Alan Finkelstein, MD

  • Director, Family Health Center Laboratory

Dr. Finkelstein loves the diversity of family medicine and the opportunity to interact closely with patients through both joyous and difficult stages of their lives. During medical school and residency training, his special interest in cross-cultural health led him from Apache and Navajo reservations in the Southwest to Ecuador and India to study medicine.

He and his wife, Dr. Lisa Schlar, also a family physician on the residency faculty, next spent four years serving a native Eskimo community in rural Alaska, where his practice included inpatient and outpatient care with emergency room work and lots of obstetrics. Dr. Finkelstein expanded his interest in medical procedures, performing no-scalpel vasectomy, sigmoidoscopy, upper endoscopy, colposcopy, and skin surgery, among other things, and developed interests in practice management and office orthopedics.

Dr. Finkelstein joined the UPMC Shadyside residency program in 2001. At Shadyside, he supervises the Surgical, Emergency, and Procedural aspects of the curriculum, is a provider of Medication Assisted Treated for Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders, leads the Diabetes LOPIR group, and is the Laboratory Director.

Alan and Lisa have two wonderful kids, Ariana and Jordan. Alan serves on the Board of Directors of Tivnu: Building Justice, non-profit providing social justice opportunities to teens in Portland, OR, and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation locally. When he’s not working, he enjoys sailing, practicing piano, and fixing up old houses.


  • MAT Faculty Development Conference
  • MAT Presentation – FM Refresher Course 2019
  • Nexplanon Trainer – gave 3 trainings

Selected Publications

2018 - 2019

  • Poster: Improved Control of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in a Primary Care Population Using Point-of-Care HbA1C Testing.  Ahuja Rahul, Finkelstein Alan
  • STFM Annual Conference, Toronto, ON
  • UPMC Regional Research FM Conference, Altoona, PA
  • Shadyside Research Day

2017 - 2018

  • OSCE:  November 22, 2017, December 21, 2017
  • Care of the Patient with A Disability.  Western PA Regional Title X Conference, November 1, 2017

2015 - 2016

  • Meeting Resident Scholarly Activity Requirements Through a Longitudinal Quality Improvement Curriculum, Journal of Graduate Medical Education MS. No. JGME-D-14-00360R1; Simasek M, Ballard S, Phelps P, Pingul-Ravano R, Kolb R, Finkelstein A, Weaver-Agostoni J, Takedai T Pub Med # 26217429


2015 - 2016

  • Oversaw Catie Tarantine’s poster submission to the UPMC Quality Fair on using an AmeriCorps member to address gaps in service delivery.  Presented at Quality Fair, 9/2015 (Poster)


2018 - 2019

  • Point of Care HbA1C grant – Nimick Competitive Research Fund
  • Diabetes QI Assistant – Shadyside Hospital Foundation
  • Applied for MAT Coordinator grant

2017 - 2018

  • $11,392 Thomas Nimick Competitive Research Fund – Improved Control of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in a Primary Care Population Using Point-of-Care HbA1C Testing. 
  • Diabetes Quality Improvement Assistant, Shadyside Hospital Foundation, 2012-2018
  • Improving Diabetic Retinal Screening through Retinal Photography, Shadyside Hospital Foundation, 2016-2017
  • Improving Glycemic Control Using Point-of-Care HbA1C Testing, Thomas Nimick Competitive Research Fund, 2017-2018


2015 - 2016

  • Co-Chair of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s campaign to Improve Utilization of the HPV Vaccine in Allegheny County, August 19, 2015