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photo Filitsa Bender, MD, FACP


Associate Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-383-4899

Office: 3504 Fifth Ave
Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-383-4899
Fax: 412-383-4898
Administrative Assistant:
Maria Simonic
Address: 200 Lothrop St
C1100 - UPMC Presbyterian
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-802-8652
Education and Training
MD, School of Medicine, Aristotelian Univ., Greece, 1981
Internal Medicine Residency, Aghia Sophia Hospital, Greece, 1984
Transitional Medicine Residency, Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA, 1986
Internal Medicine Residency, Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, 1989
Nephrology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
Research Interest
Dr Bender’s primary research interest continues to be on the outcomes of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), mostly on peritoneal dialysis (PD). She is studying outcomes in incident PD patients after renal transplant . She is also participating in a study assessing depression in HD patients utilizing laptop connection.
Clinical Interest
She has a very busy clinical practice and is active in beside teaching of Renal fellows, medical residents and students. She is the Peritoneal Dialysis Director at the Oakand DCI.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Bernardini J, Bender FH, Florio T, Sloand J, PalmMoltabano L, Fried L, Piraino B. Randomized Double Blinded Trial of Peritoneal Dialysis Exit Site Mupirocin 2% versus Gentamicin Sulfate 0.1% Cream . J Am Soc Nephrol. 2005; 16: 539-545.
Bernardini J, Florio T, Bender FH, Fried L, Piraino B. Methods to determine drain volumes for peritoneal dialysis clearances. Peritoneal Dialysis International. 2004; 24: 182-185.
Gehr T, Bender F, Fink J, Light P, Elliott K, Shield C, Turner M, Mays C, Parrish J, Armistead N. Improving adequacy of peritoneal dialysis in ESRD Network 5 (Maryland; Washington, DC; Virginia; West Virginia). Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis. 2003; 19: 86-92.