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Archive for May, 2016

Department of General Internal Medicine Physicians Honored at Annual Meeting


The University of Pittsburgh’s Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM) is well-represented at the Society of General Internal Medicine’s annual meeting this week in Hollywood, Florida. In addition to several presentations and poster sessions, four UPMC physicians received awards during the four-day conference.

Chief’s Recognition Award

Wishwa Kapoor, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the DGIM, was selected as the winner of the Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) Chief’s Recognition Award, which is given annually to the general internal division chief who most represents excellence in division leadership.

“[Dr. Kapoor] stood out as having strengthened your division with special attention to growth in all areas, with a strong focus on faculty development and mentoring,” the ACLGIM awards committee said in a statement.

Spagnoletti_Carla_MD_Gen_Internal_Med_08062010_Leadership Award

Carla Spagnoletti, M.D., M.S., was honored with the ACLGIM Leadership Award. The award recognizes a faculty member within the first 10 years of their appointment who has demonstrated leadership in many areas of academic medicine, including clinical, education research and administrative efforts.

Dr. Spagnoletti joined the DGIM in 2006, is currently the director of the Certificate and Master of Science in Medical Education Program at Pitt’s Institute for Clinical Research Education, and is responsible for training more than 30 faculty and fellows from across the Pitt Schools of the Health Sciences.

Career Achievement in Medical Education AwardMCNEIL_MELISSA_MD_IM_20121018

Melissa McNeil, M.D., M.P.H, chief of the DGIM Section of Women’s Health, earned the SGIM Career Achievement in Medical Education Award, which recognizes an outstanding clinician/educator for their lifetime contributions in medical education, both at their institution and nationally.

Dr. McNeil has spent the past 30 years establishing herself as a national leader in clinical education and women’s health. She led the creation of Pitt’s women’s health residence program, and her training programs influenced and inspired hundreds of physician careers.

Medicine Quality and Practice Innovation Award

fischer_g4810Gary Fischer, M.D., and the DGIM were also awarded the SGIM Quality and Practice Innovation Award, which recognizes leaders of practice innovations who have improved care within the quality domains of the 2000 Institute of Medicine Crossing the Quality Chasm Report (safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency and quality) or the Patient-Centered Medical Home goals of accessible, coordinated, patient-centered, team-based and comprehensive care.

Dr. Fischer has received numerous awards for his achievements in quality improvement and has served in a number of critical leadership roles in the DGIM, Pitt Department of Medicine and UPMC health system.

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Sen. Bob Casey Tours Magee-Womens Hospital


U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) recently traveled to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC to meet with the hospital’s administration and doctors about efforts to address the growing number of infants born dependent on opioids and facing withdrawal.

Casey toured the Pregnancy Recovery Center, an outpatient clinic dedicated to helping pregnant women who are struggling with an opioid addiction, and the neonatal intensive care unit, which treats babies who show signs of neonatal absence syndrome or withdrawal symptoms.

While Magee is confronting the opioid addiction head-on by making significant efforts to help moms and babies suffering from this devastating epidemic, much more support and research is needed. During the tour, Casey discussed the impact of his bill, the Protecting Our Infants Act, has in supporting efforts to collect and disseminate strategies and best practices to prevent and treat maternal opioid use, as well as recommendations for diagnosing and treating babies suffering from withdrawal.

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A Celebration for UPMC Jameson, the Newest Member of the UPMC Family

Many expressions of gratitude and recognition of relentless teamwork uplifted the new UPMC Jameson during an emotional celebration this week led by UPMC Jameson President Doug Danko. The sweetness of success was celebrated with cake and the resounding applause of hundreds of employees. Positivity buzzed as the employees, physicians, volunteers, local officials and community firmly stood on the new foundation that will bring a renewed strength in health care for New Castle, and surrounding communities of Lawrence and Mercer counties.

The May 2 celebration was the culmination of efforts to partner Jameson Health System with UPMC. The official announcement of the affiliation brought together a standing-room-only crowd in recognition of the success of Jameson and UPMC officials to finalize the groundwork — nearly two years in the making — that will continue now to build a stronger delivery of world-class health care to the area.

The celebration was heartfelt by all who invested time, emotions, dedication and perseverance toward the outcome that determined the bright future of availability of health care locally for residents, and secured the livelihood of UPMC Jameson employees.

The delay in the affiliation of Jameson Health System with UPMC contributed to a growing understanding that while not everyone needs immediate health care, the important service that local health care provides to the region is integral to health on many levels. During the process to become UPMC Jameson, the mounting realization that the health system was a driving economic force for the region captured the hearts and minds of area residents and businesses, as well as state and local officials, who all came together in gratitude to celebrate the beginning of a new era in health care for the region. (more…)

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Richard Zimmerman Receives Prestigious Family Medicine Award


Richard Zimmerman, M.D., M.P.H., professor of Pitt’s Department of Family Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health, has been awarded the Curtis G. Hames Research Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).

The award has been handed out since 1985 and honors those individuals whose careers over the years exemplify dedication to research in family medicine. The recipient is selected by a committee representing the STFM, American Academy of Family Physicians and the North American Primary Care Research Group.

For the past two decades, Dr. Zimmerman has based his clinical practice at the East Liberty Family Health Care Center in Pittsburgh, a community health center dedicated to caring for the underserved. There, he has served on the quality assurance committee and as the health center’s immunization champion.

Dr. Zimmerman has over 200 publications on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases and has led multiple federally-funded research projects on vaccines. He is principal investigator for the Pittsburgh site for the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network.

Dr. Zimmerman has dedicated his clinical career and much of his research to improving the health of the disadvantaged, according to his nomination letter.

“In short, Dr. Zimmerman has not only made substantial contributions to primary care research, but is an inspiration to his colleagues, students and patients for this outstanding ability and caring, loyal and collegial personality,” the nomination letter said.

The Curtis G. Hames Research Award is awarded each year during the STFM’s annual spring conference. (more…)

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