Department of Medicine

A depiction of a bloodstream and a virus
The National Institutes of Health has selected Pitt to lead a trio of Phase 3 clinical trials involving COVID-19 patients that will explore the use of blood thinners in saving lives and improving care.
A network of groups of people connected by lines
Contact tracing has been underway at Pitt for months to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make it effective, the entire Pitt community is being asked to follow certain procedures when any of its members test positive or experience symptoms.
A man in a white lab coat standing in a lab
MicroRNAs, tiny molecules that circulate in the bloodstream, could be the key to how diseases from pulmonary hypertension to cancer spread throughout the body, a new study led by Stephen Chan has found.
A person in a yellow t-shirt and face mask walks on campus
Expert faculty members in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine are at the helm of a new COVID-19 Medical Response Office, which will oversee the implementation of a virus monitoring program on all five Pitt campuses. The program will direct the University’s COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, reporting procedures and isolation and quarantine protocols.
Utibe Essien in a green bow tie and dark blue jacket
When it comes to data on COVID-19, there are disparities between what information states are recording and reporting—especially when it comes to race. Utibe Essien, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine, explains why racial data is so important to track.
Ibram X. Kendi in a gray suit with his book
Sponsored by the Department of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a recent book club welcomed nearly 100 people to discuss the bestselling Ibram X. Kendi book. See what their next pick is and how to join.
An illustrated guide to preventing COVID-19 infection
The symptoms, treatment and other medical information about the novel coronavirus can be difficult for some people to understand. Six Pitt Med students led the production of an illustrated guide written in plain language to help.