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UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute Welcomes New Critical Care Attending Physician, Barinder S. Hansra, MD

October 28, 2021

Dr. HansraBarinder S. Hansra, MD, has joined the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute as a critical care attending physician at UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Hansra earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies, and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (UMass Medical Center). He also completed a cardiology fellowship at UMass Medical Center, where he served as chief fellow, in addition to a critical care fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Hansra has won several awards including the Top 25 Investigator for the 29th Annual ASE Scientific Sessions.

Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Hansra has been deeply engaged with improving quality measurements in several areas of cardiac health. He has worked to improve rates of low dose lung CT scans in patients with smoking history and reduce polypharmacy in elderly patients, among other initiatives.

Dr. Hansra has given various presentations regionally and nationally on quality improvement initiatives and topics related to cardiac critical care in addition to authoring several peer reviewed manuscripts. He is interested in novel and emerging training methods in graduate medical education and engaging medical students in the fields of cardiology and cardiac critical care.

He also has expertise in cardio-obstetrics. Dr. Hansra works with a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, maternal fetal medicine specialists, and obstetric anesthesiologists at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital to ensure expectant mothers have a safe delivery. 

Expertise in Caring for Acutely Ill Cardiac Patients

Dr. Hansra brings a strong set of multidisciplinary skills to UPMC. He is a member of the American Heart Association, where he publishes blog content about relevant topics in cardiology. He is also a member of several other professional societies including the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Echocardiography, and American College of Cardiology. 

His dual certification in cardiology and critical care makes him expertly suited to care for acutely ill cardiac patients in the cardiac intensive care and cardiothoracic intensive care units at UPMC. As a cardiology fellow at UMass Medical Center, he treated advanced heart failure and cardiogenic shock patients with temporary mechanical support modalities like extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Dr. Hansra joins a multidisciplinary team with extensive experience caring for critically ill patients with ECMO and other modalities. 

To refer a patient to Dr. Hansra or schedule an evaluation, please call 412-770-4949.