Meet Our Team

Who makes it all possible

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    Rima Abdel-Massih, MD

    Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder; Program Director Infectious Diseases Fellowship; Director of Telemedicine

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    J. Ryan Bariola, MD, FIDSA, FACP

    Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases UPMC Medical Director, UPMC Health System Antimicrobial Stewardship Medical Director, Infectious Disease Connect Inc. Virtual Antimicrobial Stewardship

  • Antonie Auguste, MD, MPH

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Booth Wainscoat, MD

    Infectious Disease Consultant

  • Brandon Smith, MD, PharmD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Division of Infectious Diseases, UPMC

  • Christine Cho, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Lynnsey Winkle, RN

    Tele-ID Nurse

  • Matt Davis, PharmD

    Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist

  • Phillip Palmieri, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Sabina Zawadzka, DO, MS

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Sarah Burgdorf, MD, PhD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Seema A. Mehta Steinke, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Selene Working, MPAS, PA-C

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Karin Byers, MD, MS

    Associate Chief of Clinical Care | Clinical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases | Director, Surgical Infections Unit

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    Christiane M. Hadi, MD, MPH, MSc

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

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    Julia K. Cornett, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

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    Carolyn Fernandes, MD

    Director, Travel Health, Division of Infectious Diseases

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    Nupur Gupta, DO, MPH

    Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist

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    Vidya Jagadeesan, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

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    Tina Khadem PharmD, BCPS

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases UPMC; Pharmacy Director, UPMC Health System Antimicrobial Stewardship; Pharmacy Director, Infectious Disease Connect Inc. Virtual Antimicrobial Stewardship

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    Sui-Kwong Li, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor UPMC, Infectious Disease Specialist

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    Gul Madison, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UPMC

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    Erin K. McCreary, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

    Director of Stewardship Innovation, Infectious Disease Connect; Infectious Diseases Pharmacist, UPMC; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UPMC

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    Linda Nabha, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

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    Sowmya Nanjappa, MBBS, MD, FACP

    Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist

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    Christian O. Perez, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Rocco Richards, MD

    Infectious Disease Specialist

  • Neel B. Shah, MD

    Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist

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    Kathleen Sheridan, DO

    Director, Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Program, UPMC

  • Suzanne Templer, DO, FACP, FIDSA

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Alex Trzebucki, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UPMC

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    J. Alexander Viehman, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

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    Peter Volpe, MD

    Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist

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    Nicole White, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

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    Julia Zefirova, MD

    Infectious Diseases Specialist

Rima Abdel-Massih, MD

Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder; Program Director Infectious Diseases Fellowship; Director of Telemedicine

Dr. Abdel-Massih is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of ID Connect. She is an expert in developing and instituting models of telemedicine services in Infectious Diseases (Tele-ID). She became the Director of Tele-ID Services at UPMC in 2016 and led its rapid growth regionally. The success of the Tele-ID program and the growing demand for access to ID specialists led Dr. Abdel-Massih and Dr. John Mellors, Chief of Infectious Diseases at UPMC to form ID Connect and extend academic level ID expertise to areas in need for ID specialists.

Dr. Abdel-Massih has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC since 2009. She joined the Division of Infectious Diseases at UPMC after completing her transplant infectious diseases fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic. She continues to serve as Director of Tele-ID Services at UPMC and as the Director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program. She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s workgroup on Telehealth specialty.

Publications

J. Ryan Bariola, MD, FIDSA, FACP

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases UPMC Medical Director, UPMC Health System Antimicrobial Stewardship Medical Director, Infectious Disease Connect Inc. Virtual Antimicrobial Stewardship

Dr. Bariola serves as the Medical Director of the Centralized Health-system Antimicrobial Stewardship Efforts (CHASE) program at UPMC and Virtual Stewardship program at Infectious Disease Connect, Inc. He previously served as Fellowship Director of an Infectious Diseases Training Program and has mentored medical students, Internal Medicine residents, and Infectious Diseases fellows regarding careers in Infectious Diseases.

His interests include improved use of antimicrobials for hospitalized patients as well as the use of rapid diagnostics to improve the detection and timely management of infections. Dr. Bariola also has interests in the area of endemic fungal infections, particularly blastomycosis. With a clinical objective to improve antimicrobial use for hospitalized patients, he also has interests in endemic mycoses and other fungal infections.

Publications

Antonie Auguste, MD, MPH

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Booth Wainscoat, MD

Infectious Disease Consultant

Brandon Smith, MD, PharmD

Infectious Diseases Specialist, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Division of Infectious Diseases, UPMC

Dr. Brandon J. Smith is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his pharmacy training at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA (2012) obtaining his PharmD and a Concentration in Pediatrics. Dr. Smith went on to complete his medical training at the Marshall University in Huntington, WV (2016). He returned to Pittsburgh to complete his Internal Medicine Residency training at UPMC Mercy (2019) where he served as the Resident Chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and stayed at UPMC to complete his Infectious Diseases Fellowship (2021). During his fellowship, Dr. Smith served as the Chief Infectious Diseases Fellow (2020-2021) and completed the Antimicrobial Stewardship Certification track. He has also obtained the Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Certification through MAD-ID (2018). Dr. Smith’s clinical interests include antimicrobial stewardship and de-labeling B-lactam allergies. His research interests include B-lactam therapeutic drug monitoring, B-lactam neurotoxicity and multi-drug resistant gram-negative infections.

Christine Cho, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. Cho is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases since 2021.  Her clinical interests are general infectious diseases and utilizing telemedicine to increase access to medical care.

Lynnsey Winkle, RN

Tele-ID Nurse

Matt Davis, PharmD

Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist

Matt began his pharmacy career in Austin, Texas at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy where he received his doctorate of pharmacy. He subsequently completed two years of post-graduate training at UC Davis Medical Center specializing in infectious diseases.

Following residency, Matt worked as the antimicrobial stewardship/infectious diseases pharmacy lead for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His primary responsibilities included serving as the ID pharmacy consultant for five ID consult and transplant ID teams, facilitating AU data tracking and reporting, providing antimicrobial education to various stakeholder groups, and participating in the ASP’s prospective audit and feedback program.

His research interests include innovative practices in stewardship and anything pertaining to antifungal therapeutics. In his spare time, Matt enjoys the outdoors, reading, and meeting new people.

Phillip Palmieri, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Sabina Zawadzka, DO, MS

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. Sabina Zawadzka is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Medicine and joined the Division of Infectious Diseases in 2021. Her major clinical interests are the using telemedicine to increase access to care, general infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship and HIV/AIDS.

Sarah Burgdorf, MD, PhD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. Burgdorf completed her M.D./Ph.D. at UC San Diego with a dissertation that focused on the molecular virology of human cytomegalovirus. During her clinical training in internal medicine and infectious diseases, she was especially struck by the high morbidity and mortality associated with severe invasive bacterial infections and sepsis, often in the face of appropriate antibiotic therapy. This inspired her to expand upon her graduate training in molecular virology to bacterial host-pathogen interactions and experimental therapeutics during infectious diseases fellowship at UC-San Diego, where she explored the synergies between antibiotics and innate immunity in optimizing outcomes for Staphylococcus aureus and other resistant pathogens.

Her clinical interests include treatment of complicated and invasive bacterial infections such as multi-drug resistant bacterial infections and Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. Dr. Burgdorf is also interested in the emergence of antibiotic resistance as a global problem and the use of novel therapeutics and antimicrobial stewardship as ways to combat this.

Seema A. Mehta Steinke, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Seema Mehta Steinke, MD, MS is an Infectious Diseases physician with Pueblo Infectious Diseases, PLLC. Prior to moving to Colorado along with her military husband, she held a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and in the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University for 6 years. Her clinical focus while at Johns Hopkins was Transplant and Oncology Infectious Diseases, providing infectious diseases care for oncology patients as well as solid organ and bone marrow transplant recipients. Furthermore, she served as Assistant Clinical Director within the Division of Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Mehta Steinke attended The University at Buffalo for medical school, completed her residency training at Tufts Medical Center, and subsequently completed her fellowship training at UCLA where she also earned a Master’s of Clinical Research. Her interests include multi-drug resistant gram-negative infections, transplant infectious diseases, oncology infectious diseases, and antimicrobial stewardship in the immunocompromised patient population; she also enjoys teaching residents and fellows.

Selene Working, MPAS, PA-C

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Selene Working is a physician assistant who is currently on faculty with the University of Pittsburgh Division of Infectious Diseases. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Organismal Biology at Claremont McKenna College and completed her medical training with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

Selene has almost a decade of clinical experience managing patients with a broad range of complex infectious diseases, serving as the lead clinician on busy academic Infectious Diseases services at tertiary care centers such as UCSF Medical Center and the University of Utah. She served as an educator and mentor to ID fellows, residents, and rotating medical students on concepts and principles pertaining to ID clinical practice. She previously served as the UCSF ID consult service representative to develop guidelines for management of vascular insufficiency-associated limb infections and as the primary ID consultant for Orthopaedic infections at the University of Utah. Her major clinical interests include novel treatment modalities to manage Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, Orthopaedic hardware-related and prosthetic device infections, and antimicrobial stewardship.

Karin Byers, MD, MS

Associate Chief of Clinical Care | Clinical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases | Director, Surgical Infections Unit

Dr. Karin Byers is the Associate Chief for Clinical Care for the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  She has been involved in providing telemedicine care since the first program was started when it only provided coverage for regional hospitals.  In 2016 she turned over management to Dr. Abdel-Massih who has grown the program to include multiple states.  She continues to oversee the clinical inpatient programs at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

She has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC since 2001.  She joined the Division of Infectious Diseases at UPMC after completing her infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Virginia.  Her clinical interests include orthopedic and neurosurgical infections.

Publications

Christiane M. Hadi, MD, MPH, MSc

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. Christiane M. Hadi is part of the General Infectious Diseases service at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, treating patients with infections such as endocarditis, osteomyelitis and postoperative infections. She has clinical expertise in treating patients with tuberculosis and HIV. Her special interest is in diagnosing and treating infections in refugees and immigrants. She also specializes in pre – travel counselling and travel-related infections.

Dr. Hadi completed her Internal Medicine Residency, General Internal Medicine Fellowship, Infectious Diseases Fellowship, and HIV & TB Fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dept of Medicine | University of Pittsburgh

Julia K. Cornett, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Carolyn Fernandes, MD

Director, Travel Health, Division of Infectious Diseases

Nupur Gupta, DO, MPH

Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Gupta is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. She completed her undergraduate and MPH studies at UCLA and received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Phoenix, AZ. She completed her internal medicine residency at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA. Following her residency training, Dr. Gupta completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship with a special focus on HIV/AIDS at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a faculty member with UPMC since 2019. Her areas of interest include HIV treatment and prevention, medical education, infection control and prevention, and using telemedicine as a tool to reduce barriers to general ID care.

Publications

Vidya Jagadeesan, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Tina Khadem PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases UPMC; Pharmacy Director, UPMC Health System Antimicrobial Stewardship; Pharmacy Director, Infectious Disease Connect Inc. Virtual Antimicrobial Stewardship

Tina Khadem, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. She serves as the Pharmacy Director of the Centralized Health-system Antimicrobial Stewardship Efforts (CHASE) program at UPMC and Virtual Stewardship program at Infectious Disease Connect, Inc

Dr. Khadem received her PharmD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at the Portland VA Medical Center in Oregon, and a PGY2 Infectious Diseases pharmacy residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Following her residency training, Dr. Khadem completed a fellowship in outcomes research and epidemiology at St. John Fisher College in Rochester NY.

Areas of interest include implementing and developing antimicrobial stewardship best practices in large healthcare systems and other acute care settings using data-driven interventions, including community hospitals with limited local antimicrobial stewardship resources and expertise.

Sui-Kwong Li, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor UPMC, Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Sui Kwong Li is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. He received his MD at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and his Infectious Diseases fellowship training at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. Dr. Li has been a faculty member with UPMC since 2018. His areas of interest include medical education, antimicrobial stewardship and using telemedicine as a tool to reduce barriers to general ID care. He currently serves as Co-Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittaning, PA as well as Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Gul Madison, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UPMC

As a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Dr. Madison is interested in general Infectious Diseases, treatment of HIV, HCV, Antimicrobial Stewardship and quality improvement in patient care, and providing ID consultative services via telemedicine, advancing access to care.

Erin K. McCreary, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Director of Stewardship Innovation, Infectious Disease Connect; Infectious Diseases Pharmacist, UPMC; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UPMC

Erin McCreary, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and ID Connect, Inc. She received her PharmD from the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 Infectious Diseases residencies at the University of Wisconsin Health.

Dr. McCreary currently leads the UPMC System COVID-19 Therapeutics Committee and serves as a co-investigator for a global, adaptive, COVID-19 clinical trial. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts. In addition, she has co-authored nearly 40 abstracts at national and international scientific meetings. She has served the profession in numerous roles including most recently: member of ASM Microbe Planning Committee and chair of the SIDP Publications and Podcast committee.

Her practice interests include infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic optimization, recommending cefazolin, and convincing people to get vaccinated. She is also passionate about professional leadership, mentorship, and preceptorship.

Linda Nabha, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. Linda Nabha is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and joined the Division of Infectious Diseases in 2020. Her major clinical interests include general infectious diseases and HIV prevention and treatment. She also has an interest in advancements of telemedicine in infectious diseases.

Sowmya Nanjappa, MBBS, MD, FACP

Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Nanjappa has a special interest in histoplasmosis endemic fungal infection along with optimal use of Antibiotics in clinical infectious disease.

 

Christian O. Perez, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Rocco Richards, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Rocco Richards is an Infectious Disease specialist in the Department of Medicine at UPMC who provides telemedicine care to hospitalized patients with infectious complications.

Dr. Richards received his MD from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI. He then pursued Infectious Disease fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY. He joined ID Connect in 2021 and clinical interests include general Infectious Disease, medical education and telemedicine.

Neel B. Shah, MD

Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Shah’s research interests include better understanding how to diagnose, manage, and treat prosthetic joint infections. He is currently working on determining what factors determine clinical outcomes associated with patients who undergo debridement and retention of their infected prosthetic joint, and how modifying these factors could help in improving patient outcomes.

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Kathleen Sheridan, DO

Director, Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Program, UPMC

Dr. Sheridan is the Medical Director for the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) clinic. Her research focuses on the delivery of quality care to patients discharged from the hospital on IV antibiotics through the OPAT program to prevent hospital readmissions and antibiotic associated adverse events.

She spends time rounding on the inpatient general ID services as well as the surgical ID service and sees outpatients in the general ID clinic, OPAT clinic, and the HIV clinic. In addition, she sees patients at remote UPMC facilities via telemedicine. Her main area of interest is in the transition of care from the inpatient to outpatient management via the OPAT Program and preventing hospital readmissions and adverse events in these patients.

 

Suzanne Templer, DO, FACP, FIDSA

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. Templer received training as a professional development coach and specializes in Leadership curriculum development and delivery in the UME realm centered around emotional intelligence and professional identity formation. Another area of interest is wellbeing, especially in helping learners develop skills during medical training that allow them to remain resilient once they complete training and go into practice. She is also passionate about LGBTQI education and advocacy.

 

Alex Trzebucki, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UPMC

Dr.Trzebucki’s interests include general infectious diseases, designing and operationalizing antimicrobial stewardship models, and developing ID technology solution in antimicrobial stewardship. He has particular interest in the development and implementation of next generation rapid molecular diagnostic modalities in Infectious Disease to address accurate, timely diagnosis and appropriate anti-microbial utilization.

J. Alexander Viehman, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. Viehman focuses his clinical research in several areas, including drug resistance, antibiotic stewardship, and quality improvement. Currently, he is working on projects evaluating patient risk factors for drug-resistant pathogens, including vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium and adjunctive therapy for patients with C. difficile infection. ln addition, he is evaluating barriers to vaccination against Streptococcus pneumoniae in patients who meet appropriate indications.

In addition to inpatient clinical services and office consultation, Dr. Viehman is an active member of the UPMC Antibiotic Management Program. He also works with medical students, residents and fellows on clinical service. His focus includes antimicrobial agents and spectra, microbiological interpretation and clinical examination.

Peter Volpe, MD

Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist

Nicole White, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. White received her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine. Her research in the field of infectious diseases has focused on diagnosis and management of Clostridium difficile infections. She practices as a general infectious diseases consultant with a focus on bacterial infections and use of telemedicine to deliver consultation and treatment. Her prior experience as an oncology hospitalist led her to develop a strong interest in treating infections in patients with malignancies.

Julia Zefirova, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist

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