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Peter Szilagy

University of California los Angeles
United States of America


I am a pediatric health services and clinical researcher with an overall mission to improve access to healthcare, quality of care, and health outcomes for children. I have concentrated my own research on improving the delivery of healthcare in primary care and other settings in three related areas: immunization delivery, healthcare financing, and improved care for children with chronic diseases. My immunization delivery studies have led to national recommendations for vaccine financing, evidence-based strategies in primary care, to raise immunization rates, a renewed focus on HPV vaccinations and influenza vaccinations, and use of technology to improve immunization delivery. my studies on healthcare financing for children contributed heavily to the passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 1998, the SCHIP reauthorization debate in 2008, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), and the recent reauthorization of CHIP in 2015. In collaboration with many others, my studies on common chronic diseases of childhood and adolescence have contributed to improved management, care coordination, and building of medical homes.

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Dr. Szilagyi received his BA from Dartmouth College and completed medical school, pediatric residency, and a RWJ Academic General Pediatric fellowship all at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. From 1987 to 2014 he was a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester. For a decade he was director of the Continuity Clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital. For nearly two decades he was director of the Academic General Pediatric fellowship program, and Division Chief of General Pediatrics. As a health services researcher, he achieved leadership within the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), being co-director of the Greater Rochester Practice-Based Research Network and a leader in Community Engagement. He is the pediatric editor of the Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, and is editor-in-chief of the pediatric journal - Academic Pediatrics.


  • Iwane Marika K, Chaves Sandra S, Szilagyi Peter G, Edwards Kathryn M, Hall Caroline B, Staat Mary A, Brown Cedric J, Griffin Marie R, Weinberg Geoffrey A, Poehling Katherine A, Prill Mila M, Williams John V, Bridges Carolyn B Disparities between black and white children in hospitalizations associated with acute respiratory illness and laboratory-confirmed influenza and respiratory syncytial virus in 3 US counties--2002-2009 American journal of epidemiology, 2013; 177(7): 656-65.

  • Wikswo Mary E, Desai Rishi, Edwards Kathryn M, Staat Mary Allen, Szilagyi Peter G, Weinberg Geoffrey A, Curns Aaron T, Lopman Benjamin, Vinjé Jan, Parashar Umesh D, Payne Daniel C, Hall Aron J Clinical profile of children with norovirus disease in rotavirus vaccine era Emerging infectious diseases, 2013; 19(10): 1691-3.

  • Humiston Sharon G, Schaffer Stanley J, Szilagyi Peter G, Long Christine E, Chappel Tahleah R, Blumkin Aaron K, Szydlowski Jill, Kolasa Maureen S Seasonal influenza vaccination at school: a randomized controlled trial American journal of preventive medicine, 2014; 46(1): 1-9.

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