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Contact the UPMC Media Relations Department

The UPMC Media Relations web site provides reporters with quick access to news from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences.

Updated daily, the home page is a comprehensive source of medical information for journalists which includes news releases, background information, media kits, photos and a topical and alphabetical list of experts. We invite journalists to join our mailing list to electronically receive our releases.

The Media Relations staff are available to assist you 24/7. During business hours, please call 412-647-3555. During non-business hours, we can be reached via pager at 412-392-7963. If you are requesting a condition for a patient at UPMC Presbyterian after normal business hours, please call the paging operator at (412) 647-2345 and have the administrator on duty paged. If the patient is at UPMC Mercy, call (412) 232-8111 for the administrator on duty.

Paul Wood
Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

Paul Wood

Paul Wood, Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

Office: 412-647-6647
Cell: 412-352-2058​

Susan Manko


Susan Manko, Senior Director, Media Relations
Office: 412-586-9771
Cell: 412-370-3614

  • Community Benefits
  • Community Hospitals Oversight
  • Financial Information
  • Hospital Operations
  • UPMC Mercy
Wendy Zellner


Wendy Zellner, Senior Director, Media Relations
Office: 412-586-9777
Cell: 412-973-7266

  • Cancer
  • Enterprises
  • Information Technology
  • International Services
  • Quality Initiatives
  • Supply Chain
Gloria Kreps


Gloria Kreps, Senior Director, Media Relations
Office: 412-586-9764
Cell: 412-417-2582

  • Basic science and translational biomedical research
  • Community Provider Services
  • Ear, Nose, & Throat
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Palliative Care
  • Real Estate
  • University of Pittsburgh Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic


Allison Hydzik, Senior Manager, Media Relations
Office: 412-647-9975
Cell: 412-559-2431

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Global Health
  • Infection Diseases and Infection Control
  • Minority Health
  • University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • Vaccine Research


Rick Pietzak, Manager, Media Relations
Office: 412-864-4151
Cell: 412-523-6922

  • Concussion
  • Emergency Medicine and Trauma
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

Stephanie Stanley, Manager, Media Relations
Office: 412-586-9762
Cell: 412-855-8690

  • UPMC East
  • UPMC McKeesport
  • UPMC Mercy Trauma & Burn Center
  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC St. Margaret
Andrea Kunicky


Andrea Kunicky, Manager, Media Relations
Office: 412-692-6254
Cell: 412-439-5264

  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Pediatrics​


Ashley Trentrock, Manager, Media Relations
Office: 412-586-9776
Cell: 412-529-9092

  • Aging/Geriatrics/Senior Communities
  • Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Diabetes/Endocrinology
  • Digestive Diseases/Gastroenterology
  • Psychiatry
  • Sleep Medicine


Amy Charley, Manager, Media Relations
Cell: 412-738-3511

  • Nutrition
  • Obesity/Bariatrics
  • Women's Health


Karen Beardsley, Manager, Media Relations
Cell: 814-392-3362

  • UPMC Hamot & affiliates
  • UPMC Horizon
  • UPMC Northwest


Patt Keith, Communications Specialist II, Media Relations
Office: 814-889-2622
Cell: 814-330-7631

  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC Bedford

Courtney Caprara, Communications Specialist I, Media Relations
Office: 412-647-6190
Cell: 412-592-8134


Lawerence Synett, Manager, Media Relations
Office: 412-647-9816
Cell: 412-302-4127 

  • Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Family and Internal Medicine
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Transplant
  • Urology
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