Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

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April 2015

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March 20, 2015

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New Director of the Section of Decision Sciences in the Division of General Internal Medicine

Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Sciences and Health Policy and Management, has been named the Director of the Section of Decision Sciences in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Barnato joined the Division in 2001. She completed her MD at Harvard Medical School, received an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MS from Stanford University. Dr. Barnato completed her residency in preventive medicine at the California Department of Health Services in Sacramento, and she completed her fellowship in health care research and policy at Stanford School of Medicine.

Dr. Barnato’s research focuses on patient, provider, and organizational determinants of variation in intensive care units and life-sustaining treatment at the end of life, with a particular focus on racial disparities. She has been actively involved in teaching in the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) and in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Barnato has served as the Director for the Clinical Scientist Training Program since its inception and as Co-Leader of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program from 2007 to 2014. Dr. Barnato was awarded the Distinguished Mentor Award from the ICRE in 2013 for her work with medical students and mentoring fellows and junior faculty.

Dr. Barnato is nationally recognized for her innovative, policy-relevant, health services research. She is regularly invited for lectureship and visiting professorship around the country and has served in an advisory capacity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Congressional Budget Office. She has also served as a member of an Institute of Medicine panel of geographic variation in Medicare spending. Dr. Barnato has been successful in garnering funding from diverse sources including the National Institutes of Health and other national and local foundations. She is currently the Vice President of the Society for Medical Decision Making and an editorial board member of Health Services Research and Intensive Care Medicine.