Faculty

Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP, CPE
Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine

Dr. McDonough served as Associate Director of the Saint Francis Family Medicine Program from 1993 to 2008. He now serves as Chairman, Department of Family Medicine. In that role, he oversees the Family Medicine Residency Program, the Saint Clare Medical Mobile Outreach Program, The Center of Hope, Tiny Steps and various satellite offices, including Sacred Heart. He serves on the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Hospital.

Dr. McDonough is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, where he received his M.D., and later completed a Fellowship in Faculty Development. Dr. McDonough has won numerous awards, including the American Cancer Sword of Hope Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Award and the Sir William Osler Award for Bedside Teaching. In 2006, he was named Family Physician of the Year by the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. McDonough is also well known for his work in television and radio, conveying medical information. His work in these areas is presently syndicated on more than 500 media outlets through the United States. He has won four Emmy Awards for his work. Dr. McDonough serves as senior medical editor for 123MyMD.com.

In 2010, Dr. McDonough accepted the additional duties as Chief Medical Information Officer for Saint Francis Healthcare. In this role, he is responsible for leading the medical staff on the path to computerized physician order entry and using information gained from electronic health records to improve the quality of patient care. Dr. McDonough serves on the Editorial Advisor Board of CMIO Magazine. He has earned the Health Information Technology Certificate from The American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. McDonough is often requested to speak nationally on areas ranging from medical communications to effective use of electronic medical records. He and his wife, Diane, have three children.

 

Robert Monteleone, M.D., Program Director
Saint Francis Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Monteleone was initially a community preceptor in the Saint Francis Family Medicine Residency Program in 2003 and then became an assistant director in 2006. He took the position of program director in June 2013.

Dr. Monteleone graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, followed by his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut, where he received the American Academy of Family Physicians Resident Teacher Award. He then completed a Rural Family Practice and Maternity Care fellowship at the University of Texas at Galveston, which included training in operative obstetrics. He started in private practice in Elkton, Maryland, where he became a managing partner in a full range family medicine group practice. He began his academic career as a community preceptor for the University of Maryland College of Medicine in 2001 and has consistently been involved in medical student and resident education ever since. He has been a community preceptor for nurse practitioner students at both Wilmington College and at the University of Delaware. He served for five years as the credentials chair for a local community hospital before beginning as the program director.

Dr. Monteleone is also the State Surgeon for the Delaware Army National Guard. He worked in a combat clinic and in the emergency room during three tours to Iraq and has served on six other global health missions overseas, two of which he commanded. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and serves as a regional advisor on the Medical Advisory Council Executive Committee for the Chief Surgeon of the Army National Guard.

Dr. Monteleone’s main interests include practice management, office-based procedures, global health, and family-centered maternity care. He enjoys travel, mountain biking, running and participating in various activities with his children.

 

Hugh Bonner, M.D., Associate Director

Dr. Bonner is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Bonner was in private practice for many years and during that time, served as a preceptor, regularly teaching the residents. In 2006, he joined the faculty at Saint Francis Healthcare. Dr. Bonner has a special interest in evidence-based medicine and geriatrics. In addition to a busy clinical practice, he oversees the nursing home experience for the second- and third-year residents, supervises residents conducting home visits, and teaches on the inpatient service.

Dr. Bonner is a past president of the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians. He continues to serve on the Board of the DAFP as an alternate delegate from Delaware to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates. Dr. Bonner serves as the Director of Medical Grand Rounds at Saint Francis Healthcare.

 

Allison Gonzalez, DSW, Case Manager

Dr. Gonzalez earned her doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her primary research focus has been in palliative care and critical care medicine. She has experience working in acute care settings, providing transitional care for patients.

In her spare time, Allison enjoys learning about and cooking Colombian foods for her husband, a Colombian native.

 

David Hack, M.D., Associate Program Director
Medical Director, Family Practice Center and Tiny Steps Program

Dr. Hack graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Biology and completed his medical training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. He completed his residency at Saint Francis Hospital in 1999, earning the American Academy of Family Physicians Resident Teaching Award, and elected to continue on as a faculty member. Dr. Hack is coordinator of Tiny Steps, an outreach family-centered obstetric and pediatric program. He is also medical director of House of Joseph II, a group home for homeless, end-stage HIV patients, serving the Ministry of Caring since 1999. Dr. Hack is secretary of the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians and he sits on the editorial board for the Family Medicine Journal. He serves on the Medical Executive Committee, Credentialing Committee and Ethics Committee, and is chairman of the Saint Francis Hospital Bylaws Committee.

Dr. Hack’s main interests include family-oriented maternity care, and curriculum development using evidence-based medicine. If he is not found tinkering around in his hot pepper-laden garden, he is with his wife and children.

 

Melissa Tribuiani, M.D., Associate Director
Medical Director, Center of Hope

Dr. Tribuiani graduated from Temple University with a dual degree in Biological Anthropology and Spanish and is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Saint Francis in 1999 and joined the faculty. She is the medical director of the Saint Francis Center of Hope, where she sees a predominantly Spanish-speaking population. Her areas of interest include family-centered maternity care, pediatrics, diabetes management and colposcopy. Dr. Tribuiani serves on the Maternal and Child Care Committee for the Medical Society of Delaware and is the chairperson of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Saint Francis.

Her hobbies include solving puzzles, listening to a wide variety of music and spending time with her husband and children.

 

Janelle Von Bargen, Ph.D., Behavioral Medicine Faculty

Dr. Von Bargen earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in Human Ecology. Her concentration was in cultural diversity and family dynamics. Since that time, Janelle has worked for and directed nonprofit organizations serving minority populations. Currently Janelle is an instructor at the University of Delaware in Newark. Janelle has led and conducted many workshops and seminars focusing on and developing multicultural awareness, improving communication skills and enhancing conflict resolution skills.

In her spare time, Janelle enjoys running and spending time at the beach with her husband and three sons.

 

Heydi Gutierrez, M.D., Preceptor

Dr. Gutierrez graduated from the Luis Razetti School of Medicine at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She completed her internship at Margarita Island, Venezuela, and began her residency program at Saint Francis Healthcare in 2007. Upon graduation, Dr. Gutierrez accepted a faculty position with Saint Francis Family Medicine Residency Program and served for several years before working full-time at The Center of Hope, a practice which serves the underprivileged and uninsured residents in the region.

Dr. Gutierrez is interested in geriatric medicine and, in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, and traveling.

 

Mary McCrossan, M.D., Preceptor

Dr. Mary McCrossan is a community preceptor several days a week for the Family Medicine Residency Program. She began at Saint Francis in 1996 as a faculty member and director of the Tiny Steps Program.

Dr. McCrossan attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and completed family medicine residency at a University of Minnesota affiliated program. She spent several years in private practice, as well as in practices focused on serving the at-risk and underinsured.

 

Oswaldo Nicastro, M.D., Preceptor
Medical Director, Saint Clare Medical Mobile Outreach

Dr. Oswaldo Nicastro is a graduate of the Saint Francis Family Medicine Residency Program and believes it is an essential part of his practice to provide family-centered medical care for people of all ages. In addition to his practice, Dr. Nicastro serves as Medical Director of the Saint Clare Medical Outreach Van and has a commitment to care of the underserved.

Dr. Nicastro and his wife, Sandra, are the parents of two children.