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Dennis Z. Kuo, M.D., M.H.S.

(Pronouns: he/him)

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Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 273-3515

Faculty Appointments


Professional Background

Dr. Kuo is Chief of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kuo has a longstanding interest in comprehensive care of children with disabilities and medical complexity. Prior to coming to URMC, Dr. Kuo provided both general pediatric and specialty care for children with medical complexity, developmental disabilities, and feeding disorders at Arkansas Children's Hospital and Oishei Children's Hospital (Buffalo, NY).


Dr. Kuo's research interests include patient- and family-centered care for children with medical complexity; care coordination; early childhood health; and health care system reform for children with disabilities and medical complexity. He is a Steering Committee member of the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs research network.



MD | Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

MHS | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Population and Family Health Sciences

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/2005 - 06/2008
General Academic Pediatrics Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

06/1997 - 06/2000
Pediatrics Resident, University of North Carolina Hospitals


Journal Articles

Yu JA, Bayer ND, Beach SR, Kuo DZ, Houtrow AJ. "A National Profile of Families and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities and/or Medical Complexity." Academic pediatrics.. 2022 Aug 21; Epub 2022 Aug 21.

Kuo DZ, Rodgers RC, Beers NS, McLellan SE, Nguyen TK. "Access to Services for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs and Their Families: Concepts and Considerations for an Integrated Systems Redesign." Pediatrics.. 2022 Jun 1; 149(Suppl 7)

Lillvis DF, Sheehan KM, Yu J, Noyes K, Bass KD, Kuo DZ. "Characterizing physical trauma in Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs." The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2022 Mar 14; Epub 2022 Mar 14.