Rheumatology Doctors and Staff

Meet the Rheumatology Team

A child with a rheumatic illness often has multiple medically related issues that require a team approach toward management. Depending on the specific needs, the evaluation and care of a patient may be shared by a full-time multidisciplinary team of medical specialists working with our pediatric rheumatology doctors. Included in this team are a rheumatology nurse practitioner, rheumatology nurse, physical and occupational therapists, and a clinical social worker providing comprehensive care tailored to each individual child. The Rheumatology team communicates frequently with the child's primary care provider to ensure continuity of care.

Amr Hakam Sawalha, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
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Elaine Ann Cassidy, MD

Clinical Director, Rheumatology, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Scott Canna, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Rheumatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Scholar, Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research
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Daniel Kietz, MD, PhD

Fellowship Program Director, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Margalit Elana Rosenkranz, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Rheumatology
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Kathryn Seraphin Torok, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Researchers

  • Abbe de Vallejo, PhD
    Associate Professor with Tenure, University of Pittsburgh
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Director, Flow Cytometry Core Facility, John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center
    Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Amanda C. Poholek, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Fellows

  • Daniel Glaser, MD
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  • Catherine Poholek, MD
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  • Christina Schutt, DO
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Administrative Office

  • Aaron Chrisman  – Division Administrator
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  • Marilyn Cieri – Practice Manager
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  • Rhonda Cunningham – Wicks, Administrative Assistant Senior
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  • Cathy Ketchel – Administrative Assistant, Intermediate and Fellowship Program Coordinator
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  • Cherilyn Heeter – Authorization Specialist
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  • Jean Bonelli Stanish – Administrative Assistant, Associate
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  • Debbie Kelly – Authorization Specialist
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Clinic

  • Mary Sue Bobalik, RN, BSN
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  • Terra Jackson, RN
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  • Vicki Vandergrift, RN, BSN
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  • Pamela Banks, MA
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Clinical Research

  • Kaila Schollaert-Fitch – Clinical Research Coordinator
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Research Laboratory

  • Joshua Michel – Flow Core Mgr. and Sr. Research Technologist – deVallejo Lab
    412-692-9571
  • Alexis Styche – Certified Cytometrist and Sr. Research Technologist – deVallejo Lab
    412-692-3025
  • Archana Marathi – Research Technologist – deVallejo Lab
    412-692-9577
  • Emily Mirizio – Research Technician – Torok Lab
    412-692-9598

Social Worker

  • Emma Donnelly
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