Louisa Urgo Shin, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant

Louisa attended Pennsylvania State University from 1989-93 earning a bachelor of science degree in biology. She completed post baccalaureate courses at New York Medical College from 1994-96 and completed the physician assistant program at Quinnipiac College in 1997, graduating with a masters degree in health science.

Louisa served as a physician assistant with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurosurgery from 1997-2012, working with prominent neurosurgeons within the spine section specializing in surgical pain management and spine disorders. During that time, she published two papers and multiple abstracts with research in brain tumors and pain management. 

In 2012, Louisa took an extended leave of absence to be at home with family but returned to the department in September of 2022 working in the UPMC Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Image-guided neurosurgery; brain tumors; surgical pain management; complex spine disorders; degenerative spine disease.

Board Certifications

National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Shadyside

Professional Organization Membership

Board Member, Girls Hope Boys Hope Foundation
Wellness Committee, Fox Chapel High School

Education & Training

  • BSc, Biology, Pennsylvania State University, 1993
  • MSc, Physician Assistant Studies, Quinnipiac University, 1997

Selected Publications

Balzer JR, Tomycz ND, Crammond DJ, Habeych M, Thirumala P, Urgo L, Moossy JJ. Localization of Cervical and Cervicomedullary Stimulation Leads for Pain Treatment Using Median Nerve Somatosensory Evoked Potential Collision Testings. J Neurosurg 114(1):200-5, 2011.

Tyler-Kabara EC, Kassam AB, Horowitz MH, Urgo L, Hadjipanayis C, Levy EI, Chang YF. Predictors of outcome in surgically managed patients with typical and atypical trigeminal neuralgia: comparison of results following microvascular decompression. J Neurosurg 96(3):527-31, 2002.