Internal Medicine

Kacie J Saulters, MD FACP
Program Director

Originally from Alabama, Dr. Saulters attended Auburn University followed by medical school at the University of South Alabama. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia and graduated from their global health track through which she did clinical work and research in Uganda. Fortunately, her husband's career brought her to Washington D.C. and Dr. Saulters worked as an academic hospitalist, assistant residency program director, and GME global health director at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital from 2015 until she joined University of Maryland Capital Region Health in 2022.

Dr. Saulters has been involved in undergraduate and graduate medical education since completing her residency and has a passion for teaching and training physicians. She has a depth of experience in curriculum development and didactic and bedside teaching. In addition, Dr. Saulters holds certification in tropical medicine and hygiene from ASTMH, medical education research certification from AAMC, and leadership education and development certification from AAMC. She has several teaching awards, including a Golden Apple from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she remains adjunct associate professor. As founder of ACP-DC Chapter's Health Equities Committee, Dr. Saulters is passionate about health equity and serving our diverse population in Prince George's County.

When not at the hospital, you can find Dr. Saulters at home in D.C. with her husband and two children, probably working in the garden, making a loaf of sourdough bread, or exploring one of the local parks in Prince George's County.

Dr. Helen Lavelle
Associate Program Director

Dr. Lavelle is originally from Texas and completed her medical education and internal medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation she served as an academic hospitalist at the University of Cincinnati after which her family relocated to the DC area and she served as an academic hospitalist and assistant professor of clinical medicine at Georgetown University. Dr. Lavelle has broad longitudinal experience in undergraduate and graduate medical education, as well as hospital and institutional service as it relates to the practice of hospital medicine.

Dr. Gurdeep Singh Chhabra
Associate Program Director

Dr. Chhabra received his medical degree from Gauhati University in India. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi and completed his residency in internal medicine in 1993. At Prince George's Hospital Center, Dr. Chhabra completed his fellowship in hematology & oncology in 1996. He has served in the associate program director role since 2012 and in addition has held several leadership roles within University of Maryland Capital Region Health. Most recently he serves as the chair of the division of hematology and oncology, as well as the immediate-past president of the medical staff. Dr. Chhabra also has regional leadership as the president of Prince George's Medical Society.

Dr. Nidal Arnous, MD FACP
Core Faculty

Dr. Nidal Arnous graduated from Tishreen University College of Medicine in Syria. After a few years of training and work in Syria and Saudi Arabia, Dr. Arnous moved to the USA, where he completed a residency in internal medicine at UM Capital Region Health and served as a chief resident. Dr. Arnous has also been part of the internal medicine residency program core faculty since 2015 and served as the internal medicine students clerkship director. Dr. Arnous' primary fields of interest include diabetes and obesity management. He holds graduate diplomas in diabetes and obesity management, in addition to certification by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Lisa Moreno, MD
Core Faculty

Dr. Moreno is originally from Colombia, South America. She completed medical school in Bogota, Colombia, at The University of La Sabana and came to the United States to complete her training in internal medicine at University of Maryland Capital Region Health. Since graduation, she has been working with residents as a core faculty member. Dr. Moreno loves to teach and enjoys being part of each resident's training. Dr. Moreno serves on our program evaluation committee, she mentors residents through the clinical competency committee and assists with board review. Dr. Moreno is fluent in Spanish and a mom of two She enjoys time with her husband, finding and trying new and delicious restaurants in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

Sunil Swami, MD
Core Faculty

Dr. Sunil Swami is a pulmonary care specialist who is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease. He provides pulmonary services in the inpatient and ambulatory setting. Dr. Swami enjoys developing long-term relationships with his patients and has particular interest in care of patients with asthma. Dr. Swami is known amongst residents in the internal medicine program as an excellent teacher and is frequently seen giving white board talks based in physiologic principles. He also is the faculty director of our Clinical Research Track and serves as a core member of our clinical competency committee.

Dr. Lee-Ann Wagner
Core Faculty

Dr. Wagner attended University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed a dual residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She is an academic internal medicine hospitalist, who began her attending career at Georgetown University Hospital before returning to University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2011, where she maintains an adjunct associate professor faculty position. During her time in Baltimore, in addition to her duties as clinical educator on the wards, she served in various administrative roles including the director of the academic hospitalist services, physician advisor to care management, UMMS Access Center physician, and the Maryland chapter president for Society of Hospital Medicine. She is passionate about resident and medical student education, enhancing inpatient care quality and efficiency, and optimizing the discharge transition. Her research interests include human factors engineering as it applies to care transitions, with a specific focus on patient self-care instructions.

Vanessa Wright, MPH
Residency Program Assistant

Vanessa is originally from Portmore, Jamaica. She received her bachelor's in biology from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also pursued a master of public health from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. While at Hofstra, she worked as a graduate assistant for Orientation and New Student programs and as a graduate research assistant for the Perinatal and Infant Community Health Collaborative Grant. Vanessa was active on campus by serving as vice president and treasurer for the Society of Public Health Advocates (SOPHA). Also, she was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from the MPH department for her work in gaining donations for the Hofstra Dome Pride Pantry. When not at work, Vanessa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new restaurants within the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

Angelique Norfles
Program Administrator

Angelique is originally from California. After seven years at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., overseeing and supporting Graduate Medical Education (GME) for the radiology fellowship program. Angelique decided to further expand her career expertise and join the internal medicine residency program at the University of Maryland Capital Region Health in December 2021. Angelique is a licensed Maryland notary, certified in computerized accounting. She also is an alliance ambassador for Academic Internal Medicine. Angelique manages the day to day operations of the residency program with passion and focus, using her years of experience in the medical education administration field. Away from work, Angelique enjoys traveling, interior home decorating, party planning, and spending time with her family and four grandchildren.