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photo Steven Weisbord, MD, MSc


Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science, Renal-Electrolyte Division, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Staff Physician, Renal Section, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Core Investigator, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System


Phone: 412-360-3911

Office: 7E120 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
University Drive Division
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-3911
Fax: 412-360-6908
Education and Training
B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1990
M.D., George Washington University, 1997
MSc, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2001
Nephrology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
Research Interest
Dr. Weisbord’s main research interests include processes of care related to acute kidney injury and quality of life and symptom burden in maintenance hemodialysis patients. He is the Principal Investigator and Study Chairman of the 'PRESERVE' study, a VA Cooperative Studies Program sponsored multicenter, randomized clinical trial investigating interventions for the prevention of serious adverse outcomes related to contrast-induced acute kidney injury. He is a Principal Investigator of an NIH funded study establishing a biorepository of blood and urine samples collected from PRESERVE trial participants. He was also the Principal Investigator of the SMILE study, a multicenter clinical trial that compared two strategies for the management of symptoms in patients receiving chronic hemodialysis.
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Selected Publications:
Jain, D., Sheth, H., Bender, F.H., Weisbord, S.D., Green, J.A. Evaluation of a single-item screening question to detect limited health literacy in peritoneal dialysis patients. Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis. 2014; 30: 27-30.
Belayev, L.Y., Mor, M.K., Sevick, M.A., Shields, A.M., Rollman, B.L., Palevsky, P.M., Arnold, R.M., Fine, M.J., Weisbord, S.D. Longitudinal associations of depressive symptoms and pain with quality of life in patients receiving chronic hemodialysis. Hemodialysis. 2015; 19(2): 216-24.
Jain, D., Sheth, H., Green, J.A., Bender, F.H., Weisbord, S.D. Health literacy in patients on maintenance peritoneal dialysis: prevalence and outcomes. Peritoneal Dialysis International. 2015; 35(1): 96-8.
Hedayati, S.S., Daniel, D.M., Cohen, S., Comstock, B., Cukor, D., Diaz-Linhart, Y., Dember, L.M., Dubovsky, A., Greene, T., Grote, N., Heagerty, P., Katon, W., Kimmel, P.L., Kutner, N., Linke, L., Quinn, D., Rue, T., Trivedi, M.H., Unruh, M., Weisbord, S. Rationale and design of A Trial of Sertraline vs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for End-stage Renal Disease Patients with Depression (ASCEND). Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2016; 47: 1-11.
Weisbord, S.D., Palevsky, P.M. Contrast-associated Acute Kidney Injury. Critical Care Clinics. 2015; 31(4): 725-35.
Weisbord, S.D. Patient-Centered Dialysis Care: Depression, Pain, and Quality of Life. Seminars in Dialysis. 2016; 29(2): 158-64.
Weisbord, S.D., Palevsky, P.M. Prevention Strategies for Contrast-Induced Nephropathy. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2016; 164(7): 511.
Weisbord, S.D., Palevsky, P.M. Design of Clinical Trials in Acute Kidney Injury: Lessons from the Past and Future Directions. Seminars in Nephrology. 2016; 36(1): 42-52.
Cukor, D., Cohen, L.M., Cope, E.L., Ghahramani, N., Hedayati, S.S., Hynes, D.M., Shah, V.O., Tentori, F., Unruh, M., Bobelu, J., Cohen, S., Dember, L.M., Faber, T., Fischer, M.J., Gallardo, R., Germain, M.J., Ghahate, D., Grote, N., Hartwell, L., Heagerty, P. Patient and Other Stakeholder Engagement in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Funded Studies of Patients with Kidney Diseases. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2016.
Weisbord, S.D., Palevsky, P.M. Prevention of Contrast-Associated Acute Kidney Injury: What Should We Do?. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2016.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Randomized ESRD Trial Comparing CBT along VERsus with Buprenorphine (RECOVER)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Washington University/ National Institute of Health
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2024
Title: Technology Assisted Stepped Collaborative Care Intervention (TASCCI) to Improve Patient-Centered Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: R01 DK114085
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2022