Ellen Saridakis , DO

  • First Year Resident

Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?

I am not in a special track but I do have an interest in academic medicine and teaching at a medical school in the future.

Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program?  Why Pittsburgh?

The residents I met at UPMC Shadyside were so kind and helpful. Everyone got along with each other well and the work environment seemed friendly. The Family Medicine faculty is supportive and wants the best for the residents. The hospital provides a very diverse patient population that I feel will be very beneficial for training. The program has a great reputation!

I was familiar with Pittsburgh as my husband grew up here and has lived here for the past several years. Being from Cleveland, Ohio it was hard to admit at first that Pittsburgh is a great city with a lot of character. I have grown to enjoy this city. There is plenty to do and see and the food is always delicious. Plus, Pittsburgh is very affordable.

What are your goals while here in the residency program?  How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?

My top goal in residency is to train to become the best outpatient family physician I can be. I hope to gain confidence with my work and feel comfortable treating a wide variety of patient presentations across all age groups. My goal is to practice as many procedures as I can and improve on my communication skills. Osteopathic manipulative medicine is important to me and I hope to gain more practice and understanding of the many treatment techniques. I do plan to pursue teaching in my future career and I am hopeful that I will leave residency with added skills to be able to work with future medical students. I feel UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program has the faculty and resources to help me achieve these goals.

Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?

I am a member of the Greek Orthodox community and hope to continue to connect with other young adults in this community in Pittsburgh. I also enjoy exercising with dance classes and playing golf when the weather is nice. 


Brecksville, OH