The faculty of the Internal Medicine Residency program at Saint Joseph Hospital program are all Board Certified in Internal Medicine and its subspecialties, and are recognized for their excellence in both clinical and academic medicine. The faculty maintains an open-door policy, allowing residents to meet informally should issues arise. Each faculty member is committed to the education of our physicians and students, preparing them for success in their future careers.
In addition to the core faculty, there are numerous clinical instructors who come from various practice settings to supplement medical education. These include office-based internists and subspecialists, hospital-based internists, and specialists from the National Jewish Health and the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. Specialists also come from the University of Colorado and other academic institutions throughout the United States to teach and lecture in the program during the year.
Aaron J. Calderon, MD, FACP, SFHM
Dr. Calderon is a native New Yorker who moved to beautiful Colorado in 2002. He has worked at Saint Joseph Hospital since then in multiple roles and became Program Director in 2014. He is tremendously dedicated to teaching the house staff so that they can deliver the highest quality patient care. His interests include bedside ultrasound, procedural training, preventive medicine, evidence-based medicine, and mentoring. He has held several leadership positions at Saint Joseph Hospital, including founder of the hospital's GME Simulation/Procedural Skills Lab and founding Co-Chair of the hospital's GME Simulation Committee. On a national level, Dr. Calderon has been an editor for NEJM Journal Watch Hospital Medicine since 2007. He has been a committee member/contributor to the American College of Physicians’ MKSAP program and an editor/speaker for MedStudy; from 2014-2020 he was the Co-Director for the MedStudy Internal Medicine Certification Board Review Course. In addition, he is very active in the American College of Physicians and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, where he served as Chair of the West Special Interest Group from 2006-2014. He has been a member of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine's Accreditation Committee, as well as, its subcommittee on Curricular & Teaching Aspects of Medical Education. Dr. Calderon is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Colorado where he has taught medical students the use of bedside ultrasound. He is a graduate of State University Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York, and completed a combined residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Richard H. Miranda, MD, FACP, FAAP
Associate Program Director
Dr. Miranda arrived to our group in October 2014. He is a Colorado native, and moved back to Colorado in 2002 after his medical training. Dr. Miranda graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been extensively involved with medical education and clinical care since completing residency. He is interested in providing the optimal clinical and educational experience for residents and students to provide the best care possible for patients, with a focus on the underserved. He has been acknowledged for his teaching receiving multiple awards including the University of Colorado Medical Student Teacher of the Year in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Clinician-Educator of the Year for the Mountain West Region of the Society of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Miranda is an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado. He serves as a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and American College of Physicians MKSAP, and previously served as team lead for the Doctor’s Dilemma Writing Group. He is actively involved in the local Chapter of the ACP having served as the Chair for the Resident Fellow Committee and was the inaugural Chapter Wellness Co-Chair. Dr. Miranda has also been heavily involved in many community activities supporting the underserved, and was named the 5280 Magazine Editors Choice Top Humanitarian in 2004. He enjoys grilling, fly-fishing and tennis in his spare time.
Elizabeth Cyran, MD, MSPH, FACP
Director of Medical Student Services
Dr. Cyran is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and joined the Faculty at Saint Joseph’s in 2005. Dr Cyran directs the internal medicine student clerkships, receiving a CU Clinical Faculty Student Teacher of the Year Award in 2008. She is also actively involved in medical housestaff education through precepting in the ambulatory clinic, mentoring, and lecturing. A native of Upstate New York, Dr Cyran was an AOA graduate from a six-year BS-MD program at Albany Medical College and then completed an Internal Medicine residency and a Hematology-Oncology fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine (interspersed with a stint in the National Health Service Corps working in a clinic for low-income medically underserved patients). After moving to Colorado, she obtained her MSPH at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she was Director of the University Medicine-Denver Internal Medicine Resident Outpatient Clinic, achieving an Excellence in Teaching award in 2004 before coming to Saint Joseph’s. Her professional interests includes patient safety and root cause analysis, doctor-patient communication, medical decision-making, and mentoring students and housestaff. On a personal level Dr Cyran enjoys skiing, bicycling, active travel, gardening, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eldercare currently keeps her busy as well.
Cuong Doan, MD, FACP
Assistant Director of Inpatient Services
Dr. Doan is an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Colorado and is actively involved in teaching on the inpatient services and also regularly attends the outpatient clinic. He is also one of the hospitalists of the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and facilitates educational goals between the residency and the volunteer faculty members. Dr. Doan is a graduate of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He completed his Residency at Saint Joseph Hospital. His interests include evidence based medicine, cultural diversity and family dynamics. Dr. Doan's family owns and operates a Vietnamese grocery store and often brings in exotic treats.
David Flitter, MD, FACC
Director of Medical Education, Cardiovascular Services
Dr. Flitter completed his Internal Medicine residency at Boston University Hospital and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. He came to Colorado in 1981 to join the Colorado Permanente Medical Group as an invasive cardiologist, a position he held until 2009. He is currently directs the weekly EKG course for medical students and house staff.
Michael T. Morton, MD, FACP
Director of Hospital Medicine, National Jewish Health – Saint Joseph Hospital
A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Morton completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident. After spending five years in private practice in Manchester, New Hampshire, he returned to Saint Joseph Hospital as Director of Inpatient Services. Dr. Morton is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine for both the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is extensively involved in teaching on the inpatient services, acting as Medical Director for the Faculty Inpatient Team, administrating inpatient rotations, coordinating procedures courses in the Simulation Lab, and developing and mentoring Hospital-based quality projects for our Residents. Dr. Morton also serves as the Director of Hospital Medicine for National Jewish Health - Saint Joseph Hospital, coordinating efforts between the hospital and the Hospital Medicine groups to improve patient care, quality, and safety. Dr. Morton’s interests include physical examination skills, teaching a logical diagnostic approach, use of technology in practice, and resident advocacy.
Gerard Salame, MD
Director, Internal Medicine Bedside Ultrasound Program
Dr. Gerard Salame recently joined the Saint Joseph faculty in August of 2021. Originally from Lebanon, he spent the first 25 years of his life in the Middle East where he completed medical school at the American University of Beirut. He moved to Chicago where he completed his internal medicine residency at Cook County hospital in 2008 and since then has devoted his career to medical education. He accepted a position at Denver Health hospital in 2008 where he was director of the ultrasound guided procedure team for over a decade. Dr Salame is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. He has focused his work on Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) education and training. He is a national expert in POCUS and bedside ultrasound guided procedure education. He is part of the national task force tasked with writing national position statements for ultrasound guided procedures sponsored by the Society of Hospital Medicine. His interest in ultrasound research has led to several innovations, including: the Probe Watch, a quarter sized device that maps the motion of ultrasound probes as well as the multiple ultrasound simulators using ballistic gel. His interest in the role of game theory in medical education has led to the creation of yearlong ultrasound games and competitions that have substantially increased the house staff’s utilization of POCUS in daily clinical work. Dr Salame enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping, trail running as well as basketball and weight lifting.
Eric Seger, DO
Director of Outpatient Services
Dr. Seger is a graduate of Rocky Vista University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his D.O. degree in 2016. He completed his internal medicine residency at Saint Joseph Hospital and a year as Chief Resident prior to joining the faculty full time. Born and raised in rural Nebraska, he moved to Wyoming where he completed his primary education. He is a previous EMT, paramedic and has a Bachelors of Science degree from Montana State University prior to obtaining his D.O. degree. He and his wife of 27 years lived in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho before moving to Colorado to attend medical school where the family has decided to call home. In addition to one granddaughter, they have four children ages 29, 27, 24 and 20.
As Director of Outpatient Services for the Residency Program, Dr Seger supports the residents as Medical Director for Caritas Clinic. This resident operated ambulatory clinic provides a direct experience as the primary care physician with hands-on experience managing a wide range of chronic disease in the ambulatory setting. He has a strong passion for serving the homeless and uninsured populations of the community and champions healthcare equality for the underserved. He has a passion for wellness, mental health and is an active member on the hospital ethics committee.
Outside of the hospital he is an avid biker, skier and outdoor enthusiast. He and his wife are supporters of Aurora and Colorado Special Olympics and often are seen cheering on the two youngest children. Please feel free to contact him directly with any questions you may have about the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Saint Joseph Hospital.
Michael Cerniglia, MD
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine
Michael is a graduate of the internal medicine residency program at Saint Joseph Internal Hospital. A California native, he received his undergraduate education at Boston College and obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is passionate about medical education and hopes to foster in the residents a spirit of caring for the whole person and not just the disease, especially in the underserved. He enjoys beekeeping, gardening spending time with his family.