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Archive for March, 2016

UPMC Cardiologist Honored by National Group for Scientific Contributions

Soman 1Prem Soman, M.D., Ph.D, director of nuclear cardiology at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, has been selected by the Cardiovascular Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) as the 2016 recipient of the Hermann Blumgart Award.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the council, and is based on outstanding scientific contributions to the field of cardiovascular nuclear medicine and service to the council. Dr. Soman will be honored in June during the SNMMI annual meeting in San Diego, where he will deliver the Hermann Blumgart lecture.

Dr. Soman is an associate professor of medicine and clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He serves as the director of both nuclear cardiology and the advanced cardiac imaging fellowship at UPMC.

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Roaming Photo-Story Exhibit Brings ‘Acceptance Journeys Pittsburgh’ to Campus


A free exhibit called “Acceptance Journeys Pittsburgh” will be popping up throughout the University of Pittsburgh campus over the next several weeks, spreading a message of love and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Conducted by the Department of Infectious Disease and Microbiology at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, the exhibit is a part of Pitt’s “Year of the Humanities” and addresses LGBT stigma through science, the humanities and social marketing. The university-wide event will be featured in eight different campus locations between now and April 1, featuring high-quality photos and stories of LBGT Pittsburghers and the families and friends who love and accept them. It showcases the ways that diverse academic fields can contribute to social change and reduce negative health outcomes. (more…)

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UPMC-managed ISMETT Appoints New CEO

LUCA_ANGELO_MDAngelo Luca, M.D., has been appointed chief executive officer of ISMETT, a leading transplant hospital managed by UPMC in Palermo, Italy. The ISMETT board of directors approved the appointment at its shareholders’ meeting on March 7.

Dr. Luca has been with ISMETT since its start in 1999, first as head of radiology services and then director of diagnostic and therapeutic services until his promotion to vice director of ISMETT in 2014.

He replaces Dr. Bruno Gridelli, a transplant surgeon who will join ISMETT’s board of directors and maintain his surgical privileges at the hospital, a public-private partnership between UPMC and the Region of Sicily. After serving as ISMETT CEO for seven years, Dr. Gridelli will focus full-time on his responsibilities managing and developing international projects for UPMC, especially establishing international research relationships.

“We wish to thank Dr. Gridelli for all his work during these years,” said a statement from the ISMETT board. “Under his direction ISMETT has become a center recognized at the international level and a leading institution in the field of organ transplants, high-specialty therapies and research. We are pleased with Dr. Gridelli’s decision to continue supporting ISMETT and to join the board of directors, where he will continue to provide important guidance.” (more…)

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Four-Legged Friend Boosts Spirits at UPMC East

During his working hours, Lenny Picone cooks up delicious meals for the patients and staff at UPMC East. On his days off, he still comes to work, but he brings his border collie mix Monty with him. Monty, a trained therapy dog, roams the hospital with Picone, bringing smiles to everyone he greets.

Monty was certified by Therapy Dogs International in 2012 following a hospital stay in 2011 that left Picone missing his furry friend. After he received a visit from two therapy dogs, his spirits soared and he knew that Monty would be able to boost the spirits of hospital patients as well. After training in 12 obedience-based disciplines, Monty is comfortable riding elevators, navigating wheelchairs and being in the presence of medical equipment. (more…)

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