Second Year Fellows


Adam Elisha, DO

2008 University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada -BA
2014 Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ – DO
2017 Sacred Heart Medical Center – University of Washington- Residency

After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, Adam attended Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ for medical school.  Adam is passionate about preventative health care and assisting his patients to achieve short and long term optimization of their health and well-being.

His current academic areas of interest include the convergence of substance use disorders and rheumatologic disease in those with uncontrolled disease activity.  Outside of work, Adam enjoys exploring the city, watching documentary films and continuing to tweak his highly guarded recipe for the world’s greatest hummus.

Ericka M. Joyce, DO


2009       University of Pittsburgh- BS
2013       Lake Erie College  of Osteopathic Medicine – DO
2016       Allegheny General Hospital  – Residency
2017       Allegheny General Hospital – Chief Resident

Ericka is a Pittsburgh native and was raised in Bethel Park.  She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology.  She then attended the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by an internal medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh. She served as Chief Resident at AGH for one year before joining the UPMC Rheumatology fellowship. Her academic interests include SLE and Women’s’ Health, as well as medical education, quality improvement, and patient safety. In her spare time Erika enjoys horseback riding, pure barre, Pittsburgh sports (Go Steelers!), and hiking with her dog and husband.

Anna Papazoglou, MD


2004 – University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece – MD
2010 – Sahlgrenska Ostra University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden – Residency
2014 – Immunogenetics Lab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Research Scholar
2017 –  Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia – Residency

I am from Athens, Greece where I attended Medical School. After graduating I moved to Sweden where I started Residency with the ultimate plan to become a specialist in Rheumatology. As I developed a special interest in research, moving to the United States was the next logical step. I joined the Immunogenetics Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and participated in several projects mainly focused on the Human Leukocyte Antigen. One of my most exciting research endeavors was focused on Next Generation Sequencing. Upon completion of Internal Medicine Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, I moved to Pittsburgh to join the Rheumatology Fellowship training Program at UPMC.  Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends, traveling, running, swimming, cooking, watching movies and learning languages.

First Year Fellows

Nicole Hunt, MD

2010 University of the West Indies, Jamaica MBBS
2018 Howard University Hospital, Washington DC

Nicole was born and raised in Jamaica, receiving her medical degree from the University of the West Indies. She began her medical career as a house officer, later medical officer, in both rural and urban Jamaica. In 2015 she began her internal medicine residency at Howard University Hospital where she was awarded the intern of the year. She had a productive residency with significant leadership responsibilities, serving as a chief resident in her final year and being nominated as most outstanding chief resident. She also played an integral role in the restructuring of the admissions policy for her department.

Her interests lie in addressing health care disparities in medicine and preventive rheumatology.

In her free time, Nicole is also an aspiring artist. She adores the visual and performing arts and thrives on exercising her creative genius with a special interest in drawing and painting.

Reshad Mahmud, MD



Nicholas Vaughn, MD

2010 – Bradley University – BS
2014 – Saint Louis University Cook School of Business – MBA
2015 – Saint Louis University School of Medicine – MD
2018 – Medical College of Wisconsin – Residency

Born in North Dakota, I grew up in central Illinois, where I also completed my undergraduate studies. I then moved to St. Louis, where I completed a dual-degree program in the medical and business schools. While in medical school, I met my wife, Gina, a pediatrician. We then couples-matched to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for residency, where we enjoyed the cheese, various encased meats, long winters, and mild summers. My primary rheumatologic area of interest is in rheumatoid arthritis.  My other professional interests include: data science, healthcare information technology, research commercialization, and early-stage biotech ventures. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, reading, writing, gardening, golf, and walking with our Golden Retriever, Scout.  Gina and I are expecting our first child in the summer of 2018.

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