The VOICE of UPMC Shadyside Winter 2022–2023

A Message from the President of UPMC

Focusing on the Excellence in Our Midst

The past few years have certainly presented difficult times in health care as we’ve navigated challenges clinical and operational: treating and preventing COVID-19, dealing with interruptions to the supply chain, building and maintaining our workforce.

As we work hard to meet these challenges, we always focus on the excellence all around us. When I walk around UPMC Shadyside, I’m filled with pride as I encounter the amazing ways we are helping our friends and neighbors — as well as those who travel hundreds and even thousands of miles for the remarkably advanced health care available only in this hospital. Tools, talent, and a steadfast commitment to each patient’s individual experience combine here at UPMC Shadyside to create something that’s hard to replicate. The fact that our community can receive some of the best care in the world, so close to home, is humbling to us. 

In this issue of The Voice, UPMC Shadyside’s life-changing culture of innovation is on full display with an array of exceptional, interesting, compassionate people and the remarkable technology at their fingertips. Every investment in technology helps to optimize patient care, improve the patient experience, and make earlier diagnoses and treatment far more readily available. 

In this issue, you’ll learn about several ways technology is changing the way we work. Brainlab is making brain surgery safer, more precise, and more efficient. The Mako robot allows some patients to have a knee replacement and go home the same day, ultimately recovering more quickly. TIL (tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte) cell therapy is putting UPMC Shadyside at the frontier of truly personalized medicine. Read on for more about these and other advances, and the amazing people at their heart.

Our cover salutes one little-known side of the wonderful work of Dr. MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, MBA, the nationally known orthopaedic surgeon who in 2022 was appointed chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of Orthopaedic Surgery for UPMC. Dr. Hogan and his team care for many incredibly talented dancers who work and study in Pittsburgh. This is a city rich in the arts as well as sports, and I think you will enjoy what these
athlete artists have to say!

I thank the Shadyside Hospital Foundation for supporting and advancing so many innovations that make our hospital so exceptional. I can’t wait to see how we’ll continue to grow, improve, and evolve in the next year and beyond, together.


Sandra L. Rader, DNP, MSA, RN, NEA-BC