Meet Our Leaderships
Robert A. Salata, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine
Chairman of the Department of Medicine (DOM) and Physician-in-Chief of the University Hospitals (UH) System since August 2016. He is also Professor of Medicine, International Health and Epidemiology/Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Before his most recent appointment, he served as Interim Chairman of the DOM from July 2015-July 2016 and Executive Vice-Chair in the DOM for 8 years, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine for nearly 19 years at CWRU and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC). Dr. Salata has clinical interests in the evaluation and management of infections in immunocompromised hosts and healthcare–associated infections. He has research interests in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, clinical trials of new therapeutic agents for emerging infections and clinical HIV/AIDS research related to antiretrovirals including in resource-limited settings, as well as the epidemiology and prevention of HIV.
Dr. Salata is considered a consummate clinician and educator and has been so recognized with a DOM Teacher of the Year award, as a Master Clinician Educator in the DOM and is the inaugural recipient of the Master Clinician in Infectious Diseases at UHCMC and the STERIS Chair of Excellence in Medicine. He is internationally recognized as a researcher in clinical trials and has received continuous funding for these activities from the National Institutes of Health. Taking advantage of over 30 years of a collaboration in Uganda, Dr. Salata also facilitated the involvement of multiple other areas of chronic non-communicable diseases in global health including cardiovascular medicine, oncology, neurology and genetics.
Keith Armitage M.D.
Residency Program Director
Vice-Chairman of Education
Dr. Armitage is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Case Western Reserve University and is the Vice-Chair of Education and Residency Director in the Department of Internal Medicine. His primary professional focus has been on post-graduate medical education and clinical infectious diseases.
Dr. Armitage currently serves as the Past President of the Council of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. In 2002 he received the Parker J. Palmer Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
His research interests include the process of care in community-acquired pneumonia. He has published a number of book chapters and peer review articles.
Dr. Armitage received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and attended medical school at the University of Colorado. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and infectious diseases fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He served as chief resident in the Department of Medicine 1991-1992 and joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 1992. He holds certification in internal medicine and infectious diseases from the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In the School of Medicine, he has served on a number of committees, including the Committee on Students 2003-2007, the Committee on Medical Education 1999-2002 and the Faculty Council 1996-1999 and 2004-2007 (Chair 2006-2007).
He is married and has three children.
Robert Bonomo M.D.
Vice-Chairman of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Bonomo has a broad background in clinical medicine with specific training and expertise in infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. As a PI or co-Investigator on several previous university-, VA-, and NIH-funded grants, his research efforts focus on structure function relationships of key beta-lactamases using microbiological and biochemical testing, medicinal chemistry, structural biology, pharmacological analyses, genetics and molecular epidemiology. The second arm of Dr. Bonomo's research focuses on developing novel approaches to understanding and rapidly detecting multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii and carbapenem resistant K. pneumoniae. In addition, Dr. Bonomo successfully administered several VA- and NIH-funded projects, collaborated with other researchers, and produced many peer-reviewed publications that reveal the complex genetic background and genome sequence of MDR A. baumannii, extended-spectrum beta-lactamases, and carbapenem resistant and producing K. pneumoniae.
Dr. Bomono is a renowned teacher and mentor. He is the recipient of the Kaiser Teaching Award from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the highest award for teaching out the institutions, as well as numerous other teaching awards. He has mentored many students, residents and fellows in successful research projects. As Chief of the Medical Service at the VA he is highly involved with house staff and student teaching.
Associate Program Directors
Carla Harwell, MD
Associate Program Director
Medical Director for the Otis Moss Jr, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Dr. Harwell is a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and on the full time faculty at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Dr. Harwell has served as a clinic preceptor and resident mentor for many years, and assumed the role of an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program in July 2006. Her clinical focus is outpatient general medicine and primary care with an additional focus in health care disparities and women’s health. Dr. Harwell is nationally recognized as a leader in education on health care disparities and medical issues affecting minorities. She serves as a clinic preceptor and co-director of the Douglas Moore Residents Clinic at University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center and Director of the David Satcher Clerkship. Dr. Harwell serves on a number of local, regional and national boards and has received numerous awards and honors.
Dr. Harwell attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and subsequently completed internship and residency at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. After completing her residency, she took a faculty position at Case Western Reserve University and assumed the role as Medical Director for the Otis Moss Jr, University Hospitals Medical Center. Dr. Harwell resides in the city of Richmond Heights, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Charles LoPresti, MD
Associate Program Director
Dr. LoPresti is a hospitalist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and a full-time faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate training at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr. LoPresti graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2009 with his medical degree, and joined the Internal Medicine Residency program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.
Dr. LoPresti spends his clinical time between the inpatient wards and the VA emergency room. He has specific interest in the use of diagnostic and procedural ultrasound in these settings. In addition to his clinical time, he is the Director of the fourth-year Acting Internship in Internal Medicine program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. LoPresti is married and has two daughters. He enjoys Cleveland sports and spending time with his family.
Niraj Desai, MD
Dr. Desai is a Nephrologist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Integrated Life Sciences from Kent State University and medical doctorate from the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). He completed residency and nephrology fellowship at Rush University.
Medical Center in Chicago, IL. His medical interests include glomerulonephritis, hemodialysis and cardiovascular complications of CKD. He is a member of the National Kidney Foundation, American Society of Nephrology and American College of Physicians. He is also the Associate Program Director for Nephrology Fellowship Program. Dr. Desai is married, has two children and enjoys reading, working in the garden, cultivating bonsai trees and hanging out in coffee shops. He enjoys playing soccer and the guitar along with learning how to play the piano.
Thomas Hostetter, MD
Co-Director of Harrington Physician-Scientist Pathway
Dr. Hostetter is a Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chairman of Research in the Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He was previously Abraham Levitt Professor of Medicine and Director of the Nephrology Division at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York for six years. For nearly five years before that he was a Senior Scientific Advisor and Director of the National Kidney Disease Education Program at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. Prior to that he had been Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, where he was also Director of the Renal Division in the Department of Medicine for 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Yale University. After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hostetter served his internship at Baylor and the remainder of his residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Following his nephrology fellowship at the Brigham, he was a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School until moving to Minnesota in 1982. Dr. Hostetter’s major research interests are the mechanisms of progressive renal disease and uremia. He was President of the American Society of Nephrology from 1999 to 2000 and is presently chair of its Public Policy Board. He has served on several editorial boards, study sections of the NIH, the Nephrology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the councils of the American and International Societies of Nephrology and as a consultant to industry.
Ronda Mourad, MD
Associate Program Director, Co-Director of the Professional Coaching Program
Dr. Mourad is an internist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate training at Duke University, medical school at Case Western Reserve University and internal medicine residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She is also Co-Director of the Internal Medicine Professional Coaching Program which began in 2016. She spends her clinical time in the VA Emergency Department and inpatient medicine wards. Dr Mourad is currently working on the development of an Ambulatory Block for the second- and third-year residents and continues her role as the Humanism in Medicine Dimension Leader for the Center of Excellence in Primary Care. She enjoys art, outdoor sports, and traveling.
Susan Budnick, MD
Dr. Susan Budnick is a general internist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate training from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a minor in film studies. She attended medical school at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. She completed her residency training at UH Cleveland Medical Center and joined the faculty in July 2017. Dr. Budnick spends her clinical time between the inpatient wards and VA emergency room. Her specific interests are medical education, program evaluation, and curriculum development.
Dr. Budnick is married with two young children and an unruly dog. She enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking whenever she can.
Amanda Pensiero, MD
r. Pensiero is a Hospitalist at the Louis Stokes VAMC, as well as a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Classics from The Ohio State University where she also completed her medical degree. She did her residency training in UH Cleveland Medical Center, and joined the ranks of faculty in July 2017. Her time is spent as a hospitalist on the VA Medicine Services, attending the VA Emergency Department, and directing the Professional Development Block. Her clinical interests include Resident Wellness, inpatient diabetes management, and Medical Education.
Dr. Pensiero is married with one dog named Rouky, and in her free time enjoys traveling (favourite destination is Kauai), hiking, playing tennis, and baking.
Crystal Lantz-DeGeorge, MD
Associate Program Director
Dr. Lantz-DeGeorge is a general internist at University Hospitals Medical Practices with a private practice at University Suburban Health Center, as well as a faculty member of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She attended medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, and joined the UH Internal Medicine Residency program in 2010. She was a chief resident in the program and joined as faculty in 2014.
Dr. Lantz-DeGeorge spends most of her time as a primary care physician at her community practice. She also supervises residents one day per week in the outpatient resident clinic. Her interests are providing quality, comprehensive primary care to a broad range of patients, and preventive health care with a focus on the management of obesity. Dr. Lantz-DeGeorge is married and has three young children.
Aaron Proweller, MD, PhD
Director of Harrington Physician-Scientist Pathway
Dr. Proweller received a BA from Oberlin College and MD/PhD degrees from the University of Rochester. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago followed by clinical fellowship and post-doctoral training in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, Dr. Proweller joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals as a principal investigator and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Case Cardiovascular Research Institute and Cardiovascular Medicine Division. Dr. Proweller provides attending supervision for medical students, internal medicine residents and fellows on the inpatient cardiology services and coordinates research mentorship opportunities and the Harrington Physician-Scientist research track for internal medicine trainees. Dr. Proweller’s scientific interests focus on fundamental roles for smooth muscle signaling in patterning and maturation of blood vessels. The long-term goal in his laboratory is to determine how cellular derangements from signaling dysfunction are linked to human vascular diseases.
Simran K. Singh, MD
Director of Primary Care Firm Clinics
Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine, Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Dr. Singh is the Director of the Firm Clinics at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. A graduate of the combined BA/MD program at Boston University, she received her internal medicine residency training at the Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Singh has a special clinical research interest in gender-based disparities in primary care and ambulatory patient safety issues. She is actively involved in teaching and academic activities both with residents at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, as well as medical students at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. One of her valuable contributions was the development of the primary care block for interns. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.
Suneet Dullet, MD
Dr. Dullet is a general internist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, as well as a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA. She pursued her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley. She obtained her medical degree from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. She completed her residency training at LAC-USC Medical Center at the University of Southern California in 2015. Following her training, she served as a member of the core faculty at the University of South Alabama. There, she spent her time as a primary care provider, supervising resident clinic and inpatient wards, serving on several undergraduate, graduate, and hospital committees related to quality improvement, patient safety, and education, and educating residents on quality improvement and patient safety through her role as Internal Medicine Residency Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Director. She also became certified by the AAMC Te4Q program through her work as project leader for one of the institution’s AAMC Te4Q projects and completed the Health and Research Education Trust Accelerating Improvement Quality Improvement Fellowship. She joined UH Cleveland Medical Center this year. Her time is spent as a primary care provider at UH Cleveland Medical Center and Chagrin Highlands, hospitalist on the general medicine service, supervising resident clinic two half days a week, engaging residents in quality improvement, and working as a Quality Liaison in the UH Quality Institute. Her interests include quality improvement, patient safety, primary care, and resident education particularly team based learning.
Dr. Dullet is married with a young son, and in her free time enjoys traveling and exploring Cleveland with her family.