Patricia L. Bononi, MD, FACP
2021 ACMS president

Dr. Bononi received her bachelor of science degree from Georgetown University. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes Mellitus.

Dr. Bononi is the medical director of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Center for Diabetes since 2013. She has been site Principal Investigator for more than 20 clinical trials testing medications for diabetes mellitus.

A member of ACMS since 1992, Dr. Bononi has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012, serving as treasurer in 2017, secretary in 2018, vice president in 2019 and president-elect in 2020. She is currently on the Executive Committee and has co-chaired the Foundation Gala Committee since 2014. Dr. Bononi also has been an ACMS delegate to the Pennsylvania Medical Society since 2017.

Dr. Bononi is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a member of several other professional societies, including the Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the JDRF of Western Pennsylvania and is a past member of the Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association of Western Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bononi currently resides in Wexford.


Peter G. Ellis, MD
2021 ACMS president-elect

Dr. Ellis is the recently retired deputy director of Clinical Services, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, he also is a retired clinical professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and served as chief medical officer for Via Oncology Pathways.

Dr. Ellis is a recognized national leader in the efforts to improve the quality and reduce costs of cancer care and has published numerous abstracts and peer-reviewed publications on the topic.

He has held numerous leadership positions throughout his career, including managing partner of Oncology Hematology Association. In addition, he served as chairman of the National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for The U.S. Oncology Network from 1996 to 2004 and was the clinical lead of the UPMC Oncology Network for 16 years, which now includes more than 50 sites.

Dr. Ellis has served on the board of directors of many organizations over the years, including the American Cancer Society, Western Region, serving as its president from 1998 to 2000; the St. Margaret Foundation; and American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Clinical Practice Committee.

A member of ACMS since 1990, Dr. Ellis has served on its Board of Directors since 2015 and was treasurer in 2018, secretary in 2019 and vice president in 2020. He has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2016, serving as chair in 2017, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee.

A Pittsburgh native, Dr. Ellis received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1985. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, followed by a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Duke University in Durham, N.C.


Matthew B. Straka, MD
2021 ACMS vice president

Dr. Straka received a master of science degree in Neuroanatomy and Physiology at Northwestern University. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery – at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Straka has been a provider with Straka & McQuone, Inc., since 2002. The practice is affiliated with Heritage Valley Sewickley, West Penn Hospital and St. Clair Hospital, and assists with endoscopic skull base procedures at Allegheny General Hospital. He also serves on the medical executive committees at Heritage Valley Sewickley and West Penn Hospital and is chairman of the Surgery Department for Heritage Valley Sewickley.

A member of ACMS since 1997, Dr. Straka has served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) since 2008. He has been a member of several ACMS committees including the Nominating Committee, serving as chair from 2016 to 2017 and chairing the Finance Committee in 2018. Dr. Straka also has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015 and served as treasurer in 2019, the same year he became a member of the Executive Committee. He served as secretary in 2020. In addition to ACMS and PAMED, Dr. Straka is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

 Dr. Straka and his wife, Michelle, a radiologist specializing in women’s imaging with Weinstein Imaging, reside in Sewickley with their four children.


David L. Blinn, MD
2021 ACMS secretary

Dr. Blinn earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Neb., in 1985. He spent several years in a General Surgery training program before completing his training in Internal Medicine at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Blinn is clinical instructor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Blinn has served as a practitioner and administrative leader with Comprehensive Care Associates, UPMC, since 2012. He is medical director, Foundations Medical Services, a methadone maintenance program, and serves as medical director, Pyramid Healthcare, for both its inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation center and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center.

Dr. Blinn serves on the Credentials Committee at UPMC Passavant, as well as the Credentials Committee, Risk Management Committee, and Physician Advisory Committee, physician services division, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

A member of ACMS since 1985, Dr. Blinn has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2015. He served as chair of the Finance Committee in 2019 and has been a member of several other committees including Membership, Nominating, Organization Transformation and Foundation Gala, serving as co-chair in 2018. Dr. Blinn also was an ACMS delegate to the Pennsylvania Medical Society in 2019.

Dr. Blinn currently resides in Wexford.


Raymond E. Pontzer, MD, FACP
2021 ACMS treasurer

Dr. Pontzer is the senior partner of Romano Pontzer & Associates, an independent infectious diseases practice serving three hospitals in the Pittsburgh metropolitan region.

He presently is chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, and is a clinical associate professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He serves on multiple UPMC hospital and system committees. Additionally, Dr. Pontzer served as interim director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology for UPMC from 2016 to 2018 and was co-founder and former chief executive officer of Home Infusion Services. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Congressional Office of Science and Technology.

Dr. Pontzer has served on the ACMS Board of Directors since 2015. He is chair of the Finance Committee and additionally is a member of the Bylaws and Transformation Committees. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where he also completed Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases training. He is board certified in both specialties and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In addition to ACMS, Dr. Pontzer is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Pontzer and his wife, Dr. Mary Pontzer, reside in Gibsonia and have been blessed with two children and four grandchildren.