Dr. Jean Tersak

2020 Patricia R. Rooney Award Winner

Dr. Jean Marie Tersak has truly come “full circle”. She was born in St. Francis hospital in Lawrenceville in the 1960’s, and now works on the very same ground at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2020!

In a life rooted in family and faith, Dr. Tersak attended the Catholic schools of Lawrenceville: Holy Family elementary, St. Mary middle school and Lawrenceville Catholic High School.

The Tersak family has a long history of association with the Stephen Foster Center, and the Catholic Youth Association. The introduction to this organization first occurred when her grandmother retired, and then her father, and then her mother. Her mother continues to attend the Stephen Foster Center for exercise classes and other activities. Due to the enriched life her family experienced through this organization, Dr. Tersak admired all those involved in the administration and implementation of programs through this organization.In 2014 Dr. Tersak joined the Board of the Catholic Youth Association.

Dr. Tersak received her Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1993. She remained in Pittsburgh for additional training and certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

She is a Professor of Pediatrics within the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and works in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Tersak is the Director of Clinical Oncology Research and the founding Director of the Survivorship program to address the unique medical needs of childhood cancer survivors.

In addition to serving on the Board of the Catholic Youth Association, she is a member of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a member of the Our Clubhouse Medical Resource Council.

,p>In Dr. Tersak’s spare time she loves to spend time with family and friends and watch the Pittsburgh Penguins!