Health Sciences Diversity

PRIDE Health

Welcome to PRIDE Health, the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies) Affinity group for UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Science and Public Health). PRIDE Health exists to serve and support our faculty, staff, students, residents, fellows, and providers, fostering an inclusive, open and affirming environment within which to practice, work and learn.  Through PRIDE Health, we assemble socially, act locally and disseminate information on issues pertinent to our members and those whom we treat and teach. 

If you are a newcomer to Pitt/UPMC, or are considering joining us, please consider reaching out to a member of our PRIDE List, a group of individuals who wish to connect and be a resource to others whether for mentorship, academic collaboration or social support. Please contact Mary Ann Merranko to join the PRIDE List and get on our mailing list.

We believe that PRIDE Health serves our workplace and colleagues well, and makes our community that much more welcoming.  Please join us!!

Dena Hofkosh, MD, MEd
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Department of Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


The mission of PRIDE Health is to serve faculty, staff, students, residents, fellows, and providers in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) community and its allies throughout the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to create a safe, visible, and vibrant environment for education, research, mentoring, support, and advocacy.


  • Foster connections among LGBTQI faculty, staff, trainees, students, and allies to create stronger LGBTQI communities, advocacy, and resources at multiple levels throughout the Health Sciences Schools, the University and the Health System.
  • Create a network of interested individuals for professional support and mentoring.
  • Develop greater visibility for high quality scholarship and research about LGBTQI health issues.
  • Improve healthcare for members of our community.
  • Educate the health sciences community about the unique health disparities and concerns of LGBTQI patients.
  • Enhance recruitment of talented LGBTQI faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and students seeking a safe and nurturing community.

The PRIDE List

The PRIDE list provides a database of LGBTQI and our Allies in the PITT and UPMC community. This resource is meant to connect current and incoming members of our community by a wide range of academic, clinical and other interests. Check the PRIDE list and connect with members by email or phone! If you are interested in being on the PRIDE list, e-mail us today!

PRIDE Health Newsletter

Keep up with the latest news and views. We have many exciting additions to the newsletter including a partner spotlight, important health care news, and a link where you can join the Visibility Project - PRIDE List.

PRIDE Health Spring Newsletter 2016

PRIDE Health Summer Newsletter 2016


Pitt Queer Professionals First General Body Meeting of the semester will take place this Friday, September 29th at 12:00 pm at the Cathedral of Learning, room 402.  There will be an open forum at the end of the meeting so if you have anything you'd like to bring up or discuss, feel free to speak up!  We hope to make this an engaging, productive year for PQP and are always looking for input from our members. 


Pitt Queen Professionals and the Pitt LGBTQIA + Alumni Affinity Council for Homecoming will collaborate at a MIXER for students, alumni and affiliates.  The event will take place on Wednesday, October 11 (National Coming Out Day) from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  The mixer will serve as an opportunity to foster relationships between established queer professionals and recent graduates from Pitt.  We also hope that it will serve as a launching point for future collaboration in order to best serve Pitt's LGBTQIA + population as a whole.  As part of our work with the event, we will be partially sponsoring with a small section of our budget.  We encourage all of our members to attend and make connections with a variety of LGBTQIA + individuals.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP here by Friday, October 6th. 


PRIDE HEALTH - TransPridePGH, 2nd Annual Conference on Transgender Health, Professional Track.  Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:15 am - 4:10 pm at the PERSAD Center, 5301 Butler Street, Lawrenceville.  Sponsored by PERSAD and Adolescent Medicine.  For additional information, please review the attached Flyer and Brochure


PRIDE Health Members, please join us, on Friday, August 25th, 2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, for the Pittsburgh Premiere of Woman on Fire, a full-length documentary directed by University of Pittsburgh graduate, Julie Sokolow.  Woman on Fire tells the story of New York City's first openly transgender firefighter.  The Pittsburgh premiere includes a screening of the film, a talk back with the documentary's star Brooke Guinan and her partner Jim Baker and a post-film party with light refreshments.  The Woman on Fire premiere is presented in partnership with the Carnegie Museums and the University of Pittsburgh Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Honors College.  There will be no charge for University of Pittsburgh community members (faculty, staff, students, alumni) who register in advance.  Tickets are limited. 



June (Pride month) has been a very busy one for PRIDE Health.  Over thirteen PRIDE Health members marched in this year's Pride March in downtown, Pittsburgh on Sunday, June 11th, 2017.  (see photos above).  Kristen Eckstrand published a book, see attached.  You may download and use freely.  We welcomed ten new members to PRIDE Health, including students, trainees, faculty and providers.  Please see the new profiles on the PRIDE List on this website.