Evelyn C. Reis, MD

  • Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science
  • Assistant Dean for the Learning Environment, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Evelyn C. Reis, MD, is a professor of pediatrics and clinical and translational science and the Associate Dean for the Learning Environment at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and an attending physician at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Reis received her Bachelor of Arts as an Echols Scholar from the University of Virginia and her Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital in Boston and fellowship training in the General Pediatric Academic Development program at Johns Hopkins University. Following fellowship training, Reis joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she served as Director of In-Patient Pediatrics at St. Agnes Hospital. In 1994, she joined the faculty of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and later earned a secondary appointment in Clinical and Translational Science. In 2018, Reis was appointed the inaugural Associate Dean for the Learning Environment.

Reis is an experienced academic general pediatrician and accomplished leader in medical education. She has created and led numerous teaching programs focused on improving health care for children and supporting the professional development of trainees and colleagues. Specifically, Reis’ work promotes the growth of pediatric primary care knowledge, physician communication skills, and the doctor-patient relationship. In addition, Reis served as the inaugural medical director of the University’s pediatric practice-based research network, facilitating child research participation within primary care practices. In her Associate Dean role, Reis leads the Office of the Learning Environment in its mission to ensure a safe, respectful, and equitable educational experience for all students in the School of Medicine. For her commitment to supporting medical student success, she was recognized by the graduating class of 2020 with the Golden Apple Award.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Academic Pediatric Association, 1992-Present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1993-Present
  • American Balint Society, 2012-Present

Education & Training

  • BA, University of Virginia, 1983
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, 1987
  • Internship in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Boston, 1987-1988
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Boston, 1988-1990
  • Fellowship in General Pediatric Academic Development, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1990-1992

Selected Publications

Reis EC, Goepp JG, Katz S, Santosham M.  Barriers to use of oral rehydration therapy.  Pediatrics. 1994;93:708-711. PMID: 8165066

Reis EC, Duggan AK, Adger H, DeAngelis C.  The impact of anti-drug advertising: perceptions of middle school and high school students.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148:1262-1268. PMID: 7951804

Reis EC, Holubkov R.  Vapocoolant spray is equally effective as EMLA cream in reducing immunization pain in school-aged children.  Pediatrics. 1997;100:e5/1-6. (http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/100/6/e5)

Reis EC, Roth EK, Syphan JL, Tarbell SE, Holubkov R.  Effective pain reduction for multiple immunization injections in young infants.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157:1115-1120. PMID: 14609903

Reis EC, Kip KE, Marroquin OC, Kiesau M, Hipps L, Peters RE, Reis SE. Screening children to identify families at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.  Pediatrics. 2006;118:1789-1797. (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/118/6/e1789) PMID: 17142500

Moss DR, Ploof DL, Reis EC. Parent-informed anticipatory guidance to promote family meals. Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition. Published online February 19, 2014. http://can.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/02/07/1941406414522509. DOI: 10.1177/1941406414522509

Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, Lin CJ, Hannibal K, Moehling KK, Huang H, Matambanadzo A, Troy J, Allred NJ, Gallik G, Reis EC. Cluster randomized trial of a toolkit and early vaccine delivery to improve childhood influenza vaccination rates in primary care. Vaccine. 2014;32:3656-3663.  doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.04.057. Epub 2014 Apr 29. PMID: 24793941

March C, Walker WW, Toto RL, Choi S, Reis EC, Dewar S. Experiential communication curriculum to improve resident preparedness when responding to discriminatory comments in the workplace. J Grad Med Educ. 2018 Jun;10(3):306-310. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-17-00913.1. PMID: 29946388

Engster S, Fascetti C, Daw K, Reis EC. Parent perceptions of and preferences for participation in child health research: Results from a pediatric practice-based research network. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019, 32 (5) 685-694; DOI: https://doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2019.05.190030. PMID: 31506364

Chung JR, Flannery B, Gagliani M, Smith ME, Reis EC, Hickey RW, Jackson ML, Jackson LA, Belongia EA, McLean HQ, Martin ET, Segaloff HE, Kim SS, Patel MM. Patterns of influenza vaccination and vaccine effectiveness among young US children who receive outpatient care for acute respiratory tract illness. JAMA Pediatr. Published online May 4, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0372. PMID: 32364599