Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Secondary Specialty:

Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Board Certifications:

Pediatric Emergency Medicine


MD, University of Missouri Columbia Columbia, MO


Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH


Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA


UPMC Horizon
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Richard Saladino, MD


Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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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.

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