Peter G. Szilagyi, M.D., M.P.H.

Peter G. Szilagyi, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 777
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 275-URMC (8762)

  • Primary Care Physician Primary Care Physician

Professional Bio

Dr. Szilagyi is a health services researcher and studies methods to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for children and adolescents. He directs a large research operation in the Robert J Haggerty Health Services Research Laboratory. His major areas of research are: (1) improving immunization coverage for children (2) evaluating the effect of health insurance or lack of insurance on pediatric health care and (3) improving the quality of care and outcomes for high risk children including impoverished children, and those with chronic medical or psychosocial problems.



Dr. Szilagyi's directs one of the leading childhood immunization research centers in the nation. Studies include measuring the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases, studying new vaccines and their impact on health, adolescent immunization delivery, influenza vaccination, and strategies to improve immunization rates for impoverished children, adolescents, and adults. His studies of the uninsured and the impact of health insurance on children helped lead to the national implementation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and his recent evaluations of SCHIP have contributed to major health policy improvements for children. Multidisciplinary studies led by Dr. Szilagyi and colleagues have involved improving the care of urban children with asthma in both primary care and community settings, enhancing the detection and management of post-partum depression in primary care, improving the quality of care and health outcomes of children in foster care, and studies of the natural history, detection and management of childhood obesity. He is one of the medical center's leaders of the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) funded by an NIH CTSA grant, serving as co-leader of the practice-based research network program, a leader within the Community Engagement component, and a member of the Mentoring Committee.

Dr. Szilagyi is the author of more than 165 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous chapters and invited papers, and is the pediatric editor of several textbooks- the Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, the Merck Manual, the Merck Home Edition, and the Merck Manual of Children's Health. He is also the Editor, Academic Pediatrics and member of Board of Directors.

He spends substantial time each week mentoring faculty and fellows, directs the General Academic Pediatric Fellowship Program, and is the 2006 recipient of the University of Rochester's School of Medicine faculty mentoring award.

Patient Care Bio

Dr. Szilagyi is a respected community healthcare leader. He directs a city-wide outreach program that has reduced disparities in immunizations, and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the largest Medicaid Managed Care plan in Upstate NY. Nationally, he recently served on a standing study section for the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and is on the advisory board of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Community Pediatric Training Initiative. He is an active Board member and Past-President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) formally the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, the national organization of general academic pediatrics.



Dr Szilagyi is the Editor of Academic Pediatrics and a member of Board of Directors. He is the 2010 recipient of the Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award, from the University of Rochester's Center for Community Health.

Awards & Honors (National)

Joel and Barbara Alpert Lecture, Boston University 2009
CDC; Honor for the direction of the top practice-based immunization quality improvement program in the US. 2004
Ambulatory Pediatric Association; National Research Award Recipient Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting | Baltimore, MD 2002

Awards & Honors (Local)

John C. Robinson, MD Lecture | Massachusetts General Hospital for Children 2011
American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award (category of Advanced Practice Nursing) 2010
Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award, University of Rochester's Center for Community Health 2010
Pediatric Alumnus Award for Research | Rochester, NY 2010
Recipient of Junior Faculty Mentoring Award, Awarded at Convocation Ceremony | Rochester, NY 2006
Finalist for the Humanism in Medicine Award | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 2005
Elizabeth R. McAnarney Guest Lecturer, Rochester Pediatric Society, | Rochester, NY. 2005
Recipient of the Howard J. Berman prize for Primary Care Outreach Program and its success in improving the health of children in | Rochester, NY 2004
Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Pediatrics (by medical students) | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 1990
National Center for Health Services Research Fellow, Individual NRSA Award 1986 - 1987

Specialties

Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics

Education

MPH | Public Health | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1987
MD | Medicine | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1981
BA | Psychology | Dartmouth College1977

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Senior Chief Resident in Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY 1984
Residency in Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY 1984