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Valerie Lou, M.D. M.P.H.

Valerie LouTitle/Position in Department: Assistant Residency Program Director, Assistant Director of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Wilderness Track Advisor
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine, Global and Public Health, Wilderness Medicine
How long have you been with the U of R: 14 years including residency
Where did you complete your residency?: University of Rochester
Hobbies/Family life?: I love running and biking through the diverse neighborhoods of Rochester.  Lately, I've been honing my baking skills and pawning off my successes and mistakes to friends and family.  Luckily, my toddler will eat anything as long as I put chocolate on it!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Turning point park and surrounding upper Genesee River is a hidden gem!

 

Julie Pasternack, M.D. M.Ed

Julie PasternackTitle/Position in Department: Director of the Emergency Medicine Clerkship, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Pediatric EM Fellowship
How long have you been with the U of R: Since medical school (15 years)
Where did you complete your residency?: University of Rochester
Hobbies/Family life?: Chasing after my 2 girls, ice skating
Favorite spot in Rochester: Public Market, Mendon Ponds

Jason M. Rotoli, M.D. M.S.

Jason RotoliTitle/Position in Department: Assistant Residency Program Director, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Cultural Awareness and the Deaf Patient
How long have you been with the U of R: 9 Years
Where did you complete your residency?: SUNY Buffalo
Hobbies/Family life?: Traveling to the 1000 Islands, trying new local restaurants, Deaf health advocacy American Sign Language, watching movies, weight lifting, spending time with my wife and 3 children and attending Buffalo Sabres hockey games!
Favorite spot in Rochester: My backyard--it's my vacation spot in Rochester. I also enjoy a good cocktail at Revelry, Nosh or Good Luck.

Joe Pereira, D.O.

Joe PereiraTitle/Position in Department: Assistant Residency Program Director, Senior Instructor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Emergency Electrocardiography, Medical Student and Resident Education
How long have you been with the U of R: 5 years
Where did you complete your residency?: University of Rochester
Hobbies/Family life?: Playing with my family, watching the Bills and sports in general, Xbox, pickup basketball and growing vegetables
Favorite spot in Rochester: My backyard with my kids, Dinosaur BBQ, Any Abbott's Ice Cream Stand and Rubino's

Jeremy Cushman, M.D. M.S. EMT-P

Jeremy CushmanTitle/Position in Department: Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Prehospital Medicine
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Emergency Medical Services with fellowship training at the University of Maryland
How long have you been with the U of R: 15+ years
Where did you complete your residency?: University of Maryland
Hobbies/Family life?: Cooking, home remodeling, and trying to keep up with the lives of my two boys, wife, and our golden retriever
Favorite spot in Rochester: Going for a walk with our dog at Mendon Ponds or cruising on the Finger Lakes in our '60 Chris Craft

David Adler, M.D. M.P.H.

David AdlerTitle/Position in Department: Director of Emergency Medicine Research, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Oncology and Public Health Sciences
Area of expertise or fellowship training: EM research related to cancer prevention, infectious disease and clinical trials.
How long have you been with the U of R: 15+ Years
Where did you complete your residency?: Highland Hospital (Alameda County Medical Center), Oakland, CA
Hobbies/Family life?: Traveling with my wife and teenage kids, listening to and playing the music of the Grateful Dead
Favorite spot in Rochester: The Eastman Theater, The House of Guitars, Bernunzio's Uptown Music, The Public Market

Michael Lu, M.D.

Mike LuTitle/Position in Department: Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Emergency Ultrasound and Bedside Procedures
How long have you been with the U of R: 14 years
Where did you complete your residency?: University of Rochester
Hobbies/Family life?: Spending time with my long-time fiancee, enjoying the 4 distinct seasons that the WNY region offers, Star Wars nerd
Favorite spot in Rochester: After a busy shift - the Distillery or Elmwood Inn, enjoying a cold beverage with our residents.  If I don't have to be at work--sitting on my couch, watching a good movie

Flavia Nobay, M.D.

Flavia NobayTitle/Position in Department: Associate Dean of Student Affairs, U of R School of Medicine and Dentistry, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Residency Education, Medical School Admissions and now Student Life and Culture in Medical School
How long have you been with the U of R: 15 years
Where did you complete your residency?: Alameda County, Highland Hospital
Hobbies/Family life?: Cooking and shopping for ethnic foods, working hard to decrease the number of plants and yeast starter that I kill.  Traveling with those I love to places that make me "exhale".
Favorite spot in Rochester: In front of a hot stove with my family standing around asking me "what smells so good"?

Joel Pasternack, MD, PhD

Joel Pasternack, MD, PhDTitle/Position in Department: Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine​
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Anatomy
How long have you been with the U of R: 49 years at U of R in some capacity
Where did you complete your residency?: University of Rochester
Hobbies/Family life?: Sailing, ice skating, hiking
Favorite spot in Rochester: Mendon Ponds

Linda Spillane, M.D.

Linda SpillaneTitle/Position in Department: Professor of Emergency Medicine
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Simulation for residency and clerkship, pediatric EM
How long have you been with the U of R: 27 years
Where did you complete your residency?: Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel)
Hobbies/Family life?: Spending time with my partner, two children and our dog Clementine.  I live to travel and enjoy swimming and exploring the local parks with Clemi.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Amore (for their mussels special every Monday); Corbett's Glen Park

Kathleen Stephanos, M.D.

KatSTitle/Position in Department:  Assistant Clerkship Director, Emergency Medicine
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Pediatric Emergency Medicine
How long have you been with the U of R: 5 years
Where did you complete your residency?: University of Maryland
Hobbies/Family life?: I love being outdoors with my family, hiking and being on the water.  I really enjoy art including painting and drawing.  I am also the proud owner of the minivan version of an e-bike, which is amazing.
Favorite spot in Rochester: I particularly love hanging out after a bike ride along the canal in Pittsford on a Friday night in the summer - where you can relax and have dinner by the water while listening to live music.

Aaron Weaver, M.D.

AaronWeaverTitle/Position in Department:  Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Procedural training, Community EM and Multimedia
How long have you been with the U of R: 4 years
Where did you complete your residency?: University of Rochester
Hobbies/Family life?: Going on adventures with my wife, kiddos and dog. I enjoy building things, music, hiking and enjoying good food.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Genesee Valley Park, Corbett's Glen, Good Luck, Radio Social and Swillburger

Timothy Wiegand, M.D.

Timothy WiegandTitle/Position in Department: Director of Toxicology and Toxicology Consult Service, Associate Program Director URMC Combined Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Area of expertise or fellowship training: Medical Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacology Fellowships at UCSF, Practice Pathway Qualified -Addiction Medicine
How long have you been with the U of R: Since 2010
Where did you complete your residency?: Hennepin County Medical Center - Minnesota
Hobbies/Family life?: I enjoy canoeing, camping in the Adirondacks with my wife and three children, Bikram (hot) Yoga, coaching my son's youth travel hockey and teaching my daughter Sera in Taekwondo sparring
Favorite spot in Rochester: Food: Jamaican -Everything is Good (Main St), Korean –Young’s Korean (Mushroom Blvd) and Sandwiches/Butcher- McCann's meats. Yoga - Koga (Bikram) and for skiing – Bristol Mountain!