Our Physicians

Our Physicians

Matthew G. Masiello, MD, MPH, FAAP, FCHPS

Matthew G. Masiello, MD, MPH, FAAP, FCHPS joined The Children’s Institute’s medical staff as Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Care Coordination Program in July 2014. He also serves as the Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), at the Windber Research Institute (WRI), in Windber, PA, as well as U.S. Network Coordinator for the International Health Promoting Hospital Network (HPH), a WHO supported Collaborative Centre. From 2010 to 2012 he served on the Governance Board of HPH.

Dr. Masiello has led his clinical and public health teams in the support, development and implementation of clinical/health promotion initiatives. These programs include child bullying prevention, clinical health promotion initiatives for the pediatric asthma population, childhood obesity and injury prevention initiatives, medical home development, worksite wellness programs, program evaluation services, and coordinated school health council development.

In addition to Dr. Masiello’s international medical degree, he completed his pediatric medical training 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. He is also a practicing pediatrician in Mashpee, MA and Somerset, PA.

Scott Faber, MD

Scott Faber, MD, is a developmental pediatrician at The Children’s Institute, working with children with severe developmental and behavioral disorders, including autism. Dr. Faber previously served for six years as director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his internship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and his residency at Boston Floating Hospital/New England Medical Center/North Shore Children’s Hospital in Boston. He practiced as a general pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center prior to completing a fellowship in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

Dr. Faber is a frequent lecturer and has made presentations at national American Academy of Pediatrics exhibitions and at Pediatric Academic Society meetings. In addition, he has published works on the clinical effects of deprivation on the developing brain as well as other topics.

Howard N. Ferimer, MD

Howard N. Ferimer, MD is an attending physician at The Children’s Institute and in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Ferimer earned his medical degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and his fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care. Dr. Ferimer has presented lectures on cerebral autoregulation, pediatric shock, sedation for children undergoing diagnostic therapeutic procedures and parental support for DNR decisions.

Rachna Kapoor, MD, MS

Rachna Kapoor, MD, MS, is a pediatric hospitalist, a physician whose specialty is caring for children who are inpatients. Dr. Kapoor comes to The Children’s Institute from UPMC Mercy Hospital. She graduated from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York and did postgraduate residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. While in medical school, she worked as a research technician, assisting in lab projects in Cancer Biology in the department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Kapoor was a contributing author to the infectious disease section of the second edition of In A Page Pediatrics.

Mary Louise Russell, MD

Mary Louise Russell, MD is a highly experienced pediatric physical medicine specialist who for many years consulted at The Children’s Institute before joining the staff in 2012.


In 1989 Dr. Russell began joint employment with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and The Children’s Institute. For twelve years, she was with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP) in the Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Spina Bifida clinics. She is also the former Medical Director of Children’s Rehabilitation Services and started the Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship Training Program.


Dr. Russell earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and did post-graduate training in Columbus and Minneapolis.Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, she has authored and contributed to chapters in “Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Children and Adolescents,” and has lectured on subjects including cerebral palsy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, tone treatment for children and adolescents, spina bifida and more.

Physicians in the following specialties are also available for consultation:

  • allergy/immunology
  • ophthalmology
  • psychiatry
  • cardiology
  • orthopedic surgery
  • pulmonology
  • internal/family medicine
  • pediatrics
  • radiology
  • neurology
  • physiatry
  • rheumatology
  • neurosurgery
  • podiatry
  • urology

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