Andrew H. Urbach, MD

  • Medical Director, Patient Experience and Development, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

Administrative Assistant: Karen L. Anderson

Andrew H. Urbach, MD was born in Staten Island, New York, attended college at The University of Rochester graduating with distinction with a major in biology and attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo.  In 1979, he came to Pittsburgh as a pediatric intern and completed a pediatric residency in 1982 followed by an inpatient chief residency (1982-1983).  Dr. Urbach was a member of the Diagnostic Referral Service and was involved with the Liver Transplant Program, directed the Pediatric AIDS Clinic, directed the Lead Poisoning Program, directed the pediatric medical student program for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and now serves on many hospital and university committees.  He participated in the development of the pediatric critical care boards and became board certified in the field in 1987.   Dr. Urbach was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics in 1997. Dr. Urbach served as Interim Medical Director in 2006.  

Recognitions include: Pediatric Resident Teaching Award, “Golden Apple Teaching Award” finalist five times, cited in “Best Doctors in America” and “Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians”, UPMC ACES Award and Inaugural Eugene S. Weiner, MD Award for Excellence (recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Pediatric Healthcare) and recipient of the PEAL 2013 Inclusion Award-Family Centered Care Champion.  He has written over 90 articles, abstracts and posters.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Pittsburgh Pediatric Society, 1985-2008
  • American Academy of Pediatrics - Fellow, 1987-2007
  • Consultant for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Inc.: AIDS Policy, 1987
  • Consultant for Transitional Infant Care of Pittsburgh: AIDS Policy, 1987
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education: Reviewer for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Program Accreditation, 1989
  • American Board of Pediatrics: Sub-Board to establish boards in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 1985-1989
  • American Board of Pediatrics: Question-Writer for Pediatric Critical Care Sub-Board, 1990-2000
  • Advisor, Pennsylvania Medical Society Subcommittee on AIDS, 1991-1994
  • American Board of Pediatrics: Program for Renewal of Certification in Pediatrics; Computerized Test Reviewer, 1992-1994
  • Pennsylvania American Academy of Pediatrics Lead Poisoning Prevention: Education Technical Review Panel, 1993-1995
  • Allegheny County Health Department: Committee to Initiate Mandatory Reporting of Immunizations, 1994
  • Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairmen - Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics - National Delegate, 1994-1999
  • American College of Physician Executives, 2004-Present
  • Pediatric Travel Club Member. Pittsburgh - Travel Site, 2008, 2004-Present
  • Children’s Hospital Association (formerly CHCA)- CMO Member, 2013-Present
  • Children’s Hospital Association – CMO Advisory Board, 2014-2015
  • Children’s Hospital Association – CMO Forum Executive Committee Member, 2015

Education & Training

  • BA, Biology, University of Rochester, 1975
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, 1979
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1979-1982
  • Chief Pediatric Resident, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1982-1983

Selected Publications

Nakazato P, Esquivel CO, Urbach AH, Makowka L, Scantlebury V, Jaffe R, Starzl TE:  Lymphoma and hypercalcemia in a pediatric orthotopic liver transplant patient.  Transplantation 1989; 48:1003-1006.

Malatack JJ, Gartner JC, Urbach AH, Zitelli BJ:  Orthotopic liver transplantation, Epstein-Barr virus, cyclosporine and lymphoproliferative disease - A growing concern.  J Pediatr 1991; 118(5): 667-675.

Manzi S, Urbach AH, McCune AB, Altman HA, Kaplan SS, Medsger TA, Ramsey-Goldman R:  Systemic lupus erythematosus in a boy with chronic granulomatous disease: Case report and review of the literature. Arthritis and Rheumatism 1991; 34:101-105.

McGregor RS, Kavle EC, Urbach AH:  Rooster attacks in childhood. Pediatric Emergency Care 1992; 8:216-217.

Lucas KG, Urbach AH: An unusual case of relapsing myositis in a twelve year old child.  Clin Pediatr 1993; 32:438-442.  

Gupta P, Urbach A, Cosentino L, Brooks I, Thampatty P, Brady M: Human immunodeficiency virus type I from children with or without AIDS have similar in vitro biologic properties. AIDS 1993; 7:1561-1564.

Newman B, Urbach AH, Orenstein D, Dickman PS: Proteus syndrome: Emphasis on the pulmonary manifestations. Pediatr Radiol 1994; 24:189-193.

Dean B, Decker M, Hupp D, Urbach A, Lewis E, Benes-Stickle J: Condition Help: A pediatric rapid response team triggered by patients and parents. Journal for Healthcare Quality 2008;30:28-31.  

Tsui F, Ruiz V, Barda A, Ye Y, Butler G, Suresh S, Urbach A, Retrospective and Prospective Evaluations of the System for Hospital Adaptive Readmission Prediction and Management (SHARP) for All-Cause 30-Day Pediatric Readmission Prediction, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Washington DC, Nov. 4-8, 2017

Bard A, Shi L, Urbach A, Suresh S, Tsui F*, Usability and Acceptability of a System to Identify Pediatric Patients at Risk of 30-day Hospital Readmission Prior to Discharge, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Washington DC, Nov. 4-8, 2017

McCormick A, Polak C, Fox M, Carlson M, Guthrie C, Decker M, Hupp D, Butler G, Urbach A. Condition Help: 10 years of Experience Enhancing our Culture of Family Engagement. Patient Experience Journal. July Vol 5: Iss 2, 2018. 

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