Noel B. Spears, MD, MPH

  • Vice Chair of Education and Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Administrative Assistant: Savannah Rider

Spears is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Vice-Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics. She graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her pediatrics residency training at Children’s Memorial Hospital (Lurie) in Chicago and fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She earned a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Spears has led in medical education throughout her career serving in the leadership of the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program as the Associate Program Director (2004-2012) and Program Director (2012-2020). Her research focuses on medical education and childhood injury. She has mentored numerous trainees and faculty in research, scholarship, and career development.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1996-Present            
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association, 2001-Present                     
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow, 2005-Present
    • Section on Emergency Medicine, 2008-Present
  • Society for Pediatric Research, 2008-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Exercise Physiology, Honors with Distinction, University of Iowa, 1992
  • MD, Northwestern University, 1996
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Children's Memorial Medical Center-Northwestern University, 1996-1999
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh-University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2001-2004
  • MPH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 2005
  • Advanced Faculty Leadership Academy, University of Pittsburgh Office of Career Advancement, 2017

Selected Publications

Academic and Research Interests

  • Medical education
  • Pediatric injury
  • Child abuse