Top 40 Under 40 Awardees

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Top 40 Under 40 awardees

The Pennsylvania Medical Society recently announced the awardees of its Physician 40 Under 40 competition. The competition is open to any Pennsylvania Medical Society member under the age of 40 who is a high achiever as they work to advance medicine or their community either through employment or volunteer work.

ACMS member awardees include:

Prabhjot Singh Bedi, MD – Dr. Bedi is a hospitalist affiliated with UPMC East. He is president-elect of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Bedi has an interest in the transition of patient care from the hospital to the home setting, communicating closely with outpatient providers and serving in advisory roles for home nursing programs. Colleagues recognize him for his leadership on issues like antibiotic stewardship.

Diwakar Davar, MD – Dr. Davar is a hematologist/oncologist with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine. He specializes in managing advanced melanoma and developing early phase studies to test novel immunotherapeutic approaches to treat advanced cancers. His research into the role of metabolism and the microbiome in cancer outcomes has been presented at large cancer conferences.

Arun George, MD – Dr. George is a resident in Allegheny Health Network’s Anesthesiology Residency Program. He is an advocate for the use of multimodal analgesic techniques to minimize the use of opioids during the perioperative period. He developed an innovative airway management maneuver to assist rural clinicians and out-of-hospital paramedics. Dr. George is a member of the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology’s Trainee Engagement Committee.

Elizabeth A. Mohan, MD – Dr. Mohan is a family physician and geriatrician with UPMC St. Margaret Geriatric Care Center. She sees patients in the outpatient, inpatient, and nursing facility settings, focusing her care on the aging population in her community. Dr. Mohan also serves as associate program director of UPMC St. Margaret’s Geriatric Fellowship Program.


Dominick A. Motto, MD – Dr. Motto is a surgeon with UPMC Passavant. He is a dedicated advocate for patients, and colleagues note his willingness to spend extra time addressing the concerns of patient, family and medical staff. Dr. Motto also trains surgical residents in his role as clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Physician trainees view him as a skilled educator and mentor.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; elevator wrap; portrait;Yana Najjar, MD – A medical oncologist with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Dr. Najjar specializes in the treatment of melanoma. She leads innovative clinical trials and is focused on developing combinations of immunotherapy and targeted therapy to treat advanced melanoma. She also serves as an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Colleagues recognize her for the compassionate care she offers to patients and their families.

Christie Regula, MD – Dr. Regula is a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon practicing with Vujevich Dermatology Associates. During her fellowship, she received the American College of Mohs Surgery’s Theodore Tromovitch Award, given annually to a fellow for outstanding research. She co-founded Sun Smart Pittsburgh, a charitable organization whose mission is to promote sun safety and skin cancer prevention by providing complimentary public sunscreen dispensers.

Brielle M. Spataro, MD – Dr. Spataro is an internist with UPMC General Internal Medicine at UPMC Shadyside. She is passionate about medical education and women’s health. Dr. Spataro serves as director of ambulatory education at Shadyside Hospital’s internal medicine program. She also is an associate program director for the UPMC Internal Medical Residency Program.

Roby A. Thomas, MD – A hematologonist/oncologist with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Dr. Thomas has a clinical focus on genitourinary malignancies, gastrointestinal malignancies and benign hematology. He participates in clinical trials and novel treatments for his organization’s cancer patient population. Dr. Thomas also works with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in developing machine learning and artificial intelligence to better understand cancer.