Arcangela Lattari Balest, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Administrative Assistant: Shannon Bost

Balest received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Italian from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. She attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and obtained her MD in 1986. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1989. She completed fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in 1996 in the Newborn Medicine Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Magee-Womens Hospital. Balest was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1989, and by the sub-board in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in November of 1997. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an instructor for the AAP Neonatal Resuscitation Program.

Balest joined the Department of Pediatrics faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Diagnostic Referral Group (now Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine) in 2010 upon leaving Allegheny General Hospital where she had been Director of the Intensive Care Nursery. She was recruited to the Division of Newborn Medicine in July of 2015 to assist in the establishment of Level II nurseries in community affiliate hospitals. Her dedication and commitment to the highest standards of academic medicine and patient care have aligned with and nicely supported the mission of the Division of Newborn Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow, 1989-1991, 2017-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Biology and Italian, University of Pittsburgh, 1982
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh, 1986
  • Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1986-1989
  • Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, 1993-1996

Selected Publications

Lattari A, Daood MJ, Sieck GC, Watchko JF. Rat diaphragm oxidative capacity, antioxidant enzymes, and fatigue: newborn versus adult.  Pediatric Research 1997 Jul 42(1):60-65.

Balest, A.L., White, K.E., Shaffer, A.D. et al. Consideration of Cough Reflex Development When Ordering Modified Barium Swallow Studies in Infants. Dysphagia (2019).

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Academic and Research Interests

  • Evaluation of swallowing in infants