Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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MD, Northwestern University - Feinberg Chicago, IL MPH


University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA


UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Deborah Moss, MD, MPH


Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Research Interests

  • Effects of Acute Tobacco Smoke Exposure on Children
  • Implementing smoking cessation guidelines in the pediatric setting
  • Improving rates of parental smoking cessation
  • Developing curriculum and office-based training for pediatric residents that increases their rates of intervention with parents and youth who smoke

Biography Summary

Deborah Moss MD, MPH is a pediatrician with extensive experience designing and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of care for underserved populations. As faculty in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for the past 20 years, she has focused on improving pediatric care through leadership in education, translation of evidence into practice, and training of pediatric providers. A consistent theme connecting her academic endeavors is the emphasis on addressing gaps in care and outcomes of common pediatric conditions, particularly those with intergenerational, public health implications. Specifically, she has conducted research and led quality improvement initiatives in the areas of tobacco control, asthma, oral health, obesity, and coordinating care for children with special health care needs. In her more recent role as pediatric consultant to UPMC Health Plan, she has used this experience to provide clinical guidance to help design pediatric care management and payment reform programs directed at improving health outcomes for CHIP- and Medicaid-enrolled members.

Dr. Moss is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, completed her pediatric residency at the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and her master's degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academic Pediatric Association, and holds numerous leadership positions including PA AAP executive committee and the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board.

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