Matthew G. Masiello, M.D., MPH, FAAP
Dr. Masiello holds the position of Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Children’s Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts; Chief, Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Interim Chair of Pediatrics at Health Alliance Hospital , Leominster, Massachusetts. In addition, he will soon be taking on the positon of District 9 Represenative for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Masiello’s work in the care of children has been in the role of a critical care physician, general practitioner, Chairman of Pediatrics and Vice-President in a large health care system, public health research scientist and public health program director. This has afforded him the opportunity to lead clinical and public health teams in the support, development and implementation of a multitude of evidence based, clinical/health promotion initiatives, both nationally and internationally. They include numerous school, hospital and community based projects such as clinical health promotion initiatives for the pediatric asthma population; medical home development; worksite wellness programs, community need assessments, program evaluation services, coordinated school health council development, child and adolescent bullying prevention; childhood obesity and injury prevention initiatives. Many of these efforts were reviewed in the manuscript, A Health Promoting Hospital: A Strategy in the Re-Design of the U.S. Health Care System. Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science. Special Policy Issue on Public Health. Vol. 14, No.1. Dec. 2008, developed to address the issues related to the public health system in Pennsylvania. This community, regional, national and international health promotion work has been awarded over $ 7 million to date.
His work in population health has also been at an international level. He served as a U.S. Network Coordinator for the International Health Promoting Hospital Network (HPH), a World Health Organization supported Collaborative Centre. From 2010 to 2012 he served on the Governance Board of HPH.
Dr. Masiello has had the opportunity to present his work nationally and internationally through peer review journals, reports and national presentations. In 2012, he was awarded the Pennsylvania Public Health Association Keystone Award for Distinguished Service in Public Health. Other awards of note have been the SAFE KIDS 1996 Physician of the Year, Allegheny County Safe Kids Coalition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May, 1996; the Champion Award, Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November, 1996 and the American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division, Hershey, Pennsylvania, May, 1995.
Dr. Masiello has taught at the undergraduate (public health for physicians’s assistants) and graduate level (Delivering Health Care in America – A System’s Approach). He has served as a consultant to school systems, colleges, universities, health systems and clinical sites in such areas as developing undergraduate public health curriculum; becoming a WHO recognized health promoting hospital and developing medical home activities within pediatric clinical practices. From an international research perspective he has collaborated with colleagues at Spedali Civili, the third largest health care system in Italy and the University of Brescia, Italy by serving as co-director on a child asthma, clinical health promotion initiative.
Dr. Masiello’s international work has been both humanitarian in nature as well as research oriented. He has supported and led clinical/educational teams and/or served as visiting faculty in Mexico, Indonesia, Nicaragua and Anguilla. These activities have ranged from providing medical care for the indigineous pediatric population in the Sierra Madres, Mexico; to developing critial care services for children suffering from Dengue Fever; to providing general pediatric and critical care support for the survivors of Hurracaine Katrina and the Indonesian Tsunami. For the latter, he received a 2005 President’s Volunteer Service Award by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
The Amerian Public Health Association has published and the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have endorsed, The Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention. Dr. Masiello serves as co-editor. Dr. Masiello has served on a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee to address the biological and psychological effects of peer victimization. The report, Preventing Bullying: Through Science, Policy and Practice, was recently published as the latest evidence based comment
Offering the latest recommendations to address the public health epidemic of child and adolescent bullying.
Additional interests, resulting in media releases, educational and industrial briefs, have been in the areas of child human rights in which he serves on an international task force: Think and Action Tank (TAT) on Children’s Right to Health, Translating the Principles of Child Rights into Practice, A Rights and Equity based Platform for Child Health and Well-Being, based in Bologna, Italy; the benefit of an “Enhanced Development of the U.S. Rail System: An Economical and Health benefit to Society;“ safe schools; firearm injuries in children and childhood obesity.
In addition to Dr. Masiello’s international medical degree his pediatric medical training was at Bridgeport Hospital and Yale University with a pediatric critical care fellowship at Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital. His master’s degree in public health was earned at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
The Masiello’s reside in Harwich, Massachusetts. Kathy is a school nurse and fitness instructor. Jason is a Junior at Monomoy High School. Matt, the oldest son, is a research assistant at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Washington, D.C.