Rendell Ashton MD, FACP, FCCP
Director of Procedural Curriculum, Pulmonary and Critical Care
I am delighted to be part of the internal medicine residency leadership team as the director of procedural training for residents. I am a pulmonologist and spend most of my clinical time in the medical ICU, but I also some of my time in bronchoscopy, the pleural disease hospital service and the pulmonary medicine clinic. I direct the pulmonary/critical care fellowship program, and I enjoy this very much. We have developed a number of simulation-based curricula for our fellows, including procedure training curricula. These experiences, along with my passion for teaching residents, come together in my role in the residency.
I have been at the Cleveland Clinic since 2008, and before that I was an assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care at the State University of New York, Upstate Campus, where I was heavily involved in the residency and fellowship there. Prior to that, I was a resident, chief resident and fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, so Cleveland winters don’t seem so bad. In fact, I lived 2 years in Finland, so I consider anywhere the sun actually comes up all year round to have a comparatively mild winter.
My wife and I have loved raising our 5 children in Ohio. We have found absolutely outstanding public schools which have offered our kids all the opportunities they could wish for. We have 4 sons – one in college, one doing missionary work in China, and 2 in high school – and a daughter in middle school. When I am not doing things with them or at work in the ICU, I enjoy honing my cat herding skills as a scoutmaster. I spend several weeks out of the year camping and hiking with my scouts, and I successfully leveraged this calling as an excuse to get a truck.
Moises Auron, MD, FAAP, FACP, SFHM
Dr. Moises Auron is an academic Medicine/Pediatric Hospitalist at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is also a core faculty of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Quality Improvement Officer (QIO) of the Department of Hospital Medicine. He is interested in medical education – with an emphasis on quality improvement and patient safety; he also has expertise in perioperative blood management, and inpatient management of eating disorders. And, he has been selected as one of the Best Doctors of America by his peers.
Dr. Auron is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (Society of Hospital Medicine - SHM). He has a strong interest in national societies engagement, and is the current (2016-2017) Chair of the Council of Early Career Physicians of the American College of Physicians (ACP).
He is a strong advocate of coaching and mentorship, and belongs to the Advanced Peer Coaching group at Cleveland Clinic. His goals are to help his mentees achieve their maximum potential while assisting them to open new doors for their personal and professional development.
He is married with one child. His wife is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician. He enjoys traveling, fine dining, playing with his son, and he practices martial arts in his spare time.
Andrei Brateanu, MD, FACP
Director of Evaluation & Assessment
Staff, Internal Medicine
I think research is not only an essential component of a scholarly life but also an absolute requisite for the strength and success of an individual physician. Some might choose to follow an academic, research oriented career; others might find a clinical pathway more rewarding. Regardless, all should search for knowledge and learn where to find it.
I believe Cleveland Clinic provides a home for residents who are passionate about what they do and need the proper environment and support system to become better at what they do. This is the place where they have the opportunity of becoming members of a dynamic consortium of researchers, educators, and clinicians while fully expressing their own personalities. They have the privilege of learning new teaching tools and strategies, receiving support and mentoring and working in such a collaborative environment like our campus.
I know that my professional career in the last 13 years, while working for the Cleveland Clinic, has been influenced and shaped by working with residents and I can wholeheartedly say that it was the best time of my life.
Michael Faulx, MD
Director of Cardiology Education
The Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
I joined the staff at Cleveland Clinic in 2005 after completing eight years of Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. I made the short trip down Euclid Avenue because I felt Cleveland Clinic offered me the best opportunity to be a true "triple threat," combining the nation's best cardiovascular medical care with ample opportunity to teach, write and investigate. I haven't been disappointed.
I presently function as a full service general cardiologist and staff the cardiology inpatient resident service about three months of the year when I am not seeing patients in the office, reading echocardiograms or performing diagnostic heart catheterization. I am also keenly interested in housestaff education and as an associate program director for Internal Medicine I draw from my experience as a resident and chief resident to strengthen the training program through recruitment, advisership and contribution to the cardiology curriculum. My principal academic interest concerns the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and heart disease, specifically using imaging and biomarker assays to help determine how sleep apnea independently contributes to cardiovascular disease risk. These endeavors have allowed me to maintain collaborative ties to Case Western Reserve University, though in time I would like to expand to collaborate with staff here on the main campus, involving fellows and residents in my research and writing.
When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my wife (a gastroenterologist) and two young, energetic sons (presently entertaining careers in professional basketball and stock car racing). We enjoy traveling, skiing and watching the Cavs play at the Q. I am a die-hard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a fact that becomes self-evident upon entry into my office.
Catherine Fleisher, MD
Director of Ambulatory Continuity Experience at G10 clinic
A career in Internal Medicine or subspecialty provides the inspired clinician with boundless opportunity for personal and professional growth.
After ten years balancing the responsibilities of private practice simultaneous to teaching medical students and residents, I chose to transition my clinical practice to the Cleveland Clinic.
Why CCF? Cleveland Clinic excels through it's dedication to excellence in education and patient care, balancing academic and clinical excellence in a model that has become nationally renowned.
I reflect that my colleagues and learners are proud to be shaping this process and to have a key role in its continued evolution.
My current responsibilities and interests include implementation and innovation in Patient Experience, enhancing patient care resident continuity clinic experience in my role as co-director of the Longitudinal Clinic, and inpatient and outpatient core faculty and PCP roles.
I am an avid skier and traveler and enjoy precious down time with my four extraordinary children and fantastic husband who is also on staff at CCF.
David V. Gugliotti, MD, FACP
Director of Hospital Medicine Track
I joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 1999 in the Department of General Internal Medicine as a hospital based internist. My group has expanded to the Department of Hospital Medicine where I currently care for inpatients on the hospital teaching service, non-teaching service, inpatient medical consultation, and in the IMPACT center (pre-operative evaluation clinic).
I trained in Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA which was a very clinically based program. My main joy during residency and until this day, are the interactions with others in the hospital clinical care setting. Learning from others and teaching about care for patients in the hospital is always interesting, exciting, challenging, and rewarding for me. After residency, I came back to my home state of Ohio. At Cleveland Clinic, I found a place that is focused on providing excellent patient care, a robust educational environment, a strong research climate, and most of all people who are caring and dedicated to patients.
I feel very privileged to be a part of Cleveland Clinic's Internal Medicine Residency program. I think Cleveland Clinic is an exceptional place for training in Internal Medicine due to its richness of resources, faculty, and residents. I am excited to work with the program to continually adapt to the challenges of Internal Medicine training and continue to prepare our residents for fellowship training and clinical practice.
Carlos M. Isada, MD, FCCP
Director of Curriculum
Carlos Isada, MD, FCCP is Vice Chairman of Infectious Diseases at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland OH. He also is a faculty member in Clinical Pathology, Section of Microbiology. His main career focus has been in the area of medical education, where he has served as Program Director for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic for over 20 years. He has been interested in education innovations at the graduate medical education level, including the use of medical simulation, problem-based learning curricula, and on-line learning. He is a member of the national ID Training Program Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
He is Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic. His main role in the IM program is curriculum development, which includes development of embedded teaching sessions for inpatient rotations and the formal curriculum during the “Y week”. He also supervises the biostatistics and Journal Club sessions for PGY2 and 3 residents during the Y week.
Clinically he is a member of the Neurologic Infectious Diseases section at Cleveland Clinic. His research focus has been in the areas of medical education and neurologic infectious diseases. He is also a member of the Chest Infections steering committee of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Stacey Jolly, MD
Director - Ambulatory Medicine Education, and Director - Primary Care Track
Staff - Department of Internal Medicine
I am Dr. Stacey Jolly, one of the Associate Program Directors for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic. It is an honor to serve as the Director of Ambulatory Experience and Director of the Primary Care Track. I am also an Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and a Staff Physician in the Department of General Internal Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute. My clinical practice is located in G10, Internal Medicine. My passions include: academic general internal medicine, increasing diversity in medicine, and achieving excellent care for our patients as a primary care physician.
My love of outpatient medicine and primary care began during my clinical rotations as medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine. It continued as a primary care internal medicine resident at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Primary Care Program. After residency, I took two years to work in community clinics and renew my excitement for academics. I then returned to UCSF and completed a General Internal Medicine Clinical Research Fellowship along with a Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) Degree in Clinical Research through the UCSF Graduate Division’s Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department.
After my research fellowship, we moved to Cleveland in 2009, where I focused on clinical research, including writing and having an NIH Career Development K23 award funded by the NIDDK. My research is focused on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) knowledge/awareness/prevention/patient education, as well as other chronic diseases such as Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease, particularly among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. I continue to be involved with research through external funding with the Strong Heart Study and with our Cleveland Clinic CKD Registry Research group where we focus outcomes research but also had an RCT funded trial using novel educational tools to try and improve care of our CKD patients.
Working with residents in clinic, has been a delight throughout my career. Thus, it is a privilege to now be part of Cleveland Clinic’s IMRP leadership team. I am enthusiastic about medical education and my goal is to help residents acquire outpatient skills they can utilize in any career path. I am proponent of continuity of care and primary care.
In additional to medical education, clinical research, and clinical care, I love to spend time with my family, travel, and read. My husband is a professor at Case Western Reserve University and we have two children who keep us busy with their school and sports schedules. We can often be found watching volleyball matches or bundled up at the hockey rink.
Lakshmi Khatri, MD
Director of ambulatory continuity experience in Community Medicine
Beachwood Family Health Center
I have been with Cleveland Clinic since 2006 because of its dedication to excellence in education and patient care throughout the community in Northeast Ohio.
It has been a privilege to be a part of the Internal Medicine residency leadership team for most of my time here. Previously in my role as Director of Ambulatory experience and currently as the Director of Ambulatory experience in Community medicine, I have been able to interact closely with the residents, facilitate real-life outpatient practice experiences, and maximize the ambulatory curriculum. Cleveland Clinic allows high quality primary care with the availability of highly specialized tertiary care for patients in the regional community. I believe this is what makes Cleveland Clinic unique. I am excited that I am able to help guide our new and current residents through their training and hope to continue to encourage residents to consider primary care as a career path, all the while supporting a well-rounded Internal Medicine academic teaching program.
Luke Kim, MD, FACP, CMD
Director of Geriatrics Education
Staff, Geriatric Medicine
Geriatrics teaches geriatric syndromes (dementia, delirium, depression, falls, gait abnormality, polypharmacy, debility, etc), system based practice, and health care delivery models so that our residents can be well rounded internists. I relish the opportunity to learn together with our talented residents how to assess and intervene frail elderly for a better quality and function. Interacting with residents is best part of my job. My research interests are quality care delivery in post-acute care settings. Cleveland Clinic is all about opportunity and exciting innovations. I enjoy grilling Korean short rib, bicycling and Taekwondo with my kids. I am proud to be one of this team!
Brian Mandell, MD, PhD
Director of Scholarship
Editor-in-Chief, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Centers for Vasculitis Care and Research
Staff, Department of Rheumatic & Immunologic Disease
I am one of the associate program directors, and my primary responsibility within the residency program is director of the scholarly activity and CLINSCHOP programs. I am Professor and Chairman, Department of Academic Medicine and the Editor in Chief of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.
I am the former education program director for the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. My clinical interests are multisystem inflammatory diseases and crystal induced arthritis. At a national level I am involved in planning and lecturing at several educational venues including the American College of Physicians and American College of Rheumatology. I am the Vice Chairman of the ACGME Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee (RRC).
I have been at Cleveland Clinic for 22 years; previously I was on faculty in rheumatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where I firmly acquired a taste for the music of Bruce Springsteen. I am available at anytime to provide consultation on matters relating to sushi.
Robert Mayock, MD
Director of Hospital Medicine Education
Staff, Hospital Medicine
I am currently the Director of Ward Teaching Excellence and Director of Hospital Medicine education for the Cleveland Clinic Residency Program. My goal is to help make my Medicine partners and I better teachers in all realms of the education process. This is in addition to providing state of the art medical care to our complex and challenging patient population. My hope is to make the inpatient experience for each resident challenging, enlightening, exciting, safe and enjoyable. I strive every day to be a better physician and educator.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, and went to college at John Carroll University and medical school at Case Western Reserve, both of which are in the Cleveland area. My internal medicine residency training was at Indiana University Medical Center. I was in outpatient internal medicine practice for 23 years in the Cleveland area, and then joined the Department of Hospital Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 2007.
I had the good fortune to meet my wife, who is a nurse, during my medical school years. We have 3 great children, 2 wonderful daughter-in laws, and 2 unbelievably handsome grandsons all of whom live in the Cleveland area. I love to hike in the beautiful surrounding Cleveland metro-park system, (also known as the Emerald Necklace), plus read fiction novels + historical works, and fervently follow all our Cleveland sports teams, which has made me familiar with the term, “long suffering”.
When I began my medical career many decades ago my dream was to provide the best possible care to my patients and to have the privilege to teach along the way. My dreams are answered every single day.
Ali Mehdi, MD
Director of Clinical Reasoning
Staff Hospital Medicine
I am honored to serve as a director of clinical reasoning for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Cleveland Clinic. Originating from the land of the cedars, Lebanon, I graduated from the American University of Beirut. My journey at the Cleveland Clinic started in 2011when I moved in for my internal medicine residency training. Following completion of my residency I was honored to serve as chief medical resident. During those four years I was amazed by the value the enterprise places on education at every level and the commitment to world class teaching that the IMRP displays.
After conclusion of my chief year, I decided to stay as staff in the department of hospital medicine. My clinical duties include staffing the medicine inpatient services, the general medicine consultative service, the IMPACT (pre-operative clinic) clinic, as well as serving as a general internal medicine (admitting) triage officer.
Working with residents, both in clinic and on the wards, is the highlight of my career. I enjoy rounding with the trainees without a minute passing by without learning and teaching each other. I am extremely passionate about medical education and my goal is to help residents acquire the skills of clinical reasoning that they can utilize in any career path they choose.
I am extremely privileged to be part of the Cleveland Clinic’s IMPR. Being a product of the program, I honestly believe that this a phenomenal place to train and develop into a well-rounded internist who is equipped with whatever is needed for the next career steps.
I love building LEGO castles with my daughter and spending time with my newborn son. I also am a soccer addict and am always available for any soccer related discussion!
Jennifer Ramsey, MD
Director of Communication and FRAME
Staff- Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care
I am a native of Louisiana. I went to medical school and did most of my training in the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. I grew up in hot weather, where the temperature might not drop below freezing all year. I never imagined moving to Cleveland, Ohio! I was in my second month of fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans- I was in the hospital caring for patients when the hurricane landed on ground. Life and training changed after this devastating event; words cannot describe the bonds that were formed as the hospital team worked together in the difficult conditions and uncertain times that followed. We took care of each other. Part of that caring for each other evidenced when the Pulmonary Department Chairman sent me to Cleveland Clinic for advanced training in Bronchoscopy. Who could have known how much I’d love it here? So, six years ago, I returned to Cleveland Clinic as staff in Critical Care Medicine and Palliative Medicine. I have been thrilled and challenged by the opportunities found here. And I am so very grateful to get to work alongside some of the most amazing people I’ll ever know: good, honest, sincere people with hearts and minds dedicated to their patients and their profession. I love working here!
And what an honor it is to be a part of the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency program! It is such an exciting program. Our program attracts brilliant, motivated, and kind residents. I will forever be mesmerized by the diversity we have in our program- our residents come to us from over 20 different countries. We have so much to learn from each other as people! I am deeply proud of the respect and curiosity our residents show for others’ cultural backgrounds.
I am one of the Associate Program Directors for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and am the Director of the Communication curriculum and the Director of the FRAME curriculum. Working in the Intensive Care Unit, I notice that communication with families and other team members during stressful times can create allies or lead to places of impasse, with the outcome depending heavily on what particular words are chosen in an exchange. We all come to the table with varying levels of communication skills, and we can all become more facile. I am passionate about fortifying our residents with communication skills because I truly believe effective communication can help make life easier by creating more places of peace and less places of impasse.
I feel so blessed to be FRAME director! FRAME sessions explore the parts of Medicine that have huge impact on our experiences as physicians, yet might be discussed only rarely. How do we see what we see, do what we do, and protect our humanity? Will you be the same doctor you are now (with a big heart, full of compassion), in ten years? How will you strengthen and protect your heart so that you will stay the same? How can we work with our teams and colleagues to create a mutual support system to thrive in this profession? What should we know about burnout in our profession, and how do we strengthen our resilience? How can we develop that “presence” that patients respond to in the best doctor-patient relationship? What are intentional things we can do to earn patients’ trust and deepen that relationship? These are topics close to every doctor’s heart, and need to be honestly discussed. FRAME provides us with time and space to do so.
Rachel Taliercio, DO
Director of Resident Coaching Program
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
I moved to Cleveland in 2005 at the start of my Internal Medicine residency. After completing residency training, I served as Chief Medical Resident and then went on to pursue specialty training in Pulmonary/Critical Care at the Cleveland Clinic. I decided to stay in Cleveland to complete my training because I feel both the residency and fellowship programs are among the best in the country. My clinical practice is general pulmonary medicine with a focus on obstructive lung disease, primarily severe asthma. I also rotate as a teaching attending on our inpatient Primary Pulmonary service. I am the Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Coaching Program and the Director of Post-Graduate Enrichment for the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication.
I continue to be so impressed by the strength of our Internal Medicine residents. They are thoughtful, confident, knowledgeable physicians who provide excellent patient care. At the Cleveland Clinic, you are given the unique opportunity to practice both community medicine and highly specialized care. At our institution you are exposed to an extraordinary amount of resources designed to enhance the training experience in clinical medicine as well as provide a wealth of opportunities for academic research.
I was honored to return to my roots and serve as Core Faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and am thrilled to be an integral part of our coaching program. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with our outstanding residents.