Dava Szalda, MD, MSHP

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Dava Szalda, MD, MSHP, 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: University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center (ACC); Main Hospital

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


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


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


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 – American Board of Internal Medicine
Pediatrics – American Board of 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




Szalda D, Steinway C, Greenberg A, Quinn S, Stollon N, Wu K, Trachtenberg S, Jan S. Developing a Hospital-Wide Transition Program for Young Adults With Medical Complexity. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Jul 2. pii: S1054-139X(19)30229-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.04.008. [Epub ahead of print]

Psihogios AM, Schwartz LA, Deatrick JA, Ver Hoeve ES, Anderson LM, Wartman EC, Szalda D. Preferences for cancer survivorship care among adolescents and young adults who experienced healthcare transitions and their parents. J Cancer Surviv. 2019 Jul 4. doi: 10.1007/s11764-019-00781-x. [Epub ahead of print]

Razon AN, Greenberg A, Trachtenberg S, Stollon N, Wu K, Ford L, El-Hage L, Quinn S, Szalda D. A Multidisciplinary Transition Consult Service: Patient Referral Characteristics. J Pediatr Nurs. 2019 Jul - Aug;47:136-141. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2019.04.021. Epub 2019 May 24.

Sadak KT, Szalda D, Lindgren BR, Kinahan KE, Eshelman-Kent D, Schwartz LA, Henderson T, Freyer DR. Transitional care practices, services, and delivery in childhood cancer survivor programs: A survey study of U.S. survivorship providers. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 Aug;66(8):e27793. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27793. Epub 2019 May 16.


Psihogios AM, Pauly-Hubbard H, Schwartz L, Ginsberg JP, Hobbie W, Szalda D. Understanding and Improving Knowledge of Cancer Survivorship Care Among College Providers. J Cancer Educ. 2018 Oct;33(5):1075-1081. doi: 10.1007/s13187-017-1208-5.

Wu K, Szalda D, Trachtenberg S, Jan S. Transitioning From "Sick Kid" to Community Health Worker: Building Better Bridges to Adult Care. Pediatrics. 2018 Aug;142(2). pii: e20180962. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-0962. Epub 2018 Jul 3.

Szalda D, Schapira MM, Jacobs LA, Palmer SC, Vachani C, Metz J, Hill-Kayser C. Survivorship Care Planning for Young Adults After Cancer Treatment: Understanding Care Patterns and Patient-Reported Outcomes. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2018 Aug;7(4):430-437. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2017.0112. Epub 2018 Mar 23.


Schwartz LA, Hamilton JL, Brumley LD, Barakat LP, Deatrick JA, Szalda DE, Bevans KB, Tucker CA, Daniel LC, Butler E, Kazak AE, Hobbie WL, Ginsberg JP, Psihogios AM, Ver Hoeve E, Tuchman LK. Development and Content Validation of the Transition Readiness Inventory Item Pool for Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. J Pediatr Psychol. 2017 Oct 1;42(9):983-994. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsx095. Review.

Berens JC, Jan S, Szalda D, Hanna CM. Young Adults With Chronic Illness: How Can We Improve Transitions to Adult Care? Pediatrics. 2017 May;139(5). pii: e20170410. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-0410. Epub 2017 Apr 12.


Szalda D, Piece L, Brumley L, Li Y, Schapira MM, Wasik M, Hobbie WL, Ginsberg JP, Schwartz LA. Associates of Engagement in Adult-Oriented Follow-Up Care for Childhood Cancer Survivors. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Feb;60(2):147-153. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.08.018. Epub 2016 Oct 27.

Szalda D, Schwartz L, Schapira MM, Jacobs L, Kim E, Vachani C, Metz J, Hill-Kayser C. Internet-Based Survivorship Care Plans for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Pilot Study. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2016 Dec;5(4):351-354. Epub 2016 Jun 3.

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