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Richard A. Saladino, MD

Job Title Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Job Title Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 1
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-7692 Phone
412-692-7464 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1985 University of Missouri School of Medicine


1988 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


1990 Children's Hospital Boston


  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • American Academy of Pediatrics


  • Leadership Award, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Resident Teaching Award, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Best Oral Basic Science Presentation, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine

Biography Summary

Richard A. Saladino, MD, joined Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh as chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 2000 with a mission of ensuring delivery of state-of-the-art care at the region's leading pediatric emergency center, while expanding the research and teaching programs within the division. In addition to his work at the hospital, Dr. Saladino teaches at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is an associate professor of pediatrics.

He has taken several steps to make certain up-to-date knowledge is applied to the way patients are evaluated and treated in the hospital's Emergency Department, a level 1 pediatric trauma care facility that cares for nearly 57,000 children a year. Among the initiatives is an ongoing program to develop evidence-based guidelines for everyday practice.

As a researcher, Dr. Saladino's work with animal models of infection contributed to the development of a vaccine widely used to protect children from the streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. As division chief, he has encouraged basic and clinical research seeking to advance acute care management of ill and injured children. Basic research has included using animal models of asphyxial cardiac arrest to study mechanisms and markers of neural cell death and related issues. Clinical research has included identifying serious bacterial infection in febrile children and studies addressing the epidemiology and identification of children with injuries.

Several educational activities have also been established, including a series of conferences on state-of-the-art emergency medicine and clinical management, a curriculum for the Fellowship Program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an initiative that provides some 50 Pediatric Advance Life Support courses a year at the hospital and throughout the region.

Dr. Saladino was recruited from Boston, where he had been on the faculty at Children's Hospital Boston and the Harvard University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree in 1985 from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. His post-graduate work includes an internship and residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's Hospital Boston.

Dr. Saladino is the author of more than 50 published articles, book chapters, reviews and abstracts. He is a member of Society for Pediatric Research and the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on numerous hospital committees.

Last Update
April 16, 2013
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Last Update
April 16, 2013