2014-2015 Dean's Teaching Fellows

Thomas V. Caprio, MD, MPH, CMD, FACP

Jules Cohen Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2013-2015
Project: Geriatric Assessment: A Model for Interprofessional Education and Practice

Thomas V. Caprio, MD, MPH, CMD, FACPDr. Thomas Caprio is an assistant professor of medicine, clinical nursing, and public health sciences and serves as director of the geriatric medicine fellowship program, director of an interdisciplinary geriatric training program for physicians, dentists, and behavioral/mental health professionals. He is also the medical director of the University of Rochester Geriatric Assessment Clinic, and medical director of the Visiting Nurse Service Hospice. He is project co-director for the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center and a recipient of a Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Bureau of Health Professions through the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Caprio was appointed a Lawrence A. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Medicine in 2008. He is past president of the State Society on Aging of New York and currently serves on the board of directors and is President-elect for the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers and the National Association for Geriatric Education. He is a board-certified physician in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Erin M. Denney-Koelsch, MD

George L. Engel Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2013-2015
Project: Development and Evaluation of a Palliative Care Curriculum for Pediatric Residents

Erin M. Denney-Koelsch, MDDr. Erin M. Denney-Koelsch is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Palliative Care, Ethics and Humanities. She did her medical school and Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Palliative Care. She worked in primary care for 5 years, but now dedicates all of her time to Palliative Care for adults and children. She is the Director of the Perinatal Supportive Care Program, in which multidisciplinary prenatal consultations are provided for families with prenatally-diagnosed life-threatening conditions. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. She was honored as a Lawrence A. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellow and twice with the Patien-t and Family-Centered Care Award for physicians with greater than the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction scores. Her teaching interests include improving communication skills during difficult family meetings.

Stephanie A. Gamble, PhD

Dewitt Brower Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2013-2015
Project: Development and Evaluation of a Co-occurring Disorders Curriculum for Trainees in Psychiatry

Stephanie A. Gamble, PhDDr. Stephanie Gamble is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo. After completing a clinical internship and post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, she joined the faculty in 2008. Dr. Gamble investigates behavioral interventions for individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and depression. Her current NIAAA-funded study, the MEADOW Project (Mending the Effects of Alcohol and Depression on Women) examines the adjunctive effects of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for alcohol dependent women with co-morbid depression. Dr. Gamble provides training and supervision in Interpersonal Psychotherapy to residents and interns in Psychiatry. In addition, as part of the Dean's Teaching Fellowship, she is developing a co-occurring disorders curriculum for Psychiatry trainees.

Ahmed Ghazi, MD, FEBU

George W. Corner Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2013-2015
Project title: Development and Integration of a Structured Robotic Training Curriculum into an Established Residency Program, Based on Scientific Models of Training

Ahmed Ghazi, MD, FEBUDr. Ahmed Ghazi received his MD degree from Cairo University in Egypt in 2000, where he also completed his surgery training and Urology residency 2001-2005. After serving as faculty for two years a the University Hospitals, he started a series of worldwide fellowships in state-of-the-art minimally invasive Urological surgery. He completed a laparoscopic fellowship in Paris, France, in 2008 under the supervision of Professor Claude Abbou, MD, (one of the modern founders and prominent laparoscopic surgeons, who revolutionized the laparoscopic technique for extraperitoneal laparoscopic radical prostatectomy for treatment of prostate cancer). He completed a second laparoscopic fellowship in Austria in 2009 under the supervision of Professor Gunter Janetschek, MD, who specialized in the laparoscopic approach for selective removal of kidney tumors, leaving the remaining kidney intact and functioning. He also introduced the laparoscopic approach for retroperitoneal lymph node dissection in the treatment of testicular cancer evading a large midline incision. During his stay in Europe he received the European Board of Urology. He completed his training at the University of Rochester with a 2 year fellowship in the robotic treatment of various urologic cancers. He joined the staff at the Urology department in 2012. Dr. Ghazi specializes in the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidney, testicle, and other genitourinary organs as well as minimally invasive treatment of various stones of the urinary tract.

Theresa M. Green, PhD, MBA

George W. Merck Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2014-2016
Project: An Innovative Curriculum in Community Health for Medical Students: Evaluating the Impact

Theresa M. Green, PhD, MBADr. Theresa Green is a faculty member of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in the Public Health Sciences department. She is also the Director of Community Health Policy and Education at the university's Center for Community Health. She evaluates and informs community health policies and assures community health in education at the medical center.

Previously, when Dr. Green was the Director of Community Health Planning for the Berrien County Health Department in Michigan, she worked on the passage and implementaiton of the Clean Indoor Air Regulation, childhood lead poisoning policy, health disparity and building healthy environments.

After earning her Master's Degree in Anesthesiology from Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Green worked as a certified anesthesiologist assistant for over 20 years. She received her MBA in Health Care Administration and then earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at Western Michigan University with her dissertation on quantifying value in public health.

Robert Horowitz, MD

Gilbert B. Forbes Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2014-2016
Project: Can the Humanities Heal the Healer? A Modest Proposal

Rob Horowitz, MDDr. Rob Horowitz is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics, and is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine. He began working as a rural Emergency Physician during residency to support his growing family. He then pursued this line of work as his primary professional role for an additional 14 years. In 2012 he moved his professional home from the FF Thompson Emergency Department to the URMC division of Palliative Care, out of which he works with children and adults who have serious illness, in hospital, office and home settings. Rob has also been Medical Director of the URMC Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program since it was established in 1999.

In addition to his clinical duties, Rob facilitates multiple supportive groups for clinicians, including Balint groups for residents and fellows, and a palliative care Nurse-Patient Care Technician support group. He teaches medical students in both small and large group settings, facilitating Introduction to Clinical Medicine student interview groups, instructing about sharing bad news and advance directives, and serving as an oral examiner in the Comprehensive Assessment. In 2014 he took on the Directorship of the Comprehensive Assessment.

Rob has deep personal and professional interest in mindfulness and other reflective practices as means to enhance both clinician well-being and clinician-patient relationships. He speaks frequently to community groups, colleagues, and health care trainees about such topics as pain management, clinician self-care, and managing difficult conversations. He is a lifelong Rochester resident, married to Rhea, and father of three sons. He enjoys exercise, yoga, meditation and piano playing, and, inspired by his wife's remarkable green thumb, is now a budding gardener (pun intended).

Bethany Marston, MD

Andrew W. Mellon Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2014-2016
Project: Virtual Patients for Resident Education in Rheumatology

Bethany Marston, MDDr. Bethany Marston is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine, practicing both adult and pediatric rheumatology. She received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and then completed a combined medicine and pediatrics residency and chief residency at the University of Rochester, where she subsequently completed a rheumatology fellowship. She joined the faculty in 2010, in the divisions of Pediatric Rheumatology and Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology. She currently serves as the associate fellowship director for the rheumatology training program. She has been involved in rheumatology education on a national level through the American College of Rheumatology, currently serving on both the musculoskeletal ultrasound educational planning committee and the in-training exam item-writing committee. Locally, she has had several educational roles in the departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, and has been involved in the development of EPIC tools and templates for her disvisions. Her current interests include the use of tools and technology to better care for patients and improve educational outcomes for pediatricians, internists, and rheumatologists.

Michelle Shayne, MD, FACP

Michelle Shayne, MDMarshall Lichtman Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2013-2015

Project: The Continued Development of a Cancer Survivorship Education Workshop

Dr. Michelle Shayne is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Oncology, specializing in breast cancer at the Comprehensive Breast Care Center of the Univrsity of Rochester Medical Center. She is the Director of the Fellowship Program in Hematology/Oncology and she is the Clinical Co-Director of the Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program of the Wilmot Cancer Center. Dr. Shayne received her medical school training at the University of Rochester. She did her internship and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital and she received her Fellowship training at Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Shayne was appointed a Lawrence A. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Medicine from 2008 through 2010.

She is a board-certified physician in medical oncology as well as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.