Jennifer S. Zarit, MD, FAAP, IBCLC

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Jennifer Zarit in an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and within the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is also an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Prior to entering medicine, she was a mechanical engineer during which time she focused on upgrading nuclear plant components. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and went on to complete her pediatrics residency at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2014. After residency, she worked in private practice for 2.5 years prior to returning to academic medicine.

She now works in the General Academic Pediatrics division of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, primarily as a newborn hospitalist. She is the Education Lead for the Newborn Nursery Rotation for the Pediatrics and Family Medicine residency programs. She is also the Director of the Lactation Elective for both residents and medical students and is also the Director of the Resident Newborn Elective.

Professional and Scientific Society Membership

  • Society of Women Engineers, 1998-2007
  • Allegheny County Medical Society, 2007-2014, 2018
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society, 2007-2014, 2018
  • American Medical Association, 2007-2014
  • American Medical Student Association, 2007-2011
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2008-2011
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010-Present
    • Fellow, 2014
  • United States Lactation Consultant Association, 2014-2017
  • International Lactation Consultant Association, 2014-Present
  • Academic Pediatric Association, 2017-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2003
  • BA, German, University of Notre Dame, 2003
  • International Study Program, Universitaet Innsbruck (Austria), 1999-2000
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2011
  • Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2011-2014
  • Community-Oriented Resident Education, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2011-2014
  • Breastfeeding Training Curriculum, University of Virginia Health System, 2012
  • Self-Study Modules, Level 1, Wellstart International Lactation Management, 2012
  • Lactation Consultant Training Program Core Phase I and II, Lactation Education Resources, 2015
  • AAMC Medical Education Certificate Program (MERC), University of Pittsburgh, 2018
  • Eat Sleep Console (ESC) Training for opioid exposed infants, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, 2019
  • Tongue-Tie Symposium 2019, GOLD Online Learning, 2019

Research Interests

  • Assessing resident breastfeeding knowledge and comfort with assessing/assisting mothers
  • Evaluating impact of online modules for breastfeeding education of residents