Education and Training
MD - University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Triple Board Program (Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA (Chief Resident)
Child and Adolescent PsychiatryPediatricsPsychiatry
Masters in Medical Management - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Associate Chair, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief – Clinical Affairs, Division of Integrated Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Departments and Services
Silver GH, Kearney JA, Bora S, De Souza, C, Giles L, Hrycko S, Jenkins W, Malas N, Namerow L, Ortiz-Aguayo R, Russell R, Pao M, Plioplys S, Brahmbhatt K and Pathways for Clinical Care Workgroup. A Clinical Pathway to Standardize Care of Children With Delirium in Pediatric Inpatient Settings. Hospital Pediatrics, 9 (11): 909-916. Nov 2019.
Pasek TA, Burns C, Treble-Barna A, Ortiz-Aguayo R, Kochanek PM, Houtrow AJ, Beers SR, Fink EL. Important Outcomes for Parents of Critically Ill Children. Critical Care Nurse 39(3):74-79, June 2019.
Treble-Barna A, Beers S, Houtrow AJ, Ortiz-Aguayo R, Valenta C, Stanger M, Chrisman M, Orringer M, Smith CM, Pollon D, Duffett M, Choong K, Watson SR, Kochanek PM, Fink EL. PICU-Based Rehabilitation and Outcomes Assessment: A Survey of Pediatric Critical Care Physicians. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 20(6): e274-e282, 2019.
Fink EL, Beers SR, Houtrow AJ, Richichi R, Burns C, Doughty L, MD7; Ortiz-Aguayo R, Madurski CA,Valenta C, Chrisman M, Golightly L, Kiger M, Patrick C, Treble-Barna, A, Pollon D, MBA, Smith C, Kochanek. Early Protocolized Versus Usual Care Rehabilitation for Pediatric Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Neurocritical Care 20(6):540-550, 2019.
Malas, N., Ortiz-Aguayo, R., Giles, L., Ibeziako, P.: Pediatric somatic symptom disorders. Current Psychiatry Reports 19(2): 11, Feb 2017.
Malas, N., Brahmbhatt, K., McDermott, C., Smith, A., Ortiz-Aguayo, R., Turkel, S.: Pediatric delirium: Evaluation, management, and special considerations Current Psychiatry Reports 19(9): 65, Aug 12 2017.
Malas, N., Rofey, D., Kuchera, A.M., Fletcher, J., Ortiz-Aguayo, R., Douaihy, A., Gold, M.: Motivational interviewing in paediatric residency. The Clinical Teacher Page: 1-7, Feb 13 2016.
Malas, N.M., Ortiz-Aguayo, R., Meyer, V: Development of mania with carbamazepine for treatment of seizure disorder in a 7-year-old boy. Journal Clinical Psychiatry 76(1): e117, Jan 2015.
Brahmbhatt, K., Malas, N., Smith, A., McDermott, C., Ortiz-Aguayo, R.: Pediatric Delirium. Delirium: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment (Chapter 8). Bourgeois, J.A. (eds.). Nova Science Publishing Inc. 2017.
Ortiz-Aguayo, R., Campo, J.: Treating Depression in Children and Adolescents with Chronic Physical Illness. Treating Child and Adolescent Depression (Chapter 21) Rey, J., Birmaher, B. (eds.). Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA 2009.
Ortiz-Aguayo, R., Meyer, V.A., Ackerman, K.: Liaison Psychiatry. Pittsburgh-Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry (Chapter 17). Kupfer, Lewis, Reynolds, Thase, Brent, Horner and Travis (eds.). Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2007.
Posters and Presentations
Roberto Ortiz-Aguayo MD (Discussant), Maalobeeka Gangopadhyay MD, Heather Goodman MD, Nasuh Malas MD, Maryann Jacob MD, Hannah Reed, MD. "It’s a Psych Issue, Not Medical! Bridging the Gap on the Medical Floor for Patients Needing Psychiatric Treatment - Clinical Perspectives Presentation". American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 66 st Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il, Oct 2019.
Awards and Honors
2014, Clinical Educator of the Year Award: Outstanding Clinical Education of Medical Students, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
2012, Clinical Excellence Awards: Physician of the Year Award, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian Shadyside
2010, Certificate of Recognition-Praise from Patients, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
2007, Outstanding Child Teaching Award, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian Shadyside
Editorial and Academic Positions
Academic and Institutional Committees
2018-present, Behavioral Health Operations Alignment Committee
2018-present, Training Program Evaluation Committee, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Post Pediatrics Portal Program
2018-present, Education Policy Committee, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Post Pediatrics Portal Program
2018-present, Physician Advisory Group
2017-present, Executive Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2017-present, Clinical Directors Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2017-present, Leadership Team Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
2018-present, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
2018-present, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Pediatric Therapeutics
2013-present, American Board of Pediatrics
- 2019-present, Maintenance Of Certification Committee
- 2013-2019, Appointee, General Pediatrics Examination Committee
2013-present, American Association for Physician Leadership
2011-present, Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
- 2014-present, Fellow
2005-present, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- 2017-present, Editor-Annual Meeting Scientific Proceedings Book
- 2016-present, Distinguished Fellow
- 2014-present, Annual Meeting Program Committee
- 2006-present, Physically Ill Child Committee
2001-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
Patient Experience Ratings
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