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Staff Directory

Staff Directory

Elias Traboulsi, MD, MEd
ACGME Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
Director, GME
Vice Chair, Division of Education
Chair, GMEC & GMEC Assessment Subcommittee
[email protected] or [email protected]

Rendell Ashton, MD
Associate Director, GME
Program Director, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine fellowship
[email protected]

John Tetzlaff, MD
GME Associate Director
Chair, GMEC Quality Program Improvement Plan Subcommittee
[email protected]

Cecile Foshee, PhD
Director of GME Learning Innovation
[email protected]

Lori Smith, MBA
Administrative Director
[email protected]

  • Directs GME Department functions
  • Provides support to the Graduate Medical Education Council (GMEC) activities
  • Ensures compliance to federal, state and Cleveland Clinic regulations and policies as well as program accreditation requirements
  • Acts as a resource to residents and fellows, program directors and program coordinators
  • Directs operation of GME databases and analysis

Janice M. Bianco, MA
Manager, International Physician Services
Responsible Officer, Exchange Visitor Program
[email protected]

  • Serves as Responsible Officer, CCF Visitor Exchange Program
  • Monitors employment eligibility compliance; advises CC HR and Administrators on appropriate visas for international employees
  • Specializes in immigration law
  • Acts as liaison with ECFMG, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Labor and immigration attorneys
  • Manages the Visa Team work group

Lori Cesa
GME Program Manager
[email protected]

  • Oversees the CCAD Physician Internship Program
  • Manages the Chief Resident Course, Day of Culture and Program Director Certificate Program
  • Coordinates webinar schedule

Mary Katherine Curry
Assistant Manager, International Physician Services
[email protected]

  • Serves as ECFMG Training Program Liaison
  • Serves as Alternate Responsible Officer, CCF Exchange Visitor Program
  • Acts as liaison with USCIS, Department of State and immigration attorneys
  • Issues Form J1 DS-2019 for research trainees
  • Files nonimmigrant H1B research petitions
  • Advises on visa status

Susan DeAnna
GME Compliance Manager
[email protected]

  • Manages all aspects of house staff and research fellow orientations
  • Tracks and reviews accuracy of employment forms for distribution to HR and Payroll Department
  • Assures compliance of house staff to GME, institutional and government regulations and requirements

Evelyn DeLong
Education Coordinator
[email protected]

  • Processes all visiting residents to Cleveland Clinic
  • Completes verifications for state medical boards
  • Tracks licensure for residents and fellows

Nicale English
Database Manager
[email protected] 

  • Manages data integrity, aids in data collection, extracts data, develops reports and assists user support of the MedHub system
  • Serves as subject-matter expert for select MedHub functions such as access, scheduling, duty hours, reporting, learning functions, job descriptions and procedures
  • Supports Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for main campus
  • Supports National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for main campus
  • Manages department Outlook listserve groups for program directors and coordinators

Jennifer Haszto, MA
GME Committee Coordinator
[email protected]

  • Manages and coordinates the activities of the GMEC, GMEC Assessment and the PIP subcommittees
  • Manages the educational calendars for Drs. Traboulsi, Campbell and Tetzlaff
  • Compiles the Graduate Physicians Manual
  • Processes PD/APD changes

Kyle Henchar, MBA
GME Accreditation Specialist
[email protected]

  • Manages and coordinates the activities of the GMEC QPS subcommittee
  • Serves as project manager and GME liaison for programs regarding Self-Study process and program accreditation compliance activities (ex-annual performance evaluation, ACGME resident and faculty surveys, ACGME annual update, work hours, SERS events)
  • Processes ACGME annual notification letters

Nicole Hutchins
GME Department Coordinator
[email protected]

  • Verifies employment for residents and fellows
  • Manages employment verification letters for Cleveland Clinic trainees for visa, RITA, and driver's license bureau
  • Serves as secretarial support and front desk receptionist to the GME Department
  • Coordinates the Schroh loan process
  • Produces graduate certificates

Leslie Jordan
Education Coordinator
[email protected]

  • Monitors on-boarding compliance
  • Manages the “processing out” (completion of training) of trainees appointed through GME
  • Processes appointments

Krista Lombardo-Klefos, MBA
GME Accreditation Administrator
[email protected]

  • Manages the accreditation activities of Cleveland Clinic ACGME training programs, providing education and consultative services
  • Provides project assistance to the DIO, GMEC and subcommittees
  • Serves as project manager for the CLER Site Visits and Pursuing Excellence grant
  • Manages house staff travel requests and reimbursement

Kate Ridenour
GME Rotations/Contracts Manager

[email protected] 

  • Manages residency training affiliation agreements, letters of agreement and business associate agreements
  • Serves as GME liaison to internal and external entities regarding billing

Alison Rybak, MEd
Technology Specialist

[email protected] 

  • Manages ERAS and GMEtrack for programs
  • Administers MedHub Training to program directors, program coordinators, and trainees
  • Assists programs with optimal utilization of MedHub functionality

Anna Zulia, MEd
Education Program Administrator, Resident/Fellow Services
[email protected]

  • Serves as a liaison for state, federal and other medical agencies
  • Manages GME appointment process
  • Oversees GME reporting for CMS reimbursement
  • Manages resident and fellow HR services
How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Providing a quality educational experience to our trainees is our number one job, which is why our Graduate Medical Education staff is committed to ensuring that our training programs meet or exceed national and institutional standards.

The GME Department also helps in the following areas:


We oversee and monitor program accreditation, the exchange visitor visa program and all institutional policies affecting GME programs.

Human Resources

We recruit trainees, administer payroll, authorize benefits and verify employment as well as perform other HR-related functions.

Customer Service

Please use our staff as a resource for questions about graduate medical education.