Timothy R. Shope, MD, MPH

  • Professor of Pediatrics

Shope joined the faculty of Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Academic Pediatrics, in 2011. Previously, he served 21 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring at the rank of Captain. His significant roles included associate and pediatric residency program director from 2000-2008 at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. and the Specialty Advisor to the Navy Surgeon General from 2008-2011. As the Specialty Advisor, he managed and mentored the Navy’s 150 pediatricians stationed across the world and advised the Navy on child health policy.

At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 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 childcare, 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. 

In 2020, Shope became the Medical Director, Quality and Value Based Payment Programs for the Pennsylvania Pediatric Health Network (PPHN) – a clinically integrated network in Western Pennsylvania encompassing 55 pediatric practices and Children’s Hospital. The goal of the PPHN is to improve quality of care and decrease costs for the ~300,000 children cared for by its member practices. 

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-Present 

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, 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. 

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Grants

BAA-NIAID-DMID-NIHAI2008025, Short Course Therapy for Urinary Tract Infection in Children, (PI, 10% effort), 2009-2020, NIH/BAA, $873,314

U01 AI118506, Efficacy of Antibiotics in Children with Acute Sinusitis: Which Subgroups Benefit?, (PI, 5% effort), 2015-2020, NIH/NIAID, $777,335 

U01DC013995, Efficacy of Tympanostomy Tubes for Children with Recurrent Acute Otitis Media, (PI, 10% effort), 2015-2020, NIH, $779,170