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photo Beth Marie Piraino, MD


Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid


Phone: 412-648-8972

Office: 520 Scaife Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8972
Fax: 412-648-8768
Education and Training
B.S. - Biology, University of Pittsburgh, 1970
M.D. Magna cum Laude, AOA, 2nd in Class, Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1977
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Health Center, 1980
Nephrology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Health Center, 1982
Research Interest
Dr. Piraino’s research interests center on improving outcomes in patients with CKD.
Clinical Interest
My clinical interest is focused on patients with chronic kidney disease of all stages and causes. I also care for patients with polycystic kidney disease and those with hypertension. I have a special interest in helping patients adopt life style changes to slow progression of chronic kidney disease.
Educational Interest
I teach medical students, residents in internal medicine and nephrology fellows.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Guru P, Prakash R, Sheth H, Burr R, Piraino B. Comparison of Survival of Patients with Heart and Lung Transplants on Peritoneal Dialysis and Hemodialysis. Peritoneal Dialysis International. 2015; 35: 98-101.
Piraino B, Bernardini J. Catheter-related Peritonitis. Peritoneal Dialysis International. 2013; 33: 592-595.
Vassalotti J, Pirano B. Loss of Kidney Function with Aging is a Patient Safety Hazard. American Journal of Kidney Disease. 2013; 62: 217-219.
Vassalotti, Joseph A., Beth Piraino, Lynda A. Szczech. "A Decade After the KDOQI CKD Guidelines: Impact on the National Kidney Foundation.". American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2012; 60, 2012: 689-691.
Piraino, Beth, Wyman, A. Elizabeth, Sheth, Heena. "Examination of Survival After Transfer from Peritoneal Dialysis to Hemodialysis.". Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis. 2012; 28.
Piraino B. Learning from the Children. Peritoneal Dialysis International. 2012; 32: 395-398.
Piraino B. Approaches to Preventing Peritonitis Based on Organism Specific Rates. Contributions Nephrology. 2012; 178: 246-250.
Golper, Thomas A., Saxena A, Piraino B, Teitelbaum I, Burkart J, Finkelstein F, Abu-Alfa A. "Systematic barriers to the effective delivery of home dialysis in the United States: a report from the Public Policy/Advocacy Committee of the North American Chapter of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis.". American Journal of Kidney Disease. 2011; 58.6: 879-885.
Li PKT, Szeto CC, Piraioo B, Bernardini J, Figuiredo AE, Gupta A, Johnson EJ, Lye WC, Salzer W. Peritoneal dialysis related infections recommendations: 2010 update. Peritoneal Dialysis International. 2010; 30: 393.
Piraino B. The Importance of Peritoneal Catheter Exit Site Care. Nature Review Nephrology. 2010; 6: 259.
Notable Achievements
Gift of Life Legacy of Leadership Awardee from the NKF, 2016
Special Recognition Award, Dedication to Commitment and Quality UPMC, 2015
Faculty Distinguied Service Award University of Pittsburgh, 2014
225th Anniversary Medallion from the University of Pittsburgh, 2013
Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 2012
President of the National Kidney Foundation, 2012-2014
Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation, 2011
Zellerman Awardee International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, 2011
Plenary Speaker Stephan Vas Memroial Lecture International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, 2008
Recipient of the William S. McEllroy Award for the UPSOM Medical Alumni Association, 2007