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Pitt Public Health graduates have impressive success stories

6,600 strong and growing, Pitt Public Health alumni have exciting careers across the United States and around the world. Meet some of these award-winning, world-changing alumni.

Alumni News

Carolinas HealthCare System names DeFurio as new CFO

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CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL - After a natioinwide search, NC-based Carolinas HealthCare System has tapped alumnus ANTHONY DEFURIO (HADM ’89) to serve as executive vice president and CFO, effective October 2017. Carolinas recently announced it would merge with Chapel Hill-based UNC Health Care, forming one of the nation’s largest hospital networks. Leading up to this new position, DeFurio was senior vice president and CFO at University of Colorado ... 

Browne speaks on stroke prevention measures for African Americans

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PITTSBURGH COURIER - Nearly half of all African American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, and African Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than Caucasians, resulting in a much higher death rate from stroke. Alumnus MARIO BROWNE (BCHS ’05), Pitt’s director of health sciences diversity and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, talks about how those diseases can be prevented. 

Bulger named as a 2017 40-Under40 standout

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PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE - Alumna NATALIE BULGER (HPM ’12) has been named one of Pump and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2017 40-Under-40 remarkable people! We’re so proud of her work at the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, where she has risen quickly to the position of director of compliance, risk, and regulatory requirements. 

Shapiro interviewed about growing better, not bigger

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BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW - Pitt Public Health alumnus LOU SHAPIRO (HPM ’84), CEO of the New York based Hospital for Special Surgery, talks about how he plans to stay competitive in an increasingly consolidated healthcare landscape and what it means to grow better instead of bigger. 

Hernandez says evolocumab not cost-effective at current price

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TCTMD - Two new analyses call into question the cost-effectiveness of adding the PCSK9 inhibitor evolocumab to statin therapy in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Pitt Public Health alumna INMACULADA HERNANDEZ (HPM ’16) noted that the conclusions of the two papers are the same: the drug’s cost “is way above what we usually considered cost-effective in this country.” 

HPM grad Rick Anderson guides St. Luke's hospitals through decades of change

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THE MORNING CALL -- After over 30 years at the helm of St. Luke's University Health Network, RICHARD A. ANDERSON (HPM '71) is among a handful of the longest-serving top health care executives nationally. With Anderson at the helm, St. Luke's has grown from a single hospital with an annual budget of $73 million to a diversified health care organization with more than $1 billion in revenues and 9,000 employees, making it the second-biggest employer... 

Bridging the Gaps Pittsburgh celebrates 20 years of promoting health in underserved communities (video)

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Celebrating 20 years of service, BRIDGING THE GAPS PITTSBURGH has focused on promoting health in underserved communities while training future health and social service professionals. More than 350 community health interns have collaborated with 58 community partners to provide over 10,255 days of service in the greater Pittsburgh area.  

BCHS MPH graduate Michele Buzzelli takes on new collegiate teaching responsibilities in global health

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MICHELE BUZZELLI (BCHS ’15) is putting her MPH to work this fall teaching courses in global health at the Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus in Tannersville, PA. Buzzelli will also teach a required first-semester course for incoming students entitled College Success which helps students navigate the college environment. 

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Alumni Profiles

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Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MMPH '00) 

Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MMPH '00)

In September 1998, a young Colombian doctor dragged his suitcases into Oakland, preparing to pursue a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and a Master of Public Health at Pitt Public Health. Fifteen years later, he has married, made Pittsburgh his home, and found a spiritual and intellectual callin... (01/13/2014)
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Robert Henkel (HPM '82) 

Robert Henkel (HPM '82)

Alumnus Robert Henkel leads the largest nonprofit health care system in the country. Ascension Health is the health care delivery arm of Ascension, an enterprise comprising 131 hospitals in 23 states and the District of Columbia that bases its reputation for innovation on a spiritual mission to serv... (03/04/2015)
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Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05) 

Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05)

My positive experience at Pitt Public Health has had a lifelong impact on me as a public health professional. It’s given me the self-confidence to contribute to improvements in population health and health equity.   (12/22/2016)

Holman Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Practice 

Holman Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Practice

William Holman (HPM ’79) was honored with the 2013 Alumni Award for Practice during the March 28 Alumni Awards event. (03/29/2013)

Debra Cen (IDM '91) 

Debra Cen (IDM '91)

A passion for science, business, and American culture has propelled Hui “Debra” Cen (ScDHy ’91) to a sweet spot. Having sold one successful biotech start-up and handed off another, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur is now turning her attention to a high-tech way to promote the cultural strength of the... (05/29/2013)

Charles Christen (BCHS '10) Walks the Walk 

Charles Christen (BCHS '10) Walks the Walk

Over a long career, Chuck Christen, currently executive director of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) has managed research on environmental and community health topics from river water stewardship to air quality. But the heart of his mission, professionally and spiritually, is compassion and ef... (06/20/2014)

Veronica Sansing-Foster (EPI '08, '10) 

Veronica Sansing-Foster (EPI '08, '10)

Expectations were always high for Veronica Sansing-Foster, but her ascent to administrator and reseacher at the Food and Drug Administration wasn't the result of a calculated career path. Reflecting on the road that took her from the South Side of Chicago to the key post, she cites her own ability a... (03/18/2016)

Patricia Maryland (HPM '82) 

Patricia Maryland (HPM '82)

Alumna Patricia Maryland is president of health care operations and COO of Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health care system in the country that bases its reputation for innovation on a spiritual mission to serve all, especially the poor and vulnerable. (01/01/2015)
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