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photo Karen Glasser Scandrett, MD, MPH


Associate Professor of Geriatrics

Director, Geriatric Fellowship Program


Phone: 412-692-2360

Office: 3471 Fifth Avenue
Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Phone: 412-692-2360
Fax: 412-692-2370
Administrative Assistant:
Linda Eazor
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave
Suite 500 Kaufmann Medical Bldgt
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-802-8615
Fax: 412-692-2370
Education and Training
BA, Wellesley College, 1991
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1996
MPH, Harvard University School of Public Health, 2004
Internal Medicine Residency, Cambridge Hospital, 1999
Geriatrics Fellowship, Harvard Division on Aging, 2002
Clinical Interest
Dr. Scandrett directs the Geriatric Consultative Service at Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to consulting on geriatric issues among individual patients, the service is designed to work with attendings and hospitalists to introduce systems level improvements for all of its patients. Dr. Scandrett also operates a clinic at Heritage nursing home.
Educational Interest
Dr. Scandrett leads the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program. In this role she has engaged in medical education development activities supported by the GME office, including the MERC program and the GMEC Leadership retreat. Additionally, she provides clinical teaching to residents on the Magee Inpatient Service as well as the Benedum Geriatric Clinic.
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Selected Publications:
Glasser, K.E., DeLano, C.T., Silva, P.D. The history and current status of nurse-midwifery in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Medical Journal. 1992; 91 (2): 67-70.
Kuo, H.K., Scandrett, K.G., Dave, J., Mitchell, S.L. The influence of outpatient comprehensive geriatric assessment on survival: a meta-analysis. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2004; 39: 245-254.
Lau, D.H., Scandrett, K.G., Jarzebowski, M., Holman, K., Emanuel, L. Health-related safety: A framework to address barriers to aging in place. Gerontologist. 2007; 47: 830-837.
Scandrett, K.G., Mitchell, S.L. Religiousness, religious coping, and psychological well-being in nursing home residents. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2009; 10 (8): 581-586.
Emanuel, L., Glasser Scandrett, K. Decisions at the end of life: have we come of age?. BioMed Central Medicine. 2010; 8 (1): 57.
Emanuel, E., Scandrett, K.G., Emanuel, L. The Cinderella of medical disciplines. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012; 30 (12): 1387-9.
Scandrett, K.G., Anichini, M., Berdes, C., Estabrook, S., Boockvar, K., Saliba, D., Emanuel, L., Taylor, S. Patient safety in the nursing home: how front-line nursing home staff assess and communicate about change in resident condition. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 2012; 38 (11): 28-37.
Scandrett, K.G., Joyce, B., Emanuel, L. Intervention thresholds: a conceptual frame for advance care planning choices. BioMed Central Palliative Care. 2014; 13 (1): 21.
Scandrett, K.G., Zuckerbraum, B.S., Peitzman, A.B. Operative risk stratification in the older adult. Surgical Clinics of North America. 2015; 95 (1): 149-72.
Notable Achievements
Geriatrics Teacher of the Year, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2011-12
Pittsburgh Magazine, “Best Doctors”, 2016