School of Medicine

Youths sitting on stairs together
A study of more than 2,000 adolescents across the United States showed that those who identified as transgender have a higher risk for suicidality.
The immune system
In a collaborative study, Pitt researchers discovered that global sepsis deaths are twice as high as previously believed. Most of the cases occur in children in poor areas.
Anantha Shekhar
Anantha Shekhar has been named senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. His start date is set for June 2020.
Bridget Hunt-Tobey
When Bridget Hunt-Tobey (MED ’19) took a course on human anatomy as part of Pitt’s Biomedical Master’s Program, she had no idea it would lead her to study bones of African American blast furnace workers in a first-ever internship program with the Smithsonian Institute.
JoAnne Flynn
As part of the global push to prevent tuberculosis, Distinguished Professor JoAnne Flynn and a group of Pitt and National Institutes of Health researchers have discovered that intravenously injecting the standard tuberculosis vaccine could boost its power.
Peter Strick
Matt Shilling sitting in a chair in a hospital room, connected to various medical equipment, while Amy Harvey kneels, holding his hands, and their pastor looks over them during a wedding ceremony
When a seemingly healthy Erie man learned he was in heart failure, he was life-flighted to UPMC Presbyterian. There, a specialized care team of cardiothoracic doctors and nurses evaluated him for a heart transplant—and threw him a wedding.
Illustration in blue and black duotone of young boy in wearing leg braces and using crutches
 In "Polio Pioneers," the latest episode of Pitt Medcast, the audience will hear from people who grew up in the shadow of a crippling disease—among them, schoolkids from the clinical trials of Jonas Salk’s killed-virus polio vaccine. Their accounts tell the story of how ordinary people helped win the struggle against one of the most crippling diseases in history.  
Carla Chugani headshot
Carla Chugani will be studying the effectiveness of her new course, which will incorporate skills from dialectical behavior therapy to help students manage negative emotions, cope with adversity and learn interpersonal skills.