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photo Kathryn Wunderle, MD

General Internal Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine


Phone: 412-864-2428

Office: 3600 Forbes Ave
Iroquois Building, Suite 405
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-2428
Fax: 412-692-4315
Education and Training
BA, Psychology, Amherst College, 2008
Post-baccalaureate certificate, Pre-medical, Bryn Mawr College, 2010
MD, University of Rochester, 2015
Internal Medicine Residency, Oregon Health & Science University, 2018
Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2020
Fellowship, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2021
Research Interest
I am interested in communication in the ICU, gender in academic medicine, and curriculum development.
Clinical Interest
I am interested in helping patients and families get through difficult times. Unfortunately, we often cannot change a patient's illness, but we can hopefully change the experience of their illness. This may mean different things for different people. Whether it's helping to manage pain or other symptoms to give a patient a more comfortable experience, shifting the focus of care to aggressively treat symptoms, or advocating for a patient or family, I strive to make difficult times at least a little easier.

I also practice critical care medicine through the VA Healthcare System in Pittsburgh.
Educational Interest
I am interested in teaching communication skills to all levels and background of learners. I have a particular interest in teaching about communication in the ICU. I have also developed an online curriculum about basic critical care topics for residents, and am involved with the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program curriculum.
Notable Achievements
Pitt Medicine Professionalism Accolade, 2022
Dr. Thomas J. Stack and Nancy Fitzgerald Stack Distinguished Teaching/Service Achievement Award, 2018
ACP Young Achiever Award (for poster presentation), 2017
ACP Young Achiever Award (for participation in Doctor’s Dilemma), 2016
Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement, University of Rochester, 2015
Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Rochester, 2014
Walle J. H. Nauta Award for Excellence in the Neurosciences, University of Rochester, 2013
American Academy of Neurology 2013 Medical Student Scholarship to the Annual Meeting, 2013
Edward F. Adolph Medal in Physiology, University of Rochester, 2012
Victor Meyer Emmel Prize in Histology, University of Rochester, 2012