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Rachel Hess, MD, MS


Associate Professor of Medicine

Office: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2025
Fax: 412-692-4838
E-mail: hessr@upmc.edu

BA in Mathematics, Washington University, 1993
MD, University of New Mexico, 1997
MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2004

Internship, Temple University Hospital, 1997
Residency, Temple University Hospital, 2000
Women's Health Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2004

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Quality of life
Sexual functioning
Patient reported outcomes
Health Information Technology

Dr. Hess joined the faculty in 2004 as a member of the Section of Women’s Health. Her research seeks to understand the relationships among life transitions, health-related quality of life, health, and healthcare costs.

Lab Personnel and Web page
Stacey Dillon, MS Adelina Malito
Recent Grants
Title: 1R01AT007262 Temporally-Oriented Subjective Well-being Across Transitions—Resources & Outcomes
Role: Principal investigator
Amount: $1,000,000
Funding Agency: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and National Institute on Aging, NIH
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Title: R18 HS018155 Online Counseling to Enable Lifestyle-Focused Obesity Treatment in Primary Care (McTigue, principal investigator)
Role: Co-investigator
Amount: $1,199,734
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2012
Title: HHSN2682009000046C Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (Sprint) Clinical Center Networks
Role: Co-investigator
Funding Agency: University of Utah
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2018
Title: U01 AG012546 The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (Matthews, principal investigator), 5/1/09 to 4/30/14
Role: Co-investigator
Amount: $3,547,544
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2014
Title: R18 HS018167 Self-Management and Reminders with Technology: SMART Appraisal of an Integrated Personal Health Record (Roberts, principal investigator)
Role: Co-investigator
Amount: $1,177,459
Funding Agency: AHRQ
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2012

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Title: Are hot flashes associated with sleep disturbance during midlife? Results from the STRIDE cohort study
Author(s): Xu, H, Thurston, RC, Matthews, KA, Bryce, CL, Hays, RD, Kapoor, WN, Ness, RB, Hess, R
Year: 2012
Journal: Maturitas
Volume: 71(1)
Page(s): 34-8
Title: Implementing Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessment in Clinical Practice: A Review of the Options and Considerations.
Author(s): Snyder, C, Aaronson, N, Choucair, A, Elliot, T, Greenlhalgh, J, Halyar, M, Hess, R, Miller, D, Reeve, B
Year: 2012
Journal: Quality of Life Research.
Title: Lifetime History of Depression and Anxiety Disorders Predicts Low Quality-of-Life in Midlife Women in the Absence of Current Illness Episodes
Author(s): Joffe, H, Chang, YF, Dhaliwal, S, Hess, R, Thurston, R, Gold, E, Matthews, KA, Bromberger, JT
Year: 2012
Journal: Archives of General Psychiatry
Volume: 69
Page(s): 484-92
Title: Measurement of Health-Related Quality of Life in the Care of Patients with ESRD: Isn’t This the Metric That Matters?
Author(s): Naik, N, Hess, R, Unruh, M
Year: 2012
Journal: Seminars in Dialysis
Volume: 25
Page(s): 439-44
Title: Pharmacologic Treatment for Urgency-Predominant Urinary Incontinence in Women Diagnosed Using a Simplified Algorithm: A Randomized Trial. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Author(s): Huang, AJ, Hess, R, Arya, LA, Richter, HE, Subak, LL, Bradley, CS, Rodgers, RG, Myers, DL, Johnson, KC
Year: 2012
Journal: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Title: Promoting Safe Prescribing in Primary Care with a Contraceptive Vital Sign: a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial
Author(s): Schwarz, EB, Parisi, SM, Williams, SL, Shevchik, GJ, Hess, R
Year: 2012
Journal: Annals of Family Medicine
Title: Racial Differences in Perception of Healthy Body Weight in Mid-Life Women: Results from Do Stage Transitions Result in Detectable Effects (STRIDE) Study
Author(s): Thomas, S, Ness, RB, Thurston, RC, Matthews, KA, Chang, CC, Hess, R
Year: 2012
Journal: Menopause
Title: A higher sense of purpose in life is associated with sexual enjoyment in midlife women. Menopause. 2011; 18(8): 839-844. [With an associated editorial: Davis SL. The psychology of female sexual functioning—Is it time to think again?
Author(s): Prairie BA, Scheier MF, Matthews KA, Chang CH, Hess R
Year: 2011
Journal: Menopause
Volume: 18(8)
Page(s): 831-2.]
Title: Dyspareunia is associated with decreased frequency of intercourse in the menopausal transition
Author(s): Thomas HM, Bryce CL, Ness RB, Hess R
Year: 2011
Journal: Menopause
Volume: 18(2)
Page(s): 152-7
Title: Hot Flashes and Carotid Intima Media Thickness among Midlife Women ;
Author(s): Thurston, RC, Sutton-Tyrrell, K, Everson-Rose, SA, Hess, R, Powell, LH, Matthews, KA
Year: 2011
Journal: Menopause
Volume: 18(4)
Page(s): 352-8
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