Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

Fellow Spotlights

I sought my internal medicine residency training at UPMC for the opportunity to work with the world class geriatricians there. After participating in the geriatrics track during residency, staying to complete my geriatrics fellowship was an easy decision, and I owe my career success to the robust training I received. I completed a 3 year academic fellowship, including 1 year of clinical geriatrics followed by 2 years of T32 postdoctoral research through the Pepper Center. During those 3 years, I trained with the best geriatricians and became an expert in geriatric syndromes both as a primary care doctor and as a consultant in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Further, I earned my Master of Science in Medical Education at Pitt and established myself as a clinician educator through the mentorship of Dr. Rollin Wright and others. After training, my goal was to return to my home state of Texas and the quality of my training and the reputation of this program made me competitive for multiple job offers, ultimately setting me up for my dream job. As a result, I am now a clinician educator and geriatrician at UTHealth in Houston, Texas, where I serve as Director of Education at the UTHealth Consortium on Aging. I will always be grateful for this training that launched my career in geriatrics and for the geriatricians I trained with who are now lifelong colleagues and friends.
Rachel Jantea, MD, MS (2017)

Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Director of Education, Consortium on Aging, UTHealth I University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Keisha Ward was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She did her medical school training at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine in New York City and did her residency at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. She came to Pittsburgh in 2013 for the Geriatric Fellowship program. She was interested in a strong program with a variety of clinical exposures, a supportive environment and multiple research opportunities. She thoroughly enjoyed her experience, so she decided to stay on as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics. Currently, her research interest is in dementia care with underserved minorities. She also does outreach work with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in UPMC. In her free time, she loves to read, travel and enjoys musical theater/plays.
Keisha Ward, MD (2017)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Woody Chang joined the Geriatrics Fellowship program following his completion of his Internal Medicine residency at UPMC. He chose this fellowship because of not only the great clinical training in working at the different areas of geriatric care, but also because he would be able to work on different research projects in the field. During fellowship, he published research on the teledementia program at the VA in addition to producing a geriatrics podcast with his co-fellow, Karthik Kota. Woody is now an attending geriatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, focusing on care for the elderly at skilled nursing facilities. In his free time, he plays with his two cats and occasionally performs improv. He also claims that, one day, he will complete National Novel Writing Month.
Woody Chang, MD (2018)

Attending Geriatrician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation


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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