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Raymond D. Pitetti, MD

Raymond Pitetti, MD
Job Title Medical Director, Children's Express Care
Job Title Medical Director, Pediatric Sedation Service
Job Title Associate Medical Director, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Job Title Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Job Title Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physician Assistant, Rangos School of Health Sciences, Duquesne University
Job Title Master of Physician Assistant Studies Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Preceptor Program, Chatham College
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 1
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-8431 Phone
412-692-5558 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1992 Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
1998 MPH, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


1995 St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA


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


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Emergency Medicine
  • Society for Pediatric Research

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Instructor
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Provider
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support, Provider
  • Advanced Care Life Support, Provider


  • 1998-2004 Physician's Recognition Award (AMA)
  • Outstanding Child Abuse Research Project of the Year (OSCAR), awarded February, 2003, at the 2003 San Diego Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. Pitetti RD, Maffei F, Hickey R, Berger R and Pierce MC. Prevalence of retinal hemorrhages in children presenting with an apparent life-threatening event.
  • Winner, William H. Spivey, MD, FACEP, Clinical and Basic Science Research Competition. 32nd Annual PaACEP Scientific Assembly, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 2005. Pitetti RD, Whitman E and Hickey R. QT and QTc dispersion is prolonged in infants with apparent life-threatening events.
  • Patient Satisfaction Award - Outstanding Achievement in Patient Care. Highest Overall Quality of Doctor Care in the Emergency Department.


  • Pitetti R. Davis PJ. Redlinger R. White J. Wiener E. Calhoun KH. Effect on hospital-wide sedation practices after implementation of the 2001 JCAHO procedural sedation and analgesia guidelines. [Journal Article] Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 160(2):211-6, 2006 Feb. UI: 16461880
  • Pitetti RD. Lovallo A. Hickey R. Prevalence of anemia in children presenting with apparent life-threatening events. [Comparative Study. Journal Article] Academic Emergency Medicine. 12(10):926-31, 2005 Oct. UI: 16204136
  • Pitetti RD. Maffei F. Chang K. Hickey R. Berger R. Pierce MC. Prevalence of retinal hemorrhages and child abuse in children who present with an apparent life-threatening event. [Journal Article] Pediatrics. 110(3):557-62, 2002 Sep. UI: 12205260

Research Interests

  • Measurement of COHGB levels in children with obstructive sleep apnea
  • Use of biochemical markers of injury to assess children <3 years old presenting with signs and symptoms consistent with undiagnosed head injury
  • Child abuse and ALTEs in infants
  • Clinical evaluation of children presenting with an apparent life-threatening event: Utility of performing routine testing
  • Elevated COHGB levels in patients presenting with an ALTE
  • Association of mycoplasma pneumoniae and acute asthma exacerbations
  • Measurement of COHGB levels in traumatic brain injury and children presenting with hypoxic injury
  • Measurement of CVO2 and COHGB levels in oncology patients with fever and neutropenia
  • Role of anemia in the pathophysiology of ALTEs
  • Use of the transthecal digital block in children
  • Dermabond and nail replacement
  • Use of a semi-quantitative immunoassay for procalcitonin in the identification of bacteremia in febrile oncology patients
  • Evaluation of the use of rapid strep tests in patients pretreated with antibiotics
  • Association of GABHS and Henoch-Schonlein purpura
  • Association of mycoplasma pneumonia and chlamydiae pneumoniae in sickle cell patients with acute chest syndrome
  • Emergency Department and Fast Track efficiency study

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Measurement of Carboxyhemoglobin Levels in Asymptomatic Children
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