Program Leadership

IM Faculty

Back Row:

Michael P. Lukela, M.D.
Program Director,
Medicine-Pediatrics

Adam S. Tremblay, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Sarah Hartley, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Subramaniam Pennathur, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Thomas H. Sisson, M.D.
Associate Program Director

John Del Valle, M.D.
Program Director,
Senior Associate Chair
Graduate Medical Education

Front Row:

Namita Sachdev, M.D.
Associate Program Director,
Medicine-Pediatrics

Kristin Collier, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Rachel Perlman, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Not Pictured:

Jennifer Lukela, M.D.
Associate Program Director

 

John Del Valle, M.D.

Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1986
Internal Medicine Residency Program, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 1983
M.D., University of Puerto Rico, 1980

Professional Interests:.My clinical practice is in both outpatient and inpatient gastroenterology. In the outpatient setting I see cases in general gastroenterology with a focus on patients with inflammatory bowel disease, peptic acid disorders as well as rare tumors of the neuroendocrine variety. I perform endoscopy on a regular basis in our Medical Procedures Unit. I round on the inpatient lumenal service which focuses on delivering care to patients with advanced inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic biliary disease and general gastrointestinal disorders.

My academic activities have varied over the years. Initially, my scholarly contributions were in the field of basic science gastrointestinal biology. Over the last decade my interests have been in the areas of medical education, patient safety and quality improvement. I have had multiple administrative roles over the years at an institutional and national level. These have extended from serving on a host of institutional committees that have helped shape the many conversations on campus surrounding patient care, education and research. In addition, I have served on multiple committees within our national organization, the American Gastroenterological Association. Most recently, I served as interim chair of the department of internal medicine, chair of the Dean’s committee to review the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and Special Section Editor for the Mentoring, Education and Training section for the journal Gastroenterology.

Personal Interests: I am passionate about spending time with family and friends. We have four children and three grandchildren which are in the immediate area. When not spending time with friends and family I enjoy hiking, photography, traveling and playing golf (albeit poorly).

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: Having grown up in New York City (the Bronx) and having lived in Puerto Rico for 12 years gives me a rather unique perspective on practicing and living in Ann Arbor. Originally, I anticipated spending a total of three years here for training. It was obvious to me from the start that the University offered many benefits not only to practice and to learn medicine but to develop long term friendships and collaborations. I believe the greatest strengths of our institution have to do with the people. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to work with such an outstanding group of staff members, students, trainees and faculty members. The breadth of our institution and the collaboration and collegiality within it bars none. In addition, the location of our medical campus within the broader scope of a wonderful, top ranked university with both undergraduate and graduate offerings is a major strength. Finally, Ann Arbor has been extraordinarily welcoming to my family and I. It has a wonderful blend of social cultural offerings in a setting that is extraordinarily pleasant, desirable and easy to live in.

Kristin Collier, M.D.

Assistant Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, 2004-2005
Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2004
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2001

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is an outpatient practice where I take care of adult patients in a community setting.  I provide a variety of clinical services, such as preventative health maintenance visits,  chronic disease management visits and urgent/acute care visits. My clinical interests involve the primary care of women, and preventative care along the lifespan. My academic interests focus on the teaching of students and residents, especially in the domains of clinical and interpersonal skills and the delivery of high-value, evidenced based care.

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my husband and four sons, crafting, and baking homemade bread and desserts for family and friends.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: I enjoy practicing at the University of Michigan for several reasons. First and foremost is the collegial atmosphere that abounds here. I am continually inspired by the creative, intelligent colleagues that surround me, and also how personable and friendly they are. I am so grateful to have the wide range of world-class medical resources that exist here at the University at my fingertips to take care of my patients in the ways that they need. I am continually motivated by the environment of academic rigor and the emphasis on lifelong learning that surrounds me.

Sarah Hartley, M.D.

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Chief Medical Resident, Detroit Medical Center-Wayne State University, 2008
Internal Medicine Residency Program, Detroit Medical Center-Wayne State University, 2007
M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2004

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is primarily inpatient as a hospitalist in the Department of Internal Medicine.  In addition, I volunteer at the student run free clinic, a local resource for for patients without insurance.  My academic interests include treatment and evaluation of hospitalized patients with urinary tract infection and development of clinical reasoning skill in learners.

Personal Interests: Outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time outdoors and travel, including exploring Ireland this past spring.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: The team and collaboration it provides.  The goal is to provide every patient with the best care possible, learning together and appreciating the input from all individuals including the patient, their family, nursing, trainees, and other faculty member.

Jennifer Lukela, M.D.

Assistant Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, 2002-2003
Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2002
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1999

Professional Interests: I am an outpatient general internist providing primary care to adults at Briarwood Medical Group in Ann Arbor. My clinical interests include health promotion and wellness, women’s health and management of chronic illness such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.  In addition to involvement in graduate medical education through the ambulatory component of the residency program, I am also involved with undergraduate medical education teaching early medical students clinical skills in physical exam, history taking and clinical reasoning as well as working with third year students in the clinic. I have an interest in teaching and evaluating clinical reasoning, oral case presentation skills and patient-doctor communication. I am thankful to my patients and for my involvement with both residents and medical students as I think they all challenge me constantly to be a better doctor and educator.

Personal Interests: Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family, cheering for Michigan at various sporting events (unless they are playing Duke), trying hard to be a gourmet cook, reading and running. I have a long standing dream that someday I will also be a decent golfer.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: : Though I am a Vermonter at heart, I have come to appreciate the wonderful and diverse community of Ann Arbor. It has been a wonderful place to raise our children. From the many athletic events at UM, to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, to amazing dance, music and theater performances at venues like Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor offers an amazing diversity of experiences all with a small college-town feel.

Michael Lukela, M.D.

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

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is primarily inpatient as a hospitalist in the Department of Internal Medicine. In addition, I volunteer at the HOPE clinic, a local resource for adult and pediatric patients without insurance. My primary academic focus has been in medical education where I am extensively involved in both Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) as the Director of the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, member of the Admissions Executive Committee, and Director of the M2 Clinical Comprehensive Assessment. I have interest in educational assessment and curricular innovation and design.

Personal Interests: Outside of the hospital I enjoy coaching both of my sons’ competitive soccer teams, compete in marathons and distance triathlons, and remain ever hopeful that I will be able to train our dog, Maya.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: The people. My faculty colleagues and our residents are truly exceptional individuals. In addition to providing outstanding care for our patients, everyone is warm, friendly, easy-going, and compassionate. It is simply a wonderful community to be part of.

Subramaniam Pennathur, M.B.B.S.

Director, Physician Scientist Training Program
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Nephrology Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, 2002
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, 2001
Endocrinology Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, 1999
Internal Medicine Residency Program, Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, 1996
Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1993
M.D., Tirunelveli Medical College, 1991

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is primarily taking care of inpatient and outpatient nephrology patients. I have an active basic science research laboratory which focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms of diabetic and non-diabetic renal disease utilizing both experimental models and human studies. In addition to the Physician Scientist Program, my administrative roles include serving as the Director of the NIH funded Molecular Phenotyping Facility and as Associate Director, Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource. I enjoy working on training residents and fellows and also mentoring physician scientists, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in my research laboratory.

Personal Interests: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters. Our hobbies include watching tennis, Michigan football and basketball and hiking

What I Enjoy About Living in Our Community: I love the college town atmosphere of Ann Arbor. I appreciate the tradition of excellence, the creativity and collegiality of my colleagues and the passion for discovery and research at Michigan.. It has been a wonderful place to raise our kids.

Rachel Perlman, M.D.

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Nephrology Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2003
Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2000
M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1997

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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.

Thomas H. Sisson, M.D.

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1998
Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Michigan, 1995
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 1992

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Adam Tremblay, M.D.

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2002
M.D., Dartmouth Medical School, 1999

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