Stacey A. Engster, MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science
  • Medical Director, University of Pittsburgh CTSI Pediatric PittNet
  • Associate Clinical Director of UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Primary Care Center

Engster is an assistant professor of pediatrics and clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. She is Medical Director of the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pediatric PittNet and Associate Clinical Director at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Engster earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from La Salle University and completed medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA. Engster completed her general academic pediatric fellowship with UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2018, obtaining a Master of Science in Clinical Research with the University of Pittsburgh. Engster is specifically interested in substance use prevention and practice-based research. Engster has focused on adolescent and parent management of controlled prescription medications, among other substances. She has participated in the national American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Use Prevention. She has surveyed parents and caretakers on multiple topics, including their preferences and experiences with research participation. She helped form a Parent Panel and Parent Advisory Board through Pediatric PittNet, two groups that provide regular feedback to improve our practice-based research network and the care provided to children in our region.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, National Pre-Medical Honor Society, 2006-2009
  • American Medical Association, 2009-2013
  • Academic Pediatric Association, 2015-Present
    • Special Interest Groups: Pediatric Tobacco Issues, Women in Medicine  
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012-Present
  • Section on Early Career Physicians, Section on Tobacco Control, Section on Simulation and Innovative Learning Methods, 2017-Present
  • Fellow, 2019-Present 
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society and Allegheny County Medical Society, 2018-Present

Education & Training

  • BA, Biology, La Salle University, 2009
  • MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2013
  • MS, Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2018
  • Internship/Residency in Pediatrics, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, 2013-2016
  • Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2016-2018

Selected Publications

Engster S, Bogen DL, Molina B. 2019. Adolescent and Parent Management of Controlled Prescription Medications. Substance Use and Misuse 2019 Jul 29: 1-11; doi: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1645176. 

Engster S, Fascetti C, Daw K, Reis E. 2019. Parent Perceptions of and Preferences for Participation in Child Health Research: Results from a Pediatric Practice-Based Research Network. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine Sept 2019, 32 (5) 685-694; DOI: 

Molina B, Kipp H, Joseph K, Engster S, Harty S, Dawkins M, Newman B, Lindstrom R, Bauer D, Bangalore S (2020). Stimulant diversion risk among college students treated for ADHD:  Primary Care Provider Prevention Training. Academic Pediatrics 20(1): 119-127. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2019.06.002 

Engster S, Molina B, Bogen DL. Adolescent and Parent Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of Harm of Household Controlled Medications. Substance Use and Misuse 2019 Dec 17:1-9, doi:10.1080/10826084.2019.1701034 

Academic and Research Interests

UL1TR001857, University of Pittsburgh, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, (PI, 30% effort), 2018-2021, NIH/CTSA