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.



August 18

Sharon Riddler,MD
Judy Martin, MD
Paul Duprex, MD

Bench to Bedside
COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Implementation
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August 25

Gary Fischer, MD

Special: Epic Upgrade Discussion for EPIC Users

September 1


September 8

Tanya Nikiforova, MD
Beth Oczypok, MD, PhD
Reed Doerfler, MD
Esra Karslioglu French,MD
Nathaniel Weathington, MD, PhD

Telemedicine with Learners: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Normal
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September 15

Monica Gandhi, MD

COVID-19 Update
Reasons for Facial Masking for COVID-19: Transmission, Severity of Disease and Immunity
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September 22

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH

Health Equity and the COVID-19 Pandemic
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September 29

Melissa McNeil, MD
Dedeepya Konuthula, MD

Topic: Bias Training

October 6

Ryan Augustin, MD
Callie Drohan, MD
Rachael Gordon, MD, PhD
Megan McCarty, MD
Vinny Polsinelli, MD

Resident Research Presentations

October 13

Ghady Haidar, MD
Elise Martin, MD
Graham Snyder, MD
Neil Clancy, MD
Sami El-Dalati, MD

ID COVID-19 update and Emerging Pathogens

October 20

Brian H. Williams, MD, FACS

October 27

Aditya Bhonsale, MD
Malamo Countouris, MD
Jeff Fowler, MD
Gavin Hickey, MD

Cardiology Year in Review

November 3

Phil Ades, MD

November 10

Beth Hoffman, MPH
Jaimie Sidani, PhD, MPH
Todd Wolynn, MD

COVID misinformation and anti-vaccine sentiments

November 17

Dr. Renee Salas

Topic: Impact of Climate Change on Health
Title TBD

November 24

December 1

Rotonya Carr, MD

Topic: Basic science work in fat metabolism/hepatic inflammation
Title TBD

December 8

Michael DeVita, MD

Tisherman Lecture

December 15

Barry Borlaug, MD
Sanjiv Shah, MD

Bench to Bedside

December 22

Holiday Recess

December 29

Holiday Recess


January 5

Anatha Shekhar, MD

Leaders in Medicine

January 12

Bob Wachter, MD

Leaders in Medicine

January 19

January 26

PACCM Year in Review

February 2

Vicky Fraser, MD

February 9

COVID-19 Update

February 16

David Lacomis, MD
Timothy Miller, MD, PhD

Bench to Bedside

February 23

Andrew Simpson, PhD

C.F. Reynolds Lecture
Health Care and the Building of Modern Pittsburgh

March 2

Brie Williams, MD

March 9

Amr Kohli, MD
Eloho Ufomata, MD

General Internal Medicine Year in Review

March 16

March 23

March 30

April 6

April 13

John Reilly, MD

Leaders in Medicine

April 20

April 27

Katrina Armstrong, MD

Research Day

May 4

May 11

May 18

May 25

June 1

June 8

June 15

Senior Talk Winners

Please note that the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds will take a break during the summer months.

The next Department of Medicine Grand Rounds will be held Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

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.