Moira A. Szilagyi, M.D., Ph.D.

Moira A. Szilagyi, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

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

Office: (585) 273-4084

Professional Bio

Dr. Moira Szilagyi is Professor of Pediatrics leading national efforts on improving the health of children involved with child welfare and promoting child resilience.

Research Bio

Dr. Szilagyi is recognized nationally for her work in foster care health. She has edited the national health care standards: Fostering Health: Health Care for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She served as vice-chair of the Task Force on Foster Care of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is now Chair of the Council on Foster Care Adoption and Kinship Care at the academy. She works closely with national leadership of the AAP, the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the National Child Traumatic Stress network and other professional and advocacy organizations in shaping the national foster care agenda.

Her funded research focuses on (a) improving comprehensive primary care for children in foster care, (b) enhancing timely identification and appropriate management of behavioral and mental health conditions for children and youth in foster care; and (c) providing enriched after school programs for high risk inner city children.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award, Senior Faculty Category | University of Rochester Medical Center 2011
W. Burt Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award | Federation of Social Workers 2009
Health Care Achievement Award | Rochester Business Journal 2007
Award of Merit | Rochester Academy of Medicine 2007
Front-line Service Award | American Professional Society on Abused Children 2007
Calvin C.J. Sia Community Pediatrics Medical Home Leadership and Advocacy Award | American Academy of Pediatrics 2007
Millie and Richard Brock Pediatric Award, New York Academy of Medicine 2005
Pediatric Links with the Community Advocacy and Education Award 2004
Child Advocacy Award, from New York Chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 2003
Ruth A. Lawrence Faculty Service Award, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, University of Rochester 2003
Making a Difference Award. "For your special gifts of healing, compassion and never-ending commitment to and advocacy for children in foster care." Awarded by Department of Health and Human Services, Monroe County, Rochester, NY 2003
Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching Award. Awarded by the Pediatric House Staff at the University of Rochester 1998 - 1999
National Association of Counties, Award for Foster Care Pediatrics 1992
House-officer of the Year, Rochester Pediatric Society 1988 - 1989
Burroughs-Welcome Award, Leadership in Residency 1988 - 1989
Elon Huntington Hooker Fellowship 1979 - 1980
National Research Service Award (NCHSR, DHHS) 1975 - 1978

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 16 available »

2013 Oct
Conn AM, Szilagyi MA, Franke TM, Albertin CS, Blumkin AK, Szilagyi PG. "Trends in child protection and out-of-home care." Pediatrics. 2013 Oct; 132(4):712-9. Epub 2013 Sep 23.
2012 Nov
Szilagyi M. "The pediatric role in the care of children in foster and kinship care." Pediatrics in review. 2012 Nov; 33(11):496-507; quiz 508.
Jee SH, Halterman JS, Szilagyi MA, Conn AM, Alpert-Gillis L, Szilagyi PG. "Enhanced detection of social-emotional problems among youth in foster care". Academic Pediatrics. 2011; 11(5): 409-413.
Jee SH, Szilagyi MA, Conn AM, Nilsen WJ, Toth S, Baldwin CD, Szilagyi PG. "Assessing and validating office-based screening for psychosocial strengths and difficulties among youths in foster care". Pediatrics. 2011; : 904-910.
Szilagyi M. "The hand on the door." Academic pediatrics. 2011 11(2):105-6.

Current Appointments

Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics (SMD) - Primary


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MD | Medicine | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1984
PhD | Biochemistry | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1980
MS | Biochemistry | University of Rochester1979
BS | Chemistry | Siena College1974

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1986 - 02/161990
Internship in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1984 - 06/30/1986