Our Program Director

Sean Whelton

Sean Whelton, MD

Dr. Whelton is the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is a graduate of Duke University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine internship, residency, and Rheumatology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital. In 2003, he became the Clerkship Director for the medical student rotations at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His interests are in medical education at all levels. He has been awarded 4 Golden Apple teaching awards and was inducted into the golden orchard. His favorite part of the work day is morning report. He serves on the Academic Internal Medicine national committee on transition from medical school to residency. He also serves on the National Board of Medical Examiners test writing committee. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Our Associate Program Directors

Joseph Timpone

Joseph Timpone, MD

Associate Program Director - Research

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

Stephanie Cardella, MD

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. She is also regional Co-Chair of the MedStar Hospital Medicine Tonic Patient Experience Survey Project.

Allison Windels, MD

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

Alex Montero, MD

Associate Program Director - Quality and Patient Safety

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

Robin Gross, MD

Associate Program Director - Evaluation

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 house-staff 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.

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Elizabeth Selden, MD

Associate Program Director - Global Health

Dr. Selden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Assistant Program Director for Global Health. Following graduation from Cornell University, she worked as a 3rd grade teacher through Teach for America. She later pursued a Masters in Social Work at University of California, Los Angeles and ultimately a Medical Degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at New York University, following which she worked as an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital in New York City where she served as Director of Primary Care at the Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture.

She joined Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in 2015 where she works with residents and sees patients in the General Internal Medicine Faculty Practice. She has worked with the MedStar Global Health Track since 2017 and serves as Director of the DC-based Global Health Track. Dr. Selden is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and serves on the Scientific Planning Committee for the ACP Annual Meeting.


Ernest Fischer

Ernest Fischer, MD

Associate Program Director - Curriculum

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

Daniel Jamieson, MD

Associate Program Director - Critical Care Education

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.

Our Clerkship Director

Bhumika S. Gandhi, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director

Bhumika S. Gandhi, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She oversees student education in the Department of Medicine.

As a primary care physician, she enjoys caring for children and adults of all ages, and supervises in the Med-Peds resident clinic. Dr. Gandhi is also the founding Medical Director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Survivorship Program in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is core faculty in the Med-Peds program and the Cardio-oncology fellowship program.

Dr. Gandhi enjoys mentoring medical students and residents. She is a member of several committees both in the medical school and in the hospital, including work on the Electronic Health Record, interprofessional education, and the medical school curriculum. An experienced educator, she has directed several other courses in both the pre-clinical and clinical medical school curriculum including the Clinical Skills Primer course, Advanced Diagnostic Testing course, Cardiovascular module, and the GIM elective. She has spoken at national and regional conferences on her cancer survivorship work.

Dr. Gandhi grew up in the Philadelphia area, earned Bachelor of Science and M.D. degrees from The George Washington University, and completed her combined Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Georgetown University in 2009.