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.

Virtual Genetic Counseling

Featured Specialties: Gynecology and Oncology

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In this UPMC Physician Journal feature, Phuong Mai, MD, associate professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and Genetic Counselor Darcy Thull, MS, discuss the role of genetic testing to reveal a woman’s increased risk of hereditary cancers, including breast and ovarian cancer, as well as the range of prevention and early-detection interventions when testing reveals a pathogenic variant.

Learn more about genetic testing.

Innovations in Orthopaedic Research

Featured Specialties: Orthopaedic Surgery

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In this UPMC Physician Journal feature, MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, MBA, Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC and David Silver Professor and Chair of Pitt’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, takes viewers inside a research lab to see cutting-edge technology being used to improve diagnosis and care of orthopaedic conditions.

Learn more about the cutting-edge technology being using at UPMC research labs.

Advances in Contrast-Enhanced Mammography

Featured Specialties: Radiology

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Meet Margarita Zuley, MD, FACR, Chief of Breast Imaging at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, and learn about contrast-enhanced mammography as a way to improve diagnostics and offer a lower-cost and more accessible method of breast imaging for women with increased risk of breast cancer.

Learn about contrast-enhanced mammography.

Telerheumatology

Featured Specialties: Rheumatology

Telerheumatology

The rheumatology field faces a critical shortage of health providers. Christine Peoples, MD, director of the Telerheumatology Program at UPMC, explains how the health system reaches more patients with rheumatic disease and advances long-term clinical care through unique options in tele-medicine.

Learn more about the benefits of Telerheumatology from Dr. Peoples.

RAVE (Rapid Access Video Encounter)

Featured Specialties: Rheumatology

RAVE (Rapid Access Video Encounter)

Meet Andreea Coca, MD, MPH, Medical Director at UPMC’s Lupus Center of Excellence, and learn about a unique UPMC clinic that uses tele-health visits to address the dramatic influx of new patients with rheumatic disease. The RAVE Clinic (Rapid Access Video Encounter) reduces wait-times for appointments, assessments, and crucial follow-up care.

Learn more about Dr. Coca's work at the RAVE Clinic.

Understanding Sepsis: Medical & Social Risk Factors

Featured Specialties: Critical Care Medicine

Understanding Sepsis: Medical & Social Risk Factors

Sepsis is the cause of approximately one out of every five deaths around the world. Join Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH, as she explains her award-winning work on sepsis and Syndemic Theory, and exploring adverse interactions between medical and social risk factors in order to develop novel strategies in clinical care, research, and health policies.

Learn more about Dr. Rudd's work on sepsis and Syndemic Theory.

Treating Epilepsy During Pregnancy

Featured Specialties: Neurology

Dr. Pennell and colleague discussing how the MONEAD study offers crucial data about anti-epileptic drug exposure and maternal, fetal, and child outcomes.

Join Dr. Page Pennell as she discusses her work on the MONEAD study and provides an inside look at the groundbreaking research that is giving new hope to pregnant women with epilepsy.

Learn more about Dr. Pennell's epilepsy research.

Juvenile Onset Systemic Sclerosis

Featured Specialties: Pediatrics, Rheumatology

Dr. Kathryn Torok, CHP Pediatric Scleroderma Clinic Director, examines a patient.

Go behind the scenes at the Juvenile Systemic Scleroderma Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and see how its multidisciplinary team is innovating new treatments for this rare and devastating autoimmune disease.

Learn more about the Juvenile Systemic Scleroderma Center.

Treating Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Featured Specialties: Pulmonology

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Carbon monoxide is one of the most common causes of poisoning in the world. In this UPMC Physician Journal feature, meet a team of physician-scientists who have made a breakthrough that could lead to the first-ever antidote for CO poisoning in humans.

Learn more about the UPMC team whose research could lead to CO poisoning antidote.

Discovering a Drug Therapy for Tinnitus

Featured Specialties: Otolaryngology

Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD, uses two-photon microscopy to study neuronal activity in live mouse models to better understand the contributors to tinnitus.

Join Dr. Thanos Tzounopoulos as he explores the neuroscience of tinnitus and provides an inside look at the labs of University of Pittsburgh researchers as they strive to develop the first FDA-approved drug to treat this condition.

Learn more about University of Pittsburgh's tinnitus research.

Organ on a Chip


Featured Specialties: Endocrinology

Researchers examine the microphysiological model of a liver.

Learn from Dr. Vijay Yechoor, Dr. Ipsita Banerjee, and Dr. D. Lansing Taylor as they demonstrate how their team uses an innovative technology known as microphysiological systems – or organs on a chip – to develop better methods for disease modeling and drug testing.

Learn more about organs on a chip and their many uses.

Living Donor Liver Transplant

Featured Specialties: Gastroenterology, Transplantation

Surgeons prepare donor liver tissue during a live-donor liver transplant surgery.

Meet the team of physicians and researchers who have made UPMC the national leader in living-donor liver transplants and learn about the novel protocols implemented for each life-saving surgery.

Learn more about the novel living-donor liver transplant protocols.

Finding New Treatments for OCD

Featured Specialties: Psychiatry

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Meet the UPMC team behind the award-winning research investigating the link between molecular changes in the brain and psychiatric illness and learn about the discoveries that could lead to novel treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Learn more about how this research may affect treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Restoring Sensory Feedback

Featured Specialties: Rehabilitation

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Join Dr. Eric Helm and Dr. Lee Fisher for an inside look at promising research that uses devices to stimulate the nervous system and restore sensory feedback for patients with amputations.

Learn more about Dr. Helm and Dr. Fisher's sensory feedback research.

Understanding Cancer Through Rapid Autopsy 

Featured Specialties: Oncology

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The rapid autopsy program at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh is leading to cancer research that would otherwise be impossible. Hear about the expansion of this program and the central tissue bank that provides a greater understanding of the disease evolution and drivers of metastases.

Learn more about UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh's rapid autopsy program.

Vision Restoration Using Optogenetics

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.

Learn more about Dr. Sahel and team's vision restoration research.

Increasing Diversity For Better Outcomes

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.

Learn more about the effort to increase diversity in the cardiology workforce.

Paying Tribute to Dr. Freddie Fu

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.

Learn more about Dr. Fu as we pay tribute to his legacy.

Research Offers Potential Cure for Diabetes

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.

Learn more about how this gene therapy research may offer potential diabetes cure.

Episode 105

Doctors performing surgery

  • 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

Learn more about Dr. Fu, the quest to reduce chronic organ rejection, and more.

Episode 104

Pregnancy Recovery Center at UPMC Magee

  • 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

Learn more about new leadership at UPMC, new COPD device therapy interventions, and more.

Episode 103

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

Learn more about synthetic vascular grafts, the robotic Whipple procedure, and more.

Episode 102

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

Learn more about the new Health Services leadership team, tissue regeneration, and more.


Episode 101

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

Learn more about REMAP research, the discovery of Ab8, and more.

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