Emily Guerriero, MPAS, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant, Expert

Emily Guerriero, MPAS, PA-C, earned her bachelor of science degree in biology at West Liberty State College in West Liberty, W.Va. in 2003. She went to on to become a research technician in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. While working with Dr. Nirmala SundarRaj, Emily investigated the molecular mechanisms of corneal wound healing. Emily’s work resulted in four peer-reviewed publications in the Journal of Investigate Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 

In 2010, Emily earned a her master of physician assistant studies degree from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Upon graduation, Emily was recruited to the Department of Neurological Surgery department at UPMC Presbyterian. During the last 10 years in the department, Emily has had the privilege to work with world renowned physicians, including Robert Friedlander, MD, Paul Gardner, MD, Georgios Zenonos, MD, and Juan Fernandez-Miranda, MD. In addition to her clinical duties, Emily founded the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Brain Aneurysm and AVM (arteriovenous malformation) Support Group in 2011. The support group is designed to provide education about aneurysms and AVMs, as well as provide a look into management strategies, which are discussed by monthly speakers. The support group provides the opportunity for patients and families to ask questions regarding their diagnosis and deficits—both emotional and physical. The floor is also open to anyone who would like to share their concerns, fears, hopes, triumphs, and effective coping mechanisms.  

As part of her volunteer work with the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, Emily also established the annual Pittsburgh Brain Aneurysm Awareness 5K. Emily coordinates the event, which is held at the North Shore on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, to raise money for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and the local aneurysm support group. The 5K is a great way to increase education and awareness of aneurysms and AVMs and bring the Pittsburgh community together for a good cause.

In her role as a medical educator, Emily has reinitiated the precepting partnership between the Department of Neurosurgery and Chatham University. This relationship provides critical training opportunities to the physician assistant studies program at Chatham University. Emily serves as the preceptor for several students annually affording students a unique training experience in cranial-based neurosurgery outpatient clinics. Emily also serves a member of the Preceptor Academy at UPMC, and has been part of the Membership Committee since 2016, as well as several professional societies the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA) and American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Specialized Areas of Interest

Skullbase lesions, brain tumors, cerebrovascular conditions

Board Certifications

National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants, 2010

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Shadyside

Professional Organization Membership

American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA)
Preceptor Academy

Education & Training

  • BS, Biology, West Liberty State College, 2003
  • Master, Physician Assistant Studies, Chatham University 2010