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

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


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

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


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

  • Community Provider Services
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Palliative Care
  • Real Estate
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic 
Anita V. Srikameswaran


Anita Srikameswaran, Senior Manager, Media Relations
Office: 412-578-9193 or 412-624-3212
Cell: 412-720-2058

  • Basic science and translational biomedical research
  • Ear, Nose, & Throat
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • University of Pittsburgh Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing


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
Chuck Finder


Chuck Finder, Manager, Media Relations
Office: 412-647-9816
Cell: 412-996-5852

  • Concussion
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC St. Margaret
Jennifer C. Yates


Jennifer C. Yates, Manager, Media Relations
Office: 412-647-9966
Cell: 412-328-7811

  • Cancer
  • Dermatology
  • Immunology
  • Radiology


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

  • Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine and Trauma
  • Family and Internal Medicine
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Urology

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

  • UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion
  • UPMC East
  • UPMC McKeesport
  • UPMC Mercy Trauma & Burn Center
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, Communications Specialist, Media Relations

  • Nutrition
  • Obesity/Bariatrics
  • Women's Health


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

  • UPMC Hamot & affiliates
  • UPMC Northwest


Patt Keith, Communications Specialist, Media Relations
Office: 814-889-2622
Cell: 814-932-6135

  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC Bedford

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