Program Leadership

Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2002

Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, 2002-03

MD, Harvard Medical School, 1998

Dr. Michael Lukela is an internist and pediatrician who currently serves as Director for the combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at Michigan Medicine and as an Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Well-being in the Department of Internal Medicine.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Duke University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training in Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, serving as Chief Resident for the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program followed by an additional year as a Chief Resident in Pediatrics. He is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, and Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Lukela has been inducted into the League of Educational Excellence and Academiae Laureati Medici (Clinical Excellence Society) at Michigan Medicine. He was instrumental in developing the M-Home Learning Community at the University of Michigan Medical School and served as inaugural Director for the William Henry Fitzbutler House.

Nationally, his commitment to medical education has been recognized through his election to the Executive Committee for the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors' Association (MPPDA), including a term as President for the organization. He serves as a member of the General Examination Committee for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and Editorial Board for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) "SPARK", an educational resource to prepare hospitalists for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) focused-practice in hospital medicine exam.

His academic and research interests are in well-being and educational assessment. As a clinician educator, Dr. Lukela works to inspire and empower students and residents to become the next generation of physician leaders to care for the needs of children and adults across our communities.

Outside of the hospital, he coaches competitive soccer (formerly Olympic Development Program and local club; currently local high school), competes in marathons and distance triathlons, and loves spending time with his wife (a primary care physician and APD for the IM residency program), two sons, and three doggies (Maya, Duke & Ruthie).

SARA PLATTE, MD

Assistant Program Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, 2018

Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Chicago, 2007

MD, University of Michigan Medical School, 2003

Dr. Platte graduated from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Michigan Medical School prior to completing her Medicine-Pediatrics training at the University of Chicago in 2007. She served as Chief Resident for the Med-Peds program during her training. She served on the faculty at the University of Chicago between 2007-2012. She held multiple roles during her time at the University of Chicago including precepting Med-Peds residents, medical students, and serving as a Pritzker Community Service Fellowship Mentor for pre-medical students. Dr. Platte returned to Michigan in 2012 and joined the St. Joseph Mercy Neighborhood Family Health Center- a clinic which serves patients with very limited resources, including those without insurance. She was appointed the site's Medical Director in 2013.

Dr. Platte's interests include preventive health, chronic disease management, and transitions of care, such as from adolescence to adulthood, especially for patients with special health care needs. She has been actively involved in teaching and medical education through precepting residents and serving on our Med-Peds Graduate Medical Education Committee. In recognition of her contributions to our training program, she received the John G. Frohna Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching in Medicine-Pediatrics in 2015.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Platte loves spending time with her husband, three daughters and the family dog, cooking, and exploring local parks.

Assistant Program Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, 2018

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Providence Hospital Athletic Medicine, 2010

Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2009

MD, Michigan State College of Human Medicine, 2005

Dr. Rebecca Northway graduated from Albion College and Michigan State College of Human Medicine prior to completing her training in Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in 2009. She subsequently pursued a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Providence Hospital Athletic Medicine in 2010. Dr. Northway joined the Med-Peds faculty at the University of Michigan in 2010 at the Canton Health Center where she practices primary care and primary care sports medicine. In addition, she is practices primary care sports medicine at the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Clinic at Northville Health Center and is a team physician for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

In addition to an active clinical practice, Dr. Northway has been involved in medical education through clinical and didactic instruction in the Med-Peds, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics Residency Programs. In recognition of her contributions to our training program, she received the John G. Frohna Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching in Medicine-Pediatrics in 2016.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Dr. Northway is an avid runner (participating in 5ks to marathons) and enjoys spinning, and swimming. She loves Michigan's four seasons and enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter, and dogs, especially in Northern Michigan.

Assistant Program Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, 2018

Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, 2017-2018

Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2017

MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2013

Dr. Kate Levy graduated from the University of Rochester and then University of Pennsylvania Perlman School of Medicine prior to completing her training in Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in 2017. She served as Chief Resident for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UM prior to joining the faculty in 2018. During training, she completed the Healthcare Administration Scholars Program, High Value Practice Academic Alliance Future Leader Program, and Community of Medical Educators in Training (CoMET) program. She was Co-Chair for the House Officer Quality and Safety Council and served on numerous program and institutional committees. She received 2 Bronze Beeper awards to recognize her excellence in medical student education.

Dr. Levy practices as a combined Med-Peds hospitalist with professional interests in quality improvement and patient safety, high value care, and medical education. She works with faculty, residents and medical students through her roles on the Internal Medicine Quality Council, faculty advisor for resident-based QI/Patient Safety Projects, and is the faculty advisor for the Chief Resident Council.

Dr. Levy's outside interests include gardening, cooking, running, and playing soccer (including helping coach a local high school team), enjoying the outdoors even in Michigan winters and her golden retriever, Callaway.

STEPHANI ZAKUTANSKY, MD

Medicine-Pediatrics Chief Resident

MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2017

BS, Duke University, 2013

ABOUT ME

Stephani grew up in northwest Indiana and attended college at Duke University, studying global health and marine biology. She then headed west for medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle and, through the WWAMI program, spent time training in rural Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska. She is interested in global and rural health and medical education. She completed the Community of Medical Educators in Training (CoMET) program during residency and has served on several program committees. Outside of work, she loves riding her bike Imogen around Ann Arbor, finding live music, checking out National Parks (now past 30 parks!), and finding new adventures around Michigan with her co-residents.

WHY I CHOSE MICHIGAN?

I chose Michigan Med/Peds for a number of reasons. I felt a connection with the people that I met on my interview day, faculty and residents alike. They were thoughtful, smart, and down-to-earth. I also wanted a program that was strong on both sides, with a Med/Peds community to boot. I knew I'd get great teaching, work at a top-notch hospital, and find a supportive community here. And lastly, I wanted a program with opportunities to get involved in advocacy work, community engagement, and global health.

Jamie Jackson

Medicine-Pediatrics GME Program Administrator

BS, Eastern Michigan University, 2010


Professional Interests: I’m the GME Program Administrator for the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. In my role, I am a liaison between the program and the GME department. I also support Dr. Michael Lukela, our Med-Peds Program Director, as well as our Associate Program Directors. In addition to this role, I also continue to support Dr. John Del Valle, our Internal Medicine Residency Program Director.

Personal Interests: Besides spending time with family and friends, Volleyball and Hockey consume a majority of my free time. From playing and coaching Volleyball to cheering on the U of M Wolverines, Detroit Red Wings, and the Flint Firebirds (formerly the Plymouth Whalers), my passion for these two sports can be obsessive. I highly recommend making a trip to Yost Arena to watch the U of M Hockey team because the atmosphere is incredible!

What I Enjoy About Living in Our Community: I grew up right outside of Ann Arbor, so I am familiar with everything this unique town has to offer. I love the endless options of restaurants to indulge in, shops to explore, and all the outdoor activities there are to enjoy. If you want to spend a day discovering a unique treasure of Ann Arbor, I recommend the Fairy Door hunt. The Urban Fairy Door Map can be found online and provides all the locations where you can find the Fairy Doors, including one inside our Mott’s Children’s Hospital!