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photo John Szymusiak, MD, MS

General Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Co-Director, Pediatrics Clerkship: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director, Pediatric Resident Education in Quality and Safety: UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Assistant Program Director, UPMC Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program


Phone: 412-692-4882

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, G100
200 Lothrop St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4882
Fax: 412-692-4555
Administrative Assistant:
Crystal Knorr Lisowski
Phone: 412-692-4882
Administrative Assistant:
Anna Meurer
Phone: 412-692-4882
Education and Training
BS Psychology, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, 2007
MD, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, 2011
MS Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2011
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA), 2015
Medical Education Fellow, Academic Clinician-Educator Scholars Fellowship, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Track, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA), 2017
Research Interest
Dr. Szymusiak’s research interests include medical education of medical students and residents, patient safety, quality improvement, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Szymusiak is a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric hospitalist, caring for hospitalized adults at UPMC Montefiore-Presbyterian-Shadyside and children at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

He serves as leader within UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His current roles include Associate Director, Pediatric Residents Interested in Medical Education; UPMC Leadership in Medical Education and Patient Safety; and member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Curriculum Reform Task Force. He also serves on the Curriculum, Retention, Clinical Competency, Program Evaluation, and Med-Peds Residency Program Education committees.

Dr. Szymusiak is an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and a reviewer for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Educational Interest
Dr. Szymusiak teaches medical students and residents in a wide variety of settings. He has a specific interest in educating residents about patient safety and quality.
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Selected Publications:
Szymusiak, J., Fox, M.D., Polak, C., Jeong, K., Rubio, D., Dewar, S., Urbach, A., Gonzaga, AM. An inpatient patient safety curriculum for pediatric residents. MedEdPORTAL. 2018; 14: 10705.
Tarchichi, TR, Szymusiak, J. Continuing Medical Education in an On-Demand World: Is Podcasting the Netflix of Medical Education?. Hospital Pediatrics. 2019; 9(10): 818-819.
Szymusiak, J, Walk, TJ, Benson, M, Hamm, M, Zickmund, S, Gonzaga, AM, Bump, GM. Encouraging Resident Adverse Event Reporting: A Qualitative Study of Suggestions from the Front Lines. Pediatric Quality & Safety. 2019; 4(3): e167.
Szymusiak, J, Walk, TJ, Benson, M, Hamm, M, Zickmund, S, Gonzaga, AM, Bump, GM. A Qualitative Analysis of Resident Adverse Event Reporting: What's Holding Us Back. American Journal of Medical Quality. 2020; 35(2): 155-162.
Notable Achievements
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2010
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine College Alumni Award, 2011
Internal Medicine- Pediatrics Clinical Case Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award, 2018
UPMC Shadyside, William M. Cooper Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside 2019/2020 Quality and Safety Fair Second Place Award in Quality, 2020