Prominent Pittsburgh Medical Leader to Address Bethany College Fall Convocation

BETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. G. Daniel Martich, a prominent leader in the Pittsburgh medical community, will be the keynote speaker at Bethany College’s Fall Convocation on September 13, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. He currently serves as Chief Medical Information Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Miller will also recognize Dr. Martich with an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall.  The public is invited.

“Dr. Martich has been a passionate supporter of his alma mater,” Dr. Miller said.  “Like so many of our outstanding alumni, his life has been dedicated to a helping profession—one that improves the quality of life for others.” 

A member of the College’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Martich graduated magna cum laude from Bethany in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He holds an MD degree from West Virginia University. He served his internal medicine residency at The Ohio State University and completed fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and is Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

As the Vice-President and Associate Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he has led one of the nation’s largest integrated delivery healthcare networks to a leadership position within the growing field of electronic health records. During his tenure, UPMC has gained a reputation as the nation's premier innovator in leveraging new products, processes and technology to solve various information technology needs for the betterment of patient care. Under his direction, UPMC is defining a new world of health information technology featuring transparency to the consumer and referring physicians.

Dr. Martich has a long history with UPMC, having joined the second largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania in 1992 as a critical care physician. He has served as an intensivist and co-director of the cardiothoracic intensive care unit winning awards for his clinical acumen and teaching abilities. He started the critical care information system department shortly after joining UPMC and has served as its only medical director. That department provides for all of the bedside integration of information needs for each of the more than 150 critical care patients at UPMC-Presbyterian.

In 1999, Dr. Martich began serving in a similar capacity for all clinical information systems at the 19 hospitals of the UPMC, becoming responsible for developing standards of information sharing and display among the multiple care sites. He was appointed Vice President and Chief Physician of the UPMC eRecord, the health system’s enterprise aggregation of all electronic medical record applications in 2003.

He plays a key role in several business and government advocacy organizations including being a founding member of the Pennsylvania Regional Health Information Network. He is on the board of Askesis Development Group, an industry leading software company providing behavioral health IT products and services. Dr. Martich also serves on the board of advisors of KLAS, an independent monitoring organization whose mission is improve the delivery of healthcare technology by measuring and reporting on vendor performance.

He is married to Lisa Buckingham Martich and has two children, Aleksander and Stephanie.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.