Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

Current Fellows

Majd Fayad Nimer Al-Ahmad, MD

PGY: Fellow IV
Residency: Albany Medical Center Internal Medicine/Pediatrics: General
Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine, Jordan

I was born and raised in Jordan. I finished my medical school at Jordan University of Science and Technology. I came to the US in 2019 to start my Internal medicine training at Albany medical center. During my training I got exposed to geriatrics in outpatient and inpatient settings and My interest in this population grew. My future interest is geriatric cardiology, frailty, and amyloidosis.

With doing my fellowship at UPMC I will have a great opportunity for research, and this will enhance my skills to provide specialized and comprehensive care for our most vulnerable patients in the outpatient setting, nursing homes, and hospitals

In my free time I like outdoor activities, especially hiking and biking. I enjoy reading especially history.

Ruthanne L Sobecki, DO

PGY: Fellow IV
Residency: UPMC – General-Family Medicine (SHY)
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine – Yakima, WA

Ruthanne was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She attended Fordham University, followed by a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Antonio, TX where she worked at an emergency shelter for children with special needs. Medical school took her to the state of Washington where she attended Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Wanting to move closer to home, she did her Family Medicine Residency at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh, where she fell in love with geriatric medicine and decided to do a fellowship. Her special interests in geriatrics include long-term facility care, behavioral health, and women’s health.

Her hobbies include bike riding, reading, spending time outdoors, traveling, and a good cup of coffee.

Sahar Y Soomro, MD

PGY: Fellow IV
Residency: UPMC – General-Internal Medicine (MER)
Medical School: Army Medical College, Pakistan

My interest in geriatric medicine started when my grandmother, a Doctor of Medicine herself, was diagnosed with dementia.

The course of her illness and the unique challenges we as a family experienced during each phase of her decline made me realize how profound the need for specialized elderly care was.

My geriatric medicine rotation in residency enhanced my interest in the field even more and put me on the path to fellowship.

I aim to take the fund of knowledge and skills I acquire here to serve the community in an outpatient setting where I want to be prepared to provide holistic, safe, and meaningful care to my elderly patients.

In my free time I enjoy exploring the world with my husband, reading books, cooking, and sampling different cuisines. I am a dog person but have a soft corner for cats too!


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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