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Sylvia S. Choi, MD, FAAP

Job Title Medical Director of the Limited Stay Unit, University of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Job Title Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, The Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service, University of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5135 Phone
412-692-7038 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1994 Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Residency:

1998 University of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Memberships

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Heart Association  
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor
  • Drug Enforcement Agency

Awards

  • Preblud Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Health Care Hero Award finalist, Community Outreach, Pittsburgh Business Times
  • Community Champion, Jefferson Awards, National volunteer recognition program
  • Selected one of the Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in America 2001 - 2006
  • Faculty Recognition Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Patient Satisfaction Award, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Faculty Recognition Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • “Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians,” 2006 ed of the Consumers’ Research Council of America
  • Patient Satisfaction Award, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • KIDS First employee awardee (Sept 2007), Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Publications

  • Herr SM, Wald ER, Pitetti RD, Choi SS.  Enhanced urinalysis improves identification of febrile infants ages 60 days and younger at low risk for serious bacterial illness.  Pediatrics 2001 Oct;108(4):866-71.
  • Pitetti RD, Choi S.  Utility of blood cultures in febrile children with UTI. American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2002 Jul:20(4):271-4.

Research Interests

  • Application of low risk criteria to febrile infants

Biography Summary

Sylvia S. Choi, MD, FAAP, is an attending physician in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service, which consists of pediatric hospitalists for Children’s Hospital’s General Medical Service.

Dr. Choi and her colleagues in the Diagnostic Referral Service help families and support primary care physicians by identifying a child’s specialized medical needs while coordinating the best possible advanced treatment. The service is staffed by full-time physicians with special interest in the diagnostic challenges of general pediatrics, who specialize in multisystem diseases, complex single-system problems and basic pediatric problems. Based at Children’s, the group serves as a consultative service for physicians whose patients have complex diagnoses because they have years of experience in diagnosing and managing a wide variety of the most complex pediatric medical conditions. That experience complements the referring physician’s knowledge of the patient and provides a fresh perspective on what may be a challenging diagnosis and management.

Dr. Choi also serves as the medical director of Children’s Limited Stay Unit, which provides focused, rapid treatment for those patients with simple diagnoses whose estimated length of stay is six to 48 hours.

Dr. Choi, who is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, Alpha Omega Alpha and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, to name just a few. She has been a Pediatric Advanced Life Support instructor with the American Heart Association since 1997.

She received her medical degree and her doctorate at Boston University, and completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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September 12, 2008
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