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Faculty

Dr. Eric Taylor (Program Director)

Dr. Eric N. Taylor is the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program Director. He is a nationally recognized authority on nephrolithiasis, and he has authored over 50 original research publications. Dr. Taylor has been Principal Investigator on NIH-funded grants for over 12 consecutive years, and he currently divides his time between clinical research, teaching, and patient care. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his nephrology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University.

Dr. I. Mihai Cosma (Associate Program Director)

Dr. I. Mihai Cosma is currently assistant program director of our fellowship program.  His interests are interventional nephrology and he is a hypertension specialist. He is also interested in translational research and clinical teaching.  He completed both his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship training at Maine Medical Center. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Stuart Abramson

Dr. Stuart Abramson is the Medical Director of the Maine Medical Center Dialysis and Hemotherapeutics Unit. Dr. Abramson is also the Medical Director of the Damariscotta and Coastal Dialysis Centers. His special areas of interest are renal replacement therapies and toxicology. He has authored a number of book chapters and reviews on management of poisoning. He completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and nephrology fellowship at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Abramson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Michael Akom

Dr. Michael Akom is the managing physician of Maine Nephrology Associates. His clinical interests in nephrology are broad and he participates as one of the four transplant nephrologists in the Maine Transplant Program. He completed internal medicine residency and the first portion of his fellowship at the University of Maryland. He subsequently completed fellowship at Maine Medical Center and joined the Maine Medical Center nephrology faculty. Dr. Akom is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Patricia Cantlin

Dr. Patricia Cantlin is the Medical Director of Casco Bay Dialysis Facility and has a broad range of clinical interests in nephrology, including renal disease in pregnancy and dialysis. She completed her internal medicine residency at Michael Reese Medical Center/University of Illinois Medical Centers in Chicago, and subsequently did nephrology fellowship at Maine Medical Center. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gary DiPerna

Dr. DiPerna joined the faculty this past summer. He completed his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Maine Medical Center. Dr. DiPerna is currently participating in the Academy at the Maine Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Mark Parker

Dr. Mark Parker is the Vice President of Quality and Safety for Maine Medical Center and the former director of the Division of Nephrology and Transplantation. He is a quality improvement specialist and is known nationally in nephrology for his work in medical education and workforce recruitment. His clinical areas of interest include resistant hypertension management and kidney transplantation. He completed his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Paul Parker

Dr. Paul Parker is the Medical Director of York County Dialysis Center and has clinical interests that include chronic kidney disease, dialysis therapies, and nephrolithiasis. He completed his internal medicine residency at Hartford Hospital and his nephrology fellowship training at the University of Iowa Medical Center. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ana Rossi

Dr. Ana Rossi is the Associate Director of the Maine Transplant Program. She is actively involved in transplantation research, including participating in multicenter studies of novel immunosuppressive therapy protocols. She completed internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship training at Maine Medical Center. In addition, she obtained a Master’s in Public Health from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She completed a transplant fellowship year at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. John Vella

Dr. John Vella is the Director of Nephrology & Transplantation at Maine Medical Center. He did internal medicine residency at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Ireland and Boston City Hospital. He went on to complete clinical nephrology training back in Dublin and then did transplant immunobiology and clinical transplantation fellowships at Brigham & Women’s Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He is a nationally recognized authority in kidney transplantation. In addition to authoring numerous original research publications, invited reviews and book chapters, he has been the editor of the journal Transplantation NephSAP for more than a decade. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. James Wasserman

Dr. James Wasserman is the Medical Director of Southern Maine Dialysis Facility. His clinical interests include chronic kidney disease and dialysis therapies. His research expertise is in the application of rehabilitation programs into therapy for kidney disease. He completed internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and nephrology fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Robert Zimmerman

Dr. Robert Zimmerman is Director of the Vascular Access Center at Scarborough Surgery Center of Maine Medical Center. He is an interventional and general nephrologist. Additional areas of clinical interest include evaluation and management of glomerular diseases and acute kidney injury. He completed his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Adjunct Faculty

Transplant Program

  • James F. Whiting, MD
  • Juan Palma, MD
  • Deborah Hoch, DNP
  • Marizela Savic, PharmD

Department of Pathology

  • Douglas Dressel, MD

Division of Pediatric Nephrology

  • Carrie Gordon, MD
  • Oliver Fremont, MD
  • Marie H. Tanzer, MD

Immunogenetics

  • Ronald Rubocki, PhD

Veterans Administration Medical Center at Togus

  • Brad Schimelman, MD (Site Director)