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photo C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH

General Internal Medicine

Professor, Medicine and Pharmacy

Senior Medical Director, UPMC Health Plan Insurance Division

Director, Center for Value-Based Pharmacy Initiatives


Phone: 412-454-7420

Office: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), University Drive (151C), Building 30
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-454-7420
Fax: 412-360-2285
Administrative Assistant:
Kathy Brickett
Address: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), University Drive (151C), Building 30
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-2201
Fax: 412-360-2285
Education and Training
BS, Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, 1979
MD, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1983
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1986
Research Interest
As the Director for the Center for Value-Based Pharmacy Initiatives with UPMC Health Plan, Dr. Good has implemented innovative value based contracts for pharmaceuticals. Prior to coming to UPMC Health Plan, he was the Chair of the Medical Advisory Panel for Pharmacy Benefits Management and Co-Director of the Center for Medication Safety for nearly 20 years. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and is widely published in the areas of drug safety, appropriate prescribing, conflicts of interest, and cost-effectiveness.
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Selected Publications:
Good, C.B., Parekh, N., Fischer, K., Manolis, C., Schuster, J., Shrank, W. H. Treating pain: the cannabis conundrum. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2019; 170(2): 23.
Hernandez, I., Good, C. B., Shrank, W., Gellad, W. F. Trends in Medicaid prices, market share and spending on long-acting insulins, 2006-2018. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2019; 321(16): 1627-1629.
Gellad, W. F., Good, C. B. Adalimumab and the challenges for biosimilars. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2019.
Desai, R. J., Good, M. M., San-Juan-Rodriguez, A., Henriksen, A., Cunningham, F., Hernandez, I., Good, C. B. Varenicline and nicotine replacement use associated with US Food and Drug Administration drug safety communications. JAMA Network Open. 2019; 2(9): e1910626.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Safety of Opioid Use Among Veterans Receiving Care in Multiple Health Systems
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Grant Number: I01 IIR 14-297
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2018
Notable Achievements
Under Secretary for Health “Advancement of Pharmacy Programs” National Award, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2010
Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Leadership, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2006
Excellence in Education Award, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
Outstanding Physician of the Year Award, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, 2005