RAVEN Leadership

April L. Kane, MSW, LSW

April Kane   As the Project Co-Director for RAVEN April Kane provides leadership and oversight for the Initiative. She is responsible for project implementation, on-going operations, and transition/sustainability plans. She also promotes engagement of the RAVEN operating partners, nursing facility partners, CMS, clinical and program staff. Prior to coming to UPMC, some of her experience includes project management and coordinator positions for the University of Pittsburgh at the Alzheimer Disease Research
Center, University Center for Social and Urban Research, and the Stroke Institute. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary interests are in the areas of caregiving, Alzheimer’s disease, and providing quality care to our geriatric population.


Steven Handler, MD, PhD, CMD

Steven Handler   Steven Handler, MD, PhD, CMD is an Associate Professor with a primary appointment in the Division of Geriatric Medicine where he is the Director for Geriatric Telemedicine Programs. He has secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Handler also serves as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for UPMC Community and Provider Services Division and as the Co-Director and Medical Director for Telemedicine and Health Information for the
RAVEN (Reduce AVoidable hospitalization using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing facilities in Western Pennsylvania) CMS Innovation Award.

Dr. Handler completed his medical school training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, residency at Tufts University and Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a practicing geriatrician with direct patient care responsibilities in the nursing home and hospital settings. His primary research area focuses on medication and patient safety primarily in the nursing home setting. For the past decade, Dr. Handler’s research has been at the intersection of biomedical informatics and geriatrics utilizing an active medication monitoring system to detect and manage adverse drug events among older nursing home residents. More recently, he has focused on the application of telemedicine in the long-term and post-acute care settings. Dr. Handler has published over 85 peer-reviewed articles in various geriatrics, nursing, informatics, health services, and patient safety journals over the past decade.