Andrew McCormick, MD, FAAP

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Medical Director, Vascular Anomalies Center of UPMC
  • Director Healthy Transitions Program, Down Syndrome Center

Dr. Andrew McCormick joined the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine in 2011 following completion of his combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is a dedicated clinician-educator as well as clinician-researcher, applying his clinical skills to advancing the care of two particular patient populations. Dr. McCormick assumed the role of medical director of the Vascular Anomalies Center at UPMC in 2015, a multidisciplinary clinic with both pediatric and adult sub-specialists focused on the care of patients with vascular and lymphatic malformations. He is also director of the Healthy Transitions program through the Down Syndrome Center, aimed as enhancing patient- and family-centered readiness for those approaching the shift from pediatric to adult providers. Dr. McCormick is extensively involved in curriculum development for medical students in their pre-clinical years. He practices full-time as a teaching hospitalist for the division on the general pediatric wards and sees patients in the ambulatory setting through the Down Syndrome Center and the Vascular Anomalies Center. 

Academic Activity

Clinical Research

Dr. McCormick is currently participating in three clinical research endeavors:

  • A multi-center study through the Longitudinal Down Syndrome Study Registry evaluating the care of children with Down syndrome - active projects include the study of developmental skills regression as well as anemia
  • A multi-center project through the Molecular Genetics Studies of Complex Vascular Anomalies collaborative aiming to evaluate somatic gene defects in children with complex vascular anomalies
  • A collaborative study with the NIH to develop a survey for the Down Syndrome Connect registry looking at the transition of patient care from pediatric to adult providers

Quality Improvement

Dr. McCormick is currently involved in three quality improvement projects:

  • Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes, a national initiative with the aim of identifying sepsis earlier through the electronic health record (EHR) of quaternary pediatric institutions in order to characterize disease incidence, improve both recognition and response, as well as to track performance metrics
  • Development of a pilot program within the division aimed at familiarizing junior faculty with the process behind designing and performing quality improvement projects. The program's first project involves assessment of asthma education in hospitalized patients through collaboration with nursing staff as well as respiratory therapists.
  • Participation in a project through the Healthy Transitions Program evaluating adolescent and parental perception of transition skills from pediatric to adult providers and the usability of a teen-based transition guide as a tool

Education and Curriculum Development

Dr. McCormick is a course director for both the Advanced Pediatric Physical Examination course and the Clinical Experience course for first and second medical students. He has developed a workshop for all first and second-year students to learn core components of a patient-centered medical home. Dr. McCormick also developed a teaching tool for new faculty instructors to use for the Pediatric Advanced Physical Examination course. He has developed a rotation within the Clinical Experience course for first and second-year students focused on disability medicine.

Hospital Advisory Committee Appointments

  • Chair, Med/Peds Clinical Competency Committee
  • Physician Leader, Condition Help
  • Member, Wellness Task Force
  • Member, Transitional Care Task Force

Major Lectureships and Seminars

  • “Patient Information on the Internet: Readability and Quality of Websites Regarding Hemangioma and Vascular Anomalies.” International Society for Study of Vascular Anomalies, 21st International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016
  • “Infantile Hemangiomas are often present at birth.” International Society for Study of Vascular Anomalies, 21th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016
  • “Healthy Transitions: Pathway to Adulthood (QI project).” Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Program, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference at Exhibition. San Francisco, CA, 2016
  • “Infantile Hemangioma: An evolution in care.” National Healthcare Quality Week and International Infection Prevention Week, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017
  • “Vascular Tumors of the Head and Neck.” Pediatric ENT Grand Rounds, Pittsburgh PA 2016
  • “Healthy Transitions: Pathway to Adulthood.” PA Community on Transition Conference, Hershey PA, 2017
  • “Have a Question? Ask the Doctor!” National Down Syndrome Congress, Orlando, FL, 2016
  • “Healthy Transitions: Pathway to Adulthood.” National Down Syndrome Congress, Sacramento, CA, 2017
  • “Have a Question? Ask the Doctor!” National Down Syndrome Congress, Sacramento, CA, 2017

Professional Affiliations/Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group
  • International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Psychology, Grove City College - 2003
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - 2007
  • Combined Residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center /UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - 2011

Representative Publications

Dr. McCormick’s publications can be reviewed at the National Library of Medicine’s public database.

“Vascular Anomalies.” McCormick A & Grunwaldt L. Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis, Editors: Zitelli, Nowalk and McIntire 7th Ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier, 2017.

McCormick AA, Sebastian J, Madan-Khetarpal S. Case Presentation: HHT with spinal AVM. Respiratory Reader. Spring 2016: 6

“Infantile Hemangioma: An evolution in care.” Presentation, National Healthcare Quality Week and International Infection Prevention Week, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017

McCormick AA. Healthy Transitions Pathway to Adulthood. Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group, National Down Syndrome Congress, Orlando, FL, 2016.

Tony Tarchichi, Catherine Polak, Elizabeth Sensenig, Leigh Anne DiCicco, Catalina Hoyos, Allison Fleischer, John Szymusiak, Jessica Garrison & Andrew McCormick. Group learning to teach quality improvement: a step by step approach for young faculty in pediatric hospital medicine. National Healthcare Quality Week and International Infection Prevention Week, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017

McCormick A. Healthy Transitions: pathway to adulthood. 18th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care, Houston, TX, 2017.

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