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Our Team

Multidisciplinary teams are the cornerstone of patient-focused care at West Penn Burn Center. The  team members include board-certified physician specialists, nurses certified in advanced burn care, nutritionists, physical therapists, psychologists and other specialists needed to provide the highest level of patient-focused care for the more than 400 inpatients treated annually at the West Penn Burn Center.  Meet the people who lead and coordinate the West Penn Burn Center team.

Ariel Mariano Aballay, MD, FACS

Ariel Aballay, MD

Medical Director
General Surgeon/Burn Surgeon 

A native of Cordoba, Argentina, Dr. Aballay completed medical school at the National University of Cordoba before moving to Pittsburgh. In 2001, he joined The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Department of Surgery, where he completed his residency.

Dr. Aballay is especially interested in techniques developed to obtain the best possible cosmetic and functional results after burn injuries. He has shared his expertise on burn trauma treatment in seminars throughout the United States.

He is a board-certified surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Aballay is a clinical assistant professor of surgery for Temple University School of Medicine. Additionally, he is a clinical assistant professor for the Master of Physician's Assistant Studies Program at Chatham University.  

Dr. Aballay is a member of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the International Society for Burn Injuries. He holds a position as American Burn Association national faculty for the Advanced Burn Life Support course.   


Robert W. Kelly, MD

General Surgeon/Burn Surgeon

Dr. Kelly is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center. 

In addition to West Penn Burn Center, Dr. Kelly practices at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in the Division of Trauma Surgery, with AGH Shock Trauma.

Dr. Kelly is a board-certified surgeon and an assistant professor of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine.


Eric Tolchin, PA-CEric Tolchin, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Eric has more than 20 years experience in the treatment and management of burn patients. He is involved in all aspects of burn care including outpatient, inpatient and surgical care. Eric is also involved in the education and training of graduate medical professionals.

In addition to training in the Burn Center, Eric is a Clinical Assistant Professor with Chatham University. 


Mary Ann Raible, RN, BSN

Mary Ann Raible

Nurse Manager

A native Pittsburgher, Mary Ann has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. With an extensive background in critical care nursing, Mary Ann has received many awards during her 28 years at West Penn Hospital: inducted into the Nursing Division’s Academy of Excellence in 2007, awarded the Lois Hann Award for research in 2009, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Cameo of Caring Award representing West Penn Hospital in 2010.

Mary Ann’s role as chairperson of the Professional Development Council was key in West Penn Hospital’s Magnet designation in 2007 and re-designation in 2012.


Christine PerlickChristine Perlick, BSN, RN

Outreach Coordinator 

Christine is a native Pittsburgher who came to West Penn Burn Center with a background in both clinical nursing and sales and marketing.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Edinboro University of Pa.

Christine began her career as a Pediatric Medical/Surgical staff nurse at Texas Childrens Hospital in Houston.   She worked as a Pediatric Medical/Surgical staff nurse at Allegheny General Hospital and then as a Clinical Nurse III in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at West Penn Hospital.

Christine has several years of marketing and teaching experience from her time spent working with a specialty pharmaceutical company that focused on several therapeutic areas, one of which was Dermatology.

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