Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

Current Fellows

Shauna Assadzandi, MD

BS Mercyhurst University
MD West Virginia University

Family Medicine Residency, West Virginia University

Shauna’s passion for geriatrics began at a young age spending time in a long-term care facility with a family member. Throughout training, she was exposed to many geriatric settings and the love for this patient population grew. Shauna is interested in quality improvement in skilled and long-term care facilities and improving frailty outcomes in our geriatric population.

In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband and dogs. She enjoys Pittsburgh sports, video games, ultimate frisbee, and soccer.

Jayasri Duggirala, MD

NRI Academy of Health Sciences; Andhra Pradesh India

Blake Medical Center- Internal Medicine Residency; Bradenton Florida

Jayasri was born in India and grew up in various places including Jamaica, New York, and Florida. Her medical education took her back to India after which she returned to Florida. She became interested in geriatrics during her residency in Bradenton, Florida, an area where many people chose to retire. She found herself trying to preserve the quality of life for her patients while addressing multiple comorbidities, psychosocial concerns, and end of life care. Working there allowed her to understand the unique needs of the elderly population.

Jayasri’s interest is in primary care, as well her personal and professional experience caring for the elderly, inspired her to pursue a career in geriatrics. With fellowship training at UPMC, she hopes to enhance her abilities to provide specialized and comprehensive care for our most vulnerable patients in the outpatient setting, nursing homes, and hospitals.

Simin Nasr, MD

MD, Belarusian State Medical University in Minsk, Belarus

Obstetrics & Gynecology, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Guilan, Iran
Family Medicine Residency, All Saints Family Medicine Residency Program, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Simin was born and raised in Iran. After attending the Belarusian State Medical University in Minsk, Belarus, Simin returned to Iran to complete her OB/GYN training at the Guilan University of Medical Sciences. She worked as an OB/GYN in Iran for seven years. After immigrating to the US, she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to join the All Saints Family Medicine Residency Program. During her family medicine residency, she found working with the elderly population particularly rewarding, and deciding to further specialize in the field, joined the UPMC Geriatrics Fellowship where she hopes to contribute to both clinical geriatrics as well as academic research.

Marie Cris Tamesis, MD

Far Eastern University Institute of Medicine
Metro Manila, Philippines

Family Medicine Residency
Conemaugh Health System, Duke LifePoint Healthcare
Johnstown, PA

Marie Cris was born and raised in the Philippines. She graduated from Far Eastern University Institute of Medicine and completed one year of required post-graduate training at Far Eastern University Medical Center. She practiced as a General Physician in the Philippines and then went on to complete her Family Medicine residency training at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center where she was one of the chief residents. Her special interests in Geriatric Medicine are Alzheimer’s disease, frailty assessment in surgical patients, and de-prescribing.

Marie Cris enjoys reading a good book with a cup of coffee. She loves to travel and unwind.


Karen G. Scandrett, MD
Program Director

Phone: (412) 802-8615
Fax: (412) 692-2370


Janet Parham
Senior Department Manager

Phone: (412) 802-8615
Fax: (412) 692-2370


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