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May 22, 2024

UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Celebrates Graduation of First Inaugural Diversity Mentorship Program Class

The UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Diversity Mentorship Program, coordinated by coordinated by Danielle Robinson and David A. Snyder, MSN, CRNA, celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class on May 14, 2024.
March 8, 2024

Rachel Hicks and Jessica Kridler Join Forces with M-PowerHouse to Inspire CRNA Careers

UPMC Shadyside nurse anesthetists Rachel Hicks, MSN, CRNA, and Jessica E. Kridler, MSN, CRNA, partnered with M-PowerHouse on February 22, 2024, unveiling a program to introduce high school students to the fulfilling vocational path of becoming a CRNA.
November 28, 2023

Veteran Spotlight: Dr. Paul Hoffmann Reflects on Military Service, Patient Care, and Veteran Needs

Paul Hoffmann, DO, is an anesthesiologist working at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
November 20, 2023

Veteran Spotlight: John Jones, CRNA, Reflects on Personal Journey from Battlefield to Operating Room

John W. Jones, MSN, CRNA, works at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital as a nurse anesthetist in the anesthesiology department.
November 15, 2023

Veteran Spotlight: Laura Wiggins, CRNA, Reflects on Military Service and Leadership in Anesthesiology

Laura Wiggins, DNP, MSN, CRNA, Lt. Col. (retired), USAF, is one of the OB Clinical Coordinators for the Nurse Anesthesia Program and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She primarily works at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital as a CRNA.
October 20, 2023

UPMC ENABLED Introduces Students to Healthcare Careers at Disability Mentoring Day

The UPMC ENABLED employee resource group partnered with other UPMC groups to participate in Disability Mentoring Day at UPMC Mercy on October 18th.
June 14, 2023

Shadyside CRNA David Snyder Leads Diversity Mentorship Program

On Tuesday, June 13, the UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Diversity Mentorship Program was launched. Together with Danielle Robinson (Presbyterian Nursing), David A. Snyder, MSN, CRNA from UPMC Shadyside is leading the program, which targets emerging leaders among employees of color from the…
May 22, 2023

Pitt and UPMC Staff to Unite for White Coats Against Racism & Injustice Event

Please join Pitt and UPMC on May 25, 2023 for the White Coats Against Racism & Injustice Event. 
April 13, 2023

M-PowerHouse Medical Milestones Events Enlighten High School Students

Our Shadyside CRNAs Jessica E. Kridler, MSN, CRNA, and Rachel Hicks, MSN, CRNA, gave presentations and led demonstrations for students to practice intubation and bag mask ventilation techniques on training mannequins.
January 18, 2023

Drs. Kimberly Cantees, Joseph DeRenzo, and Cynthia Wells Appointed to Leadership Roles

The appointments were effective January 1, 2023.
October 18, 2022

ASA Mentoring Grant Awarded to Drs. Andrea Ibarra, Grace Lim, and Kristin Ondecko Ligda

The ASA Mentoring Grant program provides funding to mentor/mentee pairs who submit a project that addresses the goals of the ASA Committee on Professional Diversity.
March 18, 2022

WISER Hosting Event on the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare Simulation

The Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research is hosting the event “Getting WISER on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Healthcare Education: The Roles of Simulation” on April 8, 2022, both virtually and on-site at 230 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA.
February 25, 2022

Dr. Andrea Ibarra Selected as Pitt Race and Social Determinants of Equity, Health, and Well-Being Scholar

Andrea Ibarra, MD, MS, was selected as one of 25 faculty members from departments and schools across the University of Pittsburgh as a Race and Social Determinants of Equity, Health and Well-Being Scholar.
August 27, 2021

Dr. Andrea Ibarra to Receive BMSF Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Program Award

Andrea J. Ibarra, MD, MS, was selected to join the inaugural cohort of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Program with a two-year award in recognition of her outstanding professional achievements and promise as a community-oriented clinical…
March 26, 2021

Dr. Yan Xu Recognized at School of Medicine Diversity Programs 40th Anniversary Celebration

The University’s recognition is a reflection of our department and our T32 program’s commitment and contribution to the university’s diversity efforts.