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UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

The UPMC Media Relations website 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. The department home page is a comprehensive source of information for journalists, which includes the daily news coverage, press 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 and/or weekly newsletter. For a deeper look Inside Life Changing Medicine, visit our blog.

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.

Paul Wood
Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

Paul Wood

Paul Wood, Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

Cell: 412-352-2058

Gloria Kreps

Gloria Kreps, Senior Director

Office: 412-586-9764
Cell: 412-417-2582

  • Community Provider Services
  • Crisis Communications
  • Environmental Issues
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Medical Education
  • Real Estate
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  • UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion
  • UPMC Mercy

Susan Manko

Susan Manko, Senior Director

Office: 412-586-9771
Cell: 412-370-3614

  • Community Benefits
  • UPMC Community Hospitals
  • Financial Reporting
  • Hospital Operations

Wendy Zellner

Wendy Zellner, Senior Director

Office: 412-586-9777
Cell: 412-973-7266

  • Center for Connected Medicine
  • Enterprises
  • Information Technology
  • International
  • Quality Initiatives
  • Supply Chain

Allison Hydzik

Allison Hydzik, Senior Manager

Office: 412-647-9975
Cell: 412-559-2431

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

Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh, Manager-Science Writing

Office: 412-647-9966
Cell: 412-509-8207

  • Basic Science
  • Immunotherapy
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine liaison
Erin Hare, Manager-Science Writing

Erin Hare, Manager-Science Writing
Office: 412-864-7194
Cell: 412-738-1097

  • Basic Science
  • McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Center for Vaccine Research
Cyndy Patton

Cyndy Patton, Manager

Office: 412-586-9773
Cell: 814-882-1361

  • Cancer
  • Dermatology
  • Radiology

Amy Charley

Amy Charley, Manager

Office: 412-586-9778
Cell: 412-738-3511

  • Nutrition
  • Magee-Womens Research Institute
  • Palliative Care
  • Women's Health

Ashley Trentrock

Ashley Trentrock, Manager

Office: 412-586-9776
Cell: 412-529-9092

  • Aging/Geriatrics/Senior Communities
  • Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine
  • Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Psychiatry/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • Sleep Medicine

Lawrence Synett

Lawerence Synett, Manager

Office: 412-647-9816
Cell: 412-302-4127

  • Digital Strategy/Social Media
  • Transplant
  • Urology

Courtney Caprara

Courtney Caprara, Communications Specialist II

Office: 412-647-6190
Cell: 412-592-8134

  • Cardiology
  • Ear, Nose, Throat
  • Family and Internal Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Rheumatology
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

Madison Brunner, Communication Specialist I

Office: 412-578-9193
Cell: 412-335-6038

  • Diabetes/Endocrinology
  • Digestive Diseases/Gastroenterology
  • General assignment
  • Obesity/Bariatrics
  • Pulmonology

Andrea Kunicky

Andrea Kunicky, Manager

Office: 412-692-6254
Cell: 412-439-5264

  • UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Pediatrics

Rick Pietzak

Rick Pietzak, Senior Manager

Office: 412-864-4151
Cell: 412-523-6922

  • Concussion
  • Crisis Communications
  • Emergency Medicine, STAT MedEvac and Trauma
  • Orthopaedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • UPMC East
  • UPMC McKeesport

Lisa Lombardo, Senior Manager, Regional Communications

Office: 724-656-4238
Cell: 724-712-1123

  • UPMC Horizon
  • UPMC Jameson

Danielle Sampsell, Communications Specialist II, Regional Communications

Office: 814-889-2622
Cell: 412-420-9818

  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC Bedford

Stephanie Stanley

Stephanie Stanley, Manager

Office: 412-586-9762
Cell: 412-855-8690

  • Media Relations Projects
  • UPMC Mercy Trauma & Burn Center
  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC St. Margaret

Karen Beardsley

Karen Beardsley, Manager

Office: 814-877-3917
Cell: 814-392-3362

  • UPMC Hamot & affiliates
  • UPMC Kane
  • UPMC Northwest
  • UPMC Chautauqua liaison


Kelly McCall, Public Relations Director

Office: 717-231-8104
Cell: 717-576-2520

  • UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle
  • UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic
  • UPMC Pinnacle Hanover
  • UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg
  • UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster
  • UPMC Pinnacle Lititz
  • UPMC Pinnacle Memorial
  • UPMC Pinnacle West Shore

Amber Depew, Director of Communications

Office: 570-321-2137
Cell: 717-460-6699

  • UPMC Cole
  • UPMC Susquehanna Divine Providence
  • UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven
  • UPMC Susquehanna Muncy
  • UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors
  • UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury
  • UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport
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