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photo Andrew Thurston, MD

General Internal Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical Director of Palliative Care, UPMC Mercy


Phone: 412-232-8111

Office: UPMC Mercy Hospital
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-232-8111
Education and Training
BS, Yale University, 2003
MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 2008
Internal Medicine Residency, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2011
Geriatrics Fellowship, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2012
Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2013
Clinical Interest
Dr. Thurston is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Supportive and Palliative Care service at UPMC Mercy Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine, with clinical interests spanning both Geriatrics and Palliative Care. Clinical responsibilities include consulting on the inpatient palliative care service at Mercy, as well as outpatient palliative care services in the Mercy Supportive and Palliative Care Clinic imbedded within the Oncology Department.
Educational Interest
Dr. Thurston's educational interests include empathetic communication skills training using standardized patients. He is a trained facilitator for simulated communications skills workshops, and is also helping to facilitate empathetic communication skills training for obstetrical anesthesiology residents. Interests also include the integration of medical humanities into the hospital setting. Dr. Thurston frequently leads Reflective Reading exercises that use poetry/art/photography/short fiction as a tool for reflecting on various issues in the medical field, and has had poetry and opinion pieces published in various online forums, as well as both JAMA and the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Notable Achievements
Hearst Palliative Care Fellow, 2012
Northwestern Palliative Fellow Teaching Award, 2012
Division of Geriatrics Outstanding Educator Award, 2012
Northwestern Geriatrics Fellow Teaching Award, 2011
Northwestern Internal Medicine Teaching Award, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011