Walid F. Gellad, MD, MPH, joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. His research focuses on physician prescribing practices and on policy issues affecting access and adherence to medications for patients. He was the recipient of a career development award from the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the quality and efficiency of prescribing in the VA and is currently funded by the VA, NIH, CDC, and the state of Pennsylvania on multiple studies of pharmaceutical policy and prescription use. His work spans clinical areas, from diabetes, to hepatitis c, to prescription drug and substance abuse. Dr. Gellad is also a nationally recognized authority on medication adherence.
In addition to his research, Dr. Gellad is a board-certified practicing internist. He is a former member of the FDA Advisory Committee on Nonprescription Drugs and an alternate member of the FDA Drug Safety Oversight Board. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh faculty, Dr. Gellad was an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine and a health services research training fellowship. He received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, his medical degree summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, and a master's degree in public health from Harvard.