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Rebecca Halvorsen, MD

  • Family Medicine Faculty

Dr. Halvorsen completed her undergraduate degree at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She then graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and moved to New York City where she completed her residency training with New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Halvorsen served as chief resident in her final year of residency and was recognized for facilitating ongoing resident learning and wellness during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. She was awarded the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award for excellence in peer and community teaching. 

Following residency, Dr. Halvorsen spent three years working as an Assistant Professor Clinical in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at The Ohio State University. In addition to patient care, Dr. Halvorsen worked directly with residents and medical students, earning the Family Medicine Outstanding Outpatient Preceptor award in 2023. She also served as Lead Physician for OSU’s teen clinic where she oversaw outpatient primary care for a panel of teenage patients with a focus on preventative care, STI screening, contraception management, and mental health care. 

Dr. Halvorsen moved to Pittsburgh and joined the residency faculty at UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center in August 2023. Her current academic interests include resident and medical student education, curricular development, and electronic health record (EHR) utilization and optimization. She is an Epic power user and member of the UPMC Bridges workgroup as UPMC transitions to a single unified EHR powered by Epic over the next several years. Clinical interests include preventative care, adolescent health, contraception management including LARC placement, and diabetes care.  

Outside of medicine, Dr. Halvorsen loves exploring new foods and new places, spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and rock climbing, and spending time with her husband and young daughter.