Donald M. Yealy, MD, FACEP

Professor (tenured) and Chair of Emergency Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Senior Medical Director, UPMC Health Services Division, and Vice President of Emergency and Urgent Care, UPMC Physician Services



1989 Fellowship in Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh

1988 Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Residency

1985 MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania

1981 BS, Villanova University


Dr. Yealy has been Chair since 2009, serving as Vice Chair from 1996 until assuming that position. He leads faculty delivering care to nearly 1 million UPMC emergency department and urgent care patient visits each year, and who also consistently rank in the top of academic emergency departments in scientific publications, impact and research funding. His personal goal is to surround those seeking emergency care, training or research opportunities with excellence, creating a cadre of people that improve the health of those with acute illness and injury collaboratively throughout Western PA and the world. He received the top research and top education awards from both ACEP and SAEM.

In addition to his emergency medicine roles, Dr. Yealy has system leadership responsibilities. He oversees health system safety efforts, the UPMC system-wide advance practice provider office, and the medical staff offices. Nationally, Dr. Yealy serves as an examiner and item writer for ABEM, an expert panelist for the National Quality Forum in Pulmonary/Critical Care, and Deputy Editor of the Annals of Emergency Medicine and a referee for 15 other journals. He is a Past President of SAEM.

Dr. Yealy has authored over 300 scientific publications (one cited>3700 times) and edited 6 textbooks, including Emergency Department Critical Care, The Trauma Manual and Acute Care Surgery, and Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. His research interests include: prehospital airway management; acute care teamwork and fatigue; pneumonia; heart failure; pulmonary embolism; and sepsis. Keys to his work have been the following themes - How do we assess and treat acute illness? Can we do better? What factors impede care? His first-authored publication on early resuscitation approaches in those with septic shock - the ProCESS trial, NEJM 2014 - has changed the local, national and international approach to care and spawned new research opportunities. This work exemplifies the collaborative nature of work by Dr. Yealy and the Department.

He has participated as PI or investigator in over $25 million of federally funded research, and is PI of the Pitt Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) Network clinical center and PI with Dr. Callaway of the Pitt Emergency Care K12 Scholar program, both funded through NHLBI.


2015 Alumni Achievement Award of WMC/MCP, Drexel University College of Medicine
2013 Meritorious Service Award, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians
2012 McEllroy Award, Outstanding Achievements in Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Alumni Association
2012 Leadership Award, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
2011 Ralph C. Wilde Award for Skill, Compassion and Dedication to Excellent Care of
Patients, Allegheny County Medical Society
2010 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Alumnus Category, Drexel University College of Medicine
2010 Alumnae Award, Excellence in Research, Drexel University College of Medicine
2009 Outstanding Contribution in Research, American College of Emergency Physicians
2008 Hero of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians
2006 Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Award, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
2006 Outstanding Reviewer, Academic Emergency Medicine
2001 Outstanding Contribution in Education, American College of Emergency Physicians
1999,1995,1989 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine
1994-96 Outstanding Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine
1994 Best Paper, Texas College of Emergency Physicians Annual Meeting, San Antonia, TX
1992 Mentor Award, Emergency Medicine Residency, Darnall Army Community Hospital, TX
1992 Best Paper, Texas College of Emergency Physicians Annual Meeting, Galveston TX
1991 Best Scientific Exhibit, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Washington, D.C.
1991 Best Scientific Paper, Acute Care Section, American Academy of Pediatrics
1990 Staff Teaching Award. Darnall Army Community Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency
1988 Academic Excellence Award, Emergency Medicine Residents Association
1988 Best Scientific Exhibit, ACEP Annual Scientific Assembly
1985 Excellence in Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania
1985 Elsie Reid Carrington Award, Excellence in Ob/Gyn, Medical College of Pennsylvania
1984 Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Pennsylvania


Title: A Novel Intervention to make Heuristic a Source of Power for Physicians

Project Period:  9/20/15 – 6/19/20 (subaccount – Deepika Mohan, MD – PI)

Sponsor: National Institute of Health – NLM            

Grant Number:  1DP2LM012339


Title: Procalcitonin Antibiotic Consensus Trial (ProAct) Pittsburgh

Project Period:  9/23/13 – 7/31/18 (subaccount – David Huang, MD – PI)

Sponsor: National Institute of Health – NIGMS

Grant Number:  5R01GM101197


Title: Pittsburgh Career Development Program in Emergency Medicine Research

Project Period:  7/1/11 – 6/30/17

Sponsor: National Institute of Health – NHLBI (Co PI with Clifton W. Callaway, MD)

Grant Number:  1K12HL109068


Title: Preventive and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury Clinical Trials Network - Pgh

Project Period:  6/17/14 – 4/30/21

Sponsor: National Institute of Health – NHLBI (Co PI with Derek Angus, MD)

Grant Number:  5U01HL123020


Current Protocol Studies:

Title: Reevaluation of Systemic Early Neuromuscular Blockage (ROSE)

Project Period:  11/17/15 – 4/30/18

Sponsor: Partners Healthcare

               National Institute of Health – NHLBI (David Alan Schoenfeld, Ph.D. – PI)

Grant Number:  5U01HL123009


Title: Vitamin D to Improve Outcome by Leveraging Early Treatment (VIOLET)

Project Period: 2/1/17 - 1/31/18

Sponsor: Partners Healthcare

               National Institute of Health - NHLBI (David Schoenfeld, Ph.D. - PI)

Grant Number: 5U01HL123009