Department of Medicine
Faculty Profiles by Division

Division of General Internal Medicine

Faculty Profiles

[Return To Index page]
photo Brian Sanjay Heist, MD, MSc

General Internal Medicine

Associate Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-623-1702

Office: UPMC Shadyside Hospital
5230 Centre Avenue, North Tower #306
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-1702
Administrative Assistant:
Juliette Russo
Phone: 412-623-1239
Education and Training
BA, Bowdoin College, 1996
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2004
MSc, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Rochester, 2007
Research Interest
Dr. Heist's research interests include international medical education and clinical reasoning.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Heist is a clinician and resident physician preceptor at Shea Medical Center located in UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Additionally, for approximately 10 weeks annually he supervises resident physician care of patients hospitalized on the general internal medicine inpatient service at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Educational Interest
Dr. Heist joined the UPMC faculty in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He is heavily involved in teaching medical students and supervising residents in the outpatient and inpatient settings. He also serves as the Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine at UPMC Shadyside.

Dr. Heist lived in Japan for three years before entering medical school, and between residency and fellowship training, served as Co-Director of a general residency program in Sapporo that is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside Hospital. He remains an adjunct teaching faculty member for the program in Sapporo and coordinates observerships for Japanese medical trainees at UPMC. Additionally, since 2015 he has served as clinical curriculum coordinator for students from a Chinese medical school affiliated with UPMC.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Notable Achievements
Fellow American College of Physicians, 2015
Preceptor of the Year, 2015