Family Medicine

Department News

April 2021
UT Coronavirus FAQ

Based on a vote of her peers, Dr. Deepanvita Kalvala, M.D. has been voted Chief Resident for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Congratulations, Dr. Kalvala!

Dr. Rameez Bhatti, M.D. and Dr. Sherie Hanna, M.D. will serve as Assistant Chief Residents for the upcoming academic year.

March 2020
UT Coronavirus FAQ

The University of Toledo has updated the COVID-19 FAQ page.  Click here for more information.

Additionally, the University has put an action plan into place.  To read The University of Toledo's Proactive COVID-19 Action Plan, please click here.  Courses will resume remotely on March 18.  All face-to-face instruction will be suspended through at least March 30, 2020.

Clinical rotations for College of Medicine and Life Sciences students are continuing, including Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17.  This decision will continue to be monitored daily and may change at any time as the situation changes.
UT Coronavirus             

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, The University of Toledo assembled a team of health experts to address the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Click here to watch the broadcast of the forum.

February 2020
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  Dr. Mariam Mina                 Dr. Shalini Niranjan              Dr. Chayanika Pal


Congratulations to the Department of Family Medicine's newest Associate Professors, Dr. Mariam Mina, Dr. Shalini Niranjan, and Dr. Chayanika Pal! As of July 1, 2020 they will move from the rank of Assistant Professor to the rank of Associate Professor.

November 2019
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Congratulations to Dr. Linda Speer, professor and chair of Department of Family Medicine, who was recently named a commissioner for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Earlier this year, ARC-PA granted our PA graduate program accreditation-continued status until its next review in September 2027. We are proud ARC-PA has recognized Dr. Speer as well as our efforts to enhance the quality of our PA program and improve on our processes and procedures.

October 2019
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On October 18th and 19th Christina Bentlage, Lindsey Brillhart, and Maggie Mockensturm volunteered their time to participate in the Toledo Zoo's Little Boo event. The University of Toledo had a festive presence and volunteers from the institution were able to interact with hundreds of families from across northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan at the Event. This is the department's second year of participating in this event.

September 2019
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Congratulations to Dr. Coral Matus, who has accepted the position of Interim Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. Dr. Matus did her undergraduate work at The University of Toledo and received her M.D. from The Ohio State University. She completed a residency in Family Practice at The Toledo Hospital and a fellowship in Faculty Development at the University of Michigan. Dr. Matus joined the College of Medicine and Life Sciences faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in 2016. Dr. Matus has served as Interim Department Chair for the Department of Family Medicine. She also serves as Co-Director Clinical Decision Making and Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education.

August 2019
photo of Dr. Chris Cooper & Dr. Coral Matus                             
On August 29, 2019, Dr. Coral Matus was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence by Dr. Christopher Cooper, Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. This award honors individuals who have excelled in teaching and acknowledges their commitment to mentoring our students. We thank Dr. Matus for her commitment to the mission and goals of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and the University of Toledo.

July 2019
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On July 28, 2019, our Glendale Medical East facility officially became the Comprehensive Care Center at the University of Toledo. This state-of-the-art facility places primary care and specialty care clinics, along with a variety of other healthcare services, under one roof. Located at 3333 Glendale Avenue in Toledo, the Comprehensive Care Center offers care for all ages, from infants to the elderly and everyone in between. In keeping with UTMC's long-standing role as a teaching institution, there will be a strong educational component in the new center. Spaces throughout the facility were designed specifically with teaching and learning in mind. Click here for more information on the Comprehensive Care Center at the University of Toledo.

May 2019
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Graduate Matthew Metzinger, far right, with Robert T. Tidrick Golden Apple Award recipients. Dr. Nezam Altorok, in the Department of Medicine, and Dr. Coral Matus, in the Department of Family Medicine, received awards for Teaching Excellence in the Clinical Sciences. Dr. Andrew Beavis, in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Dr. Amira Gohara, in the Department of Pathology, received awards for Teaching Excellence in the Basic Sciences.

The day before Medical School Commencement, faculty, residents, and staff members were honored by the graduating class.  Among those honored was Dr. Coral Matus from the Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Matus was awarded the Robert T. Tidrick Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in the Clinical Sciences.  We are proud of Dr. Matus for this honor and appreciative for her dedication and investment to the education of our students at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

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Congratulations to Dr. Mariam Mina, Dr. Shalini Niranjan, and Dr. Chayanika Pal for passing their board exams. Dr. Mina, Dr. Nirnajan, and Dr. Pal are now double Board Certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

February 2019
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Please welcome Dr. Paul Schultz to the Department of Family Medicine as our new Residency Program Director and Vice Chair of the department. Dr. Schultz graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI and completed his residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He has many years of experience as a family medicine residency core faculty as well as program director. Dr. Schultz is board certified in family medicine. After completing residency, Dr. Schultz remained at Providence Hospital as a core faculty member and later as the medical director of one of the residency clinics. During this time, he focused on office transformation, EHR optimization, and quality improvement. From there he moved on to be the residency program director at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Brighton, MI, for both the allopathic and osteopathic residency programs. Dr. Schultz has clinical interests in office procedures, primary prevention, and particularly the continuity of the physician-patient relationship. He also has strong interests in physician well-being and promoting the specialty of Family Medicine. When not working, he enjoys the outdoors and spending family time with his wife, Caroline, their four children, and eight grandchildren.

March 2016
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Dr. Tara Erbele                      Dr. Mariam Mina                    Dr. Paul Schaefer


National Doctor's Day is March 30th and this year three of our family medicine physicians were honored by their patients.

October 2015
Staff members dressed for Halloween


The physicians and staff at the Family Medicine and Geriatric Center couldn't escape the thrills of Halloween!

August 2015
Hesham Youseff


Our department administrator, Hesham Youssef, served as grill master at our employee appreciation picnic. This event was organized by the department to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our staff. This was a nice luncheon held at the new family medicine and geriatric center located at Glendale Medical East. We hope to continue the tradition every summer!

July 2015
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The UT Health Family Medicine and Geriatric Center, located at Glendale Medical East, provides primary medical care to infants, children, teens, and adults. The office also includes a Geriatric Medicine Center that offers specialized care to the elderly. For physicians and appointment information, click here.

Last Updated: 7/15/24