Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Beth Marie Piraino, MD


Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Office: 518 Scaife Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8972
Fax: 412-648-8768

B.S. - Biology, University of Pittsburgh, 1970
M.D. Magna cum Laude, AOA, 2nd in Class, Medical Colege of Pennsylvania, 1977
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Health Center, 1980
Nephrology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Health Center, 1982

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Infections in dialysis patients
Adherence in patients with CKD
Depression in CKD
Medical education

Dr Piraino is very interested in improving the care of patients with chronic kidney disease. She has done clinical research in this area for more than 25 years, and continues to care for patients along the spectrum of kidney disease. She also has a focus on medical education and in mentoring and teaching medical students, residents and fellows and participates in five courses at the medical school during the first two years of the curriculum. As part of her job as Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, she works with a wonderful team of people to recruit applicants who are the best fit for our medical school.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Title: Loss of Kidney Function with Aging is a Patient Safety Hazard
Author(s): Vassalotti J, Pirano B
Year: 2013
Journal: American Journal of Kidney Disease
Volume: 62
Page(s): 217-219
Title: Catheter-related Peritonitis
Author(s): Piraino B, Bernardini J
Year: 2013
Journal: Peritoneal Dialysis International
Volume: 33
Page(s): 592-595
Title: "Examination of Survival After Transfer from Peritoneal Dialysis to Hemodialysis."
Author(s): Piraino, Beth, Wyman, A. Elizabeth, Sheth, Heena
Year: 2012
Journal: Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis
Volume: 28
Title: "A Decade After the KDOQI CKD Guidelines: Impact on the National Kidney Foundation."
Author(s): Vassalotti, Joseph A., Beth Piraino, Lynda A. Szczech.
Year: 2012
Journal: American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Volume: 60, 2012
Page(s): 689-691
Title: "Systematic barriers to the effective delivery of home dialysis in the United States: a report from the Public Policy/Advocacy Committee of the North American Chapter of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis."
Author(s): Golper, Thomas A., Saxena A, Piraino B, Teitelbaum I, Burkart J, Finkelstein F, Abu-Alfa A
Year: 2011
Journal: American Journal of Kidney Disease
Volume: 58.6
Page(s): 879-885
Title: The Importance of Peritoneal Catheter Exit Site Care
Author(s): Piraino B
Year: 2010
Journal: Nature Review Nephrology
Volume: 6
Page(s): 259
Title: Peritoneal dialysis related infections recommendations: 2010 update
Author(s): Li PKT, Szeto CC, Piraioo B, Bernardini J, Figuiredo AE, Gupta A, Johnson EJ, Lye WC, Salzer W
Year: 2010
Journal: Peritoneal Dialysis International
Volume: 30
Page(s): 393
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