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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.

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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 Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society 

Alumni Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society

Three alumni were inducted into the Pitt Public Health Omicron Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society during the March 28, 2013, Alumni Awards dinner. (03/28/2013)
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Clise Recognized with Alumni Award for Practice 

Clise Recognized with Alumni Award for Practice

James Clise (EOH ’63) was awarded the Pitt Public Health Alumni Award for Practice on May 17, 2014, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. (05/17/2014)
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Boyle Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Research 

Boyle Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Research

Coleen Boyle (BIOST '78, EPI ’81) was recognized with the Alumni Award for Research on March 28, 2013, during the annual Alumni Award dinner. (03/29/2013)

Cruickshanks Receives Alumni Award for Research 

Cruickshanks Receives Alumni Award for Research

Karen Cruickshanks (EPI ’87) was honored with the 2014 Alumni Award for Research on May 17 at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. (05/17/2014)

Ott Receives Dean's Specail Achievement Award for Service to the Profession 

Ott Receives Dean's Specail Achievement Award for Service to the Profession

On May 17, 2014, Susan Ott (HPM ’76) was honored with the Dean's Special Achievement Award for Service to the Profession at the annual Pitt Public Health  Alumni Awards dinner. (05/17/2014)

Herbert Receives the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award 

Herbert Receives the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

Mary Herbert (BCHS '05) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. (05/17/2014)

Nowalk Honored with 2013 Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award 

Nowalk Honored with 2013 Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

Mary Patricia Nowalk (EPI '81, ’93) was presented with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award on March 28, 2013, at the annual  Alumni Awards ceremony. (03/29/2013)

Caufield Earns Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination 

Caufield Earns Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

Anita Caufield (HPM ’84) received the 2013 Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination during the March 28 Alumni Awards dinner. (03/29/2013)
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