John Szymusiak, MD, MS, FAAP

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Director - Pediatric Resident Education for Quality and Safety
  • Co-Director - Pediatric Inpatient Medicine Clerkship

Dr. John Szymusiak joined the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine in 2017 following completion of his master’s degree in medical education at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of the combined residency in internal medicine-pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Szymusiak is currently practicing as a full-time hospitalist for both the Division of Internal Medicine as well as the PHM Division at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. 

Academic Activity


Dr. Szymusiak is the co-director for the third-year Pediatric Inpatient Medicine Clerkship at UPSOM. He also directs the curriculum for Quality and Safety for the pediatric residency program. 

Quality Improvement

Dr. Szymusiak is currently a member of a pilot program within the division aimed at familiarizing junior faculty with the process behind designing and performing quality improvement projects. The program's first project involves assessment of asthma education in hospitalized patients through collaboration with nursing staff as well as respiratory therapists.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society of General Internal Medicine

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - 2007
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine - 2011
  • Combined Residency in Internal Medicine - Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - 2014
  • Internal Medicine - Pediatrics Chief Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - 2015
  • Master of Science in Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - 2017

Representative Publications

Szymusiak J. Atrial Fibrillation [computer-based instruction]. Annals Virtual Patients. Annals of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians; Published September 20, 2018

Szymusiak J, Fox MD, Polak C, et al. An inpatient patient safety curriculum for pediatric residents. MedEdPORTAL. 2018;14:10705.

Tarchichi T, Szymusiak J, Fleischer A, Sensenig E, DiCicco LA, Garrison J, Hoyos C, Polak C, McCormick A. Group Learning to Teach Quality Improvement: A Step by Step Approach For Young Pediatric Hospitalist Faculty. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh National Healthcare Quality Week and International Infection Prevention Week. October 17, 2017