Undergraduate: Allegheny College
Medical School: University of Medicine & Dentistry School of New Jersey. School of Osteopathic Medicine
Pediatric Training: Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh
Dr. Aracri’s special interests include childhood obesity, developmental pediatrics, and sports medicine.
Dr. Aracri has practiced medicine as part of AHN Pediatrics since 1998, and served as its president from 2009 through 2014. Since 2014, Dr. Aracri has also served as the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for Allegheny Health Network, leading a Department of Pediatrics with more than 120 affiliated physicians, providing a broad range of inpatient and outpatient care, including general pediatrics, pediatric critical care, asthma, allergy and immunology, and neonatology services.
Medical School: The University School of Medicine in Poznan, Poland
Pediatric Training Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh
Dr. Grudziak’s special interests include pediatric gastrointestinal conditions, allergy and immunology.
Howard Topol M.D.
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Pediatric Training: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Topol has a special interest in pediatric obesity, asthma, and the effects screen time has on developing minds. For many years he worked as a pediatric hospitalist on the inpatient unit before transitioning to primary care
Dr. Topol was raised in New Jersey and has recently moved to Western Pennsylvania. He enjoys spending time with patients and watching them achieve growth and developmental milestones. His hobbies include soccer, gardening, sporting events and spending time with his wife and three young children.
Undergraduate: West Virginia University
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Pediatric Training: Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh
Dr. Zervos’s special interests include preventive care, patient education and child safety.
Dr. Zervos has been practicing pediatrics in the Pittsburgh area since 1995. She has been with AHN Pediatrics since 2004. She lives in Mars, PA with her husband and 2 children.
Undergraduate: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Pediatric Training: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Dr. Desai earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Wayne State University. She then earned her MD at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Desai has been practicing pediatrics in the Pittsburgh area since 2009 when she completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Desai is originally from Canton, MI and currently makes her home in Murrysville, PA.
Undergraduate: Penn State University – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Medical School: Carlow University – Master of Science in Nursing
Chelsea Raffa earned her Master of Science in Nursing at Carlow University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Penn State University. She is also licensed as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Chelsea has volunteered at Highmark Caring Place, been a medical volunteer at the USGA US Open, and volunteered as a cap counselor at Camp AIM, a summer camp for children with special needs.
Chelsea is a born and raised Pittsburgher. In her spare time, she likes skiing, biking, baking/cooking, traveling, listening to live music, and watching college football.