Patrick J. Strollo, Jr. '76, MD

    Major: Chemistry
    Minor: Philosophy

    Dr. Strollo is Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is the Chairman of Medicine at the VA Pittsburgh Health System and Vice Chair of Medicine for Veterans Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Washington College and his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  He is certified by the by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Sleep Medicine. He has been an active member of the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for over 25 years.  He served as President of the AASM 2010-2011.His research has involved team science with an emphasis on translational investigations. His work along with his collaborators has focused on three broad areas of investigation: 1) New strategies / tools for the diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing, 2) Management of sleep disordered breathing with positive pressure therapy and other novel treatments and 3) The impact of sleep disordered breathing on cardiovascular function.  Dr. Strollo has over 180 publications to include the NEJM and JAMA. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2004.

    Favorite Professor and Class

    Frank Creegan, PhD Organic Chemistry.

    Fondest WC Memory

    My lifelong friends and the Phi Sig parties.

    Let's Hear It for the Liberal Arts

    WC provided me with a great basic science background.  My minor in Philosophy helped enormously with regard to writing skills (critical for a physician scientist).


    Medicine is a noble profession. To be successful you have to love what you do. As an undergraduate, make sure you pursue a well rounded education (ie music, art and literature). Washington College provides an ideal environment to accomplish this goal.