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West Penn Allegheny Health System welcomes 20 new employed physicians

Monday, October 4th, 2010

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 4, 2010) – Twenty new physicians have recently joined the West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) physician organization in a range of specialties, including surgery, neurology, rheumatology and primary care medicine.

“The recruitment of talented physicians who share our values, mission and vision is critical to the long-term success of our organization. As Western Pennsylvania’s only physician-led healthcare system, we offer physicians a unique, attractive environment in which to practice medicine and these new additions to our medical staff not only bring high level of expertise, but a deep commitment to the highest standards of compassionate, personalized patient care,” said Sanford R. Kurtz, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and President of the WPAHS Physician Organization.

The new physicians include three general surgeons. David Peter, MD, has joined Alle-Kiski Surgical Associates and will practice at Alle-Kiski Medical Center (AKMC). Karl Salatka, MD, of Cedars Surgical Associates has also officially joined the staff at AKMC. He has been an attending surgeon at the hospital for many years. Alessia Tandin, MD, joined Associated Surgeons of Western Pennsylvania and will practice at Forbes Campus (FRC) and West Penn Hospital (WPH).

Amy H. Kao, MD, MPH, and Mary Chester Wasko, MD, MSc, have joined the system’s Lupus Center of Excellence. Drs. Kao and Wasko join internationally recognized physician-scientistsSusan Manzi, MD, MPH, and Joseph Ahearn, MD, in the comprehensive Lupus Center established at West Penn Allegheny Health System earlier this year.

Rebecca McNutt, MD, and Brian Campbell, MD, will practice emergency medicine at WPAHS.

Two neurologists have joined Allegheny Neurological Associates and will practice at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH). They are Hebah Hefzy, MD, and Troy Desai, MD.

Gastroenterologist Elie Aoun, MD, has joined the AGH Center for Digestive Health.

Pediatrician Helen O’Hallaron, MD, of Bellevue Pediatrics, will practice at Allegheny General Hospital.

Pediatric neonatologist Gretchen Kimmel, DO, has joined the neonatology practice at WPH.

Pathologist Alok Mohanty, MD, joined the Department of Laboratory Medicine at AGH.

Family medicine practitioner Nithya Guhanand, MD, has joined Allegheny Valley Internal Medicine and will be based at AKMC. Family medicine practitioner Andrew Lobl, MD, of Alma Illery Medical Center in Homewood, will practice at WPH and FRC.

West Penn Medical Associates added two internal medicine practitioners and one internist-hospitalist. Christine M. Herb, MD, and Lisa Kwisnek-Lamantia, DO, will practice general internal medicine with privileges at WPH, AGH and FRC. Hospitalist Christina Armanious, MD, also has privileges at the three hospitals. Internist Abirami Janakiraman, MD, has joined Pittsburgh General Medicine and will practice at AGH.

Elizabeth Hill, MD, has joined the Department of Psychiatry at AGH.

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