Michael Pichichero, MD, Director Rochester General Hospital Research Institute

PICHICHERO_MICHAELDr. Pichichero is a physician-scientist who is a clinical and translational vaccine immunobiologist. Since 1981, he has been a continuously funded investigator by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has received over $70 million in federal, foundation, association and industry grants and he has more than 300 peer reviewed publications.

Area of expertise

Research/Vaccine Safety


Dr. Pichichero’s major research interests are Vaccine Immunobiology and Otitis Media/Sinusitis. His laboratory is focused on prospective, longitudinal clinical and translational studies of acute otitis media. 

Dr. Pichichero is a Research Professor at the College of Health Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also served as a Clinical Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

He received the Breese Award for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Research, Teaching and Practice from the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of US in 2005 and has been a Patients’ Choice Award winner every year since 2009. 

Board certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics, 1980, recertified 2009
  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology, 1981
  • American Board of Pediatric Infectious Disease, 1995, recertified 2001

Education & training

  • Instructor and Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology and Division of Allergy and Immunology, Rochester, NY 1979 – 81
  • Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY 1978 – 79
  • Residency, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, CO 1976 – 78
  • MD With Distinction in Research, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester 1976  
  • BA Biological Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey 1972