Please join us in congratulating Andrea DiMartini, MD on her promotion to Professor of Psychiatry and Surgery.
Following her residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC (WPIC), Dr. DiMartini was appointed to the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry faculty in 1991. She was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and also holds secondary faculty appointments in the Department of Surgery and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Dr. DiMartini is an exceptional clinician investigator who has made significant and high quality contributions to the field of transplant psychiatry on both the clinical and research fronts through her own research and research collaborations has continued to push the field forward. These seminal findings have allowed clinicians to better recognize specific times of high risk for alcohol use in transplant patients and thus develop better clinical intervention strategies. In addition to a K23 career development award from the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, Dr. DiMartini has served as the Principal Investigator for studies funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. She is also highly collaborative and serves as a Co-Investigators for numerous other federally funded projects. Her publication portfolio includes over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles (including 86 original research manuscripts), 26 book chapters and three edited books. She has presented her research at numerous professional meetings and academic institutions throughout the United States and abroad.
Among Dr. DiMartini’s many accomplishments is the establishment of the first outpatient transplant psychiatry service at UPMC, which has become a national model for providing collaborative psychiatric and medical care to patients undergoing solid organ transplants. Here she created and standardized the psychiatric assessments of all transplant candidates and provides specialized pharmacologic treatments to hundreds of candidates and recipients with end-stage organ disease. She has served as a visiting professor to other universities to assist in transplant psychiatry programmatic development.
In addition to her extensive clinical and research activities, Dr. DiMartini’s teaching and mentoring skills have had a very positive impact the career development of numerous medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. She is also has given generously of her time and expertise in service to the academic community. She was part of a five-member panel to draft national guidelines for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the American Society of Transplantation and also was selected for an international panel of nine senior physicians writing international guidelines for liver transplantation for patients with alcoholic liver disease. For six years she served as a National Institutes of Health grant reviewer. Dr. DiMartini also reviews for several scientific and medical journals, and is currently the Assistant Editor of the journal Psychosomatics.