Program Leadership

Michael Lukela, M.D.

Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2002
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, 2002-03
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1998

Dr. Michael Lukela is an internist and pediatrician who currently serves as Director for the Dr. William Henry Fitzbutler House in the M-Home Learning Community and Director for the combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at Michigan Medicine.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Duke University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training in Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, serving as Chief Resident for the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program followed by an additional year as a Chief Resident in Pediatrics. He is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine.

He has been inducted into the League of Educational Excellence and Academiae Laureati Medici (Clinical Excellence Society) at Michigan Medicine. Nationally, his commitment to medical education has been recognized through his election to the Executive Committee for the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors' Association (MPPDA), including a term as President for the organization. He serves as a member of the General Examination Committee for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and Editorial Board for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) "SPARK", an educational resource to prepare hospitalists for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) focused-practice in hospital medicine exam. His academic and research interests are in well-being and educational assessment. As a clinician educator, Dr. Lukela works to inspire and empower students and residents to become the next generation of physician leaders to care for the needs of children and adults across our communities.

Outside of the hospital, he coaches competitive soccer (formerly Olympic Development Program and local club; currently local high school), competes in marathons and distance triathlons, and loves spending time with his wife (a primary care physician and APD for the IM residency program), two sons, and two doggies. 

Namita Sachdev, M.D.

Associate Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 1993
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, 1993-94
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 1989

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is in one of our Medicine-Pediatrics practices at East Ann Arbor Health Center where I have a strong interest in health prevention and chronic illness management. As Associate Program Director, I enjoy working on resident education with a focus on ambulatory education and the development of new ambulatory experiences. I also spend time with first and second year medical students during their Clinical Foundations in Medicine course teaching clinical skills. During the summer months I volunteer with a community agency providing care to migrant farm workers.

Personal Interests: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children. My hobbies include playing and watching tennis, hiking, and reading.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: The opportunity to work with people from many walks of life, both as patients and colleagues! I also love teaching students and residents who are eager to learn and constantly challenge me to become a better teacher.

Sara Platte, M.D.

Assistant Program Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, 2018
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Chicago, 2007
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2003

Dr. Platte graduated from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Michigan Medical School prior to completing her Medicine-Pediatrics training at the University of Chicago in 2007. She served as Chief Resident for the Med-Peds program during her training. She served on the faculty at the University of Chicago between 2007-2012. She held multiple roles during her time at the University of Chicago including precepting Med-Peds residents, medical students, and serving as a Pritzker Community Service Fellowship Mentor for pre-medical students. Dr. Platte returned to Michigan in 2012 and joined the St. Joseph Mercy Neighborhood Family Health Center- a clinic which serves patients with very limited resources, including those without insurance. She was appointed the site's Medical Director in 2013.

Dr. Platte's interests include preventive health, chronic disease management, and transitions of care, such as from adolescence to adulthood, especially for patients with special health care needs. She has been actively involved in teaching and medical education through precepting residents and serving on our Med-Peds Graduate Medical Education Committee. In recognition of her contributions to our training program, she received the John G. Frohna Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching in Medicine-Pediatrics in 2015.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Platte loves spending time with her husband, three daughters and the family dog, cooking, and exploring local parks.

Rebecca Northway, M.D.

Assistant Program Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, 2018
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Providence Hospital Athletic Medicine, 2010
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2009
M.D., Michigan State College of Human Medicine, 2005

Dr. Northway graduated from Albion College and Michigan State College of Human Medicine prior to completing her training in Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in 2009. She subsequently pursued a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Providence Hospital Athletic Medicine in 2010. Dr. Northway joined the Med-Peds faculty at the University of Michigan in 2010 at the Canton Health Center where she practices primary care and primary care sports medicine. In addition, she is practices primary care sports medicine at the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Clinic at Northville Health Center and is a team physician for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

In addition to an active clinical practice, Dr. Northway has been involved in medical education through clinical and didactic instruction in the Med-Peds, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics Residency Programs. In recognition of her contributions to our training program, she received the John G. Frohna Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching in Medicine-Pediatrics in 2016.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Dr. Northway is an avid runner (participating in 5ks to marathons) and enjoys spinning, and swimming. She loves Michigan's four seasons and enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter, and dogs, especially in Northern Michigan.

Kate Levy, M.D.

Assistant Program Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, 2018
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, 2017-2018
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2017
M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2013

Dr. Kate Levy graduated from the University of Rochester and then University of Pennsylvania Perlman School of Medicine prior to completing her training in Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in 2017. She served as Chief Resident for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UM prior to joining the faculty in 2018. During training, she completed the Healthcare Administration Scholars Program, High Value Practice Academic Alliance Future Leader Program, and Community of Medical Educators in Training (CoMET) program. She was Co-Chair for the House Officer Quality and Safety Council and served on numerous program and institutional committees. She received 2 Bronze Beeper awards to recognize her excellence in medical student education.

Dr. Levy practices as a combined Med-Peds hospitalist with professional interests in quality improvement and patient safety, high value care, and medical education. She works with faculty, residents and medical students through her roles on the Internal Medicine Quality Council, faculty advisor for resident-based QI/Patient Safety Projects, and as hospitalist lead for the medical school Interprofessional Clinical Experience course.

Dr. Levy's outside interests include gardening, cooking, running, and playing soccer (including helping coach a local high school team), enjoying the outdoors even in Michigan winters and most importantly her new golden retriever puppy, Callaway.

Pfarr, MarieJulie E. Barrett, M.D.

Medicine-Pediatrics Chief Resident
Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2019
M.D., East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, 2015

About Me

I was born and raised in beautiful Pinehurst, North Carolina. At UNC, I majored in International Studies and studied abroad in Argentina. After graduating, I lived in Davis, California for a year, where I worked for a farm-to-school program, teaching gardening/cooking classes in public schools. I then moved to Washington, DC for my MPH in Community-Oriented Primary Care before starting medical school. My passions lie in primary care, prevention, and nutrition, but I love many parts of medicine! In my free time, you will find me adventuring outside (hiking, running, biking), spending time with my family/friends/cats, traveling, gardening, singing along to musicals, and learning new languages.

Why I Chose Michigan?

It was an intuitive decision for me - it just felt right on my interview day. Hands-down the friendliest residents I met, coupled with an outstanding academic medical center in a really great place! I can now tell you that what I perceived on my interview day was true: UM is a wonderfully supportive environment. From the residents to attendings to staff, everyone is so nice and helpful. Residency is hard no matter where you train, so it's important to be around fun and interesting people!

 

 

Amy Cutting

Med-Peds & PTSP Program Coordinator
B.F.A., College of Santa Fe, 2006

Professional Interests: I’m the Program Coordinator for the Med-Peds and Physician-Scientist Programs as well as the Lead Fellowship Coordinator so I stay busy working as a liaison between the different programs and GME as well as keeping up with our Med-Peds residents!

Personal Interests: I can usually be found somewhere either with my camera, knitting, reading, working on the computer, cooking for guests, doing house projects, building furniture, hiking or camping. We’re pretty actively involved in the local cycling and running communities as well and will occasionally be spotted running around the Ypsi/Ann Arbor area with dogs in tow.

What I Enjoy About Living in Our Community: I love the variety of events (many of them free) available in the Ann Arbor/Detroit areas! There is ALWAYS something to do but there’s also a ton of natural areas to explore whether you hike, run or bike that are beautiful all year round. I also enjoy the wide variety of restaurants available - especially ethnic cuisine if I can talk someone else into it!