Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

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photo Molly B. Conroy, MD, MPH, FACSM

Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh

Assistant Dean for Medical Student Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Phone: 412-692-4870

Office: Center for Research on Health Care
230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: 412-692-4870
Fax: 412-692-4838
Administrative Assistant:
Annamarie Turner
Address: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2659
Fax: 412-692-4838
Education and Training
BA, Stanford University, 1993
MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
MPH, Harvard University, 2004
Primary Care Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 2002
Research Interest
Dr. Conroy joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 after completing residency and a General Internal Medicine Fellowship and MPH at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Public Health. Since residency, her primary research interest has been cardiovascular disease risk reduction and lifestyle change, with a focus on primary care. Her past grants include a career development award from NIH/NHLBI focused on subclinical CVD and physical activity promotion in middle-aged women. She has been PI or co-I of several clinical trials related to lifestyle change and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction and has received funding from NIH, AHRQ, and PCORI for her work. Current grants include funding from AHRQ to investigate innovative technology to assist with weight maintenance in primary care settings and a grant from PCORI to study an exercise intervention to reduce fracture risk in older adults. Dr. Conroy is also the site-PI of the NIH-funded SPRINT study at the University of Pittsburgh; this large multi-site trial demonstrated the effectiveness of intensive blood pressure control in reducing CVD events in high-risk older adults compared to standard control. She is actively involved with efforts to disseminate SPRINT findings and investigate models of using technology and other innovative strategies to promote better blood pressure treatment in primary care settings. Dr. Conroy has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and won numerous awards and honors for her research, including being elected as a fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Conroy trained in Internal Medicine in the University of California, San Francisco Primary Care residency program, graduating in 2002. She has continued to practice primary care internal medicine since joining the Pitt faculty in 2004. Her areas of clinical expertise include lifestyle counseling, physical activity prescription, weight management, and hypertension. She sees outpatients in the General Internal Medicine Oakland (GIMO) practice on a weekly basis and also serves as an inpatient teaching hospitalist attending on the wards at Montefiore Hospital. In addition to her personal practice, Dr. Conroy has been involved with creating and disseminating weight management and lifestyle change programs for GIMO patients, including the Weight Loss through Living Well (WILLOW) program. On a national level, Dr. Conroy is the Chair of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine for Underserved Populations Committee, which advises ACSM leadership on best practices for disseminating exercise counseling and prescription tools to medically complex and vulnerable patients.
Educational Interest
Dr. Conroy is actively involved in teaching in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM), Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), and Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE). At UPSOM, she has given lectures and served as a small group facilitator for the core behavioral medicine curriculum as well as the research methods curriculum. She also lectures in physical activity epidemiology and epidemiological basis of disease classes in GSPH. Dr. Conroy’s primary contribution to medical student teaching has been in her role as a mentor for medical students on their scholarly research projects (SRP) at the UPSOM and her leadership roles in clinical research education for medical students. She has served as SRP mentor for numerous UPSOM students and has taught them by involving them in a variety of clinical research projects. Dr. Conroy was appointed as an assistant dean for medical student research in the UPSOM in 2012 in recognition of her work in mentoring UPSOM students. Dr. Conroy was also awarded the Medical Student Research Mentoring Merit Award in 2015. Dr. Conroy was appointed the director of the Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP) in July 2015. The CSTP is a dual degree program for UPSOM students who wish to earn a degree from the ICRE while completing an additional year of clinical research. In addition, Dr. Conroy also is ICRE core faculty and teaches medical writing and clinical research methods courses. She was recognized with the 2014 ICRE Excellence in Teaching Award.
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Selected Publications:
McTigue, K.M., Conroy, M.B., Hess, R., Bryce, C.L., Fiorillo, A.B., Fischer, G.S., Milas, N.C., Simkin-Silverman, L.R. Using the Internet to translate an evidence-based lifestyle intervention into practice. Telemed J E Health. 2009; 15(9): 851-8.
Conroy, M.B., Yang, K., Elci, O.U., Gabriel, K.P., Styn, M.A., Wang, J., Kriska, A.M., Sereika, S.M., Burke, L.E. Physical activity self-monitoring and weight loss: 6-month results of the SMART trial. Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise. 2011; 43(8): 1568-74.
Simkin-Silverman, L.R., Conroy, M.B., Bhargava, T., McTigue, K.M. Development of an online diabetes prevention lifestyle intervention coaching protocol for use in primary care practice. Diabetes Education. 2011; 37(2): 263-8.
Casas, R.S., Pettee Gabriel, K.K., Kriska, A.M., Kuller, L.H., Conroy, M.B. Association of leisure physical activity and sleep with cardiovascular risk factors in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2012; 19(4): 413-9.
Cooper, J.N., Buchanich, J.M., Youk, A., Brooks, M.M., Barinas-Mitchell, E., Conroy, M.B., Sutton-Tyrrell, K. Reductions in arterial stiffness with weight loss in overweight and obese young adults; potential mechanisms. Atherosclerosis. 2012; 223(2): 485-90.
Napoe, G.S., Kim, Y.H., Wang, L., Bunker, C.H., Damorou, F.J., Conroy, M.B. Predictors of attempted weight loss and physician advice for weight loss in a group of overweight and obese patients in Togo. Ethnicity and Disease. 2013; 23(1): 83-6.
Smith, H.A., Storti, K.L., Arena, V., Kriska, A.M., Gabriel, K.K., Sutton-Tyrrell, K., Hames, K.C., Conroy, M.B. Associations between accelerometer-derived physical activity and regional adiposity in young men and women. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013; 21(6): 1299-305.
Conroy, M.B., Sward, K.L., Spadaro, K.C., Tudorascu, D., Karpov, I., Jones, B.L., Kriska, A.M., Kapoor, W.N. Effectiveness of a physical activity and weight loss intervention for middle-aged women: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hearts randomized trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015; 30(2): 207-213.
Lee, J.J., Woodard, G.A., Gianaros, P.J., Barinas-Mitchell, E., Tepper, P.G., Conroy, M.B. Ectopic adiposity is associated with autonomic risk factors and subclinical cardiovascular disease in young adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015; 23(10): 2030-6.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Integrating Patient-Centered Exercise Coaching into Primary Care to Reduce Fragility Fracture
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Penn State/Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: Functional Assessment Screening Patient Reported Information: FAST-PRI
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Utah/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: R18 HS018932
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Maintaining Activity and Nutrition Through Technology-Assisted Innovation in Primary Care (MAINTAIN-PC)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: R18 HS021162
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2017
Title: MIND the Kidneys
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Stanford University/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: R01 DK092241
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2016
Title: Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Utah
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2013
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute - Research Education Core
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: UL1 TR000005
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Title: SPRINT - Factors Affecting Atherosclerosis Study (FAST)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Utah/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: R01 DK091437
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Title: Pulse Wave Velocity and Central Aortic Pressure Outcomes in SPRINT
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Utah/National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL107241
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2015
Title: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Center
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Center for Disease Control
Grant Number: U48 DP001918
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2013
Notable Achievements
Member, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2002–present
Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2005–present
Member, American College of Sports Medicine, 2005–present
Member, Obesity Society, 2008–present
Member, American Heart Association, 2009-present
Excellence in Teaching Award, Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
Medical Student Research Mentoring Merit Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2015