aside from clinical rheumatology, her academic interests include medical education, quality improvement and patient safety.

For fun, Amanda watches the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins as often as possible.  She also enjoys spending time with her family, playing recreational sand volleyball, running and exploring the Pittsburgh foodie scene with her co-fellows.


Anna O'Connor, MD

2009  Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada - BS
2013  Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland - MD
2016  Western University, London, Ontario, Canada - Residency


Anna was born and raised outside Toronto, Canada. She attended Queen's University where she completed an Honors Bachelors of Science degree. Following this, she decided on a major adventure moving close to part of her family in Dublin, Ireland. There, she pursued her medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons. Anna then returned back to Canada to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at Western University in London, Ontario. While in residency, she developed her interest in Rheumatology, publishing work on the rapid kinetics of subcutaneous methotrexate in early inflammatory arthritis. Following her residency, Anna moved to a different country, yet again, this time couple's matching at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Rheumatology. At UPMC, her interests lie in the area of geriatric rheumatology, which she will continue to explore throughout her fellowship. Outside of work, Anna is an avid animal lover. Her hobbies include running, discovering Pittsburgh and its delicious restaurant scene.