Current Fellows

Chief Gastroenterology Fellow

Stephanie Romutis, MD
Year III
R: 
Boston Medical Center
MS: 
Wake Forest University

Fun Facts

Stephanie Romutis, MD

Hometown:  Ottawa, Canada

Undergraduate College:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011)

Career Interests:  Advanced Endoscopy

Lives In:  North Hills

Life Outside of Medicine:  Continuing to refine my skills at wrangling my rambunctious 2.5 year old daughter and our new large breed ballistic missile puppy. Avid ice hockey fan (typical Canadian) and want-to-be master chef. Otherwise enjoy riding motocross, skiing, and spending as much time outside as possible.

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Very family friendly city with plenty of restaurants, breweries, and city parks that are easily accessible. Great sports city; even though I have loyalties to other teams, it’s easy to catch the black-and-gold fever. Plenty of festivals (such as Picklesburgh) that are always fun to explore.

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Getting the opportunity to work with and learn from my cofellows who are always supportive and a blast to work with. Our training facilities offer fantastic exposure to a wide breadth of clinical cases and pathology. Our faculty is very approachable and readily share their wealth of knowledge as well as their endoscopic expertise.

Advanced Research Pathway Fellow

R. Warren Sands, MD, PhD
MS: 
Northwestern University
R: 
UPMC

 

Fun Facts

Warren Sands, MD, PhD 

Hometown:  Waukesha, WI 

Career Interests:  Academic Hepatology 

Lives In:  Franklin Park 

Life Outside of Medicine:  Enjoying activities with my wife and kids 

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Eating out! 

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  A wide breadth of experience from a diverse patient population and learning from leading experts

 

Advanced Endoscopy Fellow

Kishore Vipperla, MD
Year IV
MS:
Osmania Medical College
R:
St. Luke’s University Hospital

Advanced Transplant Hepatology Fellow

Catherine Bartnik, MD, MPH
Year III
MS: Michigan State University
R: Emory Healthcare

Fun Facts

Catherine (Cat) Bartnik, MD

Hometown:  Saginaw, MI

Undergraduate College:  Kalamazoo College (2008)

Career Interests:  Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology

Lives In:  Highland Park

Life Outside of Medicine:  Growing tomatoes in our urban backyard garden, beating my wonderfully supportive husband at tennis, traveling the globe, and cooking authentically

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Frequenting local restaurants, hiking regional parks, biking the riverfront trail, and exploring the Strip District

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Our fellowship is composed of down to earth, collegial, and friendly fellows. We train in different practice settings (VA, tertiary referral hospital, community hospital) which exposes us to a wide range of clinical complex cases.

Advanced Transplant Hepatology Fellow

Akshata Moghe, MD, PhD
Year IV
MS: Seth G.S. Medical College
R: UPMC

 

Fun Facts

Akshata Moghe, MD, PhD

Hometown:  Mumbai, India

Undergraduate College:  Seth G.S. Medical College (2007)

Career Interests:  Transplant Hepatology, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hepatic Porphyrias, Alcohol-associated Liver Disease

Lives In:  Squirrel Hill

Life Outside of Medicine:  Spending time with my husband and daughter, running, reading, and listening to audiobooks

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Definitely going to all the parks and hiking trails!

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  The solid clinical training combined with the camaraderie

Gastroenterology Fellows

Adeyinka Adejumo, MD
Year I
MS:  University of Ibadan College of Medicine
R:  North Shore Medical Center

Fun Facts

Adeyinka Adejumo, MD

Hometown:  Nigeria

Undergraduate College:  University of Ibadan (2009)

Career Interests:  General GI, Hepatology, Pancreas

Lives In:  Monroeville, PA

Life Outside of Medicine:  Watch European soccer leagues

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Restaurants

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  The atmosphere in the program is quite friendly.  All the fellows, chief fellow, faculty, and staff members are very nice and eager to help others.  By rotating through several hospitals (VA, Presby, Montefiore, Shadyside, Magee) all within a very short distance, we get exposed to a diverse population of cases.  I am so glad to be here!

Ricardo Cabello, MD
Year I
MS:  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
R:  Mt. Sinai Beth Israel

Fun Facts

Ricardo Cabello, MD

Hometown:  Lima, Peru

Undergraduate College:  University of Virginia (2009)

Career Interests:  Hepatology

Lives In:  Downtown Pittsburgh

Life Outside of Medicine:  Enjoy playing soccer on the weekends. I have been surfing for many years and when on vacation (and able to travel), I usually go on surf trips about twice a year.

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  I like running down by the Point and eating in the Downtown and Lawrenceville restaurant scenes. Definitely enjoy going to watch the Steelers and Penguins play as well.

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Very supportive environment. I have had excellent mentors in Hepatology. My cofellows are very supportive and easy to work with.

Debbie Cheng, MD
Year III
MS: University of Michigan
R: UPMC

Fun Facts

Debbie Cheng, MD

Hometown:  North Potomac, MD

Undergraduate College:  University of Pennsylvania (2010)

Career Interests:  Inflammatory Bowel Disease, General GI

Lives In:  Lawrenceville

Life Outside of Medicine:  Being outside (hiking, biking, running), swimming, and traveling

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Exploring new restaurants and breweries

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Strong clinical training with supportive co-fellows and faculty mentors

Kathan Chintamaneni, MD
Year I
MS:  Medical College of Wisconsin
R:  LAC + USC Medical Center

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Kathan Chintamaneni, MD

Hometown:  Milwaukee, WI

Undergraduate College:  Washington University in St. Louis, MO (2012)

Career Interests:  General GI, Advanced Endoscopy

Lives In:  Point Breeze

Life Outside of Medicine:  Plant daddy, Zillow addict and obsessive Dyson user with an exercise addiction

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Exploring my new city on foot, trying out new coffee shops and breweries (not necessarily together) and finding spots with a nice view for picnics.

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Supportive attendings who care about their patients, hands-on training from day 1, and having a night float system is a big perk too! Definitely a better work-life balance with built in mechanisms to reduce burnout.

Wai Kan (Karen) Chiu, MD
Year II
MS:  University of Pittsburgh
R:  Weill Cornell Medicine

Fun Facts

Wai Kan (Karen ) Chiu, MD

Hometown:  San Francisco, CA

Undergraduate College:  University of California at Berkeley (2003)

Career Interests:  General GI, Hepatology

Lives In:  Squirrel Hill

Life Outside of Medicine:  Travel (when we were allowed to travel and when, hopefully, we are allowed to travel again), sushi sushi sushi, and dogs!

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Supporting local restaurants (I do takeouts during these COVID days, haha, oh well), strolling through neighborhoods

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  The fellows.

Furkan Ertem, MD
Year II
MS:  Istanbul Universitesi
R:  UPMC

 

Fun Facts

Furkan Ertem, MD

Hometown:  Ankara, Turkey

Career Interests:  Advanced IBD

Lives In:  Shadyside

Life Outside of Medicine:  Soccer, project coordinator at a NGO (Whitetulip Health Foundation)

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Playing soccer, Kayaking

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Clinical training from experts, supportive program leadership.

Jacqueline Estevez, MD
Year I
MS:  Boston University School of Medicine
R:  Cleveland Clinic

Fun Facts

Jacqueline Estevez, MD

Hometown:  Philadelphia, PA 

Career Interests:  Hepatology 

Lives In:  Downtown Pittsburgh 

Life Outside of Medicine:  Hiking, traveling, exploring the city (restaurants, bars, art) 

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Exploring various parks 

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Friendly approachable colleagues, subspecialty consult services, night float system

Amir-Ali Ghaffari, MD
Year II
MS:  University of Caifornia, Los Angeles
R:  UPMC

Amir Gougol, MD
Year II
MS:  Tehran University
R:  UPMC

Rory Grace, MD
Year III
MS: George Washington University
R: University of Pennsylvania Health System

Fun Facts

Rory Grace, MD 

Hometown:  Schenectady, NY

Career Interests:  General GI, IBD

Lives In:  Regent Square

Life Outside of Medicine:  Dogs, family, hiking, traveling (back when we could)

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Explore the great nearby hiking and parks (Frick Park is so nice)

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Strong clinical training at three different sites, my amazing co-fellows who keep me sane and happy

 

Ru Min Lee, MD
Year III
MS: 
University of Melbourne, Australia
R:  University of Pennsylvania Health System

Fun Facts

Ru Min Lee, MD

Hometown:  Singapore

Career Interests:  General GI, IBD

Lives In:  Shadyside

Life Outside of Medicine:  Cooking, baking, playing the piano, hiking

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Strolls down Walnut St., Squirrel Hill, and Schenley Park

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Strength in each GI subspecialty, breadth and complexity of patients

Jacob Lipkin, MD
Year II
MS:  Penn State University
R:  UPMC

Fun Facts

Jake Lipkin, MD

Hometown:  Doylestown, PA

Undergraduate College:  Franklin & Marshall College (2012)

Career Interests:  Advanced Endoscopy

Lives In:  Shadyside

Life Outside of Medicine:  Enjoy playing sports, going on hikes and to the park with my wife and doc, traveling (during non-COVID times)

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Going to the parks, exploring new breweries and restaurants

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Comradery among fellows. 

Sunny Tao, MD
Year II
MS:  University of Pittsburgh
R:  UPMC

Fun Facts

Sunny Tao, MD

Hometown:  Centerville, OH

Career Interests:  Hepatology

Lives In:  South Side

Life Outside of Medicine:  Hiking with my dog, cooking/grilling, photography, binge-watching Netflix

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Exploring new restaurants, walks at Frick Park and the riverside

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Co-fellows, night float system, clinically strong and procedurally heavy training, broad exposure to complex GI pathology (IBD, PB, liver transplant)

Nelson Valentin, MD
Year I
MS:  University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
R:  Mt. Sinai Beth Israel

Fun Facts

Nelson Valentin, MD

Hometown:  Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate College:  University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus (2011)

Career Interests:  Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders and Functional GI

Lives In:  Squirrel Hill

Life Outside of Medicine:  I enjoy reading, playing sports, and spending time with my dog Ollie

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Going to Frick Park, hiking, golfing, and trying new restaurants

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  UPMC offers world class, nationally ranked care in an environment that provides the support and resources for you to succeed as an academic gastroenterologist. There is a well rounded exposure to a diverse set of pathologies and there is plenty of collaboration across departments to facilitate learning while providing high quality care. I enjoy the comradery among the fellows and the approachability of the faculty. There are always exciting, cutting edge medical advancements occurring at UPMC and you get to play in integral part of it. It is an excellent place to train.

Jonathan Wilen, MD
Year I
MS:  University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
R:  Columbia University Irving Medicine Center

Fun Facts

Jonathan Wilen, MD

Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA

Undergraduate College:  University of Michigan (2012)

Career Interests:  Advanced Endoscopy or General GI

Lives In:  Shadyside/East Liberty

Life Outside of Medicine:  Playing sports (ice hockey, soccer) and exploring new restaurants with my wife and friends

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:  Exploring different neighborhoods, going to concerts, eating diverse foods, and walking through Schenley and Mellon Parks

Favorite things about the UPMC GI Fellowship:  Broad spectrum of faculty expertise (get to round with generalists, hepatologists, IBD experts, advanced endoscopists, etc.), early scoping experience (EGD on day one!), awesome co-fellows who are both hardworking and relaxed

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