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Dr. Maria Simbra

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Dr. Maria Simbra is an Emmy award-winning medical journalist, who brings a unique set of skills to her position as medical reporter on KDKA-TV. A member of the KDKA news team since May 2002, this physician and formally trained journalism professional provides expert and informative reports on the health care issues that affect our hometown residents the most.

Since she joined KDKA-TV, Dr. Maria has reported on a variety of timely health care topics – from new medical technology, to trends in health care, to diseases that touch our community — with both insight and empathy. KDKA viewers have come to view her as a trusted member of their hometown news team.

As a physician with the added credential of an advanced journalism degree, she has been recognized for her work with the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Medical Communicators in 2006, two nominations for a Mid-Atlantic National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award in 2006 and 2007, and an Emmy award in 2008. She was named on Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 under 40″ list, honoring the area’s influential young people.

A leader in medical journalism — she served on the Association of Health Care Journalists Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007. She was elected to the National Association of Medical Communicators Board of Directors in 2007.

In addition to reporting for KDKA, she has been a clinical assistant professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and was in private practice neurology in Beaver County prior to that. Transitioning into a new specialty, she is pursuing a masters degree in public health, focusing on how the mass media affect public health.
In 2001, she decided to explore her long-standing interest in mass media, and entered the journalism and mass communications masters program at Point Park University. By 2003, she had completed her M.A. in journalism and mass communications. She now teaches medical journalism to both journalism students and medical students at Pittsburgh area universities.

Her other teaching activities include serving as faculty on the NIH’s “Medicine and the Media Symposium” in July 2004, as a Hearst Visiting Professional at Arizona State University in September 2005, and as a conference panelist for the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality in July 2006. She has written for PLoS (Public Library of Science) Medicine, Neurology Reviews, and the Pittsburgh Business Times. Her book review of the Health Writer’s Handbook appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. She’s been featured in USA Today and Television Week.

Dr. Maria is active in a wide range of professional organizations and also finds time for volunteer work. With local charities, she serves as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Alzheimer Association’s Annual Educational Program, she ran the Phoenix half-marathon for the American Stroke Association’s “Train to End Stroke,” she has been a panelist for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” event, she has been a guest speaker at the American Cancer Society’s fashion show luncheon, and she has opened the play “Tuesdays with Morrie” for the ALS Association, and chairs its annual “Walk to d’Feet ALS.”

Prior to embarking on her dual career as a physician and medical correspondent, she undertook studies at West Virginia University, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in both biology and chemistry in 1989. In 1993, she earned her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Maria grew up in Morgantown, W.Va. She and her husband, Jeffrey Burket, an infectious disease physician, reside in the western suburbs of Pittsburgh. They welcomed their beautiful daughter into the world in January 2009.

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You or someone you know may claim to be able to predict the weather based on joint paint. So, can your joints actually forecast the weather?

12/11/2013

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FDA Approves New Treatment For Rosacea

Rosemary Stockinger sees a dermatologist to treat the red blotches on her face.

12/06/2013

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Doctor: Broken Heart Syndrome Usually A Response To Intensely Stressful Events

Janet Ghise’s 14-year-old dog, Maggie, died unexpectedly at a kennel while she was on vacation. The Bethel Park native was devastated at the loss of her pet.

12/03/2013

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Local Doctor Developing Pain-Free Surgery Recovery

For some people, hip or knee surgery are inevitable. A local doctor is making the process a lot less painful using what you might call a special pain cocktail and his patients swear by it.

11/27/2013

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New Study Shows Allegheny Co. Residents Have Higher Cancer Risk

Residents of Allegheny County have twice the cancer risk of those living in surrounding counties, according to a study from the Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

11/22/2013

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New Study Links Eating Nuts To A Longer Life

Is it nutty to think nuts could be linked to longer life? A study in the New England Journal of Medicine says the idea might not be so cracked up.

11/21/2013

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Expert Offers Inexpensive Ways To Cut Down On Allergens

As we get closer and closer to winter, you might be thinking about ways to reduce allergens in your home.

11/20/2013

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New Guidelines Could Put More People On Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

New guidelines out today could put many more people on cholesterol-lowering drugs.

11/12/2013

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Study: Climate Could Play Role In Children’s Risk For Hay Fever

Spencer Levin, 9, sees his allergist once a month to get shots to help his hay fever.

11/08/2013

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New Heart Attack Plan Being Put In Place For Region

Emergency care for heart attacks is getting a new focus.

11/07/2013

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Doctor Offers Advice On Various Flu Shot Options

There are so many different flu shot options this year, do you know which one might be best for you?

11/05/2013

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Sentinel Node Biopsy Newest Technique In Fight Against Breast Cancer

Public defender Rebecca Hudock had just turned 30 when she found breast cancer.

10/25/2013

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Strokes Becoming More Common Among Young People

Strokes are becoming more common among those you wouldn’t expect: young people.

10/24/2013

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Study: High Blood Sugar Levels Bad For Memory

New research suggests sugar is bad for your brain, specifically your memory.

10/23/2013

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EpiPens Now Available In Schools In 27 States

Sixteen states passed legislation this year making epinephrine available in school in case a child has a severe allergic reaction. This now brings the total to 27 states.

10/18/2013

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