Millennial Fellowship Faculty
Program Director: Peter G. Szilagyi, MD, MPH
Dr. Szilagyi, who became Program Director in 2005, is responsible for overall direction of the fellowship training program. He and Associate Program Director, Constance D. Baldwin, PhD, oversee all aspects of the fellowship, including chairing the Steering Committee, supervising the liaisons within the University and externally, and overseeing the three major project objectives.
Dr. Szilagyi is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Associate Director of the Strong Children’s Research Center of the Department of Pediatrics, and on steering committees of the URMC’s clinical research program, including core leadership committees of the CTSI and the Center for Community Health. Dr. Szilagyi is also a community leader, serving as chair of the Board of Directors of the major Medicaid managed care organization that serves 100,000 individuals, director of the Primary Care Outreach Program (which serves 70% of children 0-3yrs in the city of Rochester), and director of several collaborative initiatives with the local Department of Health and CBOs regarding primary care delivery. Because of these activities, Dr. Szilagyi has received local honors including the Berman Prize in 2004 for the physician who contributed most to the community’s health.
Dr. Szilagyi is a nationally renowned health services researcher and a leader in the fields of immunization delivery, healthcare financing, and care of children with chronic conditions. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and numerous other publications and edited major textbooks targeting professionals (BATES Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking and the Merck Manual) and the public (The Merck Home Edition and the 2007 Merck Manual of Children’s Health). He has led multidisciplinary and cross-institutional research projects. In 2002, he received the APA’s Research Award, its most distinguished honor for scholarly achievement. He is APA President, and together with Dr. Baldwin is leading the APA in a national effort to develop an accreditation process and standards for general pediatric fellowships, based on a core curriculum model which we will implement through this project.
Dr. Szilagyi mentors fellows and faculty throughout the University; in 2006, he won the URMC Junior Faculty Mentoring award, one of the most coveted University awards. He now mentors 5 faculty members on their NIH or RWJ faculty development awards, 2 PhD and 3 MPH students, several mid-level faculty members in other departments, most faculty in the Division of General Pediatrics, and several current fellows. The department provides him adequate time to mentor these individuals because of his skills and the successes of his past mentees. The major reorganization and enhancement of scholarship proposed for this program reflects Dr. Szilagyi’s dedication to scholarly and educational rigor.