Our UR Health Team
David J. Mitten, M.D., Director, UR Health Lab
Dr. Mitten is a Professor of Orthopedics and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Mitten earned his medical degree and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. He then completed a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA. Dr. Mitten originally earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester
Michael J. Hasselberg, Ph.D., RN, PMHNP-BC, Co-Director, UR Health Lab
Dr. Hasselberg is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Nursing. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Fellow and serves as the Chief Innovation & Technology Officer in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hasselberg founded the UR Medicine Telepsychiatry program and has served as an expert advisor on digital health to the New York State Department of Health, the Department of Health & Human Services, the American Hospital Association, and the National Quality Forum.
Kostantinos Vasalos, PT, CSCS, MSBA, Program Administrator
Kostantinos Vasalos is the Director Rehabilitation Services and Chief of Sports & Spine Rehabilitation. He is a co-founder of the OrthoMetrics software system, which uses technology-assisted physical examinations and data analysis to assess participants’ musculoskeletal health and develop customized training to improve health and reduce injury.
Feng (Vankee) Lin, Ph.D., RN, Director, Research
Dr. Lin is a Associate Professor of Nursing, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Neurology, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She has served as the primary investigator for multiple projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Alzheimer’s Association focused on innovative technologies and brain health. Dr. Lin leads a research team of over 20 clinicians, data scientists, mathematicians, cognitive scientists, and electrical and computational engineering experts.
Kathleen Fear, Ph.D., Senior Data Analyst
Dr. Fear received her PhD in Information from the University of Michigan in 2013. Her work is dedicated to understanding how to foster effective adoption and use of data, information, and technology in organizations. She has focused on developing meaningful metrics to assess clinical and operational impact, combining social science methods and theoretical frameworks with statistical and analytical approaches to shed light on how providers and practices can optimize their work.
Jack Teitel, M.S., Lead Data Scientist
Alumnus Jack Teitel graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in both Applied Mathematics and Computer Science in 2016 and then completed his MS in Data Science in 2017. He also minored in Physics and was chairman of Jewish programming for Alpha Epsilon Pi. He has worked in a large variety of data science fields, focusing mainly on machine learning methods such as deep learning on images, predictive analytics, and natural language processing.
Cristiano Tapparello, Ph.D., Faculty, Computer Engineering
Dr. Tapparello is a Research Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. Degree (with honors) in Computer Engineering from University of Padova (Italy) in 2005 and 2008, respectively and received his Ph.D. in Information Engineering from the same university in 2012. He has expertise in wireless ad hoc and sensor networks and mobile cloud computing, and has designed novel techniques to facilitate the development and diffusion of smart and connected healthcare solutions.
Daniel Hudy, B.S., Senior Software Engineer
Daniel Hudy received his Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2015. Skilled in Ruby on Rails, Swift, C#, and .NET Core, he has created multiple applications that improve patient health care, and the efficacy of providers and staff. Mr. Hudy lead the development of a critical, high risk, patient TPN ordering tool for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and another application that interfaces with NYS pharmacy database to help identify patients at risk for opioid addiction.
Michael Curtis, B.S., Senior Software Engineer
Michael Curtis received his Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major focused in Information Technology and Game Design and Development from Rochester Institute of Technology. His expertise includes back end design and data architecture. He also has strengths in Unity/Godot/Unreal game programming. Mr. Curtis has lead the development of a Cognitive Behavior Therapy mobile application with embedded virtual reality to support individuals with anxiety and stress.
Justin Zelenka, M.D., Faculty, Primary Care
Dr. Zelenka is an Instructor of Clinical Medicine. He is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine. Dr. Zelenka serves as a subject matter expert on internal medicine in the Lab but also performs a supporting role on data science projects pulling from an extensive academic and industry background in computer science.
Heather Reyes, M.D., M.Eng., Faculty, Pediatrics
Dr. Reyes is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She received her MEng degree in Biomedical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2008, and her Medical Doctorate from Temple University School of Medicine in 2012. Dr. Reyes is a practicing physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Her research interest includes the use of machine learning and data analytics to improve alarm fatigue.
Timothy Baran, Ph.D., Faculty, Imaging Science
Dr. Timothy Baran is a Research Assistant Professor in the Departments of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include medical image processing, neurobiology of aging, and optical spectroscopy.
Wendi Cross, Ph.D., Faculty, Psychology
Dr. Cross is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. She is a clinical psychologist and is the Director of Clinical Psychology Training program in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cross also directs Psychiatry’s Implementation, Dissemination, Evaluation and Analysis (IDEA) Core and co-directs the Laboratory for Behavioral Health Skills, an innovative state-of-the-art education resource. Within the Health Lab, she collaborates on development and evaluation of technology-based behavioral health interventions.
Antonia Kolokythas, D.D.S., M.Sc., Faculty, Dentistry
Dr. Antonia Kolokythas, DDS, MSc, MSed, FACS, is the Department Chair and Program Director of the University of Rochester-EIOH Advanced Education OMFS Residency Training Program in October of 2015. The focus of clinical practice is in oral head and neck cancer, maxillofacial pathology and reconstruction. Primary research interest is in oral cancer specifically in early detection and diagnosis.
Matthew Brown, Ph.D., Faculty, Music Theory
Dr. Brown is a Professor of Music Theory in the Eastman School of Music. He was born in London and studied at the Royal College of Music J.D., King’s College (B. Mus.), and Cornell University (M.A., Ph. D.). He was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. In 2012, Brown co-founded Table Top Opera, a chamber ensemble that specializes in multi-media ensembles. So far, Table Top Opera produced two comic- book operas–Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Strauss’s Salome–with celebrated American artist P. Craig Russell and Echoes of ’64 with award-winning Italian photojournalist Paolo Pellegrin.
Christopher Winders, Ph.D., Audio and Media Composer
Allison McIntyre, B.S., MPH, Project Coordinator
Allison McIntyre is the Clinical Program Manager for Patient Reported Outcomes for URMFG. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester. She is a experienced Project Coordinator with expertise in Clinical Research Coordination, Epidemiology, and Collection and Data Analysis of Patient -Related Outcomes.