UPMC Physician Journal

Witness exciting innovations happening across UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. UPMC Physician Journal videos showcase physician researchers and clinicians who are making life-changing medicine happen.


Vision Restoration Using Optogenetics – March 30, 2022

Patient in vision restoration trial wears specialized goggles following gene therapy.

Featured Specialties: Ophthalmology

An international team of researchers, co-led by UPMC’s José-Alain Sahel, MD, set a bold goal: curing blindness. Meet the patient experiencing a first-of-its kind success story using optogenetic vision restoration.



Engineering an Antidote to CO Poisoning – March 30, 2022

Patient receiving oxygen therapy.

Featured Specialties: Pulmonology, Emergency Medicine

UPMC physician-scientists have made a breakthrough that could lead to the first-ever antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning, one of the most common causes of poisoning in the world.



Increasing Diversity For Better Outcomes – March 30, 2022

Cardiologist Amber E. Johnson examines a patient.

Featured Specialties: Cardiology

Greater diversity in the cardiology workforce is known to lead to better outcomes for patients. UPMC’s Amber E. Johnson, MD, MBA, and Katie Berlacher, MD, are leading an effort to improve diversity now and attract the next generation of cardiologists.



Paying Tribute to Dr. Freddie Fu – February 28, 2022

Dr. Fu at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

Featured Specialties: Orthopaedic Surgery

Freddie H. Fu, MD, the creator of UPMC’s world-renowned sports medicine program and long-time chair of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, was one of the most recognized and beloved physicians in Pittsburgh. In this UPMC Physician Journal feature, we pay tribute to the medical legacy of Dr. Fu and honor the kind and compassionate man at the heart of it all.



Gene Therapy Research Offers Potential Cure for Diabetes – February 28, 2022

Samples from the Gittes Lab for Diabetes and Pancreatitis Research.

Featured Specialties: Endocrinology

Join George Gittes, MD, as he walks through the exciting and unexpected potential of diabetes gene therapy. What started as a basic study on beta cells in the pancreas, turned into a possible treatment to eliminate the need for insulin replacement for people with diabetes.



Episode 105, October 2021 - Click to Watch

Doctors performing surgery 
Performing surgery on a patient who embraced prehabilitation strategies

Included in This Episode:

  • UPMC and Pitt mourn the passing of Dr. Freddie Fu
  • Reducing surgical complications before the first cut
  • A quest to reduce or eliminate chronic organ rejection
  • Closing health equity gaps in obstetrics with doulas and high-tech




Episode 104, August 2021 - Click to Watch

Pregnancy Recovery Center at UPMC Magee 
Women receive comprehensive care for opioid addiction during pregnancy

Included in This Episode:

  • UPMC announces new leadership
  • Testing new therapies for treating TBI in children
  • New device therapy interventions for patients with COPD
  • Go inside the Pregnancy Recovery Center at UPMC Magee




Episode 103, June 2021 - Click to Watch

Undergoing the robotic Whipple procedure

Included in This Episode:

  • Mastering the robotic Whipple procedure
  • Developing assistive devices to enhance independence
  • Improving synthetic vascular grafts
  • Q & A with Donald Yealy, MD, and Derek Angus, MD

Go to the episode course page to earn .5 CME credits.





Episode 102, April 2021 - Click to Watch

Undergoing leukapheresis as part of the adoptive cell transfer process

Included in This Episode:

  • Introducing new Health Services leadership team
  • Activating T-cells outside the body for immune therapy
  • Advances in tissue regeneration
  • The Pittsburgh Study follows 25K children to uncover health disparities
  • Q & A with Leslie Davis and Donald Yealy, MD

Go to the episode course page to earn .5 CME credits.





Episode 101, February 2021 - Click to Watch

The Ab8 antibody

Included in This Episode:

  • Derek Angus, MD, on REMAP research
  • Douglas White, MD, on allocating resources to treat COVID-19
  • John Mellors, MD, on the discovery of Ab8
  • Q & A with Steven Shapiro, MD, and Joel Nelson, MD




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