Peter G. Szilagyi, MD, MPH

Peter Szilagyi, MD, MPH

Professor, Vice Chair for Research and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics





Institutional Affiliation

UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital



Pediatrics, Strong Memorial Hospital, 1985 - 1987


Pediatrics, Strong Memorial Hospital, 1981 - 1982


MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1981


Pediatrics, Strong Memorial Hospital, 1982 - 1985

Board Certification

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 1987

Contact Information

Scientific Interests

Dr. Peter Szilagyi is a pediatric health services and clinical researcher with an overall mission to improve access to healthcare, quality of care and health outcomes for children. He has concentrated his own research on improving the delivery of healthcare in primary care and other settings in three related areas: immunization delivery, healthcare financing and improved care for children with chronic diseases. His immunization delivery studies have led to national recommendations for vaccine financing, evidence-based strategies in primary care to raise immunization rates, a renewed focus on HPV vaccinations and influenza vaccinations, and use of technology to improve immunization delivery. His studies on healthcare financing for children contributed heavily to the passage of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 1998, the SCHIP reauthorization debate in 2008, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), and the recent reauthorization of CHIP in 2015. In collaboration with many others, Szilagyi's studies on common chronic diseases of childhood and adolescence have contributed to improved management, care coordination and building of medical homes.

Highlighted Publications

Rand CM, Brill H, Albertin C, Humiston SG, Schaffer S, Shone LP, Blumkin AK, Szilagyi PG. Effectiveness of centralized text message reminders on human papillomavirus immunization coverage for publicly insured adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2015 May;56(5 Suppl):S17-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.10.273.

Szilagyi PG, Serwint JR, Humiston SG, Rand CM, Schaffer S, Vincelli P, Dhepyasuwan N, Blumkin A, Albertin C, Curtis CR. Effect of provider prompts on adolescent immunization rates: a randomized trial. Acad Pediatr. 2015 Mar-Apr;15(2):149-57. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2014.10.006.

Rand CM, Blumkin A, Szilagyi PG. Electronic health record use and preventive counseling for US children and adolescents. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Feb;21(e1):e152-6. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002260. Epub 2013 Sep 6.

Humiston SG, Serwint JR, Szilagyi PG, Vincelli PA, Dhepyasuwan N, Rand CM, Schaffer SJ, Blumkin AK, Curtis CR. Increasing adolescent immunization rates in primary care: strategies physicians use and would consider implementing. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Aug;52(8):710-20. doi: 10.1177/0009922813483359. Epub 2013 Apr 10.

Rand CM, Humiston SG, Schaffer SJ, Albertin CS, Shone LP, Blumkin AK, Stokley S, Szilagyi PG. Parent and adolescent perspectives about adolescent vaccine delivery: practical considerations for vaccine communication. Vaccine. 2011 Oct 13;29(44):7651-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.08.002. Epub 2011 Aug 12.