Evelyn C. Reis, MD, FAAP

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

Reis received her Bachelor of Arts as an Echols Scholar from the University of Virginia in 1983 and her MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1987. She completed her pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital in Boston in 1990 and fellowship training in the General Pediatric Academic Development program at Johns Hopkins University in 1992. Following fellowship training, Reis joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1992 as an Instructor in Pediatrics and served as the Director of Inpatient Pediatrics at the community hospital site for pediatric residents. In 1994, she was recruited to join the faculty of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Reis is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science and the Assistant Dean for the Learning Environment. Reis is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of children and of those who care for them. Through direct patient care and continued educational leadership, Reis works to optimize health and health care for children. She has held numerous educational leadership roles at Children's including Director of the Residents’ Continuity Clinic. Her most valuable contribution in this role was the development of the novel case-based, evidence-based primary care curriculum which has educated hundreds of trainees since its launch in 2003. Reis also serves as a respected educational leader in communication skills training for residents and medical students; a Balint group leader for residents and faculty; a career mentor for dozens of students, residents, fellows and junior faculty; and a divisional physician wellness champion. In each of these roles, Reis models and promotes empathy, respect, inclusion, and compassion. 

In addition to excellence in education and patient care, Reis is an accomplished leader in translational science. Based on her success in conducting community-based research, Reis was selected to serve as the founding Medical Director of the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) pediatric practice-based research network, Pediatric PittNet. Under her leadership (2007-2018), Pediatric PittNet more than tripled in size to comprise 230 providers serving more than 240,000 patients in 50 offices across 13 counties in Western Pennsylvania. During this time, the network supported over 170 studies conducted by 100+ investigators and enrolled more than 4800 children in research protocols. Among the multiple high-impact studies conducted by Pediatric PittNet are NIH-funded multi-site clinical trials of common infections in children (otitis media, urinary tract infection, sinusitis); NIMH-funded practice-based interventions for common mental health conditions (ADHD, depression, anxiety); and the CDC-funded multicenter Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network study, for which Reis serves as a Co-Investigator. 

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, National Pre-Medical Honor Society, 1981-1983 
    • Chapter President (1982-1983) 
  • Massachusetts Medical Society, 1984-1990 
  • American Medical Association, 1985-1997 
  • American Medical Women's Association, 1985-1993 
  • Housestaff Association, Children's Hospital, Boston, 1987-1990 
    • Secretary (1989-1990)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1989-Present 
    • Fellow (1993-Present)
  • Academic Pediatric Association, 1992-Present 
  • Pittsburgh Pediatric Society, 1995-2010 
    • Secretary-Treasurer (1997-99)
    • CME Director (1998-99)
  • American Balint Society, 2012-Present 
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors, 2013-Present 
  • Association for Clinical and Translational Science, 2017-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

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. 

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. 

Walling EB Dodd S, Bobenhouse N, Reis EC, Sterkel R, Garbutt J. Implementation of strategies to improve human papillomavirus vaccine coverage: a provider survey. Am J Prev Med. 2019;56(1):74-83.  doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.07.038. PMID: 30573149 

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 

Zimmerman RK, Raviotta JM, Nowalk MP, Moehling KK, Reis EC, Humiston, SG, Lin CJ. . Using the 4 Pillars™ Practice Transformation Program to increase adolescent human papillomavirus, meningococcal, tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis and influenza vaccination. Vaccine. 2017 Oct 27;35(45):6180-6186. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.09.039. Epub 2017 Sep 22. PMID: 28947346 

Zimmerman RK, Moehling KK, Lin CJ, Zhang S, Raviotta JM, Reis EC, Humiston SG, Nowalk MP. Improving adolescent HPV vaccination in a randomized controlled cluster trial using the 4 Pillars™ Practice Transformation Program. Vaccine. 2017; 35(1):109-117. Epub 2016 Nov 18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.11.018.  PMID: 27876200 

Thompson MG, Clippard J, Petrie JG, Jackson ML, McLean HQ, Gaglani M, Reis EC, Flannery B, Monto AS, Jackson L, Belongia EA, Murthy K, Zimmerman RK, Thaker S, Fry AM. Influenza vaccine effectiveness for fully and partially vaccinated children 6 months to 8 years old during 2011-2012 and 2012-2013: The importance of two priming doses. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016;35:299-308. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001006. PMID: 26658375 

Nowalk MP, Zimmerman RK, Lin CJ, Reis EC, Huang HH, Moehling, KK, Hannibal KM, Matambanadzo A, Shenouda EM, Allred NJ. Maintenance of increased childhood influenza vaccination rates one year after an intervention in primary care practices. Acad Pediatr. 2016;16:57-63. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.03.010. PMID:26767508 

Lin CJ, Nowalk MP, Zimmerman RK, Moehling KK, Conti T, Allred NJ, Reis EC. Reducing racial disparities in influenza vaccination among children with asthma. J Pediatr Health Care. 2016 May-Jun;30(3):208-15.Epub 2015 Aug 5. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.06.006. PMID: 26254743  

Radovic A, Farris C, Reynolds K, Reis EC, Miller E, Stein B. Primary care providers' beliefs about teen and parent barriers to depression care. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2014;35(8):534-8. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000089. PMID: 25098692 

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Research Grants

UL1-TR-001857, Clinical and Translational Medical Director Science Institute Pediatric Practice- Based Research Network, (PI) , (PI, 15% effort), 2016-2021NIH 

U01 001035, Outpatient Vaccine Effectiveness for Seasonal Flu, Pandemic Flu In a Large, Diverse Network (PI, 10% effort), 2016-2021