Palash Samanta, MBBS, MD, has received a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pitt Med Professionalism Accolade recognizing his outstanding dedication to medical education.

A medical student participating in the Medical Microbiology course this term nominated Palash for this award. The student’s nomination described Palash as follows: “Dr. Samanta was the best PBL facilitator I have ever had! From day one, his expertise in infectious disease and his incredible teaching abilities shined through. With Dr. Samanta as our PBL facilitator, we learned how to think about differential diagnoses at all different stages of a medical visit (patient presentation, medical interview, physical exam, additional labs/diagnostics, etc.). He did an amazing job at guiding us and allowing us to make connections in each of our clinical cases while also sharing with us the complexities of the clinical judgment used in the field of infectious diseases. I have come out of these microbiology PBL sessions feeling like a real student doctor capable of formulating differential diagnoses and treatment plans….”

Palash joined the Division of Infectious Diseases in 2017 at the rank of Clinical Instructor of Medicine after completing Fellowships in Infectious Diseases and Transplant Infectious Diseases within our Division. One year later, he was promoted to the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Palash was named Clinical Director of Bone Marrow Transplant/Hematologic Malignancy ID. In this role, he oversees the clinical operations of BMT/Hem malignancy/immunotherapy services, and is the point person for inpatient and outpatient operational issues and coordination with the Hematology-Oncology Division. Outside of the busy clinical service, Palash has been productive in publication on fungal infections and is principal investigator of an industry-sponsored Investigator-Initiated research project.

Palash has a strong record of achievement as a dedicated physician, educator, and mentor. He has been tireless in his commitment to providing the best care possible for a complex patient population and to ensuring that the next generation of physicians will be well trained to care for them. The School of Medicine (SOM) is posting Palash’s accolade on the electronic screen in the “Morning Grounds” coffee shop, located on the 5th floor of Scaife Hall. By celebrating phenomenal educators in this public space, the SOM highlights the value of education and professionalism for the entire Pitt Med community.

Please join us in congratulating Palash!