A Message from the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences

Dear Members of the Health Sciences Community:

There are obvious drawbacks to joining a community during a pandemic, for sure. And yet, I know—just shy of seven months at the helm of Pitt Health Sciences—that the community I have joined is an extraordinary one.

Where many saw hurdles, you pivoted to chase new questions and forge new partnerships. In our classrooms, labs, hospitals and clinics, your habit of excellence has fueled learning and discovery across the vibrant health sciences spectrum.

Where many hesitated, you forged ahead amid an unprecedented public health crisis. As scholars, clinicians and scientists, you shaped our understanding of the pandemic and its impact, changing how the world delivers COVID-19 care.

And where others were complacent, you recognized deep-rooted inequities and came together to begin the critical work of building a better, fairer future for all.

More remarkable still, you shouldered these responsibilities at a time when keeping faith in the redemptive power of the health sciences and medical innovations has never been more challenging or more vital.

All of this to say: Thank you. You are leading us with strength and grace to the end of this pandemic and shouldering our hopes for the future with equal parts scientific perseverance and clinical service.

In the weeks ahead, as the University slows down for winter break—and the demand for your contributions in clinical care and research continue—I wish you comfort, rest and time to spend with your loved ones. I am truly blessed to have each and every one of you on my team.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.


Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD

Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences
John and Gertrude Petersen Dean, School of Medicine