Hometown: Indianapolis
Undergraduate: DePauw University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Cathy is a native Hoosier, who graduated from DePauw University (1986) and received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine (1990). She trained in family medicine at the former St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions) in St. Paul, MN. After practicing for 4 years in community health in South Minneapolis, Cathy returned to Indianapolis in 1998 to practice with the faculty at the St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency in Indianapolis.

Cathy practiced full spectrum Family Medicine, delivering babies and doing inpatient from residency until bowing out of labor room care in 2012 and inpatient in 2021, but continues to staff all patients, including prenatal care, in the FM clinic and to see her own patients nearby.

In her time away from the office she is also a full-time mother of two teenage boys. They keep her busy attending multiple basketball practices and games and other activities. She also leads a middle-school small group in Sunday school on most weeks and is otherwise quite active at her church.  For her own pleasure in her spare time, she finds it hard to choose between multiple activities she enjoys, which include (but are not limited to) walking (while listening to podcasts), biking, sewing, knitting, reading, or just meeting up with good friends for food and conversation. (Cathy loves to talk!)

Puja Samudra, MD

Clinic Director

Hometown: Singapore
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University - BS
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

Puja joined the faculty in May 2016 after moving to Indianapolis from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was previously faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. She completed a Faculty development fellowship there and was very active in high risk OB management. Puja enjoys practicing the full spectrum of family medicine, with a special interest in obstetrics and women's health procedures including OB ultrasound and colposcopy. She has an interest in caring for underserved populations, particularly those that have cultural barriers to care.

In her few spare moments, Puja enjoys reading historical fiction, watching movies and going for walks on the Monon trail with her young daughter and husband.

Betty Johnson, DO

Clinical Faculty

Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
Undergraduate: Purdue University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Betty is an Indiana native. She went to Purdue University for her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Neuroscience before attending Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for her medical training. During medical school, Betty also completed a fellowship in Lifestyle Medicine to better prepare to treat patients in a holistic manner. After med school, she completed her residency at our very own St. Vincent Family Medicine program where she served as Chief resident. She enjoys working with the residents as faculty in the clinic.

In her spare time, Betty enjoys going to different state parks with her husband and young daughter and son as well as playing with their puppy.

Anne Knox, MD

Geriatrician/Clinical Faculty

Hometown: Springfield, OH
Undergraduate: Miami University
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Anne wins the award for the faculty member who has been associated with St. Vincent for the longest.  She was born here at St Vincent in what is now the internal medicine department. She came back to St. Vincent for residency and stayed on to do a fellowship in geriatrics before going into private practice nearby.

Anne rejoined the St Vincent family in 2012. She has a passion for the geriatric population and for making nursing home day the best day of the month! She and her husband enjoy spending time with their three boys, two dogs and two cats. She likes being outside and has a life-long goal of building her own tree house in the backyard.

Kimberly Williams Smith, DO

Clinical Faculty

Hometown: Prestonsburg KY
Undergraduate: University of Pikeville, Pikeville KY
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg VA

Kim is a native of eastern Kentucky. She attended Pikeville College, then a small liberal arts college, now a university. She then moved to Virginia Tech for medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. She relocated to Indianapolis when her husband, a psychiatrist, matched in Indy for residency.  Kim was happy to match at her first choice for residency, St Vincent, where she served as Chief Resident and graduated in 2017. She happily accepted the chance to stay at the residency as faculty after graduation because of the excellent coworkers and the opportunity to teach the best residents in town.

She enjoys outpatient based family medicine, geriatrics, chronic disease management and office procedures as well as resident education and wellness.

Kim and her husband have 2 cats, which are usually causing some sort of havoc at home and a 1 year old son. She enjoys reading a great book in her hammock, baking, and traveling.

Liz Roth, MD, FACP

Clinical Faculty

Hometown: Upland, Indiana
Undergraduate: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Other Training/Fellowship: Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship, Michigan State University

Liz knew a good place when she found one, so after having completed four years of the IM/FM residency at St. Vincent, she jumped at the chance to stay on as faculty. She graduated and joined in 2007 as the first IM/FM faculty. She has taught residents and medical students in the hospital and the office and sees her own patients in the FM clinic at the Primary Care Center. She is the faculty in charge of recruiting and medical students and didactic curriculum coordinator.

She grew up in Upland, Indiana (home of Ivanhoes, the best ice cream shop in Indiana) and studied sociology and anthropology at Wheaton College in Illinois. She spent 6-months in Peru, South America for an internship during college. She grew to appreciate the importance of healthcare in people's lives through that experience and was drawn to medicine. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then came to St. Vincent as one of the pioneering residents in the early stages of the IM/FM program.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband (who is a radiologist at Indiana University) and children; kayaking and learning how to do home improvement projects.

Alan Bercovitz, MD, FAAFP

Clinical Faculty, Physician Lead Seton Cove

Hometown: Indianapolis
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Alan has been associated with St. Vincent Hospital since his junior year of medical school, and he completed his family medicine residency here in 1990.  He began a solo private practice at that time, which he continued for 19 years. In addition, he continued his involvement with the family medicine residency program as a community faculty preceptor.

In 2009, Alan joined the St. Vincent Medical Group, and in February 2016, he became the Clinic Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. His passion for teaching and advocacy for physicians and residents led Alan to accept the position as Medical Director of the St. Vincent Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center from 2016-2022.  He is now Emeritus Medical Director of the PCC, remains a faculty member with the Family Medicine Residency Program, and has taken on the new role of Physician Lead at Seton Cove Spirituality Center.

Alan is a past recipient of the Indiana Academy of Family Practice Physician of the Year and a four time recipient of the St. Vincent Residency Program Teacher of the Year. He and his wife have three grown children, 2 sons in law and 1 granddaughter.

Hometown: Brookston, IN
Undergrad: Purdue University - BS
Graduate: Purdue University - MBA
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine - MD
Curt joined the faculty in January 2003 following six years of private practice in Columbus, Indiana. In Columbus, he was a member of a large group of family physicians who practiced the full spectrum of family medicine including inpatient, nursing home and obstetric care. During his tenure at Columbus Regional Hospital, Curt served as his practice's medical director for two years and as the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine.

Curt enjoys the broad range of patient care opportunities within the field of family medicine. He currently focuses on inpatient family medicine care - adult inpatients, newborns, and labor and delivery. Caring for the underserved and global health populations are also interests of his. He has served in the following locations: Kenya, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras; and volunteers locally at the Near West Free Clinic in Indianapolis.

Additionally Curt serves as the Director of Medical Education and DIO for Ascension St Vincent, accountable for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. He tirelessly works to make Ascension St Vincent the best clinical learning environment possible for all the learners!

Curt is a gentleman farmer on Sycamore Glen Farm with his wife, dogs, cats, chainsaw, tractor, and adult kids when they need a home-cooked meal.

Nathan Walters, PhD

Clinical Psychologist/Behavioral Health Faculty

Nathan Walters, PhD

Hometown: Anderson, IN
Undergraduate: Wabash College
Graduate Education/training: Ball State University; Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency Fellowship: Health Psychology Fellowship, Franciscan Health Family Medicine Residency

Nathan graduated from Ball State University with a PhD in Counseling Psychology. He completed his predoctoral training in health psychology at Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine residency. Upon graduation, he continued on to complete his fellowship in health psychology at Franciscan Health Family Medicine Residency. He ultimately joined St. Vincent in 2020, in the middle of a pandemic. Dr. Walters provides clinical services to patients across the life span, specializing in men’s health and health psychology. He has a passion for training residents to be active consumers of research, while promoting evidence based practice.

Nathan loves research, and has led projects on clinical decision making, trainee wellness, and the experiences of LGBTQ patients. He is actively involved in educating residents, specifically with regard to mental health concerns in primary care. He has a passion for resident wellness and promoting healthy work environments for learners.

In his free time, he enjoys listening to audio books, wood working, spending time with his wife, son, and daughter, and talking endlessly about his garden.

Todd Foster, PhD

Clinical Research Scientist

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Undergraduate: Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis
Graduate School: Indiana University-Bloomington

Todd Foster is trained in Biological Anthropology and Medical Science from Indiana University-Bloomington under the direction of Dr. Paul Jamison. His fields of expertise include Human Biological Growth & Development, Human Adaptation, and Human Variation. His dissertation, “A Nutritional and Anthropometric Assessment of Marshallese School Children,” explored the differences found in growth outcomes and dietary habits among private and public school children in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. This work also surveyed children on the capital atoll, Majuro, to allow for the expansion of a population-specific growth chart from ages 5 to 14.

In January 2011, Todd took a position of Clinical Research Scientist at St. Vincent Women’s Hospital working with the Center for Prenatal Diagnosis and the Ob/Gyn residency program. During this time, Todd worked on research studies exploring pre-term birth, cerclage, sex education, and cognitive development within higher order multiples. In 2014, Todd moved to the Office of Research & Regulatory Affairs within St. Vincent Health where he would begin assisting all St. Vincent associates including staff and resident physicians, nurses, genetic counselors, etc. Assistance runs the gamut from literature reviews and protocol development to data acquisition and storage to statistical analysis and poster/manuscript formation.

Todd’s current research interests include pediatric growth and obesity, race in medicine, the use of anthropometrics in medicine, and medical anthropology. In addition to working at St. Vincent Hospital-Indianapolis, Todd is an adjunct professor in the department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. When Todd is not assisting others’ or conducting his own research, he is trail running through the forest, gardening, and/or listening to heavy metal.

Eric Ramirez

Program Coordinator

Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Undergraduate: Indiana Wesleyan University

Eric is originally from El Salvador and moved to the states at the age of nine. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in General Studies with an emphasis in Mathematics. He loves making lists and has a passion for helping others. He loves anything basketball and working out. He also enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and kids. He has as many 4-legged family members as 2-legged, with a Pomeranian named Bruiser, an 85 pound terrier named Margo, an uber-sensitive cat named Charlie and an introverted cat named Gracie.