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photo Michael J. Curren Jr., MD MS


Clinical Instructor of Medicine


Phone: 412-781-4860

Phone: 412-781-4860
Education and Training
MD, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2007
MS, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
BS, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001
Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2010
Research Interest
Dr. Curren focuses his non-clinical time optimizing utilization of the electronic medical record, specifically as it relates to provider documentation and utilization. Dr. Curren participates in the Interdisciplinary Informatics Council and eRecord Clinical Decision Support Group, where new clinical tools and initiatives are presented to the eRecord team for evaluation and integration into clinical practice at UPMC. Dr. Curren works with multiple individuals across the organization to evaluate, implement, and report on eRecord improvement efforts, encompassing clinical, financial, and operational aspects. Lastly, Dr. Curren communicates with third party vendors to discuss new eRecord products for possible integration into UPMC's eRecord systems.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Curren spends his clinical time at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, where he cares for patients as a general clinical cardiologist. He splits his clinical time between inpatient rounding, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests (including transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, exercise testing, nuclear perfusion imaging, and non-invasive peripheral vascular imaging), and seeing patients in the outpatient office.
Educational Interest
Dr. Curren spends time teaching the family practice residency program at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. His service typically has one resident rounding with the team every month, with a focus on teaching initial evaluation and management of hospitalized patients with cardiac disease.
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Selected Publications:
Jarvis SS, Florian JP, Curren MJ, Pawelczyk JA. Sex differences in vasoconstrictor reserve during 70 deg head-up tilt. Experimental physiology. 2010; 95(1): 184-93.
Curren M, López-Candales A, Edelman K, Gulyasy B. Normal parameters of right ventricular mechanics with exertion in healthy individuals: a tissue Doppler imaging study. The American journal of the medical sciences. 2011; 341(1): 23-7.
Jarvis SS, Florian JP, Curren MJ, Pawelczyk JA. A somatostatin analog improves tilt table tolerance by decreasing splanchnic vascular conductance. Journal of applied physiology. 2012; 112(9): 1504-11.
Notable Achievements
UPMC HVI James A. Shaver Memorial Fellow Teaching Award, 2014
UPMC Department of Internal Medicine Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, 2013
UPMC Department of Internal Medicine Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, 2012
UPMC Department of Internal Medicine Outstanding Teaching Resident Award, 2010