Faculty Brief Bio

Walter Nieri, MD
Walter Nieri, MD
Program Director

Medical School: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
Internship: Connemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital
Residency: Mercy Hospital
Board Certification: Internal Medicine/Geriatrics/Certified Medical Director for Long Term Care; Hospice Medical Director
Areas of Interest: As the program director, Dr. Nieri has a general interest in promoting the principals of geriatric medicine by training physicians that will provide quality geriatric care in our communities. His specific interest is healthy aging and in developing innovative models of care for long term care and dementia patients to ensure the best quality of life in later years and at the end of life.

Joanne Ceimo, MD
Joanne Ceimo, MD
Acting Associate Program Director

Medical School: New York Medical College
Internship: Fordham-Misericordia Hospitals
Residency: Internal Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic
Fellowships: Hypertension Research and Cardiovascular Disease, The Cleveland Clinic
Geriatrics: Duke University; The St. Joseph/Sun Health Fellowship
Areas of Interest: Clinical cardiology; the intersection of physiology and practice; creating enthusiastic young physicians!

Sarah Payne, DO
Sarah Payne, DO
Core Program Faculty
Medical Director, Banner Hospice and Home Care

Medical School: Michigan State University
Residency: Family Medicine Geriatric Track, Metro Health Hospital
Fellowship: Geriatrics Banner Health Fellowship
Areas of Interest: The geriatric assessment of geriatric patients, hospice and palliative care and teaching

Uzma Jafri, MD
Uzma Jafri, MD
Program Faculty

Medical School: Ross University
Residency: Family Medicine, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (Formerly Banner Good Samaritan)
Fellowship: Family Medicine Geriatric Fellowship Program, Banner Boswell Medical Center and University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix 
Areas of Interest: Long term care and end of life care, supporting the expansion of Medicare and social health care justice in Arizona

Carol Ramirez
Carol Ramirez
Program Coordinator

Undergraduate: Associates of Arts, Psychology, University of Phoenix
Areas of Interest: I enjoy working with GME and the different departments needed to provide a comprehensive learning experience. I am a member of the Wellness Subcommittee and enjoy promoting wellness and life-balance.