Rita Dadiz, D.O.

Rita Dadiz, D.O.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 651
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2972
Fax: (585) 461-3614

Research Bio

Dr. Dadiz incorporates simulation-based learning and debriefing methodologies into postgraduate medical and nursing education with the goal of improving interprofessional communication and teamwork during patient care. With validated evaluation tools, she is investigating the impact of simulation-based team training for obstetric and neonatal providers on communication and patient outcomes during high-risk deliveries. Dr. Dadiz is the recipient of an award from the Health Resources and Services Administration to train healthcare providers throughout the Finger Lakes Region of New York State on the use of simulation-based learning and debriefing in quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Dadiz is also the site director for the International Network for Simulation-Based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE). Dr. Dadiz also studies the use of inhaled nitric oxide in newborns with persistent pulmonary hypertension. She is the site investigator for a collaborative research project with the University at Buffalo - Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo investigating the relationship between methemoglobin and response to inhaled nitric oxide in infants with pulmonary hypertension.

Awards & Honors (National)

Third place for research abstract submission | Society for Simulation in Healthcare 2014
Best Doctors in America 2010 - Present
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics 2008 - Present

Awards & Honors (Local)

Strong Star for Excellence in Family-Centered Patient Care | URMC 2016
Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Clinical Training | Department of Pediatrics, URMC 2015
Strong Star for Excellence in Family-Centered Patient Care | URMC 2014
First place for 2014 National Nurses Week Best Practice Showcase | URMC 2014
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Award | URMC 2011 - 2012
Nomination for 2010 Impact Article of the Year | Journal for Healthcare Quality 2010
Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Training | Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center 2009
George W. Merck Dean's Teaching Fellow | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 2008 - 2010
Fellow of the Year | Department of Pediatrics, Jackson Memorial Hospital 2005

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 17 available »

2016 Apr
Auerbach M, Fein DM, Chang TP, Gerard J, Zaveri P, Grossman D, Van Ittersum W, Rocker J, Whitfill T, Pusic M, Kessler DO, . "The Correlation of Workplace Simulation-Based Assessments With Interns' Infant Lumbar Puncture Success: A Prospective, Multicenter, Observational Study." Simulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 2016 Apr; 11(2):126-33.
Dadiz, R.; Baldwin, CD. "Using Self-Motivation Strategies to Optimize Your Professional Learning". NeoReviews. 2016; 17: e188-194.
Shaw, M.; D'Angio, CT.; Dadiz, R. "Personal, Professional, and Practice: A Framework for Ethics Education". NeoReviews. 2016; 17: e61-9.
Pasternack JR, Dadiz R, McBeth R, Gerard JM, Scherzer D, Tiyyagura G, Zaveri P, Chang TP, Auerbach M, Kessler D. "Qualitative Study Exploring Implementation of a Point-of-Care Competency-Based Lumbar Puncture Program Across Institutions." Academic pediatrics. 2016 16(7):621-9. Epub 2016 May 03.
Dadiz, R.; Guillet, R. "Mentors, protégés and the mentoring relationship". Neoreviews. 2015; 16(2): e62-8.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology (SMD) - Primary


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - American Board of Pediatrics


D.O. | Osteopathic Medicine | New York College of Osteopathic Medicine2001
B.S. | Psychobiology and Spanish | State University of New York at Binghamton1996

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Neonatology at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Cente07/01/2004 - 06/30/2007
Residency in Pediatrics at Winthrop University Hospital07/01/2002 - 06/30/2004
Internship in Pediatrics at Winthrop University Hospital07/01/2001 - 06/30/2002