Faculty

Program Director: Dr. Eric Taylor

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.


Associate Program Director: Dr. I. Mihai Cosma

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 an Assistant Clinical 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. 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. Ana Rossi

Dr. Ana Rossi is a transplant nephrologist. She is actively involved in transplantation research at the Maine Transplant Program, 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 Masters 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.


Dr. Eric N. Taylor

Dr. Eric N. Taylor is medical director of the Maine Medical Partners Kidney Stone Prevention Program and is a nationally recognized authority on nephrolithiasis. He is the principal investigator on two NIH R01 grants, and he has authored over 40 original research publications. He currently divides his time between clinical research 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 Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.


Dr. John Vella

Dr. John Vella is the Director of the Maine Transplant Program. He is a nationally recognized authority in kidney transplantation. In addition to authoring numerous original research publications, he has been the editor of the transplant series in NephSAP for the past decade. He did internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, and then did a transplant immunobiology and clinical transplantation fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine 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 an Associate Clinical 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 an Assistant Clinical 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

Togus Veterans Administration Medical Center

  • Brad Schimelman, MD (Site Director)