Joseph DeFazio, DO

  • Second Year Resident

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

I am considering the Faculty Development Track. I also want to pursue my interests in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment beyond residency to my career as a physician, so I am excited to be one of the Osteopathic Recognition Residents in the program!

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

It is no exaggeration for me to say that UPMC Shadyside feels like a second home to me. I have spent years in positions affiliated with UPMC Shadyside as an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University.  I participated in a shadowing/preceptorship program that paired me up with two Internal Medicine residents at Shadyside Hospital. After that, I spent time working as a laboratory technician at the Hillman Cancer Institute across the street from the hospital and concomitantly served as a volunteer with the Hospital Elder Life Program at Shadyside. Finally, as a medical student, I spent two rotations during my clinical years with the Family Medicine Program. Through these experiences, I have come to know the residents, faculty, and staff affiliated with the program and hospital - all of them extremely welcoming, supportive, knowledgeable, and entertaining to work with!

I was born just outside of Pittsburgh in Monroeville. This city and its people have such a great collective personality. I love the camaraderie of our sports teams, the hard-working and down-to-earth feel (similar to a city from the Midwest), the variability in the terrain that offers gorgeous sites and entertainment, and yes even the accent is endearing to me. I am a "Yinzer" at heart and hope to always be one.

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

I want to be comfortable providing the "full-spectrum" of services available as a Family Medicine physician so that I can carry these skills with me on to my career and practice. Part of this includes gaining a strong foundation in medicine as well so that I am comfortable serving as a community doctor in the future - where I could follow my patients should they be admitted to the hospital. Finally, I want to embrace and hone my background as an Osteopathic Physician


Monroeville, Pennsylvania