Dr. Ronald Poropatich is the Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as a Senior Advisor for Telemedicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Poropatich is an experienced pulmonary/critical care medicine physician who served 30 years on active duty in the U.S. Army, retiring in 2012 at the rank of Colonel with extended assignments at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD (formerly the Walter Reed Army Medical Center WRAMC, Washington, DC), from 1985 to 2012. His last assignment was at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD, serving as the Deputy Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) from 2006-2012, where he managed large medical research programs and developed novel research programs and technologies in medical informatics and telemedicine.
Dr. Poropatich received his medical degree from Hahnemann University in 1985 (now Drexel University). He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in 1988 and was selected as Chief of Medical Residents in the WRAMC Department of Medicine from 1988-1989. He completed his fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in 1992 also at the WRAMC. As a full-time pulmonary/critical care medicine physician from 1989 to 1995, Dr. Poropatich’s early research interests were in sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung condition, and the general field of bronchoscopy.
Colonel/Retired Poropatich has extensive deployment experience and led the U.S. Army effort from 1992-2012 in the development and deployment of telemedicine capability across 22 time zones for remote consultation for both overseas locations (Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Kuwait, Haiti, Croatia) as well as stateside U.S. Army locations. He served as the U.S. Army Medical Informatics Consultant from 2000-2008. Since 1996, he has served as an associate editor for the “Telemedicine and e-Health Journal,” is the former chair of the NATO Telemedicine Expert Team (2000-2012), and former president (2002-2003) and board member of the American Telemedicine Association.
Dr. Poropatich is a long-standing educator and has been faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science (USUHS), Bethesda, MD, since 1985, serving as a professor of medicine. He has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as numerous book chapters, and has edited two books on telemedicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow and Past President of the American Telemedicine Association, and Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.