Department of Medicine News
Dr. Deanna Wilson recently provided testimony to the House Committee on Energy & Commerce’s hearing on “An Epidemic Within a Pandemic: Understanding Substance Use and Misuse in America.”
Taofeek K. Owonikoko, MD, PhD, will join the Department of Medicine as chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology. Owonikoko, a physician-scientist board-certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine, will begin his appointment on July 1, 2021.
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to hear Pitt faculty member Tamar Krishnamurti, PhD, who will participate in a virtual Nobel Summit, “Our Planet, Our Future,” on Monday, April 26.
Dr. Esa Davis has been named a new member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine.
Dr. Dimitrov was one of ten researchers awarded with this distinction by MediFind based on his discovery of potent, neutralizing monoclonal SARS-CoV-2 antibodies as part of the U.S. COVID-19 response.
We are confident that Dr. Ascherman’s strengths across the tripartite mission and his proven administrative acumen will enable the Division to continue to grow and flourish under his leadership.
Given that the research mission of the Department of Medicine and the development and sustainment of the career development pipeline remain central tenants of our academic vision, it is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Oliver Eickelberg, MD, as Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Research.
The Division of Geriatric Medicine’s Dr. David Nace was one of 25 experts named to serve on the White House’s new Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.
PACCM docs Burton Lee, MD, and Megan Acho, MD, have developed peer-reviewed videos to help train doctors outside the field use ventilators on COVID-19 patients. (Alyson Lee)
The Department of Medicine has announced the appointment of Dr. Stephen Chan, MD, PhD, as the new Director of the Vascular Medicine Institute beginning January 2020.
Dr. Ron Poropatich and team are developing a fully autonomous medical backpack to assist soldiers who treat trauma victims in the field.
Can Red Cell Exchange Treat Advanced Sickle Cell Disease?
Alison Morris, MD, MS, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine (PACCM) beginning July 1, 2019. She is currently the vice chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Medicine.
Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, will establish the Appalachian Node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network (CTN) to conduct opioid-related research in the region over the next five years.
Samir Saba, MD, has been appointed co-director of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute and chief, Division of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, is teaming up with Allegheny County officials and national health care databanks to better identify at-risk individuals for opioid overdose using machine learning.
David G. Binion, MD received the coveted Sherman Prize for his analysis of “Big Data” to better understand IBD and to optimize treatment strategies for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Binion received this competitive award at the December...
Curavi Health Inc. has acquired TripleCare, a New York-based provider of telemedicine services for skilled nursing facilities. The acquisition positions Curavi, a wholly owned subsidiary of UPMC Enterprises, for rapid growth. Together, the combined entity will serve nearly 100 facilities across 14 states.
Department of Medicine Names Naudia Jonassaint to New Position of Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Medicine has appointed Naudia Jonassaint, MD, MHS, to the position of Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Jonassaint, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a transplant hepatologist, will work to develop new initiatives and programs to enhance diversity and inclusion across the department.
Where you live could influence how much you drink. New research from Ramon Bataller, MD, PhD, found that people living in colder regions with less sunlight drink more alcohol than their warm-weather counterparts.
Drs. Frank Sciurba and Roy Semaan in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine treated the first two patients in an Early Feasibility Study of an electrosurgical system created to treat the persistent symptoms of chronic bronchitis.
Team Led by Internal Medicine’s Charles Jonassaint, PhD, MHSc, Creates “Painimation”
Globin Solutions, Inc., a startup biotechnology company formed last year by scientists from the University of Pittsburgh, completed over $5 million in Series A funding for its development of an antidote to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Jane Schell, MD, was awarded the Hasting Center/Cunniff-Dixon Foundation Early Career Award for her dedication to improving the care of seriously ill patients with kidney disease.
Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH, was awarded the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health from the Academy of Women’s Health. The national honor was presented in early May during the 25th Anniversary Congress on Women’s Health in...
The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC are partnering to create a UPMC Immune Transplant and Therapy Center (ITTC), which will be based in a world-class innovation hub to be developed in Bloomfield. UPMC has made an initial $200 million, three-year funding...