The UPMC Section of Hospital Medicine strives to provide patient-centered inpatient care that is safe, high quality, and high value. At the same time, we serve as medical educators, as quality and safety leaders within the UPMC Health System and nationally, and as academic contributors to the advancement of Hospital Medicine. 

The Section of Hospital Medicine plays a critical role in UPMC’s commitment to excellence.

The Section of Hospital Medicine is composed of over 75 board certified physicians and 20 Advanced Practice Providers delivering care within four Hospital Medicine Programs: UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. In addition to providing outstanding evidence-based medical care, our Hospitalists are dedicated to patient safety, quality improvement, medical education, and collaborative research efforts. While coordinating both routine and highly specialized care, our Hospitalists excel in navigating the complex inpatient care system, training the next generation of physicians, and are committed to excellent communication with patients, their families and their referring physicians. Division Hospitalists are active in a number of committees throughout UPMC including the Ethics Committee, Medical Records Committee, Diabetes Management Committee, Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, Patient Safety Collaborative, and Risk Management Committee to name a few.

UPMC offers  a multitude of professional-growth opportunities to its Hospitalists, including leadership positions and important roles in research. In addition, Pitt offers a number of educational options, such as leadership education programs and Master’s degree programs in Medical Education and Clinical Research at its Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE).


Come and check us out. We promise you will like what you see.

I am always pushed to practice at the cutting edge of evidence-based medicine. … The breadth of clinical scenarios I encounter at UPMC Shadyside constantly sharpens my diagnostic and management skills.

Andy Cheng, MD

Shadyside Hospital

The reason I joined this program two years ago— even though I have been all over the country — is I saw a community here. … In addition, the research is endless, and the specialists are the best in the country. The complexity of the patient is very high, but it is very rewarding when these patients do well.

Maria Petroulakis, MD, FACP

Presbyterian Hospital

UPMC Quick Facts

    • A $21 billion world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh
    • Largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania, with more than 90,000 employees
    • Forty academic, community and specialty hospitals; 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites
    • Employs 4,900 physicians, and offers an array of rehabilitation, retirement, and long-term care facilities
    • Western Pennsylvania’s largest medical insurer with 3.9 million members
    • Has extensive international ventures
    • Reinvested $1.4 billion into the community in the most recent fiscal year

Fun Facts about Pittsburgh

  • The First Internet Emoticon (1982): The Smiley® 🙂 was the first Internet emoticon, created by Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Scott Fahlman.
  • First Mr. Yuk Sticker (1971): Mr. Yuk was created at the Poison Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh after research indicated that the skull and crossbones previously used to identify poisons had little meaning to children who equate the symbol with exciting things like pirates and adventure.
  • SLINKYS® were invented here!!!
  • The First Baseball Stadium in the U.S. (1909): In 1909 the first baseball stadium, Forbes Field, was built in Pittsburgh, followed soon by similar stadiums in Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and New York. The First World Series (1903): The Boston Pilgrims defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates five games to three in baseball’s first modern World Series in 1903. First Night World Series Game (1971): Game 4 of the 1971 World Series was the first night game in World Series history, a series that Pittsburgh went on to win, 4 games to 3.
  • First Big Mac® (1967): Created by Jim Delligatti at his Uniontown McDonald’s®, the Big Mac® debuted and was test marketed in three other Pittsburgh-area McDonald’s® restaurants in 1967. By 1968 it was a mainstay on McDonald’s® menus throughout the country.