The VOICE of UPMC Shadyside Winter 2021–2022

The Remarkable Dr. Broadnax

Family practice physician Yvette Broadnax, MD, is the new president of the Medical Staff

Yvette Lynn Broadnax, MD, has spent a lot of her life surprising people. Raised by her educator mother, she started to read at age two, took college courses at 10, and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh at 15. In her 20s, as a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she turned her medical textbooks into bedtime reading for her first son.

Now the longtime UPMC Shadyside family practice physician is the new president of the Medical Staff — and the first African American female president in the hospital’s history.

Dr. Broadnax is the solo physician at PEFHA Health & Wellness Center in Penn Hills, where she cares for about 3,500 devoted patients ranging in age from newborns to the elderly. This is truly a family business. With UPMC Shadyside’s support, she started the practice in 2001 and purchased it from the hospital in 2004. Her husband, Laurie Broadnax, manages the office. When her older sons, Emmanuel and Ian Benjamin, were teenagers (also taking college courses like their mom), they helped out in the office after school.

“I wanted the boys to learn that this is how their college tuition gets paid. I work hard, and they work hard,” says the upbeat, accomplished doctor — whose family includes two younger sons, Braxton, 11, and Laurence Broadnax, 6. “We also home-school our boys and are very active in our church,” she adds. “God makes a way for it all to get done.”

She considers UPMC Shadyside family, as well. “I first came to Shadyside as an intern when I was in medical school, served as chief resident in family practice, and stayed. I feel at home here. I used to take my older boys with me to round at the hospital when they were little. There is a very strong camaraderie among the physicians, the nurses, and the administration. Many of these people have watched my kids grow up.”

“The key to success is consistency, and here at Shadyside we have been consistent in the quality care we provide our patients and the respect we have for one another. And that is why we have a long history of success.”
- Yvette Lynn Broadnax, MD

Another surprise about Dr. Broadnax (well, maybe not THAT surprising) is that she loves Mr. Rogers and keeps a signed photo of him in her office. “I do think life should be that simple, where everyone tries to be a good neighbor,” she says. “Even in the toughest times, you will always find people who are helping and caring. I am grateful to experience this every day throughout Shadyside.”

Dr. Broadnax has served as an officer of the Medical Staff for five years. “I’ve learned from our previous presidents, Dr. William Barrington and Dr. James Pingpank, and I love seeing the camaraderie that there is between the Medical Staff and the administration, because this benefits patients as well as the doctors.

“As president, I’d also like to see us pay attention to physician well-being,” she comments. “I’m very interested in the fact that we physicians don’t take enough care of ourselves. This current health crisis has increased physician burnout. Just going, going, going and not having time to step back and focus on anything other than let’s get through this pandemic. Self-care should be a priority.

“We need to acknowledge that, yes, we are going through some very tough times. But we’re going to get through this. Pre-pandemic, during the pandemic, post-pandemic, we will still be standing. The key to success is consistency, and here at Shadyside we have been consistent in the quality care we provide our patients and the respect we have for one another. And that is why we have a long history of success.”