Rhett H. Lieberman, MD, MPH

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Lieberman is an  Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Lieberman, is honored and excited to be nominated for the position of ChairElect for the APPD Associate Program Directors’ Executive Committee. Rhett is currently the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program (2008) and the director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine rotation (2008) at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Rhett received his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his Medical Degree from Temple University.

He completed his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1999 and his Pediatric Emergency Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2002. Rhett returned to Pittsburgh in 2002 for a faculty position in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and earned his MPH at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health in 2004. Since becoming an Associate Program Director in 2008, Rhett has been grateful to be able to collaborate and learn from the wisdom of other program directors as an active member in the APPD. In 2014, he successfully completed and graduated from the APPD Leadership in Educational Academic Development (LEAD) program (cohort 2). Rhett served as the co-chair of the APPD Associate Program Director Special Interest Group/Grassroots session from 2016- 2017 and has been an active member of the APPD Associate Program Directors’ Executive Committee since 2017.

He has been able to participate in various APPD forums (Learning Technology, Curriculum task forces) to advance his curricular interest in simulation in medical education and procedural competency. He was also a collaborator in the APPD LEARN study: Validity of Resident Self-Assessment Using the Pediatric Milestones. Rhett has developed several innovative pieces of curriculum for pediatric residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh including high-fidelity simulation based, hands on, multimedia courses teaching the initial assessment and management of both acutely ill and pediatric trauma patients. He is currently the lead faculty facilitator for the Evidence Based Medicine curriculum and has created resident exercises for practice based learning through reflection and longitudinal care in the Emergency Department.

Lieberman has been an active member of the APPD, utilizing the benefits of collaborating with other pediatric program directors. He has gained wisdom, leadership skills, professional and personal mentors, and continued growth. He seeks the opportunity to advance and contribute to the organization that has fostered his professional development. He believes that his passion for innovation in pediatric medical education can be used to further the values of the APPD’s mission and vision. He feels that his continued role in the Chair-Elect position of the Associate Program Directors’ Executive Committee would contribute to the provision and advancement of exemplary pediatric education.

Academic and Research Interests

  • Initial Assessment of Accutely III Pediatric Patients
  • Simulation