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photo Leslie P. Scheunemann, MD, MPH



Phone: 412-692-2360

Office: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2360
Fax: 412-692-2370
Administrative Assistant:
Eileen Taylor
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2387
Fax: 412-692-2370
Education and Training
•BA, Chemistry, North Carolina State University, 2001
•BS, Applied Mathematics, Physics, North Carolina State University, 2001
•MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 2005
•MPH, Health Care and Prevention Concentration, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 2011
•Residency, Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina, 2008
•Fellow, Geriatric Medicine, University of North Carolina, 2011
•Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
Research Interest
Dr. Scheunemann is an Assistant Professor with dual training in geriatrics and pulmonary/critical care medicine. Her laboratory focuses on developing and testing stakeholder-driven interventions to improve care for vulnerable populations of critical illness survivors and their family caregivers. It uses implementation science methods to adapt successful interventions from other fields to the post-ICU context, focusing on transitional care, family support and training, and rehabilitation. The goal of this research is to optimize quality, affordability, and access to care for critical illness survivors and their family caregivers in under-served rural and urban communities.
Clinical Interest
Critical illness survivorship, health equity, patient-centered care, health services research, implementation science.
Dr. Scheunemann attends in the Medical ICU and directs the Geriatric Consult Service at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The Geriatric Consult Service focuses on addressing the 5M's of age-friendly care (Mobility, Mentation, Medications, Multicomplexity, and What Matters Most) for hospitalized older adults, especially those hospitalized after traumatic falls.
Educational Interest
Dr. Scheunemann directs the Geriatrics Area of Concentration at the School of Medicine (like minoring in geriatrics for medical students). Her focus in clinical education is on delirium, ICU survivorship, and transitional care.
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Selected Publications:
Scheunemann, L.P., White, J.S., Prinjha, S., Hamm, M., Girard, T.D., Skidmore, E.R., Reynolds, C.F., Leland, N.E. Post-Intensive Care Unit Care. A Qualitative Analysis of Patient Priorities and Implications for Redesign. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2020; 17(2): 221-228.
Scheunemann, L.P., Girard, T.D., Leland, N.E. Epidemiological Models and the Concept of Caring for Critically Ill Older Adults. Critical Care Medicine. 2021; 49(2): 375-379.
Scheunemann, L.P., Girard, T.D. Advancing Telehealth-Based Screening for PICS: A COVID-19 Paradigm Shift. Critical Care Medicine. 2021; 49(9): 1569-1572.
Scheunemann, L.P., Leland, N.E., Perera, S., Skidmore, E.R., Reynolds, C.F., Pandharipande, P.P., Jackson, J.C., Ely, E.W., Girard, T.D. Sex Disparities and Functional Outcomes after Critical Illness. Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 201(7): 869-872.
Scheunemann, LP, Ernecoff NC, Buddadhumaruk P, Carson SS, Hough CL, Curtis JR, Anderson AG, Steingrub J, Lo B, Matthay M, Arnold RM, White DB. Clinician-Family Communication About Patients' Values and Preferences in Intensive Care Units. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2019; 179(5): 676-684.
Seaman JB, Arnold RM, Scheunemann LP, White DB. An Integrated Framework for Effective and Efficient Communication with Families in the Intensive Care Unit. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2017; 14(6): 1015-1020.
Scheunemann LP, Arnold RA, White DB. The Facilitated Values History: Helping Surrogates Make Authentic Decisions for Incapacitated Patients with Advanced Illness. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 186(6): 480-6.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
Role: Scholar
Funding Agency: National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: P30 AG024827
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2019