Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

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photo Gary H. Tabas, MD

Professor of Medicine

Director, Ambulatory Education, UPMC Shadyside


Phone: 412-623-2395

Office: UPMC Shadyside, 308 School of Nursing
5230 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-2395
Fax: 412-623-6621
Education and Training
BS, Muhlenberg College, 1971
MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1975
Internal Medicine Residency, Presbyterian University Hospital, 1978
Research Interest
Dr. Tabas is interested in studying Bayesian virtual patient design to teach the management of diabetic ketoacidosis. He collaborates with Dmitriyi Babichenko, University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Tabas is a physician in the general internal practice in the Shea Medical Center at UPMC Shadyside.
Educational Interest
Dr. Tabas is the Director of Ambulatory Education at UPMC Shadyside. He developed the Ambulatory Web-Based Modules Program used by residents and medical students to enhance skills in ambulatory medicine, and for which he was awarded the University's Innovations in Education Award. He serves as the Project Lead for Annals Virtual Patients; 37 of these online-branched clinical simulations have been published.

Dr. Tabas has taught Introduction to Medical Decision Making and Advanced Medical Interviewing at the University of Pittsburgh and is currently working with a group of clinician-educators to develop a curriculum to teach clinical decision making, including an online program to teach faculty and residents how to reduce diagnostic errors.
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Selected Publications:
Tabas GH, Beaves M, Wang J, Friday P, Mardini H, Arnold G. Paroxetine to treat irritable bowel syndrome not responding to high fiber diet: a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2004; 99: 914-920.
Servan-Schreiber D, Kolb NR, Tabas GH. Practical diagnosis of somatization. Part I. American Family Physician. 2000; 61: 1073-1078.
Servan-Schreiber D, Tabas GH, Kolb NR. Practical management of somatization. Part II. With accompanying patient handout "When you have chronic unexplained medical problems.". American Family Physician. 2000; 61: 1423-8,1431-2,1421.
Tabas GH, Vanek MS. Is "routine" laboratory testing a thing of the past?. Postgraduate Medicine. 1999; 105: 213-220.
Servan-Schreiber D, Kolb R, Tabas G. The somatizing patient [review]. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. 1999; 26: 225-242.
Schlicht JR, Sunyecz L, Weber R, Tabas GH, Smith R. Reevaluation of a weight-based heparin dosing nomogram: is institution-specific modification necessary?. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 1997; 31: 1454-1459.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Virtual Patient Cases
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: American College of Physicians
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2016
Notable Achievements
Winner of the 2015 ACP Laureate Award for Western Pennsylvania ACP, 2015
Book editor for the General Internal Medicine section of MKSAP 16, 2012
Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award for Combined Ambulatory Medicine and Pediatrics Clerkship, 2014