Residency Program Associate Directors

 

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Carla Harwell, MD
Associate Program Director
Medical Director for the Otis Moss Jr, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Dr. Harwell is a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and on the full time faculty at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Dr. Harwell has served as a clinic preceptor and resident mentor for many years, and assumed the role of an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program in July 2006. Her clinical focus is outpatient general medicine and primary care with an additional focus in health care disparities and women’s health. Dr. Harwell is nationally recognized as a leader in education on health care disparities and medical issues affecting minorities. She serves as a clinic preceptor and co-director of the Douglas Moore Residents Clinic at University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center and Director of the David Satcher Clerkship. Dr. Harwell serves on a number of local, regional and national boards and has received numerous awards and honors.

Dr. Harwell attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and subsequently completed internship and residency at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. After completing her residency, she took a faculty position at Case Western Reserve University and assumed the role as Medical Director for the Otis Moss Jr, University Hospitals Medical Center. Dr. Harwell resides in the city of Richmond Heights, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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Thomas Hostetter, MD
Co-Director of Harrington Physician-Scientist Pathway

Dr. Hostetter is a Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chairman of Research in the Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He was previously Abraham Levitt Professor of Medicine and Director of the Nephrology Division at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York for six years. For nearly five years before that he was a Senior Scientific Advisor and Director of the National Kidney Disease Education Program at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. Prior to that he had been Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, where he was also Director of the Renal Division in the Department of Medicine for 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Yale University. After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hostetter served his internship at Baylor and the remainder of his residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Following his nephrology fellowship at the Brigham, he was a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School until moving to Minnesota in 1982. Dr. Hostetter’s major research interests are the mechanisms of progressive renal disease and uremia. He was President of the American Society of Nephrology from 1999 to 2000 and is presently chair of its Public Policy Board. He has served on several editorial boards, study sections of the NIH, the Nephrology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the councils of the American and International Societies of Nephrology and as a consultant to industry.

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kovach-cassie-webCassie Kovach, MD
Associate Program Director

Dr. Kovach is a general internist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, as well as a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is originally from the suburbs of Cleveland. She obtained her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Tulane University, and attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. She did her residency training at UH Cleveland Medical Center, was a chief resident, and joined the ranks of faculty in July 2016. Her time is spent as a hospitalist on the general medicine service, a part-time primary care provider at UH Cleveland Medical Center, supervising resident clinic two half days a week, and working in the UH Quality Institute.

Dr. Kovach is married with one dog, and in her free time enjoys eating at Cleveland’s fantastic restaurants.

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Lantz_Crystal_webCrystal Lantz-DeGeorge, MD
Associate Program Director

Dr. Lantz-DeGeorge is a general internist at University Hospitals Medical Practices with a private practice at University Suburban Health Center, as well as a faculty member of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She attended medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, and joined the UH Internal Medicine Residency program in 2010. She was a chief resident in the program and joined as faculty in 2014.

Dr. Lantz-DeGeorge spends most of her time as a primary care physician at her community practice. She also supervises residents one day per week in the outpatient resident clinic. Her interests are providing quality, comprehensive primary care to a broad range of patients, and preventive health care with a focus on the management of obesity. Dr. Lantz-DeGeorge is married and has three young children.

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charles_lopresti_1Charles LoPresti, MD
Associate Program Director

Dr. LoPresti is a hospitalist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and a full-time faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate training at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr. LoPresti graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2009 with his medical degree, and joined the Internal Medicine Residency program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

Dr. LoPresti spends his clinical time between the inpatient wards and the VA emergency room. He has specific interest in the use of diagnostic and procedural ultrasound in these settings. In addition to his clinical time, he is the Director of the fourth-year Acting Internship in Internal Medicine program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. LoPresti is married and has two daughters. He enjoys Cleveland sports and spending time with his family.

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Ronda Mourad, MD
Associate Program Director

Dr. Mourad is an internist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate training at Duke University, medical school at Case Western Reserve University and internal medicine residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She spends her clinical time in the VA Emergency Department and inpatient medicine wards. Dr Mourad is currently working on the development of an Ambulatory Block for the second- and third-year residents and continues her role as the Humanism in Medicine Dimension Leader for the Center of Excellence in Primary Care. She enjoys art, outdoor sports, and traveling.

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aaron-proweller-2Aaron Proweller, MD, PhD
Director of Harrington Physician-Scientist Pathway

Dr. Proweller received a BA from Oberlin College and MD/PhD degrees from the University of Rochester. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago followed by clinical fellowship and post-doctoral training in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, Dr. Proweller joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals as a principal investigator and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Case Cardiovascular Research Institute and Cardiovascular Medicine Division. Dr. Proweller provides attending supervision for medical students, internal medicine residents and fellows on the inpatient cardiology services and coordinates research mentorship opportunities and the Harrington Physician-Scientist research track for internal medicine trainees. Dr. Proweller’s scientific interests focus on fundamental roles for smooth muscle signaling in patterning and maturation of blood vessels. The long-term goal in his laboratory is to determine how cellular derangements from signaling dysfunction are linked to human vascular diseases.

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Simran K. Singh, MD

Director of Primary Care Firm Clinics
Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine, Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Dr. Singh is the Director of the Firm Clinics at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. A graduate of the combined BA/MD program at Boston University, she received her internal medicine residency training at the Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Singh has a special clinical research interest in gender-based disparities in primary care and ambulatory patient safety issues. She is actively involved in teaching and academic activities both with residents at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, as well as medical students at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. One of her valuable contributions was the development of the primary care block for interns. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.

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