Mallory Ciuksza, MD, FACP

Internal Medicine

Education

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency: Allegheny Health Network, Internal Medicine
Board Certified:
American Board of Internal Medicine

   

Get to Know Dr. Ciuksza

Q: What sparked your interest to focus in this particular service line?
A: It’s an absolute honor to work in longitudinal outpatient care that helps make people make meaningful changes to their health and their lives on their own schedule. Helping to manage a patient’s current health and future risks while leading them through the continuum of care is deeply meaningful.

Q: What makes you excited to teach residents?
A: Outpatient care in Internal Medicine is desperately needed in our community and nationally. I am excited to teach residents why I love this work and help show them a path to pursue it themselves.

Q: What other social/cultural areas are you passionate about (i.e. health equity, food insecurity, etc.)?
A: Food insecurity is a massive problem nationally and locally, with more than 43% of senior citizens in Pennsylvania and 160,000 people in Allegheny County alone experiencing food insecurity. This issue impacts my patients, my neighbors, and our community as a whole. I am grateful to serve as the Chair of the Food Assistance Match program, which doubles food assistance dollars spent at local farmers markets to promote healthy, nutritious food access and directly support our farmers. Last year, we matched over $70,000 in food assistance, putting over $140,000 in the hands of our food-insecure neighbors. Being able to make an impact for patients in this way has been a gift, and I am so grateful to be part of such meaningful work.

Q: What’s the most impactful story?
A: We learn most from our patients and from our mistakes. A few years into my practice I was starting to feel good at my job, not just scared all of the time. A young woman who worked at the hospital came in with a complaint that persisted much longer than I thought it should have. I didn’t listen to her, and I was wrong. She was OK in the end, but the trust was broken and she left the practice. Years later, I still think about her weekly. I am going to be wrong in my career again, but I am not going to make the mistake of failing to listen and hear my patients again.