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Cecilia Rivera-Amisola, MD


  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Attending Physician, Developmental Pediatrics Clinic
  • Managing Physician, Newborn Follow-Up Clinic

education and training

  • medical school: University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial College of Medicine, Philippines
  • residency:
    • 1993-1997: Pediatrics, Beth Israel Medical Center New York, NY
    • 1996 -1997: Chief Resident in Pediatrics, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York NY
  • fellowship: Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Schneider Children’s Hospital North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System now Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York
  • board certification: General Pediatrics

publications and presentations

  • Nanagas MT, Rivera-Amisola C. Filipino translation of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers – MCHAT
  • Nanagas MT, Rivera-Amisola C. Filipino translations of Follow-up Interviews for MCHAT
  • Amisola, C. Autism: Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment. Pediatric Forum, Dayton Children’s Journal, Vol. 16, No.2, 2005
  • List available upon request: Presentations on Autism, ADHD, Developmental Outcomes of Prematurity, Federal Guidelines for Educational Services, Speech and Language Development, Behavior Problems in Childhood

awards, honors and organizations

  • DR. HAROLD F. HILTY HUMANITARIAN AWARD - Presented by the United Rehabilitation Service Of Greater Dayton, May, 2012
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, Ohio Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Association of Philippine Physicians in Greater Dayton (former Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Philippine National Red Cross (former instructor)

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

working in the field of Developmental Pediatrics has always been more just than a job to me. It is extremely challenging and rewarding at the same time, and I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. I chose my specialty because children with developmental disabilities have always had a special place in my heart. I believe that individuals with different abilities have their own sets of smarts and unique gifts. In fact, working with them tends to bring out the best in the people who truly care for them, and I know that from experience.

I believe that when a child’s future flashes before their parents’ eyes and it doesn’t look good, we have to find ways to make it better… and there are many, many ways to make it better. Pointing families in the right direction and walking with them along their journey to a brighter future is what I’m here for.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

of its commitment to serving our patients and their families with compassionate care regardless of socioeconomic status.  Of course, I should also mention that, although I loved those years of living in a high-rise building in the Big Apple, raising my kids away from the concrete jungle so that they can climb trees, walk barefoot on green grass and build snowmen with pure-driven snow seemed like the right thing to do!

Dayton Children's is special because...

we offer comprehensive medical services, both inpatient and outpatient, in an emotionally supportive setting.

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