Meet Our Associate Program Directors

Joseph Timpone, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Joseph Timpone

Dr. Joseph Timpone is an Associate Professor of Medicine and is the Associate Program Director for the residency training program in the Department of Medicine and is assigned to the development and coordination of house staff research and scholarly activities. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and also completed his residency training at Georgetown University Hospital in Internal Medicine. He was Chief Medical Resident at D.C. General Hospital and then returned to Georgetown as a Fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He spent 3 years at the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases where he served as a medical officer and worked with the AIDS Clinical Trials Group and developed numerous protocols for HIV antiretroviral treatment strategies. He subsequently returned to DC General Hospital as Director of the HIV Center, and as apart time faculty member at Georgetown. After that he became a full time member in the Division of Infectious Diseases where he currently works. He has continued to participate as a Principal Investigator in HIV Clinical trials, and coordinates all of the Infectious Diseases Fellows research activities. He is the Assistant Course Director for the 2nd Year Microbiology Course at the medical school. He is the Director of the Independent Study Projects Program at GUSOM and is the coordinator of the Annual George Kober Medical Student Research Day. In addition to his ongoing interest in HIV, he also serves as the liaison to the Transplant Institute, and has developed a focus in transplant infectious diseases. He serves as chair of the Antibiotic Utilization Committee for the hospital. As Associate Program Director he works with the medical residents to develop their research projects and link them with mentors that are working in their field of interest. He assists in the coordination of the Department of Medicine Research Day and the regional ACP meetings – both of which are venues where medical residents participate and present their research.

Stephanie Cardella, M.D.

Associate Program Director
Inpatient Medicine

A native of the DC area, Dr. Stephanie Cardella completed her medical education at Georgetown University School of Medicine (2011) followed by Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill (2011-2015). She practiced as an academic hospitalist at the University of Virginia from 2015-2016 before coming back home to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of Hospital Medicine.  She now serves as the Associate Program Director of Inpatient Medicine for Georgetown’s Internal Medicine Residency. She is interested in medical education and mentorship and is one of the co-directors of the Michael Adams Clinician Educator (MACE) track for the residents. She serves as a member of the Clinical Competency Advisory Committee and as a mentor for the Argy Elective Teaching Residents. On the hospital side, Dr. Cardella is the medical director of the Bles 4 unit and is a member of the MedStar Georgetown Provider Patient Experience Advisory Council, as well as the Ethics Committee.

Allison Windels, M.D.

Associate Program Director
Ambulatory Medicine

As the APD for Ambulatory training, Dr. Allison Windels oversees resident training in the outpatient setting, including resident continuity clinic, outpatient subspecialty clinics, and a robust outpatient curriculum.

Dr. Windels grew up in Northern New Jersey. She came to Georgetown University to pursue her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and sociology, and the rest is history. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and went on to complete her training in Internal Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in 2017. She stayed an additional year as a chief resident, solidifying her desire to practice academic medicine. She jumped at the opportunity to work at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s General Internal Medicine clinic, where she sees her own panel of patients and supervises residents in their continuity clinic.

Dr. Windels is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is the Site Director for the Third Year Ambulatory Medicine Clerkship. She is currently a member of the Georgetown University Medical Center’s Teaching Academy, and enjoys working with medical students at all levels of training, especially in the physical diagnosis course during the preclinical years. Her clinical interests include women’s health, co-management of transplant patients, and health literacy. In her role
as Assistant Program Director, Dr. Windels oversees all three clinic sites, with direct supervision of residents in Georgetown GIM Clinic, and is responsible for fully integrating telemedicine into the ambulatory experience. In her free time, Dr. Windels practices yoga and chases her bubbly toddler.

Alex Montero, M.D.

Associate Program Director
Quality and Patient Safety

Alex Montero

Dr. Alex Montero is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Assistant Program Director for Quality and Safety. He is also a Patient Safety Officer for Georgetown University Hospital.  Dr. Montero is a graduate of Northwestern University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  He completed his residency and Chief Residency in internal medicine at Columbia University in New York City.  He then joined the General Medicine faculty at Columbia University and served as Program Director for the Primary Care Track Residency at Columbia. In 2011, he joined the Division of Hospital Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital.  Dr. Montero’s interests include evidence based medicine, patient safety, health disparities, and quality assessment in diabetes care.  In his role as a clinician educator, he teaches in both pre-clinical Georgetown University School of Medicine courses (Patients, Populations, Policy; Evidence-based Medicine; Physical Diagnosis) and as teaching attending in Third Year Clerkship in Medicine. In his role as Assistant Program Director, he administers resident educational experiences in Patient Safety and Quality, and he mentors individual residents on scholarship projects relating to Patient Safety and Quality.  In his role as Patient Safety Officer, he is a physician champion for the implementation and maintenance of geographic structured interdisciplinary rounding throughout the Department of Medicine.

Robin Gross, M.D. 

Associate Program Director

Robin Gross

Dr. Gross is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Program Director for Evaluation and Outcomes.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Political Science from Union College as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.D. from the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 2005.

Dr. Gross enjoys working with students and housestaff in the pulmonary clinic, hospital floors and intensive care units. She also rounds as teaching attending on the internal medicine wards. Her interests include education, feedback, and learner and patient well-being and she recently participated in a federally funded multicenter trial evaluating the medical school tobacco curriculum. She is course director of the GUSOM MS2 Pulmonary elective, a Harvey Learning Society Master Clinician and Curricular Innovation Committee Professional Identity Formation Working Group chair. She also chairs the MGUH Well-being at the End of Life Committee and holds leadership positions within the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Gross was recently funded by CENTILE to learn novel educational methods at the Association for Medical Education in Europe Essential Skills in Medical Education course; she looks forward to bringing her newly acquired skills to Georgetown.

Kacie Saulters, M.D.

Associate Program Director
Global Health

Kacie Saulters

Dr. Kacie Saulters is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Assistant Program Director for Global Health.  Dr Saulters attended Auburn University (War Eagle!) followed by medical school at the University of South Alabama.  She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia and also graduated from their Global Health Track through which she did clinical work and research in Uganda.  Fortunately her husband’s career brought them to DC and she joined the Division of Hospital Medicine at Georgetown in 2015. 

Dr. Saulters serves as a clinician educator for pre-clinical courses (physical diagnosis), student electives (tropical medicine/ultrasound elective) and as a teaching attending on the wards for both students and residents.  She is a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, chairs the international health committee for the DC chapter of ACP, and and has earned Tropical Medicine Certification from American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  She also serves on MedStar Georgetown’s ethics committee and sepsis improvement task force.  In her role as Assistant Program Director, Dr Saulters began and now directs the Department of Medicine’s Global Health Track which provides in-depth global health education and international experiences for residents.

Ernest Fischer, M.D. 

Associate Program Director

Ernest Fischer

Dr. Ernest Fischer is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Assistant Program Director for Curriculum and Point of Care Ultrasound. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Biomedical engineering. He then completed medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For residency he went to The University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics training and now attends as a Hospitalist on general inpatient wards at Georgetown. His interests include evidence based medicine, diagnostic reasoning, and point of care ultrasound. He is the co-course director of the Global Health and Point of Care ultrasound boot camp elective and leads year round education in point of care ultrasound and bedside procedures.

Daniel Jamieson, M.D.  

Associate Program Director
Critical Care Education

Daniel Jamieson

Dr. Daniel Jamieson was born at Georgetown University Hospital.  He currently is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Program Director for Critical Care Education. He is a graduate of the Weill Cornell School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and an added Chief Resident year at the University of Colorado.  He trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At Georgetown he attends in the medical, surgical and neurosciences intensive care units and as a pulmonary consultant as a member of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.   He is very involved in medical student and resident education, and serves as a member of the residency clinical competency committee. He is also the director of the MICU acting internship and oversees the educational components of the resident MICU rotation. He is the Chairman of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Committee for Medstar Georgetown Hospital and also serves on the Admissions Committee for Georgetown Medical School. On a national level he is very active in the American Thoracic Society, serving on both the Training Committee and the Program Review Subcommittee for the international conference.