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photo Frank J. Kroboth, MD

General Internal Medicine

Emeritus Professor of Medicine


Education and Training
BA, Biology, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1972
MD, State University of New York, Syracuse, New York, 1976
Internship in Internal Medicine, University Health Center Hospitals of Pittsburgh, 1977
Residency in Internal Medicine, University Health Center Hospitals of Pittsburgh, 1979
Chief Residency in Internal Medicine, University Health Center Hospitals of Pittsburgh, 1980
Educational Interest
Dr Kroboth’s career investment was in the practice of general medicine and the education of residents in general medicine. He started as core faculty in 1980, became Co-Director and then Director of the Internal Medicine Training Program over the years 1982 to 2006. These were decades of significant changes in the Program; in curriculum, size and even sites. Dr. Kroboth’s bibliography tracks with his clinical career. There was a mix of case reports with trainees, curricular descriptions, and several co-author publications from the Center for Pharmacodynamic Research in the School of Pharmacy, of which he was Medical Director. The area of most effort was in the evaluation of residents. He secured a grant from the American Board of Internal Medicine to formally study an evaluation tool that was subsequently adopted as one alternative form of direct observation. He remained on the working group for an abbreviated tool developed by ABIM. Later work described the cost of graduate medical education and most recently the organization of training programs outside of the traditional accreditation pathway. Dr Kroboth served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, which involved overall fellowship issues at UPMC, Departmental roles, and policy oversight for UPMC Medical Education.
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Selected Publications:
Kroboth FJ, Zerega WD, Patel RM, Barnes BE, Webster MW. Nonstandard Programs: The Next Frontier in Graduate Medical Education. Academic Medicine. 2011; 86: 180-186.
Bigos KL, Folan MM, Jones MR, Haas GL, Kroboth FJ, Kroboth PD. Dysregulation of neurosteroids in obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2009; 43: 442-445.
Zeidel ML, Kroboth F, McDermot S, Mehalic M, Clayton CP, Rich EC, Kinsey MD. Estimating the cost to departments of medicine of training residents and fellows: a collaborative analysis. American Journal of Medicine. 2005; 118: 557-564.
Kroboth PD, Amico JA, Stone RA, Folan MM, Frye RF, Kroboth FJ, Bigos KL, Fabian TJ, Linares AM. Influence of DHEA administration on 24-hour cortisol concentrations. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2003; 23: 96-99.
Frye RF, Kroboth PD, Kroboth FJ, Stone RA, Folan M, Salek FS, Pollack BG, Linares AM, Hakala C. Sex differences in pharmacokinetics of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) after single- and multiple-dose administration in healthy older adults. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2000; 40: 596-605.
Kroboth PD, Salek FS, Stone RA, Bertz RJ, Kroboth FJ. Aprazolam increases dehydroepiandrosterone concentrations. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 1999; 19: 114-124.
Berts RJ, Kroboth PD, Salek FS, Kroboth FJ, Reynolds IJ, Wright CE. Alprazolam in the elderly and young men. Sensitivity and tolerance to psychomotor, sedative, and memory effects. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 1997; 281: 1317-1329.
Notable Achievements
Recipient, Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2015
NCQA Recognition for diabetes care, 2013