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  • GIM News
  • Donna L. Bishop, Editor
  • Next issue:
    June 2016
  • Submission deadline:
    May 13th, 2016
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Gary S. Fischer, MD

Congratulations to Gary S. Fischer, MD, who was recently promoted to a primary appointment of Professor of Medicine, as well as a secondary appointment of Professor of Bioinformatics in the clinician-educator pathway. Dr. Fisher received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1990 and completed residency in primary care internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1993. He received fellowship training in medical ethics and general internal medicine from 1993 to 1995 at the University of Pittsburgh, at which time he joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine. In 1999, Dr. Fisher was appointed Medical Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine outpatient clinic, a position he continues to hold. He was named Medial Director of the patient portal in 2005 and was subsequently named Associate Medical Director for the Ambulatory eRecord for the Physician’s Services Division of UPMC, with particular focus on clinical decision support and reports. Also in 2005, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine and received a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Bioinformatics in 2007. In 2011, Dr. Fischer was named Vice-Chair for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Fischer has served in a number of critical leadership roles in the DGIM, the Department of Medicine, and the UPMC Health System, as well as important leadership roles in the development of health information technology. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in quality improvement, such as the UPMC Award for Commitment and Excellence in Service and the Frank E. Rath Award for Outstanding Leadership in Information Technology and Innovation. Dr. Fischer is also heavily involved in curriculum development and has a strong commitment to teaching medical students, residents, graduate students, fellows, faculty, and other medical professionals. Dr. Fischer is a valued faculty member of the Division of General Internal Medicine and we congratulate him on this much deserved promotion.

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH

Congratulations to Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, who was recently promoted to Professor of Medicine in the investigator-educator pathway. After receiving his MD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995, Dr. Gordon completed his internal medicine residency at UPMC in 1998. In 2000, he completed an internal medicine fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS)/ Division of General Internal Medicine, as well as a multidisciplinary MPH in the Graduate School of Public Health. During this time, Dr. Gordon was invited to join the Division of General Internal Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and to continue his work as a staff physician at VAPHS. In 2009, he was promoted to associate professor of medicine, and he holds a secondary appointment at the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Dr. Gordon is a top researcher in the Division, and his research activities have made substantial contributions toward the improvement of care for homeless individuals and the identification and treatment of alcohol and other drug problems within primary care settings. He is a nationally recognized leader of VA efforts to screen, identify, and treat veterans with substance abuse. Since 2008, through his VA-funded Buprenorphine in the VA (BIV) initiative, he has developed guidelines, assisted in implementation, and evaluated the use of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder. In this capacity, he continues to present multiple national training cyber seminars, publishes a monthly e-newsletter, and interacts with VA leadership at the highest levels. His evaluative work in this field has been published in prominent journals

In recognition of his leadership skills and efforts to improve clinical care for veterans, underserved populations, and individuals with substance abuse problems, Dr. Gordon has been elected to high offices in regional, state, and national organizations and committees and has been recognized for his excellence in community service, research, and mentoring by the University, as well as regional and national organizations. We thank Dr. Gordon for his many contributions to the Division and congratulate him on a well-deserved promotion.

Brian Primack, MD, PhD

Congratulations to Brian Primack, MD, PhD, on his recent promotion to the rank of full Professor with tenure in the Department of Medicine, as well as a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Primack graduated from Yale University magna cum laude in 1991 with degrees in English and mathematics. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Harvard University in 1993 and his MD from Emory University School of Medicine in 1999. Dr. Primack completed his residency training in family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 where he was selected by his peers as the outstanding teaching resident at graduation. That same year, he became an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to also serve as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. Dr. Primack is also the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research on Health and Society; the Director for the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health; an affiliated faculty member of the Institute for Clinical Research Education, the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute, and the Section of Health Disparities and International Health; and a core faculty member of the Center for Research on Health Care. During the initial decade of his faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Primack received an MS in clinical and translational science in 2008 and a PhD in clinical and translational science in 2011.

Dr. Primack is a top researcher in the Division, and he is engaged in highly original research investigations that center on the associations between technological innovations, rapidly increasing media exposures, and leading causes of morbidity and mortality. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since he was placed in the tenure track in 2006. In 2010, he received an R01 for a study entitled "Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking among U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults," which was just recently completed. In 2014, he received four major federal grants, including two R21 awards from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as a highly competitive administrative supplement to his NCI R01, based on productivity of the parent award. In 2014, he became a co-principal investigator on an R01 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct a randomized controlled trial to assess the value of nicotine gum as a smoking cessation tool among non-daily smokers. And in 2016, he became a co-investigator on an R01 from the National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood to improve the ability of younger unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donors. He has also received multiple foundation awards as principal investigator.

Together with being a leading researcher, Dr. Primack has published nearly 80 articles in prominent peer-reviewed journals, more than half of those as first author. He has won an award almost every year since coming to Pitt, and he is the only individual at the University to have received the Outstanding Medical Student Mentor Award in both 2013 and 2014. Dr. Primack has also advised or mentored several students and trainees at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, medical student, pre and postdoctoral students, fellows, junior faculty). In addition to all of this, Dr. Primack still finds time to maintain an active clinical practice in family medicine and internal medicine. He is one of the Division’s most prolific faculty members, and we congratulate Dr. Primack on a much merited promotion.

Promoted to Associate Professor

Lan Yu, PhD

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