Raising the Bar is a live video series where donor society members can directly ask UPMC Children’s experts questions about their work and hear first-hand about the many exciting ways charitable donations continue to raise the bar for patients and families.

Details on upcoming sessions will be shared here.

Past Sessions | Spring 2021


Raising the Bar with the Cancer Team
Tuesday, May 25, 9–10 a.m.

Engage with oncology experts who — right here in Pittsburgh — are healing children and pursuing discoveries that can give every childhood cancer patient and survivor the best possible outcomes and quality of life.

Featuring: Dr. Linda McAllister-Lucas and Dr. Jean Tersak

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Raising the Bar with the Rehabilitation Institute
Thursday, April 22, 9–10 a.m.

Meet the rehabilitation experts who support children navigating the effects of an illness, injury, or diagnosis by helping them achieve the highest level of function for a fulfilling, independent life.

Featuring: Dr. Amy Houtrow and Dr. Amit Sinha

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Raising the Bar with The Pittsburgh Study
Friday, March 26, 9–10 a.m.

Discover the exciting study that is empowering our community to reveal what Pittsburgh can teach the world about child health, racial justice, and what it will take to help all children thrive.

Featuring: Dr. Jamil Bey, Dr. Liz Miller, and Felicia Savage Friedman

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Past Sessions | Fall 2020


Raising the Bar with Child Life
Tuesday, November 17 

Relive the special moments that make the Child Life Department one of the most critical supporters for a child and envision what the future could hold through philanthropic support.

Featuring: Stephanie Colaberardino, Kory Antonacci, and Daniela Ortega Peraza 

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Raising the Bar with Pediatric Research 
Friday, October 30 

Be immersed in UPMC Children’s research program, its most promising pursuits, and its potential to elevate scientific discovery for treatments and cures through philanthropy.

Featuring: Dr. Terence Dermody

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Raising the Bar with Whole Child Wellness Clinic 
Thursday, October 15 

Discover the innovation behind the Whole Child Wellness Clinic pilot, a medical home for children with complex behavioral needs, and how philanthropy turns brilliant ideas for better care into reality.

Featuring: Dr. Chelsea Grefe, Abby Mysels, Dr. Justin Schreiber, and Nafessah Wynn 

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Raising the Bar with the Heart Institute 
Friday, October 2 

Experience the commitment to pediatric cardiology that has propelled UPMC Children’s Heart Institute to the national forefront and how, with philanthropic investment, it will continue to flourish for children. 

Featuring: Dr. Jacqueline Kreutzer, Dr. Victor O. Morell, and Dr. Justin Yeh

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Raising the Bar with Clinical Social Work
Tuesday, September 15 

Engage in the work of our talented clinical social work team — hear stories of the realities many children and families face, learn about the philanthropic resources that help them, and imagine a brighter future in their time of greatest need. 

Featuring: Kimberly Washington, Julia Scanlon, and Jonathan Szolna 

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