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2017-2018 Dean's Teaching Fellows

Beau Abar, PhD

Paul F. Griner Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2017 - 2019

Project: Improving Communication with Patients in Primary Care Regarding Depression and Suicide

Beau Abar, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, and Public Health Sciences. He received his doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in emergency medicine and quantitative health sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He joined the URMC faculty in September, 2013.

He works primarily as a research professor in emergency medicine, with a focus on issues surrounding access to care for behavioral health treatment. He is also the instructor for the introductory quantitative methods course in the MPH program and for the advanced quantitative modeling course offered through Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology. Dr. Abar is also the chair of the Emergency Medicine Research Committee and the Educational Fellowship Grant subcommittee chair for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Abar’s project parallels his research interests, focusing on ways to improve communication with patients in primary care about sensitive mental health concerns like depression and covert suicidality. His primary mentor on his project is Dr. Ronald Epstein.

Linda M. Callahan, PhD

Lawrence E. Young Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2017 - 2019

Project:  Development and assessment of an On-line Tool to assist first-year medical students learning Histology

Linda M. Callahan, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.  She obtained her PhD in Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York and joined the UR Faculty in 1996.  She directed the URMC Light Microscopy Resources for 11 years and recently joined the Human Structure-Function Faculty teaching anatomy and histology. 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Callahan is also the newly appointed Histology Resources Curator, responsible for assembling and maintaining the histological resources significant for medical education and for developing tools that keep histology medical education curriculum current.

Dr. Callahan will be working on the development and assessment of an online tool aimed towards enabling first year medical students to quickly check their understanding of Histology after each lab exercise.  The overall goal of the project is to support each student’s learning such that the student learns pattern recognition and diagnostic skills necessary to master histology at their own pace of learning.   Dr. Callahan’s goal is to develop digital histology on-line learning tools for medical and graduate students. 

Dr. Callahan’s research interests include neurodegenerative disease processes, especially of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as in understanding how to assess learning tools to determine their impact on a learner’s ability to learn.   She is also interested in the history of microscopy and histology, particularly in terms of their impact on current medical practice.

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

Lauren 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.

Katherine Blumoff Greenberg, MD

Jules Cohen Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2017-2019

Project: Development of a Self-Reflection Tool for Teaching in Transgender Medicine

Dr. Katherine Greenberg is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, with a secondary appointment in the Division of General Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester after completing her undergraduate training in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.  She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s Hospital-Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and her Adolescent Medicine fellowship at the University of Rochester.  While in her fellowship, she also completed the Leadership Training Academy through Physicians for Reproductive health, a year-long intensive advocacy training for physicians involved in sexual and reproductive health care.  She joined the faculty in 2014.

Dr. Greenberg’s clinical work includes directing the adolescent medicine Gender Health Services program, which provides hormonal treatment for transgender and gender expansive youth from puberty through age 25 as well as referrals for mental health services, surgical services, and other transition-related care.  She is a member of the national Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Program (ARSHEP) faculty through Physicians for Reproductive health, and is a local, regional, and nationally recognized educator in care for transgender youth and young adults.  Her other main area of both clinical work and educational advocacy is on adolescent sexual and reproductive health care, particularly long acting reversible contraception (LARC) for unintended pregnancy prevention.  Since 2014 she has served as the assistant director for the Greater Rochester LARC Initiative, a grant-funded educational initiative to teach adults who work with youth about the safety, efficacy, and availability of LARC in Rochester.

Dr. Greenberg’s educational responsibilities include directing the medical student and resident elective rotation in adolescent medicine, for which she developed a guided self-reflection exercise during her fellowship.   She also co-led the creation of a national curriculum for pediatric residents in adolescent medicine for the Education Committee of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, which was published in August 2017.  Her educational scholarship has centered on unpacking the hidden curriculum and implicit biases around vulnerable patient populations, and her Dean’s Teaching Fellowship project will involve applying these same principles to teaching and learning in transgender health.

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

​ 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

Dr. 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.

Jessica C. Shand, MD

George L. Engel Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2017-2019

Project: A Web-Based Curriculum to Promote Resilience and Positive Identity during Pediatric Residency Training.

Dr. Jessica C. Shand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, and is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.  She received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she spent a year at the National Cancer Institute as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow studying cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Shand completed her residency training at the University of Rochester, with a Distinction in Research, and her fellowship training in pediatric oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Cancer Institute. She joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 2013, where she practices pediatric hematology-oncology at the Golisano Children’s Hospital while maintaining a leukemia research laboratory as a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Research Scholar.

Dr. Shand believes that the care of sick children provides resident physicians with a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on larger issues that impact their professional identity. Her Dean’s Teaching Fellowship project will develop and implement a novel technology platform to help residents build and maintain habits, based on individual needs, to reinforce a positive identity during training. The project will build upon Dr. Shand’s current activities with the Pediatric Residency Program, in which she works with residents during difficult case debriefings and wellness presentations.

Dr. Shand is passionate about exploring how intersections between science, philosophy and spirituality can change the way medicine is practiced in our current context of rapid cultural and technological shifts. In addition to her clinical and research activities, she studies and teaches courses on spirituality and medicine in the Division of Medical Humanities and as a Faculty Associate Professor at the Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School.