Faculty Information

Residency Program Director

Alec B. O'Connor, M.D., M.PH.

Dr. O’Connor is the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Dr. O'ConnorResidency. He was a resident and then chief resident in the Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Rochester (1996-2000) before becoming an Associate Program Director for the Medicine and Medicine-Pediatrics residencies in 2003. He is a Hospitalist at Strong Memorial Hospital, where he attends on the Inpatient Teaching Service 12 weeks/year. He has published on a variety of topics related to improving prescribing practices and residency education, and he was a physician champion for the electronic medical record that went live at Strong and Highland Hospitals in 2011. His outside interests include cycling, running, and skiing.

Associate Program Directors:

Donald R. Bordley, M.D.

Dr. BordleyDr. Bordley has been the Associate Chair for Education since 1997 and he is the former Residency Program Director. Since joining the URMC faculty in 1981, Dr. Bordley has focused his career on resident and student education. A recognized national leader in medical resident education, Dr. Bordley has served on the executive council of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) and was President of APDIM in 2008-2009. His clinical role is as a General Medicine Hospitalist, attending on the Inpatient Teaching Service 10 weeks/year. His outside interests include cycling, skiing, and hiking.

Joseph Nicholas , M.D., M.PH., C.M.D. Joseph Nicholas

Dr. Nicholas was recently appointed Associate Program Director in 2014, and is responsible for overseeing residency education at Highland Hospital. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His current educational focus is on physician cognition, medical decision making and individualizing guideline-directed care. He attends on the Highland Inpatient Geriatrics teaching service, and also serves as the Medical Director for the URMC Highlands at Brighton Skilled Nursing Home. His interests include cycling, skiing and fiction.

Catherine F. Gracey, M.D.

Dr. GraceyDr. Gracey has been Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program since 2002, most recently focusing on resident evaluation and feedback and on faculty development. Her clinical role focuses on resident ambulatory education as one of the program's lead ambulatory continuity preceptors and on developing the ambulatory curriculum. Her research interests include teaching humanism and communication skills, in part through her work with the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, running, and playing with her family.

House Staff Clinical Directors:

Marc Berliant, M.D.Berliant

Dr. Berliant is the Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He is also the Director of the Internal Medicine Faculty-Resident Practice. He has had a longstanding interest in medical education and he has received numerous teaching awards. He served as Chief Resident after completing his internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester. He previously led hospital initiatives to enhance the quality and safety of care for patients across the Medical Center. His research interests include transitional health care and new models of primary care delivery. Outside of work he enjoys biking, sailing and cross country skiing.

Melissa Mroz, M.D.

Melissa MrozDr. Mroz is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She joined the faculty in 2012 after completing her residency and chief residency at NYU.  She is the site director for the Resident Practice at Highland. Her clinical role includes her primary care practice, working as a clinical preceptor, and a consultative role with ambulatory Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been involved in initiatives to improve health care delivery to high risk populations.  Her research interests include quality improvement and health care delivery.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family in the Finger Lakes.