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photo Leslie P. Scheunemann, MD, MPH

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-692-2210

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2210
Fax: 412-692-2260
Education and Training
BA, Chemistry, North Carolina State Universtiy, 2001
BS, Applied Mathematics, Physics, North Carolina State University, 2001
MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 2005
MPH, Health Care and Prevention Concentration, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 2001
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina, 2008
Fellow, Geriatric Medicine, University of North Carolina, 2011
Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
Research Interest
An Assistant Professor with dual training in geriatrics and pulmonary/critical care medicine, Dr. Scheunemann is currently funded to develop and pilot test a stakeholder-driven, telehealth-delivered transitional care intervention for rural-dwelling critical illness survivors and their family caregivers. She will use implementation science methods to adapt successful interventions from other fields to the post-ICU context, focusing on transitional care, family support and training, and rehabilitation. The goal of this research is to optimize quality, affordability, and access to care for vulnerable populations of critical illness survivors.
Educational Interest
Dr. Scheunemann directs the Geriatrics Area of Concentration at the School of Medicine (like minoring in geriatrics for medical students). Her focus in clinical education is on delirium, ICU survivorship, and transitional care.
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Selected Publications:
Scheunemann LP, Ernecoff NC, Buddadhumaruk P, Carson SS, Hough CL, Curtis JR, Anderson AG, Steingrub J, Lo B, Matthay M, Arnold RM, White DB. Clinician-Family Communication About Patients' Values and Preferences in Intensive Care Units. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2019; 179(5): 676-684.
Serrano P, Kheir YNP, Wang S, Khan S, Scheunemann L, Kahn B. Aging and Post-Intensive Care Syndrome-Family (PICS-F): A Critical Need for Geriatric Psychiatry. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2019; 27(4): 446-454.
Scheunemann LP, Khalil R, Rajogopal PS, Arnold RM. Development and Pilot Testing of a Simulation to Study How Physicians Facilitate Surrogate Decision-Making Based on Critically Ill Patients’ Values and Preferences. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2019; 57(2): 216-223.
Scheunemann LP, Girard TD, Skidmore ER, Resnick N. The Hospital Elder Life Program: Past and Future. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2018; 26(10): 1034-1035.
Scheunemann LP, Skidmore ER, Reynolds CF. Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: The Role of Geriatric Psychiatry in Research, Practice, and Policy. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2017; 26(2): 222-223.
Seaman JB, Arnold RM, Scheunemann LP, White DB. An Integrated Framework for Effective and Efficient Communication with Families in the Intensive Care Unit. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2017; 14(6): 1015-1020.
Chiarchiaro J, Ernecoff NC, Scheunemann LP, Hough CL, Carson SS, Peterson MW, Anderson WG, Steingrub JS, Arnold RM, White DB. Physicians Rarely Elicit Critically Ill Patients’ Previously Expressed Treatment Preferences in ICUs. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2017; 196(2): 242-245.
Carson SS, Vu M, Danis M, Camhi SL, Scheunemann LP, Cox CE, Hanson LC, Nelson JE. Development and validation of a printed information brochure for families of chronically critically ill patients. Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 40(1): 73-8.
Scheunemann LP, Arnold RM, White DB. The Facilitated Values History: Helping Surrogates Make Authentic Decisions for Incapacitated Patients with Advanced Illness. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 186(6): 480-486.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: TeleRecovery: Engaging Stakeholders to Adapt and Pilot Test a Scalable Transitional Rehabilitation Intervention for Older, Rural ICU Survivors
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: K08
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2024
Title: Investigating the Role of Xanthine oxidase in hemolytic disease
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: F31
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2020