Medicine Grand Rounds

The Department of Medicine hosts local faculty and outstanding regional or national leaders in their respective fields, who present on a range of topics in weekly grand rounds that represent all of the department’s subspecialties. Each year, the Medicine Grand Rounds schedule offers presentations in a variety of formats. These presentations are designed for our faculty, residents, fellows, other healthcare professionals, and researchers who wish to remain up to date on new science in their field and to encourage collaboration among scientists and physicians. Medicine Grand Rounds are held weekly at 12:00pm in the LHAS auditorium. Attendees can receive CME credit.


Tuesdays, Noon-1:00pm

LHAS Auditorium, Montefiore Hospital

Aug 20

Special Presentation

Michael S. Friedman, MD, DTMH

CDC Country Director and US Embassy Health Attaché
former WHO lead for Ebola outbreak response and surveillance in Sierra Leone


“Global lessons from the 2014-16 Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone” |  Watch Presentation

Sept 10

Resident Research Presentations

  • Michail Alevizakos, MD: “Quantification of the Financial Burden of Antineoplastic Agent Price Increases”
  • Terence McLaughlin, MD“CRT-P vs. CRT-D in Patients with NICM: The United States Experience From 2007-14”
  • Hongyang “Jo” Pi, MD“Outcomes of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension are Improved in a Specialty Care Center”
  • Tariq Salim, MD“Frailty in Cirrhosis, a Risk Factor for Posttransplant Complications”
  • Hilary Strollo, DO“Association of Depressive Symptoms with Systemic Inflammation in Patients with COPD”


Watch Presentations

Sept 17

Erin Brewer, MD

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

Melissa McNeil, MD

University of Pittsburgh


“Gender-Based Harassment in Health Care Settings”  |  Watch Presentation

Sept 24

Richard Hodes, MD

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Spine and Heart Program


“Spinal Deformities in Ethiopia: The role of an internist from the US”

Oct 1

Leaders in Medicine

Renee Dversdal, MD

Director, OHSU Point of Care Ultrasound
Oregon Health & Science University

IM POCUS – Here to Stay  |  Watch Presentation

Oct 8

Bench to Bedside

Dimiter Dimitrov, MD

University of Pittsburgh

Terry Fry, MD

University of Colorado


CAR T cell therapy of childhood cancers  |  Watch Presentation

Oct 15

Duncan Johnstone, MD, PhD

University of Pittsburgh


Renal-Electrolyte Year in Review | Watch Presentation

Oct 22

Jason Rose, MD, MBA

University of Pittsburgh

Michael Lynch, MD

University of Pittsburgh

LuAnn Brink, PhD

Allegheny County Health Department


The VAPIng Crisis  |  Watch Presentation

Oct 29

Special K Club

  • Krystle Frahm, PhD“The transcriptional coregulator CREBRF on hypothalamic development and adult function”
  • Georgios Kitsios, MD, PhD“Microbiome-based diagnosis of pneumonia in the ICU”
  • Jeremy Tilstra, MD, PhD“Evaluating Tissue infiltrating Cells in Autoimmunity”


Watch Presentation

Nov 5

Bench to Bedside

David Green, MD

Northwestern University

Joseph Kiss, MD



Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: From empiricism to targeted therapy  |  Watch Presentation

Nov 12

Jeffrey Fowler, DO
Amber Johnson, MD, MBA
Krishna Kancharla, MBBS
Mary Keebler, MD

University of Pittsburgh


Cardiology Year in Review

Nov 19

Resident Research Presentations

  • Neil Kelly, MD, PhD
  • Michelle Nguyen, MD
  • Sunmin Park, MD, PhD
  • Aimee Pickering, MD
  • Angela Suen, MD

Nov 26

Special K Club

  • Corrine Kliment, MD, PhD
  • Holly Thomas, MD, MS
  • Aisha Walker, PhD, MPH

Dec 3

Leaders in Medicine

Richard Baron, MD

President and CEO, ABIM

Dec 10

Tisherman Lecture

Amy McGuire, JD, PhD

Director, Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine

Dec 17

Curbsiders Podcast

Stuart Brigham, MD
Matthew Watto, MD
Paul Williams, MD

Dec 24
Dec 31


Selected Medicine Grand Rounds presentations can be viewed on the DOM Medical Education Resources website.

Grand Rounds Formats

Special K Klub – Features our star mid-career physician-scientists with K-awards; their work spans the bench to the bedside and represents the best present and future of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

Discovery – Focused on major scientific discoveries and their impact on the future of medicine and health. The process of discovery, including historical background, will be emphasized with a conclusion highlighting future implications in the field.

Specialty Year in Review – Each Division will review hot topics and landmark papers over the past year.

Spotlight Series – Each Division will organize a session focusing on the translation of basic discoveries to the bedside or population. In each session, one speaker will discuss basic or translational research findings and another will focus on the clinical applications of the science.

Leaders in Medicine – The Chief Residents, in collaboration with the Department Chair, will select and invite prominent outside speakers. When possible, additional “meet the professor” or “rock star” sessions will be held for house staff groups.

Named Lecture Series – The Department and individual Divisions support a number of named lectures each year. Organizers from sponsoring Divisions will work with the Chief Residents to select these featured lectureship recipients.

Point – Counterpoint – Two controversial topics are chosen for the annual Health Policy Debate and Med-Ed Debate. These moderated debates between two speakers are among the most popular Grand Rounds of the year.

Senior Resident Talks – The last Grand Rounds of the year is reserved fro two selected senior talks from the graduating residency class. These speakers are selected by a committee within the residency and honored at the Senior Banquet.

In the summer, Grand Rounds is replaced by resident lecture series and intern “boot camp lectures.”

Each Division holds specialty and sub-specialty Grand Rounds presentations.

Specialty and Sub-Specialty Grand Rounds


Cardiology Grand Rounds provides cardiology faculty and staff an opportunity to hear speakers from across the nation discuss current cutting-edge topics that include basic science, translational, clinical, and educational cardiology research.  The Cardiology Grand Rounds Conference is held on Tuesdays at 7:00am.

Endocrinology and Metabolism

The University-Wide Conference (Endocrine Grand Rounds) consists of lectures by external and internal speakers to expose faculty and trainees to cutting edge research and clinical care developments in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and to increase their basic science knowledge base. Held Fridays at 8:00am.

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

GI Grand Rounds are lectures by external and internal faculty and case presentations from GI fellows. Held weekly on Wednesdays at 5:00pm.  GI Research Rounds are held weekly, featuring gastrointestinal research presentations from a multidisciplinary lecture core. Held Fridays at 12:00pm.

Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds are held on Friday mornings at 8:00-9:30am.


Grand Rounds are held every Wednesday at 8:00am. Different types of cancers are discussed each week, and the meetings are open to physicians, physician’s assistants, and nurses who are interested in cancer research.

Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds are held on Thursdays at 4pm.

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Pulmonary Grand Rounds lectures are held monthly on Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm
Sleep Medicine Grand Rounds are held on Thursdays at 4:00pm.


Renal Grand Rounds are held on alternating Thursdays.

Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology

Rheumatology Grand Rounds features a presentation and discussion of the diagnosis and/or management of difficult or interesting cases seen on inpatient consultation service or in the outpatient clinics. A guest speaker from outside the University is invited once a month to speak at the conference. Grand Rounds are held on Fridays at 8:15am.