Raymond D. Pitetti, MD, MPH, FAAP

  • Division Director, Emergency Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Medical Director, Patient Safety

Administrative Assistant: Deborah Irwin

Pitetti is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  As an undergraduate, Dr. Pitetti attended The University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in 1987.  He received his Medical Degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1992.  He completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  He joined the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 1998.  During his fellowship training, Dr. Pitetti also completed a Master of Public Health at The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  Dr. Pitetti is dedicated to excellence in medical education and has been deeply and consistently involved in the education of APP students, medical students, residents and fellows throughout his career in Pittsburgh.  He been involved in bedside teaching as well as lecture-based education over his 20 years at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  His dedication to teaching includes his administrative roles in the development of various rotations in the Emergency Department at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as well as his time spent lecturing at various schools throughout the area. He holds multiple adjunct professorships in advanced practice provider programs at local universities and colleges.  His academic interests have pertained to the evaluation and management of children presenting to the emergency department with an apparent life threatening event as well as the use of procedural sedation for the performance of painful procedures in children.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Allegheny County Medical Society, 1995-1998
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Emergency Medicine, 2019-Present
  • Society for Pediatric Research, 2005-Present
  • Society for Pediatric Sedation, 2009-Present
  • American College of Physician Executives, 2014-Present
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine North American Chiefs, 2019-Present
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors, 2019-Present

Education & Training

  • BSE, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • MD, Temple University School of Medicine, 1992
  • MPH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 1998
  • Internship in Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 1992-1993
  • Residency in Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 1993-1995
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1995-1998

Selected Publications

Tieder JS, Altman RS, Bonkowsk JL, Brand DA, Claudius I, Cunningham DJ, DeWolfe C, Percelay JM, Pitetti RD and Smith MBH.  Management of Apparent life threatening events in infants: A systematic review.  J Pediatr 2013;163(1):94-99.

Caperell K, Pitetti R and Cross K.  Race and acute abdominal pain in a pediatric emergency department.  Pediatrics 2013;131(6):1098-1106.

Caperell K and Pitetti RD.  Seasonal variation of headache in a pediatric ED.  In press, Pediatr Emerg Care 2014;30(3):1-3.

Bear DM, Friel NA, Lupo CL, Pitetti RD and Ward WT.  Hematoma block versus sedation for the reduction of distal radius fractures in children.  J Hand Surg Am 2014;40(1):57-61.

Neville D and Pitetti RD.  Double-blind randomized controlled trial of intranasal Dexmedetomidine versus intranasal midazolam as anxiolysis prior to pediatric laceration repair in the emergency department.  Acad Emerg Med 2016;23(8):910-917.

Fagbuyi D, Manole MD, Ralphe JC, Zuckerbraun NS, Pitetti RD, Lin Y, Jeong K, Saladino RA andVenkataraman S.  Diastolic hypotension, troponin elevation, and electrocardiographic changes associated with the management of moderate to severe asthma in children. Acad Emerg Med 2016;23:816-822.

Iyer M, Vitale M and Pitetti RD.  Higher Mallampati scores are not associated with more adverse events during pediatric procedural sedation and analgesia.  Western J Emerg Med 2018;19(2):430-436.  


Academic and Research Interests

  • Alte
  • Sedation
  • Brue