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In this episode of the special series, “Pathways to Pediatrics,” hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, interview AAP President Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP. Dr. Szilagyi talks about being the daughter of “professional immigrants,” dealing with a healthcare system that failed her family and finding meaning in the treatment of children who have experienced trauma.



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Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP


AAP President Dr. Moira Ann Szilagyi is a primary care pediatrician, Professor of Pediatrics, and Division Chief of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at UCLA, where she is also the Peter Shapiro Term Chair for Enhancing Children’s Developmental and Behavioral Health. Her broad experience includes primary care for vulnerable populations, suburban private practice, education of trainees, leadership of several multisystem collaborative partnerships to improve care for children in foster care, research on evidence-based screening and the integration of mental health into primary care and a long history of advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. Dr. Szilagyi has held numerous AAP leadership positions, chairing the AAP NY-District II Task Force on Foster Care and the national Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care. She is editor of Fostering Health (the manual for providers and systems) and has co-authored several AAP policy statements and clinical and technical reports on child welfare-involved children. She is actively involved in several education and training projects around trauma-informed care at the state and national level. Dr. Szilagyi sees patients in L.A. County’s foster care system.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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