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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

Office: 412-647-6647
Cell: 412-352-2058
Gloria Kreps

Gloria Kreps

Senior Director

  • 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

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

Susan Manko

Senior Director

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

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

Wendy Zellner

Senior Director

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

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

Allison Hydzik

Senior Manager

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

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

Arvind Suresh

Manager, Science Writing

  • Basic Science
  • Immunotherapy
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine liaison

Office: 412-647-9966
Cell: 412-509-8207
Erin Hare, Manager-Science Writing

Erin Hare

Manager, Science Writing

  • Basic Science
  • Cancer Research
  • Center for Vaccine Research
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Office: 412-864-7194
Cell: 412-738-1097
Cyndy Patton

Cyndy Patton


  • Cancer
  • Dermatology
  • Radiology

Office: 412-586-9773
Cell: 412-415-6085
Amy Charley

Amy Charley


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

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

Ashley Trentrock


  • Aging/Geriatrics/Senior Communities
  • Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine
  • Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Psychiatry/UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
  • Sleep Medicine

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

Lawerence Synett


  • Digital Strategy/Social Media
  • Transplant
  • Urology

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

Courtney Caprara

Communications Specialist II

  • 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

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

Madison Brunner

Communication Specialist I

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

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

Andrea Kunicky


  • UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Pediatrics

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

Rick Pietzak

Senior Manager

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

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

Lisa Lombardo

Senior Manager, Regional Communications

  • UPMC Horizon
  • UPMC Jameson

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

Danielle Sampsell

Communications Specialist II, Regional Communications

  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC Bedford

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

Stephanie Stanley


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

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

Karen Beardsley


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

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

Kelly McCall

Public Relations Director

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

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

Amber Depew

Director of Communications

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

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