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photo Wishwa N. Kapoor, MD, MPH

General Internal Medicine

Distinguished Service Professor and Falk Professor of Medicine

Professor of Health Policy and Management and Clinical and Translational Science

Founder and Director of Strategic Planning, Institute for Clinical Research Education

Co-Director, RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute

Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute


Phone: 412-246-6928

Office: 200 Meyran Avenue
Office 203 Parkvale Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-246-6928
Fax: 412-246-6954
Education and Training
BS, Chemical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1971
MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1975
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1986
Internship, University of Miami, 1976
Residency, University of Miami, 1978
Chief Medical Resident, University of Miami, 1979
Research Interest
Dr. Kapoor's research is broadly in health services and outcomes of common medical problems with groundbreaking work in syncope and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). His studies have focused on improving outcomes, reducing cost and providing high-quality care, and his work has been published in the highest caliber journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Circulation and Annals of Internal Medicine. His studies have transformed care delivery nationally, providing the building block for the evaluation and management of syncope. They form the foundation for guidelines on syncope. His work is used and quoted daily by physicians nationally and internationally.

His contributions in CAP, funded by AHRQ under Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT), led to assembling a team of scientists from diverse disciplines. Working as the leader of a large multicenter and multidisciplinary group, PORT redesigned the approach to the prevention, treatment, and prognosis of CAP. PORT produced more than 100 publications in major journals and books. The studies led to several large, randomized, controlled trials, directed by Dr. Michael Fine, his main collaborator and mentee on PORT, comparing different management strategies, such as inpatient versus outpatient care for low-risk patients.

As the director of 4 institutional K awards, he has guided the careers of nearly 100 junior faculty from diverse disciplines, moving them to independence in biomedical research. Under the ICRE, he has directly or indirectly impacted the early careers of close 1000 trainees, supporting them to become investigators and leaders in biomedical research.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Kapoor's clinical interest is in the practice of general internal medicine. His special expertise is in diagnosing and managing syncope, or fainting. He has led major studies in evaluation and management of syncope and has personally evaluated thousands of complex patients with syncope over more than three decades. He has participated in national panels in developing guidelines for the management of syncope. He sees both primary care patients and patients referred because of syncope and postural tachycardia syndrome.

Dr. Kapoor is board certified in the state of Pennsylvania, and is consistently named in Pittsburgh Magazine's "Best Doctors" list. Dr. Kapoor maintains memberships in the Society of General Internal Medicine; the American College of Physicians, for which he has also been named a Fellow; the Association of American Physicians; and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Educational Interest
Dr. Kapoor is actively involved in clinical teaching of medical students and residents. He attends general internal medicine services at UPMC Montefiore. Dr. Kapoor has developed and led major educational efforts in clinical research education. Beginning in 1999, under a K30 grant from NIH, he developed the MS and Certificate in Clinical Research. Dr. Kapoor saw the value of having a degree program for clinical research, but he quickly realized that more was needed to grow the biomedical workforce. He developed research programs for medical students and residents and was subsequently funded from Doris Duke Foundation for clinical research training for medical students. In 2004, he was funded by NIH as the PI of the Roadmap K12. In 2005, he founded the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) to bring all the clinical research training programs at Pitt under one umbrella. A year later, under the CTSA, he proposed a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science. In 2008 under ICRE, he proposed the CEED program to promote research careers for fellows and faculty from under-represented backgrounds. Under his direction, ICRE has developed a number of other programs since then including: a certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and a track in the MS in CER, Clinical Research Scholars KL2 Program, the CER K12 Scholars Program, the PCOR K12 program. Dr. Kapoor is the current director of an AHRQ-funded K12 award, the PCOR Scholars Program, as well as the director of the KL2 and the TL1 program funded under the CTSI.
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Selected Publications:
Kapoor W, Karpf M, Maher Y, Miller R, Levey G. Syncope of unknown origin: the need for a more cost-effective approach to its diagnostic evaluation. JAMA. 1982; 247: 2687-2691.
Kapoor W, Karpf M, Wieand S, Peterson J, Levey G. A prospective evaluation and follow-up of patients with syncope. New England Journal of Medicine. 1983; 309: 197-204.
Kapoor W, Brant NL. Evaluation of syncope by upright tilt testing with isoproterenol: A nonspecific test. Annals of Internal Medicine. 1992; 116: 358-363.
Fine MJ, Auble TE, Yealy DM, Hanusa BH, Weissfeld LA, Singer DE, Coley CM, Marrie TJ, Kapoor W. Improving the appropriateness of hospital care in community-acquired pneumonia: a prediction rule to identify patients at low risk for mortality and other adverse medical outcomes. New England Journal of Medicine. 1997; 336: 243-250.
Halm EA, Fine MJ, Marrie TJ, Coley CM, Kapoor W, Obrosky DS, Singer DE. The time to clinical stability in patients hospitalized with community- acquired pneumonia: implications for length of stay guidelines. JAMA. 1998; 279: 1452-1457.
Kapoor W. Primary Care: Syncope. New England Journal of Medicine. 2000; 343: 1856-1862.
Kapoor W. Current evaluation and management of syncope. Circulation. 2002; 106: 1606-1609.
Rollman BL, Belnap BH, LeMenager MS, Mazumdar S, Houck PR, Counihan PJ, Kapoor W, Schulberg HC, Reynolds CF. Telephone-delivered collaborative care for treating post-CABG depression: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2009; 302: 2095-2103.
Rubio DM, Primack BA, Switzer GE, Bryce CL, Seltzer D, Kapoor W. A comprehensive career-success model for physician-scientists. Academic Medicine. 2011; 86: 1571-1576.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (TL1)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: TL1 TR001858
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: The University of Pittsburgh PCOR Career Development Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: K12 HS022989
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of General Medical Science
Grant Number: R25 GM116740
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: Expanding National Capacity in PCOR Through Training (ENACT)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: R25 HS023185
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Core A)
Role: Core Director
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: UL1 TR000005
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Notable Achievements
Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine Chief's Recognition Award, 2016
Pittsburgh Magazine's "Best Doctors", 1992, 1996, 2012-2017
Association for Clinical Research Training Distinguished Educator Award, 2009
UPMC Top Doctors, 2006, 2008
Society of General Internal Medicine Robert J Glaser Award for Exceptional Achievement in Teaching and Research in Generalism, 2005
Town and Country Outstanding Primary Care Physicians in the US, 2000
Woodward White Best Doctors in American, 1996, 1999
Association of American Physicians Membership, 1995
American Society of Clinical Investigation Membership, 1990