Deborah Moss, MD, MPH

  • Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Medical Director, UPMC for You
  • Medical Director, UPMC for Kids

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 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.

Moss is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, completed her pediatric residency at 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 as the current President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the AAP.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Medical Society, Member, 1987-1990 
  • American Medical Association, Member, 1987-1990 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow, 1990-Present 
  • Academic Pediatric Association, Member, 2000-Present 

Education & Training

  • BA, History, Cornell University, 1983
  • MD, Northwestern University, 1987
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Health, 1994
  • Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's of Pittsburgh, 1987-1990

Selected Publications

Peele P, Keyser D, Lovelace J, Moss D. Advancing Value-Based Population Health Management Through Payer-Provider Partnerships: Improving Outcomes for Children with Complex Conditions. J Healthcare Quality. 2017 Sep 1. doi: 10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000101. [Epub ahead of print] Pubmed PMID: 28885240. 

Moss DR, Ploof DL, Reis EC. Parent-Informed Anticipatory Guidance to Promote Family Meals. ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition. 2014 June;6(3):181-190. PubMed PMID: 19414064.

Audrain-McGovern J, Stevens S, Murray PF, Kinsman S, Zuckoff A, Pletcher J, Moss D, Baumritter A, Kalkhuis-Beam S, Carlson E, Rodriguez  D, Wileyto EP. The efficacy of motivational interviewing versus brief advice for adolescent smoking behavior change. Pediatrics. 2011 Jul;128(1):e101-11. PubMed PMID: 21690120. 

Moss DR, Lucht LA, Kip KE, Reis SE. Acute physiologic effects of second hand smoke exposure in children. Nicotine Tob Res. 2010 July;12(7):708-714. PubMed PMID: 20447934. 

Lucero CA, Moss DR, Davies ED, Colborn K, Barnhart WC, Bogen DL. An Examination of attitudes, knowledge and clinical practices among Pennsylvania pediatricians regarding breastfeeding and smoking. Breastfeed Med. 2009 June; 4(2):83-9. PubMed PMID: 19210131. 

Moss DR, Cluss PA, Watt-Morse M, Pike F. Targeting pregnant and parental smokers: long term outcomes of a practice-based intervention. Nicotine Tob Res. 2009 March;11(3):278-85. PubMed PMID: 19307447. 

Bogen DL, Davies ED, Barnhart WC, Lucero CA, Moss DR. What do mothers think about concurrent breast-feeding and smoking? Ambul Pediatr. 2008 May-June;8(3):200-204. PubMed PMID: 18501868. 

Best DB, Moss D, Winickoff, JP, Simpson L. Ambulatory Pediatric Association policy on tobacco. Ambul Pediatr. 2006 Nov-Dec;6(6):332-336. PubMed PMID: 17116606. 

Moss D, Cluss PA, Mesiano M, Kip KE. Accessing adult smokers in the pediatric setting: What do parents think? Nicotine Tob Res. 2006 Feb;8(1):67-75. PubMed PMID: 16497601.  

Cluss PA, Moss D.  Parent attitudes about pediatricians addressing parental smoking.  Ambul Pediatr. 2002 Nov-Dec;2(6):485-488. PubMed PMID: 12437396. 

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