Raising the Bar - UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Raising The Bar

Every day, families seek the compassionate, excellent care at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to help with everything from typical broken bones to more serious injuries and illnesses. As a top ten children’s hospital, the care provided is world-class, but the doctors, nurses, and providers strive to do more.

Join us for our Raising the Bar virtual speaker series and learn how leaders at UPMC Children’s aim to transform care and make life-changing discoveries, and how philanthropic support is at the heart of what is possible. Leading experts will share the latest on innovations in care and research, as they look to provide the healthy future every child deserves.

These events will be hosted virtually, and a link will be provided in advance.


Heart Institute
Pediatric Primary Care

To register for any of these sessions, or if you have questions, please contact Amy Gelzheiser at 412-692-3916 or amy.gelzheiser@chp.edu.

View Past Sessions

Fall 2023

Categories:  Diabetes Research | Pediatric Research

Raising the Bar for Diabetes Research

Learn more about the study of gene therapy to treat diabetes, which could eliminate the need for insulin replacement and offer hope in transforming treatment for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Featuring: Dr. George K. Gittes


Raising the Bar for Pediatric Research

Learn about the latest updates from UPMC Children’s Hospital’s most promising research labs and how philanthropy is already making – and will continue to make – a serious impact on the future of pediatric health care.

Featuring: Dr. Terence S. Dermody


Spring 2021

Categories:  The Pittsburgh Study  |  Rehab  |   Cancer

Raising the Bar with The Pittsburgh Study

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


Raising the Bar with the Rehabilitation Institute

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


Raising the Bar with the Cancer Team

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

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


Fall 2020

Categories: Social Work | Heart | Whole Child Wellness Clinic | Pediatric Research | Child Life

Raising the Bar with Clinical Social Work

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



Raising the Bar
with the
 Heart Institute

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 help children.

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


Raising the Bar with Whole Child Wellness Clinic

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


Raising the Bar with Pediatric Research

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


Raising the Bar with Child Life

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