William Degan, MD

  • Third Year Resident

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

Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program?
UPMC Shadyside was the perfect program for me for several reasons. I was looking for a program that was well established, with a proven track record of serving its community and producing successful family physicians. I was specifically interested in Shadyside because of the diversity of the patient population, the strength of the family medicine presence on campus, and the opportunities available within the UPMC system. The faculty, residents, and support staff that I met when I visited sealed the deal for me.

Why Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh has always interested me. It has phenomenal cultural institutions that you might expect from a city twice its size. The sports teams are great, but more importantly, the fans are passionate and die-hard. That shows a great sense of community and pride in the city. The rivers, bridges, buildings, and hills make it one of the most picturesque cities I have been to. For all of that, it is a very livable city. I’ve had a wonderful time exploring many of the neighborhoods which each have their own unique history, character, and energy.

What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
My goals are primarily to see and help as many patients as I can in different settings, with different problems, and with different personal backgrounds. In this way I will be prepared for anything after residency. That is what family medicine is all about. I am most interested in providing high quality primary care, and I believe that UPMC Shadyside will help me do just that.

Do you have any special interests outside of the residency program?
I love the outdoors and am excited to explore the hiking opportunities in and around Pittsburgh. I am a huge sports fan, and I cannot wait to go to some games. My wife is an incoming pediatrics resident, and we are both looking forward to hanging out with all the friends we’re going to make over the next few years.


Largo, Florida