Dava Szalda, MD

Dava Szalda, MD

Dava Szalda, MD, is the Program Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, the Co-Director of the Transition to Adulthood Program, and an attending physician in the Division of Oncology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Cancer survivorship, Adolescent and young adult care, Medical education, Adolescent transition to adult care, Adolescents with chronic illness
Locations: Main Campus; University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center (ACC)
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

Internship

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Residency

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Training - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Internal Medicine
Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MSHP - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Program Director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Co-Director, Transition to Adult Care Service

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2015

Szalda  D, Jimenez E, Long J, Ni A, Shea J, Jan S.  Healthcare system supports for young adult patients with pediatric-onset chronic conditions: A qualitative study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. J Pediatr Nurs. 2015 January - February;30(1):126-132

2013

Szalda D. Brumley LD, Danielson CK, Schwartz LA. Exploratory analyses of substance use in adolescents with and without cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2013 June;2(2):77-82.

Carver JR, Szalda D, Ky B. Asymptomatic cardiac toxicity in long-term cancer survivors: defining the population and recommendations for surveillance. Semin Oncol. 2013 Apr;40(2):229-38.

Abstracts

2015

Szalda D, Pultman S, Sullivan J, Reilly A, Schwartz L, Bakarat L.  Improving Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Care in Oncology: The effect of educational programming for nurses on practices and comfort with AYA patients. Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine 2015 meeting.

2014

Szalda D, Steinway C, Stollon N, Trachtenberg S. Reach for College: A Group Mentoring Program for adolescents with chronic illness. Heath Care Transition Research Consortium Meeting. October 2014. Houston, Texas.

Szalda D, Pultman S.  Title: AYA Sexual Health In Oncology: Workshop. Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers Meeting. April 2014. Philadelphia, PA.

Szalda D, Pultman S, Reilly A, Schwartz L, Bakarat L.  Title: AYA Sexual Health In Oncology: Current Practices And Quality Improvement. American Psychosocial Oncology Society Meeting. February 2014. Tampa, FL.

Jan S, Szalda D, Jimenez M. Elderly adults with dementia and young adults with developmental disabilities: Internist perspectives on similarities and differences in care. Society for General Internal Medicine. April 2013. Denver CO.

2013

Szalda D, Jan S, Jimenez M, Long J Ni Amelia Shea J. Healthcare system supports for internists caring for young adult patients with pediatric onset chronic illness: a qualitative study. Society for General Internal Medicine Meeting. April 2013. Denver, CO.

Posters and Presentations

2015

Szalda D, Steinway C, Stollon N, JDiianni J, Brown L, Trachtenberg S. Poster and Oral Presentation. Program Description: REACH (Rapport, Empowerment and Advocacy through Connections and Health). Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine 2015 meeting.

2014

Szalda D, Pierce L, Hobbie W, Ginsberg J, Brumley L, Wasik M, Schwartz L. Follow-up care and cancer related communication with providers among young adult survivors of childhood cancer after transfer to adult care. Poster. International Society of Paediatric Oncology. October 2014. Toronto, Canada.

Schwartz, LA, Barakat, LP, Daniel, L, Dowshen, N, Butler, ES, Hobbie, WL, Kersun, L, Wasik, M, Pierce, L, Szalda D, Brumley, LD, Li, Y, Bonafide, C. (June, 2014). Department of Pediatrics Chair’s Initiative: Proof of concept of an infrastructure for text messaging interventions at CHOP. (Poster and oral presentation at Quality and Patient Safety, CHOP, Philadelphia, PA)

Awards and Honors

2012, Teaching Fellow of the Year Award, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2009, Teddy J Bedrossian Compassionate Care Award, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2007, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Stony Brook Medical School

2003, Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society

2003, Remembrance Scholar, Syracuse University

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

2015-present, Pediatrics Residency Clinical Competency Committee/Resident Mentoring Program

2014, Penn Workgroup: Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care

2013-2015, Heme-onc Fellowship Committee, Fellow representative

2011-present, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Interviewer

2011-present, Pediatrics Residency Program, Interviewer

2007-present, Transition Special Interest Group

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2012-present, American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology