Roles & Responsibilities:
Dr. Ron Poropatich currently serves as the Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research (CMMR) and as a Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division at the University of Pittsburgh. Under Dr. Poropatich’s leadership, the CMMR has developed a large DoD medical research portfolio and established the University of Pittsburgh as a key collaborative research partner for the DoD. Since 2012, Dr. Poropatich has also acted as the Senior Advisor on Telemedicine for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, leveraging the use of virtual health solutions for this innovative leader in health care delivery.
With more than 30 years of clinical service in the military health care system, Dr. Poropatich understands deeply the importance of quality medical care for service members and veterans. Before retiring from the U.S. Army in August 2012 with the rank of Colonel, Dr. Poropatich served in many leadership positions at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center. Even in retirement, Dr. Poropatich continues to serve the Nation as a board member of the VA Research Foundation for the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.