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photo Ruth M. Preisner, MD

General Internal Medicine

Associate Professor of Medicine

Director Primary Care Procedure Clinic, VAPHS

Director Joint Injection Aspiration Course, Winter Institute for Scientific Education and Research (WISER)

Co-director of “Mastering Paracentesis for Medical Residents” simulation course at WISER


Phone: 412-688-6000

Office: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Center
University Drive C
Pittsburgh, PA 15204
Phone: 412-688-6000
Fax: 412-688-6913
Education and Training
BS, Pennsylvania State University, 1980
MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1984
Internal Medicine Residency, Lankenau Hospital, Philadelphia, 1987
Research Interest
Dr. Preisner focuses on finding the best way to employ simulation for learning procedures commonly performed by internists.
Educational Interest
Dr. Preisner is interested in creating learning-rich environments by developing simulation courses for joint aspirations and injections and paracentesis. She has been involved in creating procedure-rich learning environments, such as the primary care procedure clinic at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. In addition, she teaches musculoskeletal physical examination workshops for medical residents, taken by all first-year medical residents during their ambulatory block.
Selected Publications:
Preisner, R. M., Jasti, H., Elnicki, M., Jeong, K. Impact of Web-Based Review on Long-Term Retention of Simulation-Acquired Knee and Shoulder Aspiration and Injection Skills. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2012; 4: 460-466.
Preisner, R. M. Annals Virtual Patient: Lyme Disease. September 2014. 2014.
Notable Achievements
Recertification, Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine., 2014
Medical Education and Patient Safety Research Grant, 2015