Madeline Simasek, MD

  • Director, Pediatric Education
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Simasek is the Director of Newborn and Pediatric Services in the UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Simasek received her medical degree from Temple University where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed a pediatric residency and a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics and community medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She recently completed a master's degree in counseling psychology at Chatham University and is interested in integrating behavioral health care for children in primary care. Dr. Simasek currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Practice Guideline Sub-Committee for Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children.

Before joining the Family Medicine Residency faculty, Dr. Simasek worked as a hospital-based pediatrician and then as a community pediatrician. In addition to teaching and consulting in the Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Simasek maintains a small practice at the Family Health Center and oversees the school health programs of UPMC Shadyside. She is especially interested in prevention of high-risk behaviors in adolescents. Dr. Simasek has received more than one million dollars in grants to implement and evaluate teen pregnancy prevention programs in the school setting.

She has one adult daughter who is in medical school and two adult step daughters. Dr. Simasek has a beautiful garden to which she devotes much of her free time.

Scholarly Research Project

2016 - 2017

  • AAP Clinical Practice Guideline on Hypertension – 2016-17; Hours in 7/2016 to 12/2016: 116.75 hours; Hours in 2017: 115 hours

2015 - 2016

AAP Subcommittee on Hypertension Guideline

  • Reviewed 6,209 abstracts for one PICOT question to determine usefulness for systematic review
  • Reviewed 82 articles and recorded relevant information regarding articles in excel spreadsheets
  • In process of writing Key Action Statements for guideline
  • First drafts of assigned topics submitted to ghost writer, May 31, 2016

Selected Publications

2015 - 2016

  • Are School Scoliosis Screening Examinations Necessary and Effective? Acknowledged by Lindsay Nakaishi and Linda S. Nield for assistance with their article published in the December, 2015 issue of Consultant for Pediatricians.
  • Meeting Resident Scholarly Activity Requirements Through a Longitudinal Quality Improvement Curriculum, Journal of Graduate Medical Education MS. No. JGME-D-14-00360R1; Simasek M, Ballard S, Phelps P, Pingul-Ravano R, Kolb R, Finkelstein A, Weaver-Agostoni J, Takedai T Pub Med # 26217429


2016 - 2017

  • Improving the HPV Vaccination Rate at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center. Co-presenter with Mary Hull MD, Lori Stiefel MD, Jacqueline Weaver-Agostoni DO MPH. FMEC 2016. Pittsburgh, PA.  October 29, 2016(Poster)
  • Increasing Implementation of Fluoride Varnish at Well Child Visits. Co-presenter with Jacqueline Uy MD, Lori Stiefel MD, Jacqueline Weaver –Agostoni DO MPH. FMEC 2016. Pittsburgh, PA.  October 29, 2016.  (Poster)

2015 - 2016

  • Branham R, Simasek, M et al.  Piloting New Approaches to Improve Diabetic Patient Hemoglobin A1C Results in a Primary Care Setting. UPMC Shadyside Presbyterian Quality Fair July, 2015.  (Poster)
  • Sidelko D, Simasek M, Stiefel L, Weaver-Agostoni J.  Improving the Hearing Screening Process in Children at the Family Health Center.  Poster presented at FMEC in Danvers, MA. October 2015. (Poster)


2015 - 2016

  • SSH FDN Grant - Promoting Adolescent Development Through Sexuality Education, November, 2015
  • Grant from Grable Foundation:  2016-2019 for school based sex ed
  • Grant from Shadyside Hospital Foundation: 2016-17 school year