Mike Comunale, MBA

Michael J. Comunale

Executive Administrator III, Department of Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP)
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Mike Comunale, MBA, is the executive administrator III, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Pittsburgh – School of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP), within UPMC Physician Services, and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In this role, he provides executive leadership for the Department of Pediatrics, comprising 19 divisions, four centers, and three interdisciplinary institutes to further advance health care for children and adolescents by integrating outstanding patient care, innovative educational programs, and cutting-edge research. Mr. Comunale also provides executive oversight for UPMC Children’s Ambulatory Services.

Mr. Comunale has served UPMC in various roles for 18 years. Prior to his role as executive administrator, Mike was the executive director within the Department of Pediatrics where he was responsible for operational leadership of the physician clinical practice plan at UPMC Children’s hospital, as well as 10 ancillary and regional sites with 400 staff and 450 physicians and advanced practice providers. His past roles have included Director of Health Information Management, Director of Telehealth and Division Administrator.

Since assuming his role as executive administrator, the Physician Service Pediatric Division and Ambulatory Services at UPMC Children’s has made significant progress ensuring pediatric providers are accessible with the average days to schedule a new patient appointment under seven, deliver an exceptional patient experience with medical practice CGCAHPS patient satisfaction scores above the 80th percentile, significantly expand nationally ranked pediatric services outside Western Pennsylvania with the opening of UPMC Children’s Harrisburg, and capitalize on emerging care delivery models including digital health and optimizing the use of advance practice providers. Mr. Comunale was the primary author of an article published in the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, titled “Integrating Advanced Practice Providers into value-based care strategies: One organization's journey to achieve success through interprofessional collaboration".

Mr. Comunale holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Business Administration/Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix. He also completed the highly selective, executive-level UPMC Leadership Development Intensive program in 2018.