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photo Leslie P. Scheunemann, MD, MPH



Phone: 412-692-2362

Office: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2362
Fax: 412-692-2370
Administrative Assistant:
Eileen Taylor
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2385
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
An Assistant Professor with dual training in geriatrics and pulmonary/critical care medicine, Dr. Scheunemann is currently funded to develop and pilot test a stakeholder-driven, telehealth-delivered transitional care intervention for rural-dwelling critical illness survivors and their family caregivers. She will use 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 vulnerable populations of critical illness survivors.
Clinical Interest
Critical illness survivorship, patient-centered care, health services research, implementation science
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.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
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.
Scheunemann, LP, Skidmore ER, Reynolds CF. The Role of Geriatric Psychiatry in Research, Practice, and Policy. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2017; 26(2): 446-454.
Scheunemann, LP, Girard TD, Skidmore ER, Resnick N. The Hospital Elder Life Program: Past and Future. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2018; 26910): 1034-1035.
Serrano P, Kheir YNP, Wang S, Khan S, Scheunemann L, Khan B. Aging and Post-Intensive Care Syndrome-Family (PICS-F): A Critical Need for Geriatric Psychiatry. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2019; 27(4): 446-454.
Scheunemann LP, Khalil R, Rajagopal PS, Arnold RM. Development and Pilot Testing of a Simulation to Study How Physicians Facilitate Surrogate Decision-Making Based on Critically Ill Patients’ Values and Preferences. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2019; 57(2): 216-223.
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.
Chiarchiaro J, Ernecoff NC, Scheunemann LP, Hough CL, Carson SS, Peterson MW, Anderson WG, Steingrub JS, Arnold RM, White DB. Physicians Rarely Elicit Critically Ill Patients’ Previously Expressed Treatment Preferences in ICUs. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2017; 196(2): 242-245.
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: Deploying Interventions to Prevent Delirium and Improve the Care of
Role: Investigator
Funding Agency: Beckwith Foundation
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2018
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