Richard A. Saladino, MD

  • Associate Vice Chair of Faculty Development and Professor of Pediatrics

Richard A. Saladino, MD is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Vice Chair of Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics. Saladino’s primary roles in the Office of Faculty Development include curating the leadership excellence program for the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, provision of career coaching for faculty at all levels of experience and responsibility, and support and guidance for faculty through the academic promotion process. 

Saladino was recruited from Boston, where he had been on the faculty at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 1988 through 2000. He received his medical degree in 1985 from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. His post-graduate work includes an internship and residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's Hospital Boston.

Saladino joined UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 2000. During Saladino’s tenure as medical director through 2018, the clinical service of the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Emergency Department grew from 45,000 to more than 80,000 annual visits. Saladino led the planning and design of current 35,000 square foot emergency department that opened with the new hospital in 2009. 

As a researcher, Saladino's work with animal models of infection contributed to the development of a vaccine widely used to protect children from the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. He is the author of more than 80 published articles, book chapters, reviews and invited papers. He is a member of Society for Pediatric Research, the Academic Pediatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Society for Pediatric Research, 1998-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2002-Present
  • Academy of Master Educators, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2006-Present
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; Panel Member: Board of Appeals for Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2008-2015
  • American Pediatric Association, 2019-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, University of Notre Dame, 1980
  • MD, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1985
  • Internship in Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1985-1986
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1986-1988
  • Fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, 1988-1990

Selected Publications

Lewis J, Arora G, Tudorascu DL, Hickey RW, Saladino RA, Manole MD Acute management of refractory and unstable pediatric supraventricular tachycardia. J Pediatr. 2017; 181:177-182.e2. doi: 10.1016 PMID:27912926

Berger RP, Pak BJ, Kolesnikova MD, Fromkin J, Saladino RA, Herman BE, Pierce MC, Englert D, Smith PT, Kochanek PM. Derivation and validation of a serum biomarker panel to identify infants with acute intracranial hemorrhage.  JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Jun 5;171(6):e170429. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0429. Epub 2017 Jun 5. PMID: 28395008

Ivan Y, Ramgopal S, Cardenas-Villa M, Winger DG, Wang L, Vitale MA, Saladino RA.  Feasibility of the Digital Retinography System Camera in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care 2018 34(7):488-491. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001203. PMID: 28609333

Weberding NT, Saladino RA, Minnigh MB, Oberly PJ, Tudorascu DL, Poloyac SM, Manole MD. Adenosine Administration with a stopcock technique delivers lower-than-intended drug doses.Ann Emerg Med  2018 Feb;71(2):220-224. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.09.002. Epub 2017 Oct 28. PMID: 29089171

Leeper CM, Yazer MH, Saladino RA, Triulzi D, Cladis R, Gaines B. The first described use of uncrossmatched cold-stored whole blood in injured children with hemorrhagic shock. JAMA Pediatr 2018 May 1;172(5):491-492. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.5238. PMID: 29554175 

Berger RP, Saladino RA, Fromkin J, Heineman E, Suresh S, McGinn T. Development of an electronic medical record-based child physical abuse alert system.  J Am Med Inform Assoc J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018 Feb 1;25(2):142-149. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx063. PMID: 28641385

Suresh S, Saladino RA, Fromkin J, Heineman E, McGinn, Richichi R, Berger RP. Integration of physical abuse clinical decision support into the electronic health record at a tertiary care children’s hospital.  J Amer Med Informatics Assoc.  2018 Jul 1;25(7):833-840. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocy025. PMID: 29659856

Ramgopal S, Bykowski MR, Chow I, Losee JE, Saladino RA. Weather patterns in the prediction of pediatric dog bites. Clin Pediatr. 2018 Oct 29:9922818809518. doi: 10.1177/0009922818809518. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30371111

Bykowski MR, Shakir S, Naran S, Smith DM, Goldstein JA, Grunwaldt L, Saladino RA, Losee JE. Pediatric Dog Bite Prevention: Are We Barking Up the Wrong Tree or Just Not Barking Loud Enough?  Pediatr Emerg Care  2019 Sep;35(9):618-623. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001132. PMID: 28398940

Leeper CM, Yazer MH, Cladis FP, Saladino RA, Triulzi DJ, Gaines BA. Cold-stored whole blood platelet function is preserved in injured children with hemorrhagic shock. J Trauma Acute Care Surg.  2019 Jul;87(1):49-53. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000002340. PMID: 31033893

Ramgopal S, Button SE, Owusu Ansah S, Manole MD, Saladino RA, Guyette FX, Martin-Gill C. Success of pediatric intubations performed by a critical care transport service. Prehosp Emerg Care. (in press).

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Academic and Research Interests

  • Evaluation and management of acute illness and injury in children
  • Septic shock in children – particularly screening tools and early identification
  • Inflicted trauma in children – particularly screening tools and early identification 
  • Scholarly approaches to leadership training for faculty
  • Scholarly curriculum development: establishing trust in young children