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Contact the UPMC Media Relations Department

The UPMC Media Relations web site provides reporters with quick access to news from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences.

Updated daily, the home page is a comprehensive source of medical information for journalists which includes news releases, background information, media kits, photos and a topical and alphabetical list of experts. We invite journalists to join our mailing list to electronically receive our releases.

The Media Relations staff are available to assist you 24/7. During business hours, please call 412-647-3555. During non-business hours, we can be reached via pager at 412-392-7963. If you are requesting a condition for a patient at UPMC Presbyterian after normal business hours, please call the paging operator at 412-647-2345 and have the administrator on duty paged. If the patient is at UPMC Mercy, call 412-232-8111 for the administrator on duty.

Paul Wood
Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

Paul Wood

Paul Wood, Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

Cell: 412-352-2058​​

Susan Manko

Susan Manko, Senior Director
Office: 412-586-9771
Cell: 412-370-3614

  • Community Benefits
  • UPMC Community Hospitals
  • Financial Reporting
  • Hospital Operations
Wendy Zellner

Wendy Zellner, Senior Director
Office: 412-586-9777
Cell: 412-973-7266

  • Center for Connected Medicine
  • Enterprises
  • Information Technology
  • International
  • Quality Initiatives
  • Supply Chain
Gloria Kreps

Gloria Kreps, Senior Director
Office: 412-586-9764
Cell: 412-417-2582

  • Community Provider Services
  • Crisis Communications
  • Environmental Issues
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Medical Education
  • Real Estate
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  • UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion
  • UPMC Mercy
Allison Hydzik

Allison Hydzik, Senior Manager
Office: 412-647-9975
Cell: 412-559-2431

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Global Health
  • Infectious Diseases and Infection Control
  • Minority Health
  • University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • Vaccine Research
Rick Pietzak

Rick Pietzak, Senior Manager
Office: 412-864-4151
Cell: 412-523-6922

  • Concussion
  • Crisis Communications
  • Emergency Medicine, STAT MedEvac and Trauma
  • Orthopaedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • UPMC East
  • UPMC McKeesport
Stephanie Stanley

Stephanie Stanley, Manager
Office: 412-586-9762
Cell: 412-855-8690

  • Media Relations Projects
  • UPMC Mercy Trauma & Burn Center
  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC St. Margaret
Andrea Kunicky

Andrea Kunicky, Manager
Office: 412-692-6254
Cell: 412-439-5264

  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Pediatrics​
Ashley Trentrock

Ashley Trentrock, Manager
Office: 412-586-9776
Cell: 412-529-9092

  • Aging/Geriatrics/Senior Communities
  • Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Diabetes/Endocrinology
  • Digestive Diseases/Gastroenterology
  • Psychiatry/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • Sleep Medicine
Amy Charley

Amy Charley, Manager
Office: 412-586-9778
Cell: 412-738-3511

  • Nutrition
  • Obesity/Bariatrics
  • Women's Health
Karen Beardsley

Karen Beardsley, Manager
Office: 814-877-3917
Cell: 814-392-3362

  • UPMC Hamot & affiliates
  • UPMC Kane
  • UPMC Northwest
  • WCA liaison
Courtney Caprara

Courtney Caprara, Communications Specialist II
Office: 412-647-6190
Cell: 412-592-8134

  • Cardiology
  • Ear, Nose, Throat
  • Family and Internal Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Rheumatology
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
Lawrence Synett

Lawerence Synett, Manager
Office: 412-647-9816
Cell: 412-302-4127

  • Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine
  • Digital Strategy/Social Media
  • Pulmonology
  • Transplant
  • Urology
Cyndy Patton

Cyndy Patton, Manager
Office: 412-586-9773
Cell: 814-882-1361

  • Cancer
  • Dermatology
  • Palliative Care
  • Radiology
Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh, Manager-Science Writing
Office: 412-647-9966
Cell: 412-509-8207

  • Basic Science
  • Immunology
  • McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine liaison

Lisa Lombardo, Senior Manager, Regional Communications
Office: 724-656-4238
Cell: 724-712-1123

  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC Bedford
  • UPMC Horizon
  • UPMC Jameson​

Linda Johnson, Senior Manager, Regional Communications
Office: 716-664-8614
Cell: 716-969-2113

  • UPMC Chautauqua

Madison Brunner, Communication Specialist I
Office: 412-578-9193
Cell: 412-335-6038

  • General assignment

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