Timothy R. Shope, MD, MPH

  • Professor of Pediatrics

Shope is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. He is the Medical Director of the Pennsylvania Pediatric Health Network (a clinically integrated network) and a member of the General Academic Pediatrics Clinical Trials Unit. 

Shope received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College, his Doctor of Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and his Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University. He completed a pediatrics residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego and a fellowship in general academic pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, he served 21 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring at the rank of Captain. He held positions as a pediatric residency program director and the Specialty Advisor to the Navy Surgeon General. His highest military award was the Legion of Merit and he was recognized for career achievement with the Outstanding Service Award, by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Uniformed Services.  

Shope engages in direct patient care, education for medical students and residents, and clinical research involving improving the diagnosis and treatment of common pediatric infectious diseases such as UTIs, sinusitis, acute otitis media and pneumonia. Shope is nationally known for developing exclusion and return to care criteria for mildly ill children in child care and schools, and has written a book entitled, “Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools,” published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, now in its 5th edition. Shope has published over 50 academic articles, reviews, and chapters in journals such as JAMA, NEJM, and Pediatrics. 

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1994-Present 
    • Uniformed Services Section, 1997-Present 
    • Section on Early Education and Child Care, 2001-Present
    • Section of Community Pediatrics, 2002-Present
  • Academic Pediatric Association, 1996-Present 
    • Continuity Clinic Special Interest Group, 2003-2006
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors, 2004-2008, 2012-2020 

Education & Training

  • BA, Biology, Kalamazoo College, 1986
  • MD, Michigan State University, 1990
  • Internship/Residency in Pediatrics, Naval Medial Center San Diego, 1990-1993
  • Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, 1997-2000
  • MPH, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

Selected Publications

Shope TR, Walker, BH, Aird L, Southward L, Martin JM. Influenza vaccine requirements in United States child care centers. J Pediatr Infect Dis Soc. 2019. piz078, https://doi.org/10.1093/jpids/piz078 

Shaikh N, Martin JM, Hoberman A, Skae M, Milkovich L, McElheny C, Hickey RW, Gabriel LV, Kearney DH, Majd M, Shalaby-Rana E, Tseng G, Kolls J, Horne W, Huo Z, Shope TR. Biomarkers that differentiate false positive urinalyses from true urinary tract infection. Pediatr Nephrol. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00467-019-04403-7 

Shope TR, Chen CP, Liu H, Shaikh N. Randomized trial of irrigation and curetting for cerumen removal in young children. Front in Pediatr. 7:216. doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00216 

Shaikh N, Martin JM, Hoberman A, Skae M, Milkovich L, Nowalk A, McElheny C, Hickey RW, Kearney D, Majd M, Shalaby-Rana E, Tseng G, Alcorn JF, Kolls J, Kurs-Lasky M, Huo Z, Horne W, Lockhart G, Pohl H, Shope TR. Host and bacterial markers that differ in children with cystitis and pyelonephritis. J Pediatr. 2019 Mar 21. pii: S0022-3476(19)30027-7. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.01.012 

Shaikh N, Hoberman A, Hum S, Muniz G, Kurs-Lasky M, Landsittel D, Shope T. Predicting urinary tract infections in young febrile children: development and validation of a UTI calculator. JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(6):550-556. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0217 

Martin JM, Hoberman A, Shaikh N, Shope T, Bhatnagar S, Block S, Haralam M, Kurs-Lasky M, Green M. Changes over time in nasopharyngeal colonization in children under 2 years of age at the time of diagnosis of acute otitis media (1999-2014). Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Volume 5, Issue 3, 1 March 2018, ofy036, https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofy036 

Hoberman A, Paradise J, Rockette H, Jeong J, Kearney D, Bhatnagar S, Shope T, Muniz G, Martin J, Kurs-Lasky M, Haralam M, Pope M, Nagg J, Zhao W, Miah M, Beumer J, Venkataramanan R, and Shaikh N. Reduced-concentration clavulanate for young children with acute otitis media. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2017;61(7): e00238-17. PMID: 28438923 

Shope TR, Walker BH, Aird L, Southward L, McCown JS, Martin JM. Pandemic influenza preparedness among child care center directors in 2008 and 2016. Pediatrics. 2017;139(6):e20163690. PMID: 28562271. 

Bedard N, Shope T, Hoberman A, Haralam M, Shaik N, Kovacevic J, Balram N, Tosic I. Light Field Otoscope design for 3D in vivo imaging of the middle ear. Biomedical Optics Express. 2017;8:260-72. PMID: 28101416. 

Hoberman A; Paradise J; Rockette H; Kearney D; Bhatnagar S; Shope TR; Martin J; Kurs-Lasky M; Copelli S; Colborn K; Block S; Labella J; Lynch T; Cohen N; Haralam M; Pope M; Nagg J; Green M; Shaikh N. Shortened antimicrobial treatment for acute otitis media in young children. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016;375:2446-56. PMID: 28002709. 

Academic and Research Interests

  • Child Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • School
  • Exclusion Criteria
  • Influenza
  • General Pediatrics