Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine

For more than forty years, the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) (formerly known as Diagnostic Referral Services) has upheld the highest standards of patient care and medical education through its practice of pediatric hospital medicine at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The PHM division stepped up to meet the demand for dedicated inpatient providers created by the evolving needs of community pediatricians; its members currently provide care for every child admitted to a primary medical team at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, which encompasses nearly one-third of all medical acute care admissions. Throughout its transformation, the PHM division has been a cornerstone of inpatient pediatric medical education for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Pediatric Residency Program. The faculty within the division are well-known within the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh system for their ability to facilitate timely evaluation and treatment options across the entire spectrum of pediatric diagnoses, particularly with respect to the care of children with complex medical and social needs.

The Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine:

  • Provides inpatient and pediatric consultative services for UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Has 26 full- and part-time faculty members
    • 9 were named to “Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors” in 2017 by Pittsburgh Magazine
  • Has 4 faculty members named to the Academy of Master Educators at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Has 3 distinct models for hospital pediatrics:
    • Traditional daytime hospitalist coverage for four general pediatrics teams as well as the observation unit with oversight of residents and medical students
    • Evening hospitalist coverage to assist with admissions and provide enhanced clinical discussions with learners
    • A limited teaching service staffed at all times by a subset of PHM division faculty, serving as an opportunity for senior residents to rotate through as an immersive hospitalist experience
  • Provides faculty leadership for a wide array of medical student and resident experiences in addition to committees within UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh