Gabriela Espinoza-Candelaria, MD (2021 - Present)
Evan E. Facer, DO (2020 - Present)
BA, Indiana University
DO, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine--Bradenton
Pediatrics Residency/Chief Resident, Advocate Children's Hospital-Park Ridge
When I visited Children's for my fellowship interview, I immediately felt that I'd found people who would share my joy for learning, celebrate my successes, and challenge me to be the best physician I can be. Though I had never been to Pittsburgh, I felt like I'd found the right place to support my personal and professional goals.
I became passionate about Antimicrobial Stewardship during my residency and hope to continue to pursue research in this area throughout my fellowship. Outside of work, I love spending time with my toddler and husband, baking and watching old seasons of the Great British Baking Show, and hot yoga.
Sharon Karunakaran, MD (2021 - Present)
Melena Robertson, DO (2020 - Present)
DO, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency, Inova Children’s Hospital
I chose Children's for the amazing people and location. I loved how friendly and supportive the entire team was since day one. Currently, my area of interest is antimicrobial stewardship, diagnostic testing in particular. Outside of the hospital, I love weight lifting, baking, shopping at Target, binge watching The Golden Girls, and hanging with my 3 dogs - Olive, Guinness, and Morty.
Glenn J. Rapsinski, MD, PhD (2019 - Present)
BS, Saint Vincent College
MD/PhD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Pediatrics Residency, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
I chose Children's because of the comradery between all the divisions in the hospital as they collaborate to care for all of the children of Pittsburgh and within the ID division. The Infectious Diseases Division is diverse, warm, caring, and driven to make the fellows the best ID physicians they can be as well as achieve their career goals.
My current research is in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Bomberger studying the microbiome and evolution and biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the sinuses and airways of patients with cystic fibrosis. I enjoy cooking, baking, video games, and board games, and gardening. Prior to the pandemic, I enjoyed seeing the great musical theater productions that Pittsburgh has to offer, going to Pirate's baseball games, and traveling.