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.

A. Kim Ritchey, MD

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
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Daniel Kietz, MD, PhD

Clinical Director, Rheumatology
Fellowship Program Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Elaine Ann Cassidy, MD

Associate Fellowship Program Director, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Jay K. Kolls, MD

Director, Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research
Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Translational Research
Interim NIH T32 Program Director, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
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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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Abbe N. de Vallejo, PhD

Associate Professor with Tenure, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology, School of Medicine
Director, Flow Cytometry Core Facility, John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center
Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
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Fellows

  • Emily Brunner, MD
    Combined Pediatric/Adult Fellowship
    412-692-5081
  • Laura Tasan, MD
    412-692-5081
  • Deepika Singh, MD
    412-692-5081
  • Brandi Stevens, MD
    412-692-5081

Administrative Office

  • Meg Nowak – Division Administrator
    412-692-5471: Oakland office (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays)
    412-692-5336: Lawrenceville office (Mondays and Fridays)
  • Marilyn Cieri – Practice Manager
    412-692-8961
  • Cindy Hovanec – Administrative Assistant, Sr.
    412-692-5970
  • Jean Bonelli Stanish – Administrative Assistant, Associate
    412-692-5081
  • Deb Kelly – Administrative Assistant, Associate
    412-692-5081

Clinic

  • Mary Sue Bobalik, RN, BSN
    412-692-5081
  • Terra Jackson, RN
    412-692-5081
  • Pamela Banks, MA
    412-692-5081

Clinical Research

  • Kimberly Francis – Research Coordinator
    412-692-9892
  • Nicole Hershey – Clinical Research Coordinator
    412-692-6478

Research Laboratory

  • Meihua Bo – Research Technician
    412-692-9673
  • Patricia Griffin – Research IV
    412-692-9569
  • Archana Marathi – Lab Technician
    412-692-9585
  • Joshua Michel – Research IV and Lab Manager
    412-692-9571
  • Ayesha Moghul – Medical Student Researcher
    412-692-9574