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
Nate Weathington, MD, PhD
Telemedicine with Learners: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Normal
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How are you teaching students/learners to perform video visits? Join us for today’s Medicine Grand Rounds when some of our master clinician educators will share their expertise and best practices!
September 15
Monica Gandhi, MD
Bryan McVerry, MD
David Nace, MD
COVID-19 Update
Reasons for Facial Masking for COVID-19: Transmission, Severity of Disease and Immunity
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Why are we masking? Are face masks increasing rates of asymptomatic infection? Is asymptomatic infection able to provide immunity?
Join our Grand Rounds Sept. 15 to hear from Dr. Monica Gandhi from UCSF on the importance of masking and its impact on asymptomatic infection rates as well as from Dr. Bryan McVerry who will summarize the REMAP trial and our REMAP protocol and Dr. David Nace who will summarize our SNF strategy, outcomes and implementation of state grant funding.
September 22
Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH
Health Equity and the COVID-19 Pandemic
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SARS-CoV2 disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, including African Americans, Latinos, patients from lower socio-economic groups, and the elderly, particularly in long term care facilities. We face similar stark challenges in Pittsburgh. Approximately 30% of our patients admitted with Covid-19 over the last three waves of the epidemic at UPMC were Black.
How can we best protect our most vulnerable patients as we head into a fall and winter season with Covid-19 and influenza? How do social determinants of health impact our care delivery and outcomes? What can we do to address the many structural barriers to care deliver and improved patient outcomes?
Join us to hear from our very own Utibe Essien, MD, MPH in his discussion on the impact of the pandemic on health inequity and solutions to eradicate that inequity going forward.
September 29
Melissa McNeil, MD
Dedeepya Konuthula, MD
Minimizing Bias in Medical Student Evaluation and Recommendation; How to Achieve Educational Equity
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What disparities exist within our current medical education system? Does bias exist within the AOA selection process? Are biased letters of recommendation having long term impacts on the success of our learners? How can we overcome these disparities to ensure a diverse and vibrant learning community? Join us as our master clinician and educator, Dr. Melissa McNeil, and PGY3 Med-Peds resident, Dr. Dedeepya Konuthula, examine educational disparities and offer strategies for overcoming them.
October 6
Ryan Augustin, MD
Callie Drohan, MD
Rachael Gordon, MD, PhD
Megan McCarty, MD
Vinny Polsinelli, MD
Resident Research Presentations
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  • Dr. Augustin: Metformin is associated with improved clinical outcomes in diabetic melanoma patients
  • Dr. Drohan: Biomarker-based subphenotyping in acute hypoxic respiratory failure provides prognostic enrichment
  • Dr. Gordon: Crossing the Rubicon: Identification of Rubicon as a Novel Promoter of SLE Pathogenesis
  • Dr. McCarty: Differences in Patient-Reported Rates of Hormone Therapy Use for Menopause Symptoms by Provider Specialty
  • Dr. Polsinelli: Race and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
October 13
Neil Clancy, MD
Sami El-Dalati, MD
Ghady Haidar, MD
Graham Snyder, MD
What’s new in Infectious Diseases: COVID-19 and beyond
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Infectious disease has come to the forefront of medicine on the national stage and, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza season is upon us. How will UPMC managing flu testing and monitor circulating viruses? What are our strategies for health care workers going into the season? Looking beyond COVID-19, what is on the horizon with the often multi-drug resistant and difficult to identify Candida auris? What are UPMC’s surveillance and preparedness plans moving forward? Finally, surrounded by the opioid crisis that has driven an incredible burden of endocarditis in the region, how does the endocarditis service fit into our practice, and how can it help our patients? Join us for “What’s new in Infectious Diseases: COVID-19 and beyond” to find out!
October 20
Brian H. Williams, MD, FACS
Race, Violence, & Medicine: Showing Up For Justice
How are race, violence, and medicine intertwined, and how do we as physicians advocated for justice on behalf of our patients and our communities? Join us for a Department of Medicine Grand Rounds given by Dr. Brian Williams, MD, FACS, Associated Professor of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Chicago, opinion writer, and host of the podcast Race, Violence, & Medicine to learn more.
October 27
Aditya Bhonsale, MD
Malamo Countouris, MD
Jeff Fowler, MD
Gavin Hickey, MD
Cardiology Year in Review
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What’s new in the world of cardiology? Join us to hear exciting practice changing updates from our UPMC experts in electrophysiology, interventional & structural cardiology, heart failure, general cardiology, and cardiac imaging!
November 3
Phil Ades, MD
Cardiac Rehabilitation: Individualizing and Expanding Care
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Ample evidence demonstrates the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) on functional status, health services utilization, cardiovascular morbidity, and mortality following a cardiac event. Yet despite these proven benefits, relatively few eligible patients participate in CR. Learn about the CDC’s Million Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Collaborative and how traditional CR programs are being re-imagined to better meet patients’ needs from cardiologist and Professor of Medicine, Dr. Phil Ades, an internationally-recognized expert and pioneer in the field.
November 10
Beth Hoffman, MPH
Jaime Sidani, PhD, MPH
Todd Wolynn, MD
Vaccine Hesitancy in the Age of COVID-19
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With over 47 million confirmed cases of COVID19 worldwide and over 1.2 million deaths, the scientific push for a vaccine has been unparalleled. However, beyond the logistics of vaccine development, production, and distribution, there lies an incredible amount of misinformation and vaccine hesitancy that has been further propagated by online misinformation. Join us to hear more on the antivaccination movement in the time of COVID as well as our roles as physicians in addressing it.
November 17
Renee Salas, MD, MPH, MS
Climate Change, Health, and Healthcare
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Climate change represents one of our great generational challenges and will significantly impact the practice of academic medicine. Climate change will impact humans through environmental exposure to fire smoke, the movement of tropical infections pathogens like tick and mosquito borne diseases, and the impact on heat on the elderly and medically compromised. An increasingly warm, overpopulated, and highly connected planet amplifies the risk of rapid spread of zoonotic pandemic infections. Please join us to hear more about the widespread impact of climate change on health and health systems, and how we as physicians can embrace climate medicine as a discipline of the future.
November 24
Tom Radomski, MD, MS
Cary Boyd-Shiwarski, MD, PhD
Faraaz Shah, MD, MPH
Special K Club
Hear three of our outstanding physician-scientist K grant awardees from within the Department of Medicine share their research as part of our Special K-Club Series. How can we decrease low-value prescribing? What are the metabolic effects of early nutrition support in sepsis? How does serum potassium impact kidney kinase scaffold KS-WKN1?
  • Dr. Radomski: EVOLV-Rx: Evaluating Opportunities to Decrease Low-Value Prescribing The Development of a Claims-Based Metric of Low-Value Prescribing in Older Adults
  • Dr. Boyd-Shiwarski: KS-WNK1: A kidney kinase scaffold regulated by serum [K]+
  • Dr. Shah: Metabolic Effects of Early Nutrition Support in Sepsis
December 1
Rotonya Carr, MD
NAFLD Now and Looking Ahead
December 8
Michael DeVita, MD
Tisherman Lecture
“Settled” Ethical Issues Reevaluated in the Context of the COVID Pandemic: Lessons from Harlem Hospital
Drawing on his experience from multiple vantage points, Dr. DeVita will discuss the impact of scarce resources on “routine” ethical decisioning, recount challenges to autonomy posed by widespread contagious serious illness, and examine how late consequences of critical illness may impact decisioning.
December 15
Barry Borlaug, MD
Sanjiv Shah, MD
Bench to Bedside
HFpEF & hemodynamics of heart failure
December 22
Winter Recess
December 29
Winter Recess


January 5
Anantha Shekhar, MD
Leaders in Medicine
January 12
Bob Wachter, MD
Leaders in Medicine
January 19
Anna Apostolopoulou, MD
Ali Azeem, MD
Timothy Bober, MD
Saloni Kapoor, MD
Ankit Medhekar, MD
Resident Research Presentations
  • Dr. Apostolopoulou: TBD
  • Dr. Azeem: TBD
  • Dr. Bober: TBD
  • Dr. Kapoor: TBD
  • Dr. Medhekar: TBD
January 26
Mazen El Ali, MD
Georgios Kitsios, MD, PhD
Belinda Rivera-Lebron, MD
Andrej Petrov, MD
PACCM Year in Review
February 2
Vicky Fraser, MD
February 9
Evan Ray, MD, PhD
Leslie Scheunemann, MD, MPH
Giraldina Trevejo-Nunez, MD
Special K Club
  • Dr. Ray: Title TBD
  • Dr. Scheunemann: Title TBD
  • Dr. Trevejo-Nunez: Title TBD
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
Bryan McVerry, MD
Georgios Kitsios, MD, PhD
Bench to Bedside
March 30
Nancy Spector, MD
Topic: Women/diversity in academic medicine
Title TBD
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

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.