Banner Good Samaritan Internal Medicine Residency  

Faculty and Program Administration

 

Internal Medicine Faculty 


Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Dr. Alan LeibowitzAlan I. Leibowitz, MD, FACP, Chief Academic Officer, Banner Arizona and Chairman, Department of Medicine Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Professor and Chair Department of Medicine (BGSMC) and Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix

He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Prior to that, he served as dean for Student Affairs at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa.  He also was our former Program Director since 1989.

 

Dr. O'MalleyCheryl O'Malley, MD, FACP, is Program Director in the department of Internal Medicine, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine with the University of Arizona College of Medicine where she is also the Chair of the Clinical Curriculum Subcommittee and Director of the Faculty Learning Community project.

Dr. O’Malley was raised in Phoenix, but left briefly to complete her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Notre Dame.  She returned to Arizona to receive her MD from the University of Arizona and then entered the combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program at Good Samaritan and Phoenix Children’s.  Since joining the faculty, her clinical work has focused mainly on hospitalized adults with interests in patient safety, teaching quality improvement, resident education and assessment, and inpatient glycemic control. 

She has also held elected and appointed national positions;  American College of Physician-member of the national council of young physician, member of the education committee and currently serves as a member of the curriculum development team for High Value Cost Conscious Care;  Society of Hospital Medicine –member and past-chair of the national physicians in training committee, representative to the Internal Medicine Education Redesign Advisory Board, and mentor for the glycemic control mentored implementation project; and Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine- past councilor, Chair-elect of the Education Innovations Project Residency programs.  She is also on the core leadership group for the multi-institutional Educational Research Outcomes Group researching the application of milestones and novel assessment methods to resident education. 

Most importantly, she loves spending time with her husband, Sean and their 2 children, Maura (8) and Hogan (5).  Although, she runs to stay healthy, what she loves to do is to try new restaurants with friends and work on art or home improvement projects!

Donna Holland, MD, serves as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine and directs the combined Medicine/Pediatrics fourth-year clinical rotation for medical students. 

She is a native Texan, and received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.  She completed residency training and Chief Residency in the combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System, and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She serves as an Associate Program Director for Pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is currently completing a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her interests include patient safety, resident education, junior faculty development projects, and community outreach.

Dr. Gwisdalla KeriLyn Gwisdalla, MD, is an Associate Program Director and Director of Recruitment for the Internal Medicine Residency and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and sits on the Curriculum Committee at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix campus.

She graduated from the University of Arizona College Of Medicine in 1995 and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at BGSMC/Phoenix VAHS in 1998. Subsequently she served as Chief Resident and joined the faculty in 1999 where she works primarily in the ambulatory setting teaching residents and medical students.  Dr. Gwisdalla is the Ambulatory Director of the Internal Medicine Clerkship for the University of Arizona medical students at BGSMC/Phoenix VAHS. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Gwisdalla is an original contributing author for the American College of Physician’s High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care Curriculum. Her current interests are resident personal and professional development, and creating and maintaining an excellent environment in which to learn medicine. Along with the faculty, she enjoys being part of our retreats and workshops which promote balance between physical, mental and emotional health during residency. When she's not at work or with her family, you will usually find her at a yoga class.

Brenda Shinar, MDBrenda Shinar, MD, has been an Associate Program Director in Internal Medicine since 2001 and Preliminary Medicine Director since 2006 and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana but moved to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of eight. She went to the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona, graduating in 1997 and did her residency in Internal Medicine at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System from 1997 to 2000. She was a chief resident during the year 2000-2001. She met her husband, Ron, during residency, when he was doing his Transitional Internship in preparation for a career in Radiology. They were married in 2002. 

Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Teddy. She also enjoys reading, shopping, and sushi.  She has been the recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” award from the residents in the program for seven of the past nine years. In addition, she has received several teaching awards from the medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Her mission is to teach residents everything there is to know about Celiac Disease, and to encourage them to be a true medical detective during the entirety of their careers.

Michelle Huddleston, MDMichelle Huddleston, MD, is an Associate Program Director of the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Huddleston received her bachelor’s degree in Biology at East Carolina University in 1990 and remained at East Carolina Brody School of Medicine to receive her Doctorate of Medicine in 1995. She then traveled to Phoenix as a newlywed with her husband, Sam. Michelle completed residency training in the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System and Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 1999.

She joined the faculty at both Phoenix Children’s and Banner Good Samaritan, where she currently directs the Adolescent Program. Under the Adolescent program she directs the Teen Tot clinic providing comprehensive care to teenage parents and their children in a medical home model. Her primary focus is adolescent healthcare and resident education. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, traveling and spending time with her family.

Emily Manin, MDEmily Mallin, MD, is the Medical Director of Academic Medical Service, the inpatient teaching faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency program.  She is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

She is board-certified in Internal Medicine. She was born and raised in Phoenix, but has traveled far and wide in pursuit of her medical education. Starting in Tucson, she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Arizona. She moved to New York where she completed a post-baccalaureate premedical program from Columbia University. She graduated medical school from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel in 2004, before returning to Phoenix to complete her residency and chief resident year in Internal Medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center/Phoenix VA Health Care System. 

Dr. Mallin loves that she gets to teach medical students and residents for a living. When not attending on the wards, she is usually working on quality improvement projects, with a particular interest in transitions of care and mentorship of residents and junior faculty.  She has been recognized for her work within Banner Good Samaritan and by the American College of Physicians (ACP) – Arizona chapter.  She is involved in the Society of Hospital Medicine and locally with the ACP.  Her other loves include travel and languages, skiing, and her family.

Dr. Harvey HsuHarvey Hsu, MD, is Medical Director of Banner Good Samaritan Internal Medicine Center, a key clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine and  Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Hsu originally moved to Phoenix in 1974, then went to the University of Washington for his undergraduate years. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science he attended medical school at St. Louis University. He completed his residency at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System in 1999 and has been a faculty member since. The most exciting project he is currently working on is transitioning our outpatient clinic into a patient centered medical home.  We are hoping that with a team based approach to patient care, we can improve quality and physician satisfaction.   Dr. Hsu works with medical students and residents on the outpatient side and actively manages his own panel of patients. 

Dr. Jayne Peterson Jayne Peterson, MD, FACP, is the Associate Program Director in Ambulatory Education for the Internal Medicine Residency and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Arizona State University and medical degree at the University of Arizona. She did her Internal Medicine residency at Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her passion is to teach ambulatory medicine and to care for the underserved. She feels fortunate to have the perfect job that allows her to develop the ambulatory curriculum for our Internal Medicine residents and work with medical students during their Internal Medicine Outpatient rotations in a clinical setting which also cares for the less fortunate. She volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul Free Clinic.

Current projects include developing our practice into a Patient Centered Medical Home with specific emphasis on chronic disease management through Diabetic Shared Medical Visits. She loves mentoring residents to help them establish their professional goals and teaching them through their “BETTER” projects about quality improvement. She is active in the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians where she is currently serving as the 2012 ACP AZ State Scientific Meeting Program Chair. She is also active in the Mountain West Region of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) where she has served as President, regional board member and meeting chair. Her passion for discovering new places has led her to Thailand, Egypt, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Slovenia, and across Europe…next stop Machu Picchu, Peru & Chile.

Kendall Novoa-Takara, MD, is a key clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine with the University of Arizona College of Medicine  and the Inpatient Internal Medicine Clerkship and Subinternship Site Director. 

Dr. Novoa-Takara received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkley and her  medical degree from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.  After residency she served in the Army at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas where she worked with Internal Medicine residency program.  After leaving the military, Dr. Novoa-Takara was a clinical assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  She joined the faculty of Banner Good Samaritan in 2007 as an academic hospitalist.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Outside of the work, she enjoys spending time with her family and supporting them in their many activities.

Dr. Heather BartzHeather Bartz, DO, is a key clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine for the University of Arizona.

Dr. Bartz received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Davis in 1997. She ventured from Northern California to the Midwest for medical school and graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002.  Many of her medical school clinical rotations were in Phoenix and she fell in love with Arizona as well as the Med-Peds program here.  In 2006, she completed the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System  and Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center. During her fourth year of residency she served as Med/Peds Chief Resident and loved being chief so much she served as an out-of-training chief resident for both the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics programs.

In July 2007, she joined the Internal Medicine/Med-Peds faculty here and has been a mentor and advisor for many residents. You will find her in many places including the adult medicine inpatient wards and the outpatient internal medicine clinic. Outside of work she enjoys running, swimming, biking, and hiking.  She loves spending time with the great friends she has made here in Phoenix and her husband and two young boys, Jake and Easton, as well has her little Jack Russell Terrier.

Sara Stimson, MD Sara C. Stimson, MD, is a key clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine for the University of Arizona.

Dr. Stimson received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas in 1996. After teaching high school biology and coaching three sports for a brief stent she travelled to Houston to complete her medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 2002. The Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program in Phoenix was the main draw out of Texas and she completed her combined training at the the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix Children's and Maricopa Medical Center in 2006.

Her love for teaching continued as a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric Chief Resident which she completed in 2007. She now has joined the Internal Medicine/Med-Peds faculty at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System/Phoenix Children's Hospital where she spends time in both the outpatient and inpatient settings and continues to remain dedicated to the growth and development of young physicians and medical students. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her wife and daughter.

Bridget Stiegler, DO, is a key clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine, an Academic Hospitalist, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine for the University of Arizona and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine for the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.  

Dr. Stiegler is a fifth-generation Arizona native who completed her medical training at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006.  Dr. Stiegler participated in a pre-doctoral teaching fellowship in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and remains active in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine department at  Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. After completing her residency training here at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System , Dr. Stiegler served as internal medicine chief resident in 2010-11, and has been working as a faculty member on the Academic Medical Service since. 

Dr. Stiegler has special interest in high fidelity simulated medical education, and has authored and developed the internal medicine Simulated Medical Education Program, which consists of the Simulated Case Scenario Project, and more recently the New Senior Simulation Boot Camp. Dr. Stiegler has deep roots in the Arizona desert, and loves all that the state has to offer, including hiking, camping, fishing and skiing.  She and her family are also very involved in the Irish Cultural Center, participating in Irish dance, language, and cultural studies and festivities.

Christina Bergin, MD, is a key clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine, an Academic Hospitalist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine for the University of Arizona.  

A native of Chicago, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Preprofessional Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2003.  She graduated from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine in 2007; while there she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.  She completed her residency training here at the Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System Internal Medicine residency program.  After serving as Chief Resident from 2010-2011, she subsequently joined the faculty as an academic hospitalist.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and she loves being able to teach residents and medical students every day.  Her professional interests include medical education, patient safety, patient satisfaction, and improving physician-patient communication.  Outside of work, she loves hiking, photography, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Lori Porter, DO, is a key clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine, an Academic Hospitalist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine for the University of Arizona.  









 


Mary Ellen DirlamMary Ellen Dirlam, MD, PhD, MS, serves as Medical Director of the Samaritan Academic Faculty, Practices at Banner Good Samaritan and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine with the University of Arizona College of Medicine . 

Her primary areas of focus are quality patient care, optimization of financial performance, new healthcare models, regulatory compliance, electronic health records, and process improvement. She has been an active in the development of a business elective for the Internal Medicine residents and billing and coding seminars for the faculty and residents, particularly in the "BETTER" curriculum.  She is also active in the transformation process of primary care practices to the Patient Centered Medical Home, championing the electronic health record, improving clinical processes to manage chronic disease, development of care management teams and providing care to Internal Medicine patients.  She received her PhD in Biochemistry from Arizona State University and her master's degree in Clinical Research Design and Medical Biostatistics from the University of Michigan. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Gary Salzman Gary H. Salzman, MD, FACP, is a Certified Medical Director for Long Term Care, a Certified Clinical Densitometrist, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Is certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and has been a practitioner and teacher of Geriatric Medicine for 30 years.  He has served as Medical Director of Nursing Homes in Phoenix, and is the current Medical Director of an Alzheimer’s Assisted Living Facility in Scottsdale. He has directed the Internal Medicine Geriatric Fellowship Program at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System since 1999. Dr. Salzman is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association of Phoenix, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Geriatrics Society. He was selected as Geriatrician of the Year in 2006 by the Arizona Geriatrics Society.

Richard Gerkin, MD, MS, is a key clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine. He has a faculty appointment at the University of Arizona as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine.

He received his master's degree in Clinical Research Design and Medical Biostatistics from the University of Michigan. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Medical Toxicology. He was formerly the medical director of the Phoenix Fire Department Health Center. He currently teaches evidence-based medicine, participates in journal clubs of most of the residency and fellowship training programs, assists with the "BETTER" curriculum for second and third year medical residents, and offers support to investigators with study design and statistical analysis.  He is a research advisor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix campus, and recently received the "Researcher of the Year" Award from the ACP-AZ Chapter.  His other interests include karaoke, military history, chess, and video/music production.

Peter P. McKellar, MD, FACP, has been an associate director of the program since 1977. He is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. His interests are in learning and teaching all areas of clinical medicine.


Phoenix VA Medical Center

Darren Deering, DO, Chief of Staff, received his Bachelor's of Science degree from Truman State University in 1995. He then attended the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. Following graduation from KCOM in 1999, he completed a Traditional Rotating Osteopathic Internship in Long Beach, Calif. He then completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. During his last year of residency, he served as a chief resident in the combined Med/Peds program.

Dr. Deering joined the Phoenix VA Health Care System in 2005 as a staff Hospitalist and became Chief of Staff in 2012. His primary responsibility is the oversight of the day-to-day clinical operations of the hospital as well as the Research and Education programs. In addition to teaching and hospital administration, he enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and spending time with his family and friends.

Shakaib (Shak) Rehman, MD, SCH, FACP, FAACH, is Chief of Education, at the Phoenix VA Health Care System and Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Medical Informatics, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. He received his MD from University of Punjab, Pakistan with Gold Medals in Physiology, Forensic Medicine and Pathology. He did his Internal Medicine Residency at Nassau University Medical Center/SUNY @Stony Brook, New York and General Internal Medicine/Medical Education Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Rehman is a well-recognized expert in hypertension and health care communication; he taught courses/workshops around the country as well as in many countries outside the USA. Dr. Rehman has published extensively and has won numerous awards for his teaching. Dr. Rehman is reviewer for many scientific journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine and American Journal of Hypertension, among others. He is the associate editor of the Medical Encounter and was editor of the Journal Scan (online journal), as well as guest editor of Patient Education and Counseling. 

Kathryn M. Carbone, MD, Chief of Medicine, joined the Phoenix VA Health Care System in February 2015. She graduated Magna cum laude in Biology from Harvard-Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA, in 1979, and received her MD, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI, in 1983. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases in Baltimore, MD at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1988, joining the faculty there as an Assistant Professor. An R01 funded investigator in neurovirology and the behavioral, physiological and neuroanatomical outcomes of virus-induced developmental brain damage for 18 years, she became the nation's expert in Borna Disease virus, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine while at Johns Hopkins. 

In addition to serving as an attending on the Infectious Disease Consult Service, she also was an attending at the AIDS outpatient clinic while at Johns Hopkins.  In 1996 she joined the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the FDA as Chief of the Pediatric and Respiratory Viral Diseases Laboratory, leading a research and FDA clinical study and manufacture review team responsible for childhood vaccines and influenza vaccines.  Subsequently, she became the director of research at CBER/FDA, where she managed over 100 research-regulator experts in licensed and experimental biological medical products. In 2007 she moved to the Intramural Research Program in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. 

As Deputy Scientific Director of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR),she managed the clinical research and basic research programs.  While at NIH she created and led several novel programs, such as development of the NIDCR DIR Intranet and the NIDCR Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (NCDI), which she chaired. In addition to leadership and management of scientific and medical programs, she applies her behavioral expertise to an avocation in dog training, showing and rescue, and is a devotee of Scottish traditional music and history.

Christopher Kurtz, MD, is chief of the Hospitalist Section at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a clinical assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1995 with a degree in molecular and cellular biology. He received his MD from the University of Virginia in 1999; while there he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Kurtz completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center/VA hospital in 2002.

When not working hard to educate future physicians he enjoys world travel, eating at one of the many wonderful restaurants in the Phoenix area, and satisfying his inner artist by playing the piano and guitar.

VA Hospitalists

Hamed Abbaszadegan MD, MBA,
is the current Chief of Health Informatics Officer at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. He currently holds joint faculty positions at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in Internal Medicine and Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Abbaszadegan will be the clinical site director at the Phoenix VA for the Clinical Informatics fellowship program. His interests are in clinical decision support, population health management, clinical analytics, and quality/patient safety. Hobbies include: tennis, outdoor activities and track driving.

Michael S. Chesser, MD, is an Academic Hospitalist at the Phoenix VA Health Care System and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. Dr. Chesser obtained a BS in Biochemistry at Texas A&M University in 1988 followed by an MD at the Texas A&M Health Science center in 1992. He completed residency training at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation Hospital in New Orleans in 1995 and is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Chesser served on active duty with the USAF from 1995-2003 and was Commander of the Medical Services Flight in the 56 Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base. Now a reservist, Dr. Chesser is the Chief of Hospital Services for the 944 Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Luke AFB. Dr. Chesser is also a Critical Care Air Transport Physician with the USAFR and served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom flying Air Evacuation missions. Dr. Chesser is active in medical simulation training, community disaster response and system redesign.

Jordan Coulston, MD, is a Phoenix native. Dr. Coulston completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of California San Diego in 2010, before returning the Valley of the Sun. His clinical interests include patient safety and systems redesign. In these efforts, he acts as a mentor for the Chief Resident in Quality and Safety (CRQS) Program. A 2007 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, he continues to work with the UACOM Phoenix campus as faculty in the “Doctoring Course,” and as site director for the Internal Medicine Clerkship. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys mountain biking, surfing, and spending time with family.

Julie Crawford, MD, FAAP is a staff Hospitalist at the Phoenix VA Health Care System and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is board certified in Internal medicine and in Pediatrics. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Environmental Science and in Psychology and her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She then traveled to Phoenix for residency training in the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics program at Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix VA Health Care System/Phoenix Children’s Hospital which she completed in 2006.

After graduation, Dr. Crawford worked in private practice in the Phoenix area where she had the opportunity to care for her patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. She enjoyed this position, but missed the world of academia. She therefore transitioned to work as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist at the VA Hospital in 2011 where she has the opportunity to work with residents and medical students on a daily basis. She also works as a moonlighter at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Urgent Care to allow her to continue to care for the pediatric population. In addition to teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family (including 2 young children), jogging, biking and photography.

Viet Do, DO, FACP is an Associate Program Director (APD) of the combined Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and Phoenix VA Health Care System residency program representing the VA Medical Center, where he works as an academic hospitalist. He oversees the education and training of Medicine residents while they train at Phoenix VA. He is also the Director of Faculty Development for the Phoenix VA Healthcare System and co-leads the efforts to minimize Duty Hour violations.

Dr. Do graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1998 with a BS in Biology, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003, and completed his residency in 2006 from Banner Good Samaritan/PVAHCS program. After residency, he worked in the community until 2011 and then returned to the Phoenix VA. Outside of work, he spends his free time with his wife and 3 kids, plus volunteering with Cub Scouts and the Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention.

His future goal includes leading research projects at the Phoenix VA, and is excited about the upcoming iCOMPARE study. Dr. Do holds faculty appointments at University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine.

Lee Farmer, MD, is an academic hospitalist with the Phoenix VA Health Care System. He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his Internal Medicine residency from Banner Good Samaritan-Phoenix VA HCS.

Michael Garrett, MD, attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, and did his medical residency training at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. He is board certified and recertified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he regularly lectures their 3rd year students. Dr. Garrett is the Chair of the Transfusion Committee and wins Teacher of the year on a regular basis. When he is not reading journals, he is in his workshop wondering why the parts aren’t going together, in the kitchen pondering why the latest brownie recipe didn’t quite come out right, or on another Arizona hiking trail trying to keep up with his wife and dog.

Cara McCarty, MD, is an academic hospitalist with the Phoenix VA Health Care System. She completed her combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Banner Good Samaritan-Phoenix VA. She also graduated from University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson.

Marícela Moffitt, MD, MPH, completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 1986. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas in Houston in 1989 and was selected as a chief resident in 1990. She joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at Maricopa Integrated Health System in June of 1990 and remained there until 2005. She has held many academic and administrative positions including Clerkship director, associated program director in Internal Medicine Residency, co-program director Med-Peds Residency, and director of Medical Education/Academic Affairs.

During her tenure at MIHS, Dr. Moffitt was elected president of the Medical Staff and served as a medical staff officer from 1998-2003. She has received numerous teaching and service awards. Currently, she is the director of the Doctoring Curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. She holds the academic rank of Professor of Medicine. Tuberculosis and Public Health have always been interests.

Dr. Moffitt obtained a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Arizona in the Charter Class 1993-'94. As part of an internship project she was funded over $1 million for a five-year project in clinical trials of new methods for the treatment of tuberculosis from the Centers for Disease Control; in addition she participated in the CDC’s Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC.)  Clinically she has practiced and taught Internal Medicine as faculty at Maricopa Integrated Health System and now at the Carl T. Hayden VA in Phoenix. She provided TB care at Maricopa County Public Health Tuberculosis Control for 16 years leaving in 2006 to join the faculty at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. She also served as the chief medical officer, TB Control and as Deputy State Tuberculosis Control Officer

Phil Sirota, MD, is an academic hospitalist. He joined the Phoenix VA Health Care System in 2013. In his brief time with the residency program, he won Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Sirota graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Mark Zubriski, PhD, MD, completed undergraduate studies in Biology at UCLA, and then moved to the Phoenix area to attend graduate school at Arizona State University, earning a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He went to medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he was elected as a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society.  He spent two years in Baltimore, completing his intern year in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a year as a resident fellow in Genetic Medicine.  Completed his residency at the Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, he is board certified in Internal Medicine and serves as faculty member at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix Campus as a Clinical Assistant Professor lecturing 3rd year medical students, and teaching the Doctoring Curriculum to 1st year medical students. 

His interests include working closely with the ACP-Arizona Chapter.  Outside of work, he loves to watch movies, travel around the world and track days with his car.

Nocturnists
Stephen Cushner, MD, JD,
is a nocturnist for the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Dr. Cushner graduated from University of Vermont College of Medicine, completed his Internal Medicine residency in California, has a Master’s in Public Health form Harvard School of Public Health, and law degree.

Paul Duntley, MD, is a native of New York state. He attended the University of Dallas and then S.U.N.Y. Buffalo for Medical School. He relocated to sunny Arizona for residency and a chief year at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. He then worked for nine years as a primary care internist with an emphasis on Geriatrics in Sun City, Ariz. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. He has been at the Phoenix Veterans Hospital for five years as a teaching attending with some part-time duties participating in some of the numerous research projects available at the VA. He enjoys woodworking and numerous outdoors activities. He is also a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force Reserves.

Cristina Mandanas, MD, is a nocturnist for the Phoenix VA Health Care System. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College, completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of South Carolina, and is also a trained anesthesiologist.



Critical Care Faculty

Robert A. Raschke, MD, MS, director of Critical Care Services at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. He holds a faculty appointment at the University of Arizona as assistant professor of Clinical Medicine. He too, received his master's degree from the University of Michigan in Clinical Research Design and Medical Biostatistics. He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Thomas M. Bajo, MD, is associate director of Critical Care Services at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona. He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Disease.

Rebecca Legg, MD, is a staff Intensivist. She is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Gregory Chu, MD, is a staff Intensivist. He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Jennifer O'Hea, MD, FCCP, is a staff intensivist. She is board certified in internal medicine, critical care, and pulmonary medicine. Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in psychology and pre-professional studies in 1993. After completing medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, she was proud to join the ranks of the "lifetime membership" at Good Samaritan. Here she has completed residency, chief residency, and fellowship, and has been on staff since 2005. She believes that the nurses and doctors at Good Samaritan are unmatched, and she loves covering the night shifts in the ICU. Outside of work, she enjoys running her two kids around, running in general, and playing the bagpipes.

John Khazin, MD, is a staff Intensivist.

Ricki Long, MD, is a staff Intensivist

David Morro, MD, is a staff Intensivist.

Huw Owen-Reece, MD, is a staff Intensivist.

Maria P. Rocha, MD, is a staff Intensivist at the VA Medical Center. She is Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Clement Singarajah, MD, is director of Critical Care at the VA Medical Center. He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.


Junior Faculty 2012-2013

2012-2013 Junior Faculty
Hamed Abbaszadegan, MD
St. Matthews University School of Medicine

Nilda Franco, MD
St. Matthews University School of Medicine

Kristin Lane, D.O.
Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine

Sandra Till, D.O.
AT Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Yolanda Villalvazo, MD
University of Iowa


Fellowship Directors

Cardiology

Ken Desser, MD - BGSMC
Robert Halligan, MD -VAMC

Interventional Cardiology

Nathan Laufer, MD - BGSMC
Timothy Byrne, D.O. - BGSMC

Pulmonary Medicine

David Baratz, MD - BGSMC
Richard Robbins, MD - VAMC

Gastroenterology

Paul Berggreen, MD - BGSMC
Francisco Ramirez, MD - VAMC

Geriatrics

Gary Salzman, MD - BGSMC

Endocrinology

Sylvia Vela, MD - VAMC

Medical Toxicology

Steve Curry, MD - BGSMC

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