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Primary Care at UPMC

COVID-19 Update 

When arriving at your primary care office, you can expect:

  • A safe and clean environment
  • To maximize social distancing, patients may be asked to wait in the car until the appointment time
  • Patients and support persons will be pre-screened prior to entering the office
  • Patients must wear a mask inside the office
  • Social distancing is required inside the office
  • If needed, one support person may accompany a patient and social distancing should be maintained
  • Patients should not bring children inside the office, unless the child is the patient being cared for.

Video visits and telemedicine visits are a convenient option for your primary care. Call your primary care office to schedule an appointment.

If you have respiratory symptoms, including fever, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, and cough, you can book a video visit online.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, you should visit an emergency department in your community for immediate care. If you can, call ahead of time so they may prepare for your arrival and prevent the spread of any illness, but do not delay if you have severe breathing problems.

If you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus or have symptoms, visit "How to Find COVID-19 Care" to navigate your care options.

Flu Vaccines: Stay Healthy This Flu Season

You can receive your flu shot at many UPMC Primary Care locations. A great way to stay protected against the flu is to get your flu shot as soon as possible, and encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated, as well.

Some UPMC primary care practices can administer your flu shot while you remain in the comfort of your car or inside the office.

Please contact your primary care office about any concerns you may have about the flu or receiving your flu vaccine.

Pre-registration may be needed. Please contact your primary care office for details including costs, hours, pre-registration and/or appointments.

About Us

When you choose a UPMC primary care physician (PCP), you can establish a lasting relationship that can benefit you through a lifetime. Our doctors provide wellness services and treatment for medical conditions that range from common to complex.

What’s New

The doctor is in and online.

For your convenience, you can now book a video visit or an in-office appointment directly with your primary care provider (PCP)! 

With a video visit, you can see your doctor from the privacy of your own home or anywhere. It’s easy to schedule a video visit. All you need is a MyUPMC account, a smartphone or tablet, the free MyUPMC app, and a scheduled video visit appointment.

Don't have a primary care provider?

Find one in our online directory and schedule today!

The video visit with your provider will be completed in the MyUPMC app. To connect, all you need is a MyUPMC account, a smartphone or tablet, the free MyUPMC app, and a scheduled video visit appointment. Don’t have a MyUPMC account yet? Download the MyUPMC app to sign-up. If you need assistance, please call the MyUPMC Helpdesk (24/7) at 1-866-884-8579 – we’re here to help!

Check out our new interactive UPMC Primary Care locations guide. (PDF)

This guide includes UPMC primary care offices located throughout western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. With more than 150 office locations to choose from, there’s a practice conveniently located near you.

You can find a family medicine or internal medicine practice by clicking on a north, south, east, or central region tab that’s printed at the top of each page. Within each region, office locations are listed in alphabetic order.

New Location 

Announcing UPMC Primary Care in Pleasant Hills

New patients are welcome at our new Primary Care facility located at Southland Shopping Center, 617 Clairton Blvd., in Pleasant Hills. We are sharing this 9,810-square-foot facility with UPMC Urgent Care.

Physicians and staff at the new primary care office will provide comprehensive, high-quality health care. They take time to get to know you and your health history so they can provide the care for conditions that range from common to complex.

To schedule a primary care appointment, call 412-653-8570.

Physicians at the Pleasant Hills location:

Lawrence R. John, MD, Named as President of Pennsylvania Medical Society

John Lawrence releaseLawrence R. John, MD, of Drs. John, Chantz, Biedrzycki & Associates-UPMC, was recently sworn in as the 170th president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) — a physician-led organization representing all physicians and medical students throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

Dr. John specializes in family medicine and is a clinical instructor for the department of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“I am excited to have been selected as president for the Pennsylvania Medical Society and look forward to advocating for both physicians and medical students throughout the state,” said Dr. John.

John earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. In both 2017 and 2018 he was named one of “Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors” by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Read more.

UPMC Primary Care includes:

  • Family Medicine — physicians who treat patients from a young age to seniors. Family medicine doctors may have training in a number of medical disciplines.
  • Internal Medicine — physicians who usually treat adult patients and diagnose and treat diseases in adults without surgery. Internal medicine doctors have subspecialties in specific areas or age groups.

Having a UPMC primary care physician can provide you with access to:

  • Family medicine or internal medicine doctors
  • A long-term relationship with your personal doctor
  • Hundreds of convenient office locations
  • UPMC's network of clinical experts and specialists, quality resources, and state-of-the-art facilities
  • A doctor who gets to know you, your lifestyle, and family history
  • Secure online health care records
  • Screenings, vaccinations, and physical examinations
  • Blood pressure and/or blood sugar checks, and/or cholesterol monitoring

Introducing the Diabetic Retinal Exam

A specially designed, state-of-the-art camera has been installed in select primary care offices* that allows primary care physicians (PCP) to perform a diabetic retinal exam (DRE) that can help identify potential eye and vision problems in patients who are living with diabetes.

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar level may cause changes in the blood vessels of your retina. These changes may lead to bleeding, fluid leakage, or distorted vision. These changes also may lead to diabetic retinopathy (DR), a leading cause of blindness in diabetic patients. However, early detection and appropriate follow-up with an ophthalmologist can help protect against vision loss.

Your PCP can refer you for a DRE and then perform the exam—right in the office. Having this specialized camera and trained staff in your PCP office will save time and the inconvenience of scheduling a separate appointment.

This painless exam takes only a few minutes and includes taking pictures of the back of your eyes. Your PCP and staff will review the images and send them to a UPMC specialist for further analysis. Your PCP may follow up with you and if needed, refer you to an ophthalmologist.

It’s a good idea to discuss your insurance coverage with office staff prior to your DRE.

For information about a diabetic retinal exam, contact a UPMC primary care doctor's office.