Thank Yinz

Thank Yinz is a program to promote faculty well being through expressions of gratitude. Department of Pediatrics Faculty may nominate other DOP Faculty for a Thank Yinz. Awardees will receive recognition and a Starbucks gift card. This program is supported by a UPMC Physician THRIVE grant for change.


Submit a Thank Yinz

Submit a Thank Yinz for any faculty member to express your gratitute of their work and efforts. 

January 2023

Sandra Kim, MD would like to say Thank Yinz to Maren Lunoe, MD: Amazing work developing this program!

Daniel Weiner, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Mark Dovey, MD,: Thank Yinz for standing up for the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, as we have gone through a very busy viral season with more admissions, more consults, more clinic visits, and more responsibilities shifted to the faculty. Thank Yinz for having our interests at heart. Thank Yinz for listening and always having an open door.

Brooke Molina, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Elizabeth Miller, MD: I couldn't be more grateful for you, Liz. You go above and beyond in so many ways, professionally and personally, to makethisworld(includingPitt/Children's)abetterplace. - -Brooke

Laura West, MD would like to say Thank Yinz to Mosopefoluwa Lanlokun, MD: Thank you for helping cover my clinic schedule when my sonwassick. Youarethebest!

Lina Gonzalez, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Eric Goetzman, PhD: Thank you for the time you spent to review my grant's aims page and for the awesome feedback you provided!

Lina Gonzalez, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Matthew Zinn, DO: Thank you for your time taking care of my patients and for having the time to respond and explain things. Thank you for your mentorship for always being there to support and be my "special editor" for all manuscripts and grants! I know you hate Starbucks but I need to say thank you!

Lina Gonzalez, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Gerard Vockley, MD: Thank you for being such an incredible leader for our division. You truly meet the definition of the “servant leader” in everything you do. I know you are always willing to do as much as needed and cover the gaps (even at ongoing risk of doing too much at times).

Sandra Kim, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Feras Alissa, MD: It’s been a privilege to be your colleague, and even more importantly, to be your friend.

Vered Lewy Weiss would like to say Thank Yinz to Luigi Garibaldi, MD: So, so many reasons!

Christin Deal, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Allyson Larkin, MD: Thanks for taking call over the holidays always! 

Ana Radovic, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Leigh-Anne Dicicco, MD: Last week on call Leigh Anne did an amazing job advocating for a young person who wanted their confidentiality protected around reproductive care while balancing what their medical needs were. It was exemplary. She is a caring and dedicated professional!

Hey-Jin Chong, MD, PhD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Allyson Larkin, MD: Thank you for constant support and encouragement!!!!

Tahniat Syed, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Ana Radovic, MD: for your dedication to integrated behavioral mental health in our division so i can provide comprehensive care and coordination to our patients. it has been a game changer for my practice of adolescent medicine. 

Tahniat Syed, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Qrquidia Torres, MD: for your dedication to our fellowship program- supervising 4 fellows at a time is a juggling act and you make it look easy!  also thank you for supervising our resident training through adolescent medicine and leading their learning. and above all the excellent patient care you provide. xo

Tahniat Syed, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Elissa Gittes, MD: for being our renowned expert in eating disorders. it gives me peace and calm to know you are there as a resource for our patients with a wide spectrum of eating disorders. thanks for being my colleague all these years

William Depas, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Melissa Kane, PhD: For being a great friend and for sharing in all the trials and tribulations of being a new PI!

William Depas, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Laurie Silva, PhD: For being a great friend who I can share my failures and successes with!

Robert Safier, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Yoshimi Sogawa, MD: Yoshi is a thorough and caring physician, who filled in this week when one of our colleagues was ill.

Robert Safier, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Catalina Cleves Bayon, MD: Dr. Cleves helped see some of my patients when I was ill. 

Andrew Nowalk, MD, PhD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Jonathan Albert, MD: Dr. Albert has done an amazing job joining a busy ID division and thriving. It's hard to come in from the outside and fit in, but he did so from minute one. He is the first to offer help, is always professional and pleasant, and is a joy to have as a partner. He's the future of our Transplant ID work, and we're so lucky to have him. Thanks for being a great team member! (oh and his free pastries from his partner Sasha did influence this nomination :) ...)

Syliva Choi, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Whitney Sunseri, MD: Dr Sunseri was on GI Consult service and was very timely in seeing a patient with complaints of dysphagia, came up with clear plan for evaluation, and arranged for EGD the same day! The family was extremely grateful for her attention to detail and the way she helped facilitate outpatient follow up so we could discharge the patient when his other medical issues had resolved. Thank Yinz, Whitney!  

Syliva Choi, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Wassim Chemaitilly, MD: Dr Chemaitilly was staffing Endocrinology consults and was instrumental in managing my patient's DI. This patient's DI has been challenging to manage due to COVID+ and problems with her central line and feeding tube. Also, the parent has had negative interactions with healthcare providers in the past. Dr. Chemaitilly was very responsive to my team's concerns regarding this patient's variable sodium levels, was proactive in contacting the mother to ensure communication was not a barrier and was clear in verbal and written communication regarding the plan. Thank Yinz, Wassim!

Sylvia Choi, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Mark Dovey, MD: Dr Dovey was staffing Pulmonology Consults the week I had 2 patients with less than typical courses of pneumonia with subsequent empyema. ID recommended consulting pulmonology and Dr. Dovey's consult was reassuring in that he agreed with our current treatment, and he recommended ongoing outpatient follow up with Pulmonology which the families found reassuring. Thank Yinz, Mark!

Slyvia Choi, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Maren Lunoe, MD: I would like to Thank Yinz, Maren, for creating the Thank Yinz program!

Maren Lunoe, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Erin Doherty Phrampus, MD: Thanks for all your efforts on the CHP ED schedule.  You somehow make the magic happen every month!

Richard Saladino, MD would like to say Thank Yinz to Johanna Rosen, MD: Incredible work advancing the focus on quality and safety, by way of a scientific approach, for both our division of PEM and UPMC CHP. 

Kavitha Conti, MD would like to say Thank Yinz to Johanna Rosen, MD: Thanks for being a supportive leader. You approach every situation and individual with positivity and an open mind. Your calm during rough times is appreciated. 

Kavitha Conti, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Sean Button, MD: For being an outstanding, supportive and enthusiastic member of our team. You manage to make everyone’s day a little brighter.

Laura Panko, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Leigh-Anne Dicicco, MD: Thank you for finishing the departs for the 3 orange patients that I discharged on 1/13. Made for a better morning given that I was pulled to orange again and had a new admission in the morning. You’re the best!

Maha Kaissi, MD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Allison Williams, MD: Alli helped me debrief after a particularly challenging interaction and made me feel better! She's always a great friend to lean on when needed and knows how to help come up with an action plan for addressing problems.

Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, would like to say Thank Yinz to Alyssa Zuziack, DO: Dr. Zuziack was a patient care champ, overseeing both the inpatient service at the CHRU and the consult service at CHP Main when one of our other faculty unexpectedly went on parental leave early. She was the ultimate team player.

Archive

Archive of submissions from the Thank Yinz survey.