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Alumnus and Student Accomplishments

Current PhD in CTS student Francisco Javier Bonilla-Escobar, MD, MSc, was selected as a recipient of the 2018 Leadership and Service Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate and Professional Student Government. His application was selected because it “demonstrated innovation, boundary breaking outreach, and dedication to the continuation of service.” He was recognized at a reception on March 14, 2018.

PhD in CTS alumnus Dr. Brian A. Primack has been named the Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner Chair and dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s University Honors College. Currently, he is a scholarly researcher and the Leo H. Criep Endowed Chair in Patient Care in Pitt’s School of Medicine. Primack’s deanship begins on July 1, 2017.

PhD in CTS alumnus Dr. Alexis Chidi’s article Economic and Public Health Impacts of Policies Restricting Access to Hepatitis C Treatment for Medicaid Patients was published in the June 2016 issue of Value in Health. Dr. Chidi also had the honor of introducing President Barack Obama at the 2016 White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, while discussing her research on the cost-effectiveness of new antiviral regimens for Veterans with Hepatitis C. Additionally, Dr. Chidi was asked to present her work on the cost-effectiveness of Medicaid hepatitis C policies to Pennsylvania state legislators as part of Pitt Day in Harrisburg 2017.

PhD in CTS student Dr. White is the inaugural recipient of the Delta Distinguished Scholar Award as announced by Delta Care Rx on April 18, 2017. Patrick White, MD, HMDC, FACP, FAAHPM, is the chief medical officer of BJC Hospice, St. Louis, and an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University. This award provides an initial $25,000 research grant, with a $500,000 lifetime potential, for study into the comparative and cost effectiveness of pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Patrick White has also been appointed by the Governor of Missouri as the first member of the inaugural Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council. This council will be tasked with finding ways to relieve pain, nausea and other common symptoms while improving quality of life in Missourians with serious illnesses.

Current PhD in CTS student Alyce Anderson and several other researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published their findings on gender bias in the setting of medical grand rounds. Their publication entitled Representation of Women Among Academic Grand Rounds Speakers was released in JAMA Internal Medicine in March 2017 and has since received considerable media attention.

PhD in CTS student Colleen Judge’s research on the presidential election’s impact on women's birth control decisions has been mentioned in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Online and on 90.5 WESA.