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Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, MPH

Job Title Program Director and Founder, SALUD PARA NIÑOS, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Job Title Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
3420 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-692-6000 Phone
412-692-6660 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1994 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, School of Medicine, Bogotá, Colombia
MPH, 2000 University of Pittsburgh, Graduated School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA


1998 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, School of Medicine, Bogotá, Colombia
2005 Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UMPC, Pittsburgh, PA


2002 Clinical Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Clinical Pharmacology
2008 Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • The C. F. Reynolds Medical History Society
  • Sociedad Colombiana de Pediatría
  • Sociedad Colombiana de Historia de la Medicina

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics


  • Agustin Nieto Caballero’s Award, Gimnasio Moderno
  • Andres Bello’s Medal, Republic of Colombia, Ministry of Education
  • Dean’s Letters of Commendation, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • “Electrocardiograma del Mes”, Hospital Univeristario San Ignacio
  • Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health
  • “Catleya  Award”, Colombia in Pittsburgh
  • A Dozen Making a Difference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • “40 Under 40” Honoree, Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP)
  • Junior Clinician Award, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Breastfeeding Advocacy Award, Allegheny County (Pa.) Health Department
  • Corola Award Coro Latino-Americano, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Libman IM, Barinas-Mitchell E, Bartucci A, Chaves-Gnecco D, Robertson R, Arslanian S. Fasting and 2-hour plasma glucose and insulin: relationship with risk factors for cardiovascular disease in overweight nondiabetic children. Diabetes Care. 2010 Dec;33(12):2674-6.
  • Loe IM, Balestrino MD, Phelps RA, Kurs-Lasky M, Chaves-Gnecco D, Paradise JL, Feldman HM. Early histories of school-aged children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Child Dev. 2008 Nov-Dec;79(6):1853-68.
  • Frye RF, Zgheib NK, Matzke GR, Chaves-Gnecco D, Rabinovitz M, Shakil O, Branch RA. Liver Disease Selectively Modulates Cytochrome P450 Mediated Metabolism. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2006 Sep; 80(3):235-245.
  • Bebia Z. Buch SC. Wilson JW. Frye RF. Romkes M. Cecchetti A. Chaves-Gnecco D. Branch RA. Bioequivalence revisited: influence of age and sex on CYP enzymes. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2004 Dec; 76(6):618-27.

    View Dr. Chaves-Gnecco's full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Diego Chaves-Gnecco MD, MPH is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Director and Founder of the program SALUD PARA NIÑOS.

Dr. Diego’s clinical and academic interest include the diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, providing care to families and children with disabilities, providing care to children from minority and underserved populations and addressing barriers to health care access.

Dr. Diego graduated from Gimnasio Moderno in Bogotá, Colombia. He obtained his title as a Medical Doctor from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana where he held a position as Instructor of Physiology and Pharmacology at the School of Medicine. From 1995 to 1998 he completed his residency in Pediatrics at Hospital Universitario San Ignacio, Clínicas Infantiles Cafam and Colsubsidio being Chief Resident during his last year. In 1998, Dr. Diego came to Pittsburgh as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Center for Clinical Pharmacology where he worked until 2002. He obtained a Master degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), in 2000.

In 2002, he started his residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and joined its Community Oriented Residency Education (CORE) program, an area of concentration in the pediatric training program that aims to train leaders in community health and child advocacy. As part of his CORE training, in the summer of 2002 Dr. Diego created the First Pediatric Bilingual-Bicultural Clinic in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Since its creation, this clinic has expanded to the program Salud Para Niños (Health for the Children). At Salud Para Niños, culturally and linguistically competent primary care for children and families is complemented with activities oriented toward prevention and empowering the community about its own health. Some of the activities of Salud Para Niños include: a weekly clinics in Oakland at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Primary Care Center, a monthly free clinic at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Care Mobile and at the Birmingham Clinic, participation in the organizations of the community fairs "Al Servicio de la Comunidad", a literacy program where children are given bilingual books to promote literacy and learning of English as a Second Language for both children and parents, translation of health prevention materials into Spanish, and Hispanic/Latino Car Seat Checks in which emphasis is made in car safety issues.

Dr. Diego completed his fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in 2008 being a fellow of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau program and a fellow of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND).

Dr. Diego is a member of the HRSA Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry.

Dr. Diego has been honored with several recognitions for his work and to his services to the community.

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January 30, 2012
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Last Update
January 30, 2012