Resident Rounds - Program Spotlight: The University of Pittsburgh Residency Program in Dermatology In Memoriam, Dr. Lisa Grandinetti
January 2016 | Volume 15 | Issue 1 | Features | 117 | Copyright © January 2016
Kristen Lo Sicco MD
Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Resident Rounds is a section of the JDD dedicated to highlighting various dermatology departments with residency training programs. Resident Rounds includes
3 sections: (1) a program spotlight highlighting pertinent information about the department and residency training program; (2) a section presenting study
materials used by residents at the program; and (3) a section designed to highlight recent interesting cases seen at the institution. This issue of Resident Rounds
features the Department of Dermatology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The editor of Resident Rounds is Dr. Ali Alikhan. If you are interested in
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Selfless. Determined. Compassionate. Driven. These words
only scratch the surface when describing the kind of remarkable
person and medical professional Dr. Lisa Grandinetti
was. Despite being diagnosed at age 38 with stage IV lung adenocarcinoma,
Dr. Grandinetti continued tending to her patients for as
long as she was physically able. Two weeks before her untimely
passing, Dr. Grandinetti was still running her cutaneous T cell lymphoma
(CTCL) clinic. It was that week, in fact, that one of her patients
was disheartened to learn of her newly diagnosed stage 1a
mycosis fungoides. The patient and her two daughters had many
questions for Dr. Grandinetti. Although struggling with metastatic
cancer and severe dermatomyositis, Dr. Grandinetti put aside her
personal suffering to console her patient as well as her children.
She subtly leaned against the wall with the little strength she had
and addressed every question as if it were more important than
the last. Expecting only a sigh of relief when Dr. Grandinetti was
able to sit for a moment, instead she had a smile, which told us
that she was just happy to have helped them. At the end of this
clinic, Dr. Grandinetti was visibly exhausted, in pain, and ready
to go home. However, at the last minute, a medical student arrived
to ask for some help reviewing a poster related to CTCL. Dr.
Grandinetti, in her best enthusiastic voice, said “Sure!” and proceeded
to spend the next 20 minutes working with this student.
She always placed the needs of others in front of her own, and
was truly selfless in all aspects of life. Her dignified strength and
compassion was unmatched by many.
Dr. Lisa Grandinetti embodied the physician and person that most
people can only aspire to become. She was an extraordinarily incredible
woman, wife, mother, doctor, teacher, mentor and friend
who mastered the work/life balance with such ease, giving all of
herself to both her family and her patients. Although many of us
succumb to daily time constraints and life stressors, Dr. Grandinetti
taught us that we can accomplish more than we ever thought we
were capable of. She did so with effortless poise and a perpetual
passion for medicine. Despite being dealt a very difficult situation,
she had an unbreakable spirit and a ray of light shining
through her, exuding positivity to her family, friends, and
colleagues. Through her example, we are reminded that
practicing medicine is a privilege. It is our hope that all in
the field of medicine can take a page out of Dr. Grandinetti’s
book. For all of these reasons, we celebrate her legacy and
mourn her loss deeply.
During her untimely passing, Dr. Lisa Grandinetti was a full time
faculty member and the residency program director at The University
of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Dermatology.
She was adored by all who had the honor to know her.
A special thank you to Dr. Grandinetti’s sister, Gina
Grandinetti and to Sue McCann, Dr. Grandinetti’s research
nurse, for their help with this piece.
- Lo Sicco, K, Sadeghpour, M, Ferris, L, Grandinetti, L. Program Spotlight: The University of Pittsburgh Residency Program in
Dermatology. J Drugs Dermatol 2015; 14(1): 65.
Kristen Lo Sicco MDlosiccoki@upmc.edu