Zachary Kosak, MD

  • Co-Chief Resident

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

No, but I have interests in Medical Education and point of care ultrasound.

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

I was really blown away by UPMC Shadyside during my interview. Everyone was so welcoming, excited to get to know me, and eager to hear about my interests. I could tell right away that the faculty and administration were passionate about developing high-quality family physicians. It really felt like the ultimate team atmosphere and a supportive learning environment – exactly where I wanted to train! Pittsburgh is a wonderful city with some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met, and I’m excited to be able to explore it more during my time at Shadyside!

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

During residency, I want to work to become a well-rounded family physician. Family Medicine is unique because we are asked to be able to care for all patients, from any stage of life or any background. The program at Shadyside will undoubtedly help prepare me to meet these goals. I also want to develop my skills in medical education, and the combination of UPMC resources and the flexibility of our program and rotations available will provide the opportunities to help me develop these skill sets.

Since you began residency training, what are your clinical interests? (Please answer)

Since I started my residency at UPMC Shadyside, I have been exposed to more in Family Medicine than I could have imagined. I plan on working to incorporate ultrasound more into my practice, continuing to develop my skills with teaching medical students and residents, and becoming well-rounded at both inpatient and outpatient care. I also have interests in medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for opiate and alcohol use disorder, care of chronic conditions including diabetes and obesity, and care of depression and anxiety as a primary care provider.

Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?

Outside of residency, you can probably find me in a restaurant or checking out a local brewery or winery with my wife – we’re big foodies, and we’re excited to try out all that Pittsburgh has to offer! We also love exploring local parks and trails with our almost 3-year-old rescue dog, Brooklyn! I’m also a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan, so I’m probably watching a game (either at home or in person at PPG Paints Arena) if I’m not at work! Let’s Go Pens!



Center Moreland, PA