Our Physicians

Our Physicians

Matthew G. Masiello, MD, MPH, FAAP, FCHPS

Matthew G. Masiello, MD, MPH, FAAP, FCHPS joined The Children’s Institute’s medical staff as Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Care Coordination Program in July 2014. He also serves as the Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), at the Windber Research Institute (WRI), in Windber, PA, as well as U.S. Network Coordinator for the International Health Promoting Hospital Network (HPH), a WHO supported Collaborative Centre. From 2010 to 2012 he served on the Governance Board of HPH.

Dr. Masiello has led his clinical and public health teams in the support, development and implementation of clinical/health promotion initiatives. These programs include child bullying prevention, clinical health promotion initiatives for the pediatric asthma population, childhood obesity and injury prevention initiatives, medical home development, worksite wellness programs, program evaluation services, and coordinated school health council development.

In addition to Dr. Masiello’s international medical degree, he completed his pediatric medical training at Bridgeport Hospital and Yale University with a pediatric critical care fellowship at Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital. His master’s degree in public health was earned at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He is also a practicing pediatrician in Mashpee, MA and Somerset, PA.

Leslie Borsett-Kanter, MD, FAAP

Leslie Borsett-Kanter, MD, FAAP joined the medical staff at The Children's Institute in 2010 as physician leader of the outpatient functional feeding team. She earned her bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1979 and her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1983. After a three-year residency in pediatrics at the University of Florida, Dr. Borsett-Kanter completed an additional year of subspecialty training in learning disabilities, behavior management and attention deficit disorder. For three years she practiced at Scott & White Clinic and Hospital - Killeen Satellite in Killeen, Texas where she did general pediatrics, and also worked with children with developmental, school and behavior problems.

After relocating to Pittsburgh in 1990, Dr. Borsett-Kanter worked with HealthAmerica and Allegheny General Hospital. She later joined the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at the Children's Hospial of Pittsburgh in 1996 where she served as an attending pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Gregory Cherpes, MD

Gregory Cherpes, MD joined the medical staff at The Children’s Institute as a psychiatrist in 2006. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and general psychiatry. He currently serves as Director of the Prader-Willi and Behavioral Disorders program at The Children’s Institute.

 

He previously served as the medical director for Child, Adolescent and Developmental Disability Services, Allegheny East Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center. Prior to his work at Allegheny East, he was the director of outpatient services for adults with developmental disabilities at Allegheny General Hospital.

Dr. Cherpes earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed an internship in pediatric medicine and child psychiatry. He completed a residency in general psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.

Scott Faber, MD

Scott Faber, MD, is a developmental pediatrician at The Children’s Institute, working with children with severe developmental and behavioral disorders, including autism. Dr. Faber previously served for six years as director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his internship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and his residency at Boston Floating Hospital/New England Medical Center/North Shore Children’s Hospital in Boston. He practiced as a general pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center prior to completing a fellowship in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

Dr. Faber is a frequent lecturer and has made presentations at national American Academy of Pediatrics exhibitions and at Pediatric Academic Society meetings. In addition, he has published works on the clinical effects of deprivation on the developing brain as well as other topics.

Howard N. Ferimer, MD

Howard N. Ferimer, MD is an attending physician at The Children’s Institute and in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Ferimer earned his medical degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and his fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care. Dr. Ferimer has presented lectures on cerebral autoregulation, pediatric shock, sedation for children undergoing diagnostic therapeutic procedures and parental support for DNR decisions.

Maryanne J. Henderson, DO

Maryanne J. Henderson, DO, joined the medical staff in 2007. Dr. Henderson previously was on staff at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh as a clinical staff physiatrist, residency mentor and research mentor. She was also a consulting physician for Select Specialty Hospital and UPMC Passavant. Dr. Henderson graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. She is a member of numerous organizations, including the Allegheny County Medical Society, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Osteopathic Medical Association and has presented at several medical conferences. Dr. Henderson was named one of Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors by Pittsburgh Magazine in 2013 and 2014.

Dr. Henderson is board certified in osteopathic medicine and is a diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Rachna Kapoor, MD, MS

Rachna Kapoor, MD, MS, is a pediatric hospitalist, a physician whose specialty is caring for children who are inpatients. Dr. Kapoor comes to The Children’s Institute from UPMC Mercy Hospital. She graduated from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York and did postgraduate residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. While in medical school, she worked as a research technician, assisting in lab projects in Cancer Biology in the department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Kapoor was a contributing author to the infectious disease section of the second edition of In A Page Pediatrics.

Mary Louise Russell, MD

Mary Louise Russell, MD is a highly experienced pediatric physical medicine specialist who for many years consulted at The Children’s Institute before joining the staff in 2012.

 

In 1989 Dr. Russell began joint employment with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and The Children’s Institute. For twelve years, she was with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP) in the Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Spina Bifida clinics. She is also the former Medical Director of Children’s Rehabilitation Services and started the Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship Training Program.

 

Dr. Russell earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and did post-graduate training in Columbus and Minneapolis.Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, she has authored and contributed to chapters in “Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Children and Adolescents,” and has lectured on subjects including cerebral palsy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, tone treatment for children and adolescents, spina bifida and more.

Physicians in the following specialties are also available for consultation:

  • allergy/immunology
  • ophthalmology
  • psychiatry
  • cardiology
  • orthopedic surgery
  • pulmonology
  • internal/family medicine
  • pediatrics
  • radiology
  • neurology
  • physiatry
  • rheumatology
  • neurosurgery
  • podiatry
  • urology

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