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Mario Fatigati, M.D., Receives 2018 Clinical Practice Award from American College of Physicians
By Nancy Kennedy

Mario J. FatigatiTo his patients, Mario J. Fatigati, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.M.D., is the personification of “the good doctor.” His patients are likely to name his extensive experience, his superb diagnostic skill, or his warm, caring, down-to-earth manner as his outstanding qualities. To his physician peers at St. Clair Hospital, he is a highly respected clinician and colleague; the esteem in which they hold him is reflected in the many professional leadership positions that he has held, including President of the St. Clair Medical Staff and recipient of the 2017 St. Clair Physician Recognition Award.

For more than three decades, thousands of people in the southwest communities of Greater Pittsburgh have had the good fortune to experience the exceptional medical care that Dr. Fatigati and his partners provide. The internal medicine practice that he founded in 1987, Fatigati-Nalin Associates, a division of St. Clair Medical Services, cares for 18,000 people and is one of the largest physician practices in the South Hills. As a geriatrician and Executive Medical Director for Allegheny County’s four Kane Community Living Centers for skilled nursing and rehab care, Dr. Fatigati oversees the care of as many as 1100 residents at any one time; he also serves as Director of Post-acute Care for St. Clair Hospital. In his multiple roles, he cares for people across many settings; his impact on the healthcare of the region is immense.

In recognition of this clinical excellence, and for his exceptional commitment to the practice of medicine, the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Physicians (PA-ACP) has honored Dr. Fatigati with the 2018 Clinical Practice Award. He received the award at the organization’s annual conference in Harrisburg in early December.

“We’re proud of St. Clair’s Dr. Mario Fatigati, recognized as the recipient of the prestigious American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Award for Western Pennsylvania,” remarked John T. Sullivan, M.D., M.B.A., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for St. Clair. “Dr. Fatigati was selected for his abiding commitment to excellence in medical care among a highly competitive field of internal medicine physicians in the southwestern part of the state. The medical staff at St. Clair have benefitted from his leadership and vision, particularly as physician roles transition from a focus on individuals to broader populations.”

Dr. Fatigati is grateful for the recognition: “It’s wonderful to be given an honor such as this. For me, being a physician and doing what I do every day is an honor and a privilege. I grew up in Pittsburgh; it’s my home. To be able to practice medicine in my hometown and help the people I grew up with gives me great satisfaction. I’ve been involved at St. Clair Hospital for my entire career. I serve on the Board of Directors and as Director of Post-Acute Care.”

Dr. Fatigati earned his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and completed his medical education at the University of Rome in Italy. Following an internship, residency and chief residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, he started his practice in 1987 and was soon joined by his medical school roommate, Daniel Nalin, M.D. That practice now has nine physicians and six Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners. “I’m an internist and I find internal medicine fascinating,” Dr. Fatigati says. “I knew in medical school that I wasn’t meant to be a surgeon or pediatrician; I didn’t want a specialty because I thought I might get bored doing the same thing every day. Internal medicine is never boring; it has variety and challenges. We focus on the comprehensive care of adults and we treat both common and complex medical problems such as diabetes and heart disease. We’ve been fortunate to attract doctors to the practice who are great partners.”

Dr. Fatigati is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, and is accredited as a Certified Medical Director by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national professional organization for internal medicine physicians. He serves as a Clinical Instructor for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

His popularity and the expansion of his busy internal medicine practice to five locations are testament enough to his status within the community. Physician, scientist, teacher, counselor, mentor and leader, Dr. Fatigati loves every component of his work. “I always encourage young people who are considering a career in medicine. I have a lot of freedom to do what I do in my own way, with my own workstyle. You have to like people, medicine and science. For me, there is nothing negative about the practice of medicine and being a doctor. It’s a great profession.”

To learn more about Fatigati Nalin Associates, visit www.fatigatipcp.org.

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