Kathryn M. Vreeland, MD

  • Second Year Resident

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

Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside FMR program? Why Pittsburgh?
I applied to UPMC Shadyside because I was looking for a smaller, more personalized work and learning environment that was also able to provide the resources associated with a larger, academic institution. I wanted a hospital that both employed and cared for a diverse range of people from across the globe and socio-economic backgrounds. During my interview, the faculty, staff, and residents could not possibly have been more helpful, encouraging, and genuinely interested in one another’s success. There was a clear commitment to collaborative team effort towards providing the best care possible for our patients. I knew this was an environment where I could thrive, and I am honored to do so now.

Pittsburgh is a vibrant city that gets more “hip” with each passing year. It is a hub of technology, science, medicine, sports, education, diverse cultures, and now, cuisine! After many years living in other cities both nationally and abroad, I wanted to return and serve my home community amongst family and friends, both new and old.

What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
My primary goal is to listen – to my patients, my fellow residents, attendings, and support staff. Each person has a wealth of knowledge and a unique skill set to contribute to my personal development as a physician. Through their years of experience, I hope to develop my own skill set and style of practice. I want to gradually gain independence in my decision making process to be able to tackle any challenge and provide the best care for my patients. I also look forward to being involved in healthcare improvement projects, to contribute to the growth of our profession.

Do you have any special interests outside of the residency program?
I am an avid international traveler, back-country skier, squash player, and musicophile.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & New York, New York