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photo Deborah DiNardo, MD, MS

Women’s Health Medical Director, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Clinical Instructor in Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Email: Deborah.dinardo@va.gov

Phone: 412-360-1709

Contact
Office: VAPHS University Drive C
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-360-1709
Fax: 412-360-6290
E-mail: Deborah.dinardo@va.gov
Education and Training
Education
BS, The Pennsylvania State University, 2004
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008
MS in Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
Training
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2011
Chief Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2013
Research Interest
Dr. DiNardo’s main research interests center around the development, implementation, and evaluation of curricula for teaching clinical reasoning within both undergraduate and graduate medical education. Dr. DiNardo has presented her work and teaching both locally and nationally.

Dr. DiNardo has also developed clinical expertise and presented nationally in the areas of Women’s Health, breast cancer screening and risk assessment, and the provision of cancer survivorship care in primary care settings. She formed and directs the VA Pittsburgh Women’s Cancer Navigation Team, a multi-disciplinary group with a goal of improving the quality of care received by women veterans with cancer, and secured a $10,000 grant from the Veterans Research Foundation to support and evaluate these efforts.
Clinical Interest
Dr. DiNardo serves as Women’s Health Medical Director at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She enjoys caring for a diverse group of male and female veterans in the VA Pittsburgh Primary Care Clinic. She also supervises residents in both the inpatient and outpatient settings at the Pittsburgh VA.
Educational Interest
Dr. DiNardo’s educational interests including teaching clinical reasoning within both undergraduate and graduate medical education. Within the medical school, her curricular contributions span the entire undergraduate experience, including an elective for 4th year students that she co-developed and co-directs. Dr. DiNardo also collaborated with others within the Department of Medicine to develop, implement, and evaluate a curriculum to teach the principles of clinical reasoning and cognitive bias during Internal Medicine residency. She contributed to the development of a set of interactive online modules to teach various aspects of clinical reasoning that have become a standard part of the undergraduate and graduate medical training at UPMC. Finally, Dr. DiNardo also enjoys teaching about a variety of women’s health topics.
Publications
Selected Publications:
Jones DT*, Osterman MT, Bewtra M, Lewis JD. Passive smoking and inflammatory bowel disease: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2008; 103: 2382-2393.
Sundaram V, Jones DT*, Shah NH, de Vera ME, Fontes P, Marsh JW, Humar A, Ahmad J. Posttransplant biliary complications in the pre- and post-model for end-stage liver disease era. Liver Transplantation. 2011; 17(4): 428-35.
DiNardo D, Zimmer S, Tulsky A. Chart-Stimulated Recall: A Valuable Tool for Milestones Reporting. Academic Internal Medicine Insight. 2015; 13(2).
DiNardo D, Suffoletto J. Care of the Adult Cancer Survivor [computer based instruction]. Annals Virtual Patients (Annals of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians). 2015.
Spataro B, DiNardo D. Low Back Pain [computer based instruction]. Annals Virtual Patients(Annals of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians). 2016.
DiNardo D, Tilstra S, McNeil M, Follansbee WP, Zimmer S, Farris C, Barnato AE. Identification of facilitators and barriers to residents’ use of a clinical reasoning tool. Diagnosis. 2018; 5(1): 21-28.
Merriam SB, Spataro B, Hamm ME, McNeil MA, DiNardo DJ. Video Observation with Guided Reflection: A Method for Continuing Teaching Education. JGME [accepted]. 2018.
Notable Achievements
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2004
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2008
Clinical Epidemiology Research Prize, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2008
Lillie M. Erk Prize, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2008
Best Housestaff Teacher of Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2011
Award for Exemplary Clinical Workshop, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2014
Hamolsky Award Finalist, Society for General Internal Medicine, 2015
David E. Rogers Junior Faculty Education Award, Society for General Internal Medicine, 2015
David E. Rogers Junior Faculty Education Award (coauthor), Society for General Internal Medicine, 2016
VA Pittsburgh Outstanding Physician of the Year Award, 2017