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.
Janet Buccola, MD
Director of Curriculum
Staff Hospital Medicine
I am privileged serve as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Director of Curriculum. I am originally from New Jersey, graduated from Georgetown Medical School, and trained in Boston prior to moving to Cleveland to join Cleveland Clinic in 2007. Clinically I practice as an adult Hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Medicine. I am blessed in this role to serve as an extension of primary care for people struggling with acute illness. My clinical passions include care of clinically complex patients, patient-centered care, health-literacy, and care of the vulnerable. My educational passion is graduate medical education, specifically teaching clinical reasoning, documentation, care transitions, and personal wellness.
In addition to a busy clinical and educational career, I am a fitness enthusiast, nature lover, and foodie! I am a mother of two, and find time to manage my son's soccer team and be a supportive gymnastics mom. My husband is a private practice Endocrine Surgeon who trained here at CCF. Our family just grew this summer with the addition of our newest member- our second dog Brady!
I feel this residency program is top-notch for more reasons than can possibly fit on this page. We are forward thinking and dedicated to producing not just clinically competent physicians, but physicians who are well-suited for a professional career. We protect the educational experience and strive to truly create a culture of inquisitiveness. And, we harness the strengths of the CCHS enterprise to create a clinical and educational learning environment which can't be matched anywhere else.
Colleen Colbert, PhD
Co-Director of Assessment and Evaluation, Internal Medicine Residency Program
In the Internal Medicine Residency Program, I act as the Co-Director of Assessment and Evaluation, with Dr. Andrei Brateanu. We co-chair the Clinical Competency Committee for the IMRP and oversee assessment and evaluation efforts within the residency program.
I am also Director of the Office of Faculty Development for Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and the Center for Educational Resources at Cleveland Clinic. In my role as director of the OFD, I oversee numerous educator development initiatives aimed at CCLCM faculty, Cleveland Clinic professional staff, and residents/fellows who teach medical students and other health professions learners. This role involves designing, developing and implementing programs to help educators participants improve their teaching, assessment skills, educational administration, scholarly activity development and educational leadership skills.
In addition to directing and teaching within faculty development programs, I enjoy mentoring and providing consultations to faculty and trainees who are interested in enhancing skills in assessment, curriculum design, medical education research, and survey tool development. My scholarly activities include co-authoring articles, engaging in medical education and quality improvement research, acting as a manuscript reviewer, and serving as an associate editor and editorial board member.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, I held the position of Director of the Office of Medical Education, Evaluation & Research Development in the Internal Medicine Department at Scott & White Healthcare and was an Associate Professor in the Internal Medicine Department at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine.
While I miss the Hill Country of Central Texas, I truly enjoy the ability to visit Cleveland’s art museums, restaurants and other cultural amenities, while living in an area with abundant parks, trails and wildlife.
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 G10 Resident Clinic
Staff Internal Medicine
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 Isada, MD
Director of Inpatient Experience
Lakshmi Khatri, MD
Director of Ambulatory Experience
Beachwood Family Health Center
After training at Case Western Reserve University / University Hospitals Medical Center, I was on faculty at University of Michigan. I was drawn back to Cleveland in 2004 and chose Cleveland Clinic because of its dedication to excellence in education and patient care throughout the community in Northeast Ohio.
As Directory of Ambulatory experience and the primary care track for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, 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 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.
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.
James Pile, M.D.
Director of Systems Based Practice
Staff Physician, Hospital Medicine
Trained as an infectious diseases specialist as well as a general internist, I primarily practice as a hospitalist, with a secondary focus on infectious diseases. I attended medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, followed by completion of an internal medicine residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and an ID fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center. I had the privilege of serving on the medical staff at the Cleveland Clinic from 1999-2005, and then returned in 2012. My particular interests include the considerable interface between infectious diseases and hospital medicine, medical editing (I’m a former editor of The Hospitalist, and a current deputy editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine), perioperative/consultative general medicine, and medical education.
Since returning to the Clinic and having the opportunity to serve as an associate program director, I’ve been impressed by the robust nature and very thoughtful direction of the IM residency program. The breadth and depth of our patients’ pathology is almost breathtaking, leading to a clinical training experience that is unsurpassed at any other institution in the country. The residency program’s commitment to scholarship has clearly grown deeper since my last tour of duty here, and the opportunities to become a well- rounded internist grounded in scholarship and evidence-based practice are superb, and virtually limitless. I believe that even deeper involvement at a programmatic level in quality improvement and patient safety represents our next significant opportunity. This is a terrific place to train in internal medicine, and we are committed to making it even better.
Nathan Houchens MD
Director of Communication/FRAME
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, I completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, where I was honored to serve as Chief Medical Resident. During this time, I developed an appreciation for the ability of clinician-educators to facilitate educational sessions that are brief but nonetheless highly practical and relevant to busy residents. Creating and delivering quality educational content in an accessible and dynamic way was an endeavor I strived and continue to strive to perfect. I practiced as a Hospital Medicine physician there for another two years in both teaching and non-teaching roles. My clinical and research interests include academic and clinical writing, patient safety and quality improvement, and communication in healthcare settings.
I joined the Department of Hospital Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 2013. I have been delighted by the significance the organization places on education, not just of its students, residents, and fellows but of its staff as well. I have been an active participant in elevating my own teaching ability via courses within the Cleveland Clinic Academy and look forward to seeking new and innovative teaching methods. During my time with our residents, I am continually impressed by their clinical acumen, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and thirst for knowledge, qualities essential for all outstanding physicians.
I hope to share my experiences in the arena of academic and clinical writing with the program’s residents and mentor them to success in top tier journals. As a National Correspondent for the Clinical Care Conundrums section of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, I plan to continue honing my own writing ability and soliciting high impact clinical cases for discussion. I served as a faculty mentor for the Patient Safety Learning Program at Michigan and am delighted to continue this work through longitudinal patient safety and quality improvement projects at the Cleveland Clinic in the Hospital Medicine Track. I facilitate the REDE to Communicate: Foundations in Healthcare Communication course for Cleveland Clinic physicians and feel the relationship-centered communication skills learned there can improve the lives of our patients and ourselves. Communication allows us to make a meaningful human connection with our patients and their families as well as ensure safe and effective care. It is with great energy and enthusiasm that I bring this expertise to the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Cleveland Clinic.
I’m also thrilled to lead Foundations of Resident Assessment, Mentorship, and Emotional intelligence (FRAME), an innovative conference series of interactive, small group, discussion-based experiences. These sessions will examine important curricular elements including medical education and teaching, emotional intelligence, communication and empathy, professionalism, teamwork, change management, leadership, ethics, social justice, and humanism. Residents will have the opportunity to share experiences with each other and reflect on these topics by reviewing related articles, essays, or other media and by maintaining a FRAME portfolio. I hope to cultivate enriched relationships within these small groups that will build not just colleagues but also lifelong friends and family while also appreciating the human side of medicine.
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 my 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 diseases, primarily severe asthma. My inpatient responsibilities include rotations as a teaching attending on the Primary Pulmonary service as well as the Pulmonary Consult service. I am also committed to improving communication in healthcare and work with the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication as a faculty facilitator for the Foundations in Healthcare Communication course.
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 am honored to return to my roots and serve as Core Faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and look forward to a closer working relationship with our outstanding residents.
Rendell Ashton MD, FACP, FCCP
Staff and Program Director, 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.
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 to spend time with my very curious and inquisitive 3 year old daughter. I love watching and playing soccer and I am always available for any soccer related discussion!