Sylvia Choi, MD, FAAP
- Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Sylvia Choi joined the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine in 1998 following completion of her pediatric residency at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, including a year spent as chief resident. Since then, she has dedicated herself as a clinician-educator to advancing the care of hospitalized children as well as providing robust learning opportunities for trainees and clinicians at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the surrounding tri-state area.
Her clinical interests include children with medical complexity and observation medicine. Choi enjoys teaching with a focus on communications skills and has been involved with resident and faculty education as well as national workshops. She is currently the site co-investigator and clinical co-lead of a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI) multicenter study, Comparative Effectiveness of Direct Admission & Admission through Emergency Departments for Children. Choi practices full-time as a board-certified pediatric hospitalist.
Choi is currently the Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs for Pitt Pediatrics and president-elect of the Children's Hospital professional staff (2019-2021).
Professional and Scientific Society Memberships
- Alpha Omega Alpha, 1994-Present
- American Academy of Pediatrics, 1994-Present
- Ambulatory Pediatric Association, 2001-Present
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 2010-2016
Education & Training
- BA, Medical Science, Boston University, 1990
- MD, Boston University School of Medicine, 1994
- Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1994-1997
- Chief Resident in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1997-1998
Christine March, Lorne W. Walker, Regina L. Toto, Sylvia Choi, Evelyn C. Reis, and Stephanie Dewar. Experiential Communications Curriculum to Improve Resident Preparedness When Responding to Discriminatory Comments in the Workplace. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. June 2018, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 306-310.
Pitetti RD, Choi S. Utility of blood cultures in febrile children with UTI. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2002 Jul 20(4):271-4.
Herr SM, Wald ER, Pitetti RD, Choi SS. Enhanced urinalysis improves identification of febrile infants ages 60 days and younger at low risk for serious bacterial illness. Pediatrics. 2001 Oct 108(4):866-71.
Academic and Research Interests
- Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI), Comparative Effectiveness of Direct Admission & Admission through Emergency Departments for Children, (PI, effort 10%), 2019-2022, $55,636