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Donald M. Yealy, M.D., Named Chair of Pitt’s Department of Emergency Medicine

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 23, 2009 – The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has named Donald M. Yealy, M.D., an award-winning researcher and educator, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Vice chair of the department since 1995, Dr. Yealy is a principal investigator on two current federally funded research trials totaling $9.6 million. His broad research interests cover traditional emergency medicine concerns, prehospital care challenges, including optimal airway management, and predictive risk modeling. His recent work includes studying differences in the severity of illness between black and white patients hospitalized with congestive heart failure and researching the optimal care of inflammatory cytokine response in pneumonia, sepsis and pulmonary embolism.

“We are extremely fortunate to have an internal candidate for a major leadership position with Don’s extraordinary credentials, expansive research interests and exceptional teaching skills,” said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., University of Pittsburgh senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Yealy succeeds Paul M. Paris, M.D., who will return to his academic and clinical pursuits at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Yealy received his bachelor’s of science in biology from Villanova University and his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. After completing a residency in emergency medicine and a clinical research fellowship at Pitt, he became a senior staff physician at the Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Texas and director of research of its Department of Emergency Medicine. He returned to Pittsburgh in 1993 as associate chief of what was then the Division of Emergency Medicine, as well as chief of the Presbyterian University Hospital Emergency Services. He has been a professor of emergency medicine since 1999.

Dr. Yealy is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He has been widely recognized for his academic achievements, including an award for Outstanding Contributions to Research from the American College of Emergency Physicians (2009), the Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (2006), and an award for Outstanding Contributions to Education from the American College of Emergency Physicians (2001). He also has won three awards for faculty excellence in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh’s affiliated Residency Program in Emergency Medicine.

An author of more than 300 works, including 100 peer-reviewed research reports, 43 editorials or reviews, and 43 textbook chapters, Dr. Yealy is deputy editor of Annals of Emergency Medicine and a member of the editorial boards of several other emergency medicine-related publications.

A former president (2004) of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Dr. Yealy is an examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Research Foundation, and a liaison from the American College of Emergency Physicians to the National Institutes of Health.

Pitt’s Department of Emergency Medicine is ranked consistently in the top five in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Its faculty, fellows and residents have received more national emergency medicine awards and honors than any other in the country. One of the largest in the nation, the department’s residency program comprises 48 trainees over three years, as well as multiple fellows in advanced programs.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

As one of the nation’s leading academic centers for biomedical research, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine integrates advanced technology with basic science across a broad range of disciplines in a continuous quest to harness the power of new knowledge and improve the human condition. Driven mainly by the School of Medicine and its affiliates, Pitt has ranked among the top 10 recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1997 and now ranks fifth in the nation, according to preliminary data for fiscal year 2008. Likewise, the School of Medicine is equally committed to advancing the quality and strength of its medical and graduate education programs, for which it is recognized as an innovative leader, and to training highly skilled, compassionate clinicians and creative scientists well-equipped to engage in world-class research. The School of Medicine is the academic partner of UPMC, which has collaborated with the University to raise the standard of medical excellence in Pittsburgh and to position health care as a driving force behind the region’s economy. For more information about the School of Medicine, see www.medschool.pitt.edu.

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