Basil Zitelli, MD


Chief, The Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Service
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD


Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC


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Biography Summary

As chief of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Diagnostic Service since 2002, Basil J. Zitelli, MD, has overseen an expansion of the division and witnessed a dramatic increase in the use of the hospitalist and other services it offers patients and community physicians throughout the region.

Today, nearly twice the number of community physicians are using the inpatient services provided by the division's general pediatricians/hospitalists, who specialize in diagnosing and managing a wide range of complex pediatric medical conditions. In addition, the division offers ambulatory consultation for physicians, a medical short stay unit, an evening hospitalist program and is committed to the training of medical students and residents. In 2004, Diagnostic Service had more discharges and more observation patients than any other hospital division.

Dr. Zitelli, a native of Pittsburgh, joined Children's Hospital's Diagnostic Service in 1978. The same year, he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he continues to teach future physicians as a professor of pediatrics.

He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and completed his pediatric training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Following two years of military service, he returned to Johns Hopkins as chief resident in pediatrics from 1976-1978.

Dr. Zitelli, an active member of several professional and scientific societies, has received honors and awards from a number of them, including the American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award for Continuing Education and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter, Pediatrician of the Year.

His clinical and research interests include issues related to pediatric liver transplantation, particularly the long-term follow up of transplant patients. His work in pediatric medicine also extends to other countries, including efforts to develop partnerships with children's hospitals in Poland and in Minsk, Belarus.

Dr. Zitelli has lectured and published extensively throughout his career. He is the author of more than 130 published journal articles, books, book chapters, reviews and other publications and is senior editor of the Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis, a popular text/atlas of pediatric disorders, and co-editor of Common and Chronic Symptoms in Pediatrics and the eighth edition of the Harriet Lane Handbook.

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    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

    4401 Penn Ave.
    Pittsburgh PA, 15224
    (412) 692-5135