Leadership and Staff

Leadership

Division Chief, Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, FHM

Vineet Chopra, MBBS
Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, FHM

Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, FHM, earned his medical degree from Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals in Mumbai, India. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center in New York City and Bronx, New York. After completing his medical training, Dr. Chopra served as the Medical Director and Lead Physician for the Division of Hospital Medicine at St. Joseph’s Mercy Regional Health Center in Hot Springs, AR until June of 2008. He was then recruited as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Chopra received his MSc degree in Health and Health Care Research as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in 2012.

Dr. Chopra is a fervent educator and scholar, and he currently serves the University on numerous committees. His research interests are in improving the safety of hospitalized patients by preventing hospital-acquired complications. Dr. Chopra's research efforts have focused on two of the most costly and prevalent hospital-acquired complications related to vascular access in the United States. He has won numerous national, regional, and institutional awards for his teaching and research. Dr. Chopra is clearly dedicated to the three pillars of Michigan Medicine: medical education, patient care, and research. As the Division Chief of Hospital Medicine, he will be responsible for developing and growing the divisional research envelope, optimizing clinical operations, and leveraging the expertise of the Division of Hospital Medicine through collaborations with other Divisions, Departments, and Schools within the University.

Senior Associate Division Chief, Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH
Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, is the Chief of Medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Saint's research focuses on patient safety, implementation science, and medical decision-making. He has authored approximately 300 peer-reviewed papers with over 110 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, or the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Saint serves on the editorial board of 7 peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, is a Special Correspondent to the New England Journal of Medicine, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Detroit News, and Detroit Free Press, and has given a TEDx talk on culture change in healthcare. Dr. Saint is also the lead author of a book published by Oxford University Press entitled: “Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions.” In 2016, he received the Mark Wolcott Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs as the National VA Physician of the Year and was elected as an international honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).

Dr. Saint received his Medical Doctorate from UCLA, completed a medical residency and chief residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and obtained a Masters in Public Health (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) from the University of Washington in Seattle.  He has been a visiting professor at over 75 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Australia, and Thailand.

Division Administrator, Marisa Rodriguez, MPH

Marisa Rodriguez
Marisa Rodriguez, MPH

Marisa Rodriguez, MPH, received all of her degrees from the University of Michigan - a bachelor of arts in Spanish, a bachelor of arts in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Women’s Health and a master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy as a Dean’s scholarship recipient. Prior to joining the Division of Hospital Medicine, Marisa was the division administrator for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Marisa has also been a key leader in the diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for the Department of Internal Medicine.  

Faculty Leadership

Staff

Administrative Support

The administration support provides non-clinical administrative support to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners within the Division of Hospital Medicine. The administrative staff supports approximately 130 faculty and staff. 

  • Marisa Rodriguez, MPH, Division Administrator
  • Kate Stricker, Division Coordinator
  • Katie Morningstar, Division Specialist
  • Kaley German, Sr. Division Assistant
  • Lauren DeMember, Division Assistant

Clinical Assistants

Clinical Assistants provide clinical and operational support to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners within the Division of Hospital Medicine.

  • Jennifer Sheets, CA Supervisor
  • Christine Cislo, MFH
  • Kristen Dahlstrom, MFH
  • Valerie Helmer, MFH
  • Heather Lowery, MSSU

Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Advanced Practice Providers

The advanced practice provider (APP) program in the Medical Short Stay Unit (MSSU) is one comprised of both physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). In collaboration with the onsite MSSU attendings, APPs provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of adult Internal Medicine patients who are on observation or inpatient status. Patient care is provided in two units: MSSU Maize (18 beds) and MSSU Blue (22 beds). In addition, the MSSU APPs partner with the MSSU triaging physician to conduct history and physicals and complete admissions for patients in the Emergency Department accepted for admission to the MSSU. The MSSU physician-APP relationship is based on a teamwork model of shared medical decision making.  MSSU APPs are board-certified and state-licensed NPs or PAs with delegated prescriptive authority and also maintain DEA and ACLS certifications. Additionally, MSSU APPs participate in Hospital Medicine case conferences and quality initiatives.

Medical Short Stay Unit Advanced Practice Providers

  • Ray Blush, NP
  • Punyacha Crocker, NP
  • Jennifer Delvero, NP
  • Dena Fernandez, PhD, NP
  • Li Gao, NP
  • Kirsten Gurtowsky, PA
  • Emily Heys, NP
  • William Hovey, PA
  • Andrew Jurgenson, PA
  • James Kanak, PA
  • Kevin Knott, PA
  • Lisa Koch, PA
  • Kim Kramer, PA
  • Laura Kremer, PA
  • Catherine Lindback, PA
  • Lynda Mitgutsch, PA
  • Simbiat Monsur, PA
  • Crystal Moreno, PA
  • Jamie Neal, NP
  • Innah Park, NP
  • Jessica Parker, NP
  • Laura Pratt, NP
  • Mary Read, NP
  • Angela Rose, PA
  • Andria Scappaticci, NP
  • Kay Schiller, PA
  • Alex Scott, PA
  • Steve Upton, PA
  • Ling Wang, PA
  • Brian Wasielewski, NP 

Medicine Hematology Physician Assistants 

  • Julie Bruce, PA
  • Tracy Hunt, PA (lead)
  • Alyssa Rutherford, PA
  • Tammy Weyer, PA

 

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