Program Leadership

Dr. Robert Nardino

Robert Nardino, MD
Program Director

Dr. Nardino received his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1990. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Wright-Patterson U. S. Air Force Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, and remained as a faculty member there for four years before relocating to Connecticut and the Hospital of Saint Raphael in 1997. He served first as a clinician educator and in 2000 became director of the internal medicine residency program, a position he held for 15 years. He then joined the Yale University School of Medicine faculty as a firm chief for the Yale Primary Care Residency Program. Dr. Nardino is active in the American College of Physicians and is currently the Governor of the Connecticut Chapter.

Cheryl Oncken, MD, FACP, FIDSA 

Cheryl Oncken, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Chairman, Department of Medicine
University of Connecticut Health Center

Dr. Cheryl Oncken is Professor of Medicine and Interim Chair, Department of Medicine. She is also Director of the Clinical Research Center at UConn Health. After completing her undergraduate studies and receiving her MD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she completed her residency requirements in Internal Medicine at the Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis. She completed a Fellowship in Ambulatory Care at the University of Minnesota where she also received a. Masters Degree in Public Health in Epidemiology.

Dr. Oncken is internationally recognized for her work on the treatment of smoking. She has been continuously NIH funded since 1998, and has over 60 peer reviewed articles on smoking-related research. She is a board certified practicing internist at the UConn Health and enjoys working with internal medicine residents in general medicine clinic.

Michael R. Grey, MD, MPH, FACP, FAOEM 

Michael R. Grey, MD, MPH, FACP, FAOEM
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center/Trinity Health New England

Dr. Grey is a graduate of Harvard College where he majored in History and Science. He received his MD degree from the University of Connecticut in 1984 and completed Primary Care Internal Medicine and Chief Medical residency at Cambridge Hospital. Following residency, he was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington where he also completed an MPH and fellowship in Occupational/Environmental Medicine. Dr. Grey joined the University of Connecticut in 1989 and during his 15 years on the faculty was involved at all levels of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, including among many others residency program director for the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program and Associate Dean for Continuing Education. In 2004, Baystate Health recruited Dr. Grey to be Section Chief in General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and medical director of its largest teaching community health center. In 2007 he returned to CT as Chief of Medicine at the Hospital of Central CT where he remained for 7 years. In 2014, Dr. Grey became Chief Medical Officer of Western CT Medical Group, a 500+ clinician multidisciplinary medical group in the greater Danbury region. This past winter, Dr. Grey was chosen to succeed Dr. Bernie Clark as Chair of Medicine at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and began his tenure in early March. He is a Professor of Medicine at UConn School of Medicine and has held similar rank at the University of Vermont, Tufts University and the Yale School of Nursing. Dr. Grey has published many articles relating to the history of medicine and public health, medical education and occupational/environmental medicine. He is the author or co-author of two books, New Deal Medicine which focusses on the history of U.S. health care policy during the Great Depression and The Bioterrorism Sourcebook a primer on bioterrorism for front line clinicians and public health officials. Dr. Grey is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Occupational/Environmental Medicine. Dr. Grey’s expertise encompasses his work as a medical educator, administrator of educational programs, expert in occupational and environmental medicine, primary care internist, and aficionado of the history of medicine. Dr. Grey lives in Simsbury with his wife Barbara and their Tibetan terrier, Quizzie. 

Ajay Kumar, MD, FACP

Ajay Kumar, MD, FACP
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Hartford Hospital

Dr Kumar received his medical degree from Bangalore University, India and came to the United States in 2001 after completing his MRCP at the Royal College of Edinburg. He joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2004 as a staff physician in Hospital Medicine. At Cleveland Clinic Dr. Kumar was the director of the Internal Medicine Preoperative Assessment, Consultation, and Treatment Center as well as the director of the Blood Management program. Since October 2013 Dr. Kumar has served as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Hartford Hospital. During his tenure at Hartford Hospital, Dr. Kumar has focused on service reorganization, recruitment quality, and process improvement. His research interests include Blood Management and Preoperative Anemia Management. 

Dr. Ralph Martin 

Ralph Martin, MD, FACP
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Program Director, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Dr. Martin graduated from MIT, Cambridge, Mass., with Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and in Life Sciences. He earned his Medical degree from New Jersey Medical School, Newark, then returned to Massachusetts for his Internal Medicine residency at Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Mass. Dr. Martin entered private practice in Worcester for five years before a career in academic medicine. As a faculty member, he taught internal medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at Ohio State University, and was Associate Program Director of the Helene Fuld Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program, Trenton, N.J. He was then recruited by Dr. J. David Schnatz to his current position as Director of Educational Programs in the Department of Medicine at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Martin's major academic interests are physical diagnosis, medical education, and the basic science underpinnings of modern medical practice. 

Jennifer D. Baldwin, MD 

Jennifer D. Baldwin, MD
Associate Program Director, UConn Health Center

Dr. Baldwin joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut Health Center in 2013 from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, MA, where she served as Director of Hospitalist Medicine. She worked as a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham and as an academic hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston since 2007 after completing her residency in Internal Medicine at BIDMC. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1999 and her MD degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 2004. Dr. Baldwin serves as an Associate Program Director for the Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Baldwin’s clinical practice is as an academic hospitalist at John Dempsey Hospital. Special interests include quality improvement and patient safety.  

Rebecca Andrews, MS, MD, FACP 

Rebecca Andrews, MS, MD, FACP
Director of Ambulatory Education, UConn Health Center
Associate Program Director, UConn Health Center

Andrews is the Director of Ambulatory Education at the University of Connecticut and an Associate Program Director. She also serves as the education section leader at the CT Institute for Primary Care Innovation. As such, she is involved in the daily activities of the resident ambulatory clinic, mentoring, teaching, and increasing the quality of delivered care. Dr. Andrews received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA before relocating to Connecticut for medical school at the University of Connecticut. She remained at the university to complete a residency including a chief medical resident year. Upon completing her residency, she practiced for three years at a community health center where she served as the medical director and a member of the company’s QA/QI team. She joined the faculty at UConn in 2009 where she developed the Office Based Medicine track and developed patient-directed care pathways for chronic disease care. This served as the basis for a HRSA Primary Care Expansion Grant that she directs at the university. As a primary care provider, she sees patients with a focus on health prevention, heart failure, women’s health, disease-driven care models, and healthcare policy. Beginning in 2017 she will be the Governor of the CT chapter of the ACP.

Peruvamba R. Venkatesh, MD

Peruvamba R. Venkatesh, MD, FACP, FRCP
Associate Program Director, Hartford Hospital

Dr. Venkatesh graduated in 1978 from Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India. He trained in medicine in India before moving to the United Kingdom in 1984. He trained in the hospitals in the National Health Service of Great Britain in Internal Medicine and several of the medical specialties. He trained in the Internal Medicine Training Program at the UConn Health and joined the full-time teaching medical staff of Hartford Hospital in 1995 specializing in acute inpatient medical care and has been a program officer for the Internal Medicine Training Program since that time. He is the Associate Director and the Medical Director for Quality and Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine. He is the Associate Program Director for the training program and Chief Academic Officer, DIO and Assistant Dean at Hartford Hospital. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he is an elected member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators. He is a member of The Royal College of United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, UK and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is also a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. His areas of interest include clinical medicine, medical education, patient safety and quality, high value care and cognitive simulation education in medicine.

Padmanabhan Premkumar MD

Padmanabhan Premkumar MD
Site Director, Hartford Hospital

Dr. Premkumar was born in the south of India and eventually migrated to Canada during his high school years. He earned a specialist degree from the University of Toronto in Cell and Molecular Biology. His medical career began with his MD degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and a subsequent year of Chief residency at UCONN health. His passion for teaching and education has led him to pursue a career as an Academic Hospitalist at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Premkumar’s major academic interests include graduate medical education, service reorganization, process improvement and the development of modern clinical medicine.

Shiromini Herath, MBBS

Shiromini Herath, MBBS
Assistant Professor
Site Director, UConn Health Center

Dr. Herath completed her residency at University of Connecticut and joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut Health Center as a Hospitalist at John Dempsey Hospital in 2007. She graduated from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her interests include quality improvements and practice of evidence based medicine. 

Edgar Naut, MD 

Edgar Naut, MD
Assistant Professor
Site Director, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Dr. Naut received his Bachelor of Science degree in applied biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) and his MD degree from Universidad Iberoamericana (Santo Domingo, DR). He completed his residency including a chief medical resident year in primary care internal medicine at the University of Connecticut. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. After completing his residency Dr. Naut joined Saint Francis Hospital as an academic hospitalist. He is currently holds the academic rank of assistant professor in medicine from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Naut is the associate hospitalist director at Saint Francis Hospital and his interest include transitions of care across the healthcare system. 

Jaclyn Cox, DO 

Jaclyn Cox, DO
Osteopathic Program Co-Director

Dr. Jaclyn Cox is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to complete her residency in Internal Medicine with the University of Connecticut. Post residency Jaclyn joined the team at UConn as an academic hospitalist. Her area of academic interest includes the development of curriculum for the osteopathic residency program.

Susan Levine, MD 

Susan Levine, MD
Ambulatory Site Director – UConn Health

Dr. Levine received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her MD degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania as well as an MPH degree from the University of CT. She joined the UConn faculty in 1998 and served as our associate program director for several years. After a hiatus in private practice, Dr. Levine has recently returned to UConn as our Ambulatory site director on the Farmington campus. Her areas of academic interest include global health and medical ethics.

Joel Wilken, DO

Joel Wilken, DO
Ambulatory Education Site Director – Brownstone Clinic, Department of Medicine – Hartford Hospital

Dr. Wilken graduated from Cornell University in 1996 with Bachelor of Science degree and completed his medical degree at the New York Institute of Technology - College of Osteopathic medicine in 2001. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the integrated categorical program at UCONN Health in 2004. He worked for 2 years as a hospitalist in a community based hospital followed by 2 and 1/2 years in private practice in the community. He joined Hartford Hospital's teaching faculty in 2009 and is currently a core faculty in the department of medicine at Hartford Hospital. Dr Wilken functions as the Ambulatory Site Director at the Brownstone medical outpatient practice at Hartford Hospital.

Luis Diez, MD

Luis Diez, MD
Ambulatory Site Director – Gengras Clinic at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center 

Cunegundo Manuel Diego Vergara, MD, FACP

Cunegundo Manuel Diego Vergara, MD, FACP
Key Clinical Faculty, Department of Medicine, Hartford Hospital

Dr. Vergara received his Bachelors of Arts in chemistry from The College of The Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) in 1987 and his MD degree in 1992 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Newark. After graduating from UMDNJ, he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine in 1995 at The New York Hospital- Cornell Medical Center. He is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Vergara currently holds the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Connecticut School of Medicine and adjunct staff at the University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Ambulatory Care Practice at Hartford Hospital and is a core teaching faculty for the UCONN Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Anat Bergner, MD

Anat Bergner, MD
Key Clinical Faculty
University of Connecticut

Dr. Bergner, Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut, completed her residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. Before that, she attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University in Rhode Island. Dr. Bergner is also a certified Medical Acupuncturist.

Nicole Silverstein, MD

Nicole Silverstein, MD
Key Clinical Faculty
University of Connecticut

Dr. Silverstein grew up in sunny California. She attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and then completed her Internal Medicine Residency, including a Chief Medical Resident year at the University of Connecticut’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. Her area of expertise and interest lies in the perioperative treatment of patients and she is the director of the consultative medical service at John Dempsey Hospital. 

Ruchir Trivedi, MD

Ruchir Trivedi, MD
Key Clinical Faculty
University of Connecticut

Dr. Trivedi joined UConn as a resident in 2007 and continued as a chief resident and a fellow in division of for nephrology at UConn. After completion of his training, he continued has a core faculty in department of medicine maintaining strong ties with residency program. Dr. Trivedi did his medical school from India and received further training in medicine and nephrology at National Health Service, United Kingdom. Dr. Trivedi is a passionate teacher and a strong advocate for innovations in teaching and evidence based teaching methods. His academic interest includes medical education, clinical hypertension and blood purification techniques such as CVVH and plasmapheresis. 

Marilyn Katz, MD 

Marilyn Katz, MD
Key Clinical Faculty

Dr. Katz received her Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) and her MD degree from the University of Connecticut (Farmington, CT). She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut on the Office Based Medicine track. After residency, she joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in 2012 as an assistant professor or medicine and primary care physician in both the Internal Medicine Associates and General Medicine practices. She currently runs an outpatient preoperative evaluation clinic with the residents as part of their ambulatory rotation. Outside of work she serves on the CT Science Center fundraising board and the Women in Science Committee and also serves on the Connecticut Medical Examining Board for the State of Connecticut.  

Anthony Dotur, MD 

Anthony Dotur, MD
Key Clinical Faculty
University of Connecticut

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