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2016-2017 Dean's Teaching Fellows

Melissa F. Carmen, MD
Paul F. Griner Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2015-2017
Project: The Development of a Novel Program to Train Pediatric Providers in the Use of Telemedicine in Neonatal Resuscitation

Melissa Carmen

Melissa F. Carmen, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology and is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal medicine.  She completed her Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut and then went on to a Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University at Buffalo.  She joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 2012.  

In addition to her clinical duties, Melissa is the Director of Perinatal Outreach for the Finger Lakes Region and the Co-medical Consultant for the Neonatal Resuscitation program at the University.  As Director of Outreach, she works with hospitals in the Finger Lakes Region to discuss the care of infants transferred to Golisano Children's Hospital and provides education and support to optimize the care of newborns throughout our region.  

Melissa will be working on a project that aims to use telemedicine in the simulated resuscitation of neonates.  Melissa is a Rochester native; she moved away for her college education and medical training and is thrilled to be back in her hometown, near family and friends.  In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, painting and keeping her Labrador retriever, Ruby, out of trouble.

Jorge F. Carrillo, MD
Lowell A. Glasgow Dean's Teaching Fello​w, 2015-2017
Project: MIGS Curriculum in OBGYN Residency

Jorge F. CarrilloDr. Jorge F. Carrillo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Carrillo received his medical degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá-Colombia (South America). 
He worked as a Professor of Human Anatomy at his medical school for one year. He completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rochester General Hospital in 2012.

In 2014 he completed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) through the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) at UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital. This Fellowship provides further training in conventional laparoscopic, robotic assisted and hysteroscopic procedures, providing the acquisition of additional skills to have the ability to care for patients with complex gynecologic disease using minimally invasive techniques. This training was complemented with an emphasis in assessing and managing patients with chronic pelvic pain conditions.

His special interests are in chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, pudendal neuralgia, abdominopelvic neuropathies, minimally invasive procedures and techniques, abdomino pelvic anatomy, resident education and simulation in laparoscopic skills.  

Thomas M. Carroll II, MD, PhD
George L. Engel Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2015-2017
Project: Primary Palliative Care: What is it, and can it be taught?

Tom CarrollDr. Thomas M. Carroll is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  He completed the combined MD, PhD program at the University of Connecticut in 2008 and his Internal Medicine residency in 2011.  He then served as Chief Resident for one year and subsequently completed his fellowship in Palliative Care in 2013. 

Currently he practices primary care and palliative care at Strong Memorial Hospital and supervises internal medicine residents in their outpatient practice at Highland Hospital.  He is also involved in medical student education including as an oral examiner for the second year Comprehensive Evaluation program and as a faculty sponsor for a medical humanities course covering patient-doctor communication.  Additionally, he serves as the Palliative Care and Pain Management consultant for St. Joseph’s Community Center’s medical practice.

Closely related to his clinical activities, Tom is interested in the border between “generalist” and “specialist” palliative care, specifically what it means to be proficient in generalist palliative care and how best to transmit this knowledge to non-palliative care specialists.  Additional interests include resident and fellow education generally and in particular what it takes to practice medicine in the “real world,” a topic that has traditionally received little attention in medical education

Christina Cellini, MD

Marshal Lichtman Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2016-2018
Project: Surgeon Burnout:  Creating a wellness curriculum to support general surgery residents



Dr. Christina Cellini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Colorectal Surgery.  Dr. Cellini received her medical degree at Weill.  Cornell Medical College and remained there for her general surgery residency.  She then went on to complete a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Washington University in St Louis.  She joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 2009.  During her time here she matriculated Simon School of Business where she earned her masters in medical management.

In addition to her clinical duties, Christina is the program director for the departmental colorectal surgery fellowship and is also actively involved in resident and program evaluation for the general surgery residency. Christina has personal and professional interest in work-life balance, physician wellness and prevention of burnout. Her project will focus on the development of a formal surgical resident curriculum to aid in physician self-care that can be sustained beyond the training years. 

Lauren N. DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD

George W. Merck Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2016-2018
Project: Learners Becoming Leaders:  Development & Evaluation of a Curriculum for Chief Residents in Surgery

lauren2Lauren N. DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD is an Assistant Professor of the Departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, & Surgery. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2011. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in primary care family psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  She joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 2013.

In addition to her clinical duties, Lauren is the Associate Director of the Primary Care Family Psychology Fellowship and the Track Director of the Adult Psychology Internship, both in Psychiatry (Psychology). She was recently appointed as the Associate Program Director of Resident Wellness in General Surgery. She works closely with trainees and faculty across departments with particular focus on the patient-family-clinician relationship and improving team effectiveness. Lauren also serves on the Board of Directors of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, specifically supporting initiatives for trainees and early career clinicians. 

Lauren will be working on a project in Surgery that aims to create a curriculum focused on surgical leadership, helping residents develop the skills necessary to effectively lead teams across clinical and administrative settings. 

Constantine G. Haidaris, PhD
Lawrence E. Young Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2015-2017
Project: Applying Electronic Resources to Enhance Learning in the Host Defense Course

Theresa M. Green, PhD, MBAConstantine G. Haidaris, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Center for Oral Biology.  He is also a member of the Strong Children's Research Center.  He is the director of the Host Defense Course for the First Year Medical Students, and the director of the Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory Course for U of R undergraduates.  He serves on the Medical Education Pathway (MEP) Committee, and as mentor for several MEP students participating in the Host Defense Course.  Previously, he was director of the Immunology, Microbiology and Virology (IMV) Graduate Program.

As a microbiologist, his research interests center on mechanisms of disease caused by bacteria and fungi, with emphasis on infections seen in the immune-compromised patient.  The long-term goal of his work is the development of improved approaches to treat these infections.  He has ongoing research collaborations with URMC colleagues in the Depts. of Microbiology & Immunology, Imaging Sciences, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Environmental Medicine.


Sandra H. Jee, MD, MPH
Jules Cohen Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2015-2017
Project: Development and Evaluation of an Integrated Mental Health Curriculum for Pediatric Residents and Psychology Interns/Fellows


Dr. Sandra H. Jee is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and is a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric health services researcher.  She received a B.A. in English from Yale University, and her M.D. with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester. She received an M.P.H. degree in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan.  She completed her pediatric residency training at New York University, and at the University of Michigan. She completed an NRSA fellowship in Pediatric Health Services Research at the University of Michigan in the Division of General Pediatrics, prior to the Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities Fellowship. She received a career development award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Physician Faculty Scholars Program. Sandy’s current research and clinical interests include clinic-based and community-based studies focused on improving the health and mental health of vulnerable children, especially for children and youth in foster care.

Her focus has been on projects related to children in foster care, children with learning or behavioral difficulties, and children with health disparities.  She is interested in the intersection between pediatric primary care and mental health, and promoting child well-being and resilience. To that end, her work has centered on ways that pediatric providers can better identify social-emotional or learning problems in children and adolescents, and also co-manage these issues with families.

Vineeth John, MD, MBA
Andrew W. Mellon Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2016-2018
Project: An experiential curriculum on cognitive errors and cognitive de-biasing strategies in Psychiatry

VineethVineeth John, MD, MBA is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Vineeth graduated from Christian Medical College, Vellore India and completed his residency in General Adult Psychiatry at Tufts-New England Medical Center and a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry from the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. Prior to his arrival at Houston, he’s held positions of academic leadership at University of Texas School of Medicine at Houston, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He is the Co-Director of the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program at URMC and is actively involved in the clinical training and evaluation of residents and medical students. Vineeth also has an MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business. Over the past decade, he has been researching and exploring the effect of disruptive styles of leadership in organizations and presenting his findings at national and international conferences. Vineeth is currently involved in various educational initiatives directed towards enhancing domain expertise amongst psychiatry residents. Vineeth’s fellowship project aims to create an experiential curriculum based on adult learning theory focusing on commonly encountered cognitive errors in Psychiatry and strategies for cognitive de-biasing.


William H. Novak, MD
Gilbert B. Forbes Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2016-2018
Project: Internal Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education

novakDr. William Novak is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  He received his medical degree from the Ohio State University in 1999 and then completed his Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of Rochester in 2002.  He subsequently completed a Chief Resident year and then an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Novak joined the faculty in 2005 as a Hospitalist in the Hospital Medicine Division where much of his time has been spent teaching interns and residents amidst direct patient care.  He became an Associate Program Director for the Medicine-Pediatrics residency program in 2009 and is now an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency program.   He has served in many additional institutional roles, including as an Associate Chief Medical Information Officer and now as an Associate Chief of the Hospital Medicine Division.

Dr. Novak is passionate about teaching medical students and residents at the bedside, and has been awarded the residency program's highest faculty teaching honor.   Amidst a national increase in diagnostic ultrasound training for students and residents, he is launching a bedside point-of-care ultrasound educational curriculum for the Internal Medicine residency program.