High Quality Staff
Our physicians are all Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in their subspecialty of Gastroenterology. We are also assisted by two highly qualified Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners. Our Nurses and Associates are trained in caring for those with digestive disorders and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of individualized care. All clinical staff members are trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). In addition to endoscopic services, which we provide at Three Rivers Endoscopy Center, our physicians also provide inpatient and outpatient services at Heritage Valley Health System Sewickley Campus and Ohio Valley General Hospital. We accept all insurances including UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, Aetna, United, Cigna, US Healthcare, etc
Dr. Lester E. Stine was born in the Pittsburgh area. He received his undergraduate degree in Human Biology from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He remained in Baltimore and received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins in 1986. Dr. Stine then completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. He received the Charles Carpenter Award for Clinical Excellence as a Senior Resident. Dr. Stine's interest in liver disease took him to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he did his Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Stine is Board-Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He scored in the top 10% of candidates taking the gastroenterology boards nationwide. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Dr. Stine is active on the staff of Heritage Valley Health System Sewickley Campus, Ohio Valley General Hospital and Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. He is now President of the Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition and Medical Director of Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. He is a participating physician in Pennsylvania Blue Shield and Medicare. His practice is limited to Gastroenterology.. Dr. Stine is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterology Association and Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Stine's interests include liver disease, gastrointestinal tumors and therapeutic Endoscopy, including ERCP. In his leisure time, he enjoys golf, fishing, cooking and, most of all, spending time with his family.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Dr. Robert Fusco was graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. As an undergraduate, he was elected into membership of Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honor society. In 1973, he received his medical degree with honors, also from the University and was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. His specialty training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology was at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. He has been in practice at Sewickley since 1977. Dr. Fusco is board-certified both in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology, and the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
He was formerly president of Sewickley Medical Association, a multi-specialty group and President of the Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition and Medical Director of Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Dr. Fusco is active on the staff of Heritage Valley Health System Sewickley Campus and Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. He is a participating physician in Pennsylvania Blue Shield and Medicare. His practice is limited to Gastroenterology. He is married, has three children, seven grandchildren, and resides with his wife in Sewickley, PA.
Dr. Richard Kim was born in New York and received his B.S. degree in biology and psychology at Georgetown University in 1983. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1987. Dr. Kim completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his specialty training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he later served as chief Fellow. Following his training, Dr. Kim remained at the University as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. During his faculty tenure at the University, Dr. Kim was named the Chief of Endoscopy, and later the Associate Chief of the GI section at the University Drive VA Medical Center. Through a grant from the NIH, Dr. Kim completed his Masters of Public Health degree in Epidemiology in 1997 from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. His career has been distinguished by awards for excellence in clinical research by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology and the Glaxo Institute for Digestive Health. Dr. Kim was President of the Medical Staff at Heritage Valley Health System Sewickley Campus from 2010-2012.
Dr. Kim is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is an active member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Dr. Kim specializes in the esophageal disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease, cancer of the GI tract, and Therapeutic Endoscopy including ERCP and Endoscopic Ultrasound. He is active on the staff of Heritage Valley Health System Sewickley Campus, Ohio Valley General Hospital and Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. He is a participating physician in Pennsylvania Blue Shield and Medicare. His practice is limited to Gastroenterology. Dr. Kim resides in Wexford with his wife and children.
Dr. Frank Kim (not to be confused with Dr. Richard Kim, his brother) comes to us from the Cleveland Clinic where he was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. He was also Therapeutic Endoscopist with the Ohio Permanente Medical Group in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kim has also held teaching positions at the Washington Hospital Center and the George Washington University Medical Center, where he developed the Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Training Program to instruct medical residents about colon cancer screening.
Dr. Kim received his B.A. in 1980 from the Johns Hopkins University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his M.D. in 1984 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and his Masters in Business Science at John Hopkins in 1996. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology in 1989 at the University of Maryland and did post-graduate research in molecular genetics. He has published numerous articles about Helicobacter Pylori infection. Dr. Frank Kim is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Kim is active on the staff of Heritage Valley Health System Sewickley Campus, Ohio Valley General Hospital and Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. He is a participating physician in Pennsylvania Blue Shield and Medicare. His practice is limited to Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and American Gastrointestinal Association.
Dr. Ernest Stanley graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada in 1982. He also attended that university's Medical School, graduating in 1986. A residency in Internal Medicine was then completed at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Stanley obtained his specialty training in Gastroenterology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario - a center known for its research in inflammatory bowel disease. He was Chief Resident at McMaster from 1991-1992 and was awarded local and national scholarships for his research regarding the effects of inflammation in diseases of the intestines. Dr. Stanley is Board-Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and distinguished himself in these exams by scoring in the top 2% of candidates nationwide. Recently, Dr. Stanley was recertified by the American Board of Internal Medicine by passing written examinations in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Dr. Stanley is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He is active on the staff of Heritage Valley Health System Sewickley Campus, Ohio Valley General Hospital and Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. He is a participating physician in Pennsylvania Blue Shield and Medicare. His practice is limited to Gastroenterology. His special interests are inflammatory bowel disease and therapeutic hepatobiliary endoscopy (ERCP) and he is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Dr. Stanley resides in Sewickley with his wife and four children.
Dr. Nicholas Mahoney, a Pennsylvania native and Penn State alumnus, graduated in 2008 from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received an award for the best average in Internal Medicine in medical school. Dr. Mahoney did his Medical Residency training and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2014, he entered private practice with a large Gastroenterology group in Harrisburg. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a well-rounded Gastroenterologist who can diagnose and treat the full spectrum of digestive diseases, and is fluent in all endoscopic procedures such as EGD and Colonoscopy examinations. He is an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Gastroenterology Association. Dr. Mahoney enjoys spending time traveling with his wife and two young children. His hobbies include hiking, running, and cheering on the local sports teams.
Doctor Lal is a Penn State graduate (2008) where he majored in Biology. He also received an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph’s Univ. in Philadelphia and was awarded a Certificate in Biomedical Science from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey, where he also completed specialty fellowship training in Gastroenterology. He was chosen as Chief Fellow, a prestigious award.
He is an active member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He currently resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, who is from the Pittsburgh area, and his young son and daughter. Dr. Lal enjoys traveling with his family. His hobbies include hiking, reading, cooking, and watching Penn State football.
Dr. Vincent Pronesti was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Moon Township. He received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Dr. Pronesti then attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2016 with the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He was elected into the Sigma Sigma Phi honorary service medical society. He then completed both his Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, where he served as Chief Fellow, elected by his peers.
Dr. Pronesti is active on the staff of Heritage Valley Sewickley and Kennedy campuses and the Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. He is an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology, and the American Osteopathic Association. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Pronesti’s practice includes diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal and liver diseases, as well as performing diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and colonoscopy.
He resides in Robinson with his wife and two young children. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. His hobbies include cooking, golfing, and attending sporting events as an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.
Kathryn McParlane graduated from Citizen General Hospital School of Nursing in 1979. She received her Bachelors of Science and Nursing Degree from LaRoche College in 1987, and her Masters of Nursing Degree as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. As a graduate student, she was elected into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, and she was awarded a research assistantship on a fever study in liver transplant patients. Kathryn was board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 1998 and was recertified in 2018. She is also certified in Advanced Life Support.
Ms. McParlane is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, The Southwestern Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioners, and the American Gastroenterology Association. From 2003 to 2013, Kathryn co-chaired the Associate Medical Advisory Committee (AMAC) for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. In 2013, she was nominated for and received The Tribute to Excellence Awardfrom the American Liver Foundation for her dedication and commitment through advocacy, education fundraising, and supportive services for people living with liver disease. Prior to obtaining her master’s degree, Kathryn worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh where her experience in the Medical Surgery unit, Recovery Room, Special Procedures , and Cardiac Intensive Care unit helped build the foundation for her success as a Nurse Practitioner. Kathryn’s advanced degree enables her to diagnose medical problems, perform diagnostic tests, and manage the overall medical care of patients. Having specific interest in general gastrointestinal diseases, Kathryn feels fortunate to have also had the privilege of working almost exclusively with patients of the practice who suffer from Hepatitis C. Kathryn was born in the Pittsburgh area where she lives with her family. In her leisure time she volunteers for The Community Liver Alliance, and enjoys reading, yoga, biking, cross-country skiing, knitting, visiting museums, and cooking for friends and family.
Lisa Fadden was born in Pennsylvania. She attended Kent State University in Ohio and graduated with her undergraduate nursing degree in 1995. She received her Master's degree in Nursing as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, from Carlow University in 2008. Lisa continued on her educational journey, earning her doctorate of nursing degree from Carlow University in 2011. Lisa was elected into Eta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. Lisa focused her doctoral dissertation on a quality improvement project at the hospital level, following patients who were diagnosed with the MRSA infection. Lisa's project proved through a follow-up protocol, the MRSA infection could be eradication without treatment. Lisa worked closely with Dr. Richard Kim on this project, as he was her physician committee member assigned to her project. Lisa is currently working on publication of her study.
Ms. Fadden is board certified as a nurse practitioner with her doctorate. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Lisa is also a professor at Carlow University and has a passion for teaching. While working on her doctoral degree, Lisa worked as a graduate assistant, teaching a nutrition course for three years. Lisa currently teaches health assessment, pharmacology, and anatomy & physiology at the undergraduate level. Lisa also works for Carlow as a Nurse Practitioner advisor and currently has 40 advisees. She loves this aspect of nursing and states earning her doctorate opened up a whole new world of opportunity. In her leisure time, besides her commitment to her family and students, she enjoys hiking, biking, tennis, traveling, and theater. Lisa resides in Sewickley, with her two children Lauren and Martin.
Throughout Lisa's nursing career, she has always worked in the hospital setting, stating this is her passion. Lisa started her career at The Medical Center Beaver, PA on the medical-surgical unit from 1995 to 1999. In 1999 she crossed trained to the GI lab where she began her first GI experience. In 2005 she moved to the Sewickley area and transferred to the Sewickley Valley Hospital's surgical and GI unit. Lisa continued as a surgical/GI nurse while pursuing her CRNP. While completing her graduate degree, Lisa was hired by West Penn Anesthesia as their Nurse Practitioner. Her duties as an anesthesia CRNP included; assessments of patients prior to surgery, obtaining a thorough history and physical, ordering of medications, assessment of in-house surgical and GI patients, and assessing and clearing patients for future surgical cases. Lisa has had a wide variety of experience with surgical candidates as well as GI patients throughout her nursing career as a RN, CRNP, and DNP. She is excited and looking forward to her new journey with The Center for Digestive Disease as their new Nurse Practitioner hospitalist.
Colleen joined the Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition in June 2002 after spending the previous nine years as a Solomon Software consultant. Taking the reigns as the Center’s Business Manager was natural given her knowledge and experience with the practice in her role as a consultant to the Executive Director and previous Business Manager. Colleen’s prior experience focused on the private sector where her responsibilities included the management of accounting and financial business matters. In her role as Business Manager, Colleen also functioned as the Center's Controller and Human Resources Manager. In 2018, Colleen took on the role of Executive Director and is now responsible for the operations and management of both the Center for Digestive Health & Nutrition and Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. Ms. Jakubovic holds a degree in Accounting.
Jennifer Zacharias joined the Center for Digestive Health & Nutrition in 2003, and for several years gained the first-hand experience in the day-to-day operations of the practice. In 2009, Jennifer was promoted to Practice Manager where she was instrumental in the successful implementation of our electronic health records system. As our electronic platforms for patient records and practice management developed, Jen’s desire to become more involved in the information technology aspects of the business allowed for an easy transition to her current role as Technology Manager. Jen holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and two sons.
Jayme Moskovitz was born in the Pittsburgh area. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Duquesne University in 1999 where she was elected into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. Jayme has also obtained certification as a legal nurse consultant.
Jayme joined the Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition in 2000. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and is a member of The Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Jayme resides in Robinson Township with her husband and two children. Jayme is always available to answer any questions you may have regarding Three Rivers Endoscopy Center. You can email her at [email protected]
Lynn has over 25 years experience in healthcare which consists of Medical Billing and Collections for hospitals, physicians, facilities, home healthcare, DME, and respiratory/oxygen equipment. Prior to joining the Center for Digestive Health & Nutrition in 1977, Lynn held a position in the Credit/Collection Department at Sewickley Valley Hospital. Lynn manages our Billing Department and has an excellent staff of seven associates. For questions about our billing, authorization and collection procedures, you can call Lynn at our office at (412) 262-1000.
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