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Ivelisse Verrico, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics Residency

Dr. Verrico completed her residency training at Brown University after receiving her medical degree from UMDNJ-RWJMS.  Before joining the Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics practice at AMC in 2006, she held clinical appointments at both St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis.  She has dedicated her career to teaching and has been actively involved in faculty development as well.  Dr. Verrico has pioneered the med/peds program’s advocacy efforts in developing a series of community health fairs and initiatives for both kids and adults.

In her spare time, she enjoys training every year for the Boilermaker, playing tennis, and spending time with her family.

Hamish Kerr, MD

Hamish Kerr, MBChB, MSc
Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Associate Professor Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

Dr. Kerr is a 2003 graduate of the Albany Medical College Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics Residency program and a former chief resident for Pediatrics.  He returned to the area in 2006 after completing two years of training in Sports Medicine including a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston, MA.
  
He has served as the team physician for the Scottish men's youth and women's national soccer teams and is currently Head Team Physician for Siena College in Loudonville, NY. He is Chair of US Rugby’s sports medicine committee and also serves as a Team Physician for US Rugby Sevens. He accompanied Team USA to the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011 as a US Olympic Committee certified physician.
 
Dr. Kerr previously served as the program director for the Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics Residency.  He is currently involved in injury surveillance and biomechanics research.

He enjoys competing in area triathlons, and plays soccer year-round for Brunswick FC. He is a certified ski instructor and works at Maple Ski Ridge during winter months.

Elizabeth Higgins, MD

Elizabeth Higgins, MD
Interim Division Head
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services

Dr. Higgins is a native of the Capital Region and a graduate of SUNY Syracuse. She completed her residency in the Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics program at Albany Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and serves as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Albany Medical College. She has two college aged sons and she enjoys gardening and hiking in her spare time.

Jennifer Lindstrom, MD

Jennifer Lindstrom, MD
Associate Program Director

After graduating from the University of Rochester, Dr. Lindstrom came to Albany to complete her training in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics. She served as Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Lindstrom joined the faculty as a Research Clinician in 2004 and conducted a research project on childhood obesity under a grant from the State of New York.  She is also involved in the Albany Medical Center's Bariatric Program while teaching and maintaining a practice at the Internal Medicine & Pediatrics site. In her spare time she likes to garden, cook and is an avid animal lover (especially cats!)

Tricia Pelnik-Fecko, MD

Originally from Utica, Dr. Pelnik completed her undergraduate work at Boston College. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics program at Albany Medical Center after receiving her MD from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Pelnik has a special interest in Adolescent Medicine and Women's Health.  She is in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA and enjoys running and spending time with her husband and three children.

Paul Clay Sorum, MD

Paul Clay Sorum, MD, PhD
Medical Home Director

Dr. Sorum received his MD at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and also holds a PhD in history from Harvard University. He is a full Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He teaches evidence-based medicine to medical students and has published extensively on health related judgment and decision making in collaboration with psychologists here and in France.   

Joseph Wayne, MD

Joseph Wayne, MD, MPH
Internal Medicine Clerkship Director

Dr. Joseph Wayne, born and raised in the Bronx, NY received his B. S. in Biology from Manhattan College in 1978 and his M.D. degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine in 1982. He completed his residency training at St. Louis University Hospital Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program in 1986. After three years in the National Health Service Corps, Dr. Wayne joined the faculty at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center. While there, he received his MPH from St Louis University School of Public Health in 1994. Dr Wayne served as Associate Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics program from 1992 to 1998. In 1998, he accepted the position of Program Director at Georgetown University’s Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric Residency Program under a Pew Foundation grant for the Partnerships for Quality Education with Kaiser-Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region. In 2001, Dr. Wayne accepted the position of Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Albany Medical College. Currently, he serves as the Clerkship Director and Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine.
Personal interests include cooking, photography, the St. Louis Cardinals, and just about any professional sports team from New York.

Kathleen Zabinski, MD

Kathleen Zabinski-Kramer, MD

Dr. Zabinski-Kramer is a native of Albany. She graduated from Siena College and then completed her medical training at Albany Medical College. She then completed her training in the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics program at Albany Medical Center. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and has been a practicing full-time clinician for over a decade. Her clinical area of interest is preventive medicine in both children and adults. 

Gina Garrison, PharmD

Gina Garrison, PharmD

Dr. Garrison is a clinical pharmacist who joined the Medicine-Pediatrics practice in 1999. She received her BS in Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Garrison completed a specialty residency in primary care at the Buffalo VA Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. She is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor with Albany Medical College. Dr. Garrison and her Doctor of Pharmacy students provide clinical pharmacy services at the Latham site, including drug information, pharmacotherapy recommendations and patient counseling related to medication therapy management. Dr. Garrison’s clinical and research interests include preventative health care, including immunizations, tobacco cessation, and cardiovascular risk reduction with cholesterol and hypertension management.