Giuseppina (Giosi) Di Meglio, MD, MPH, FRCPSC, FSAHM, Adolescent Medicine Specialist

Adolescent Medicine
Fun fact about me 

My children have taught me a lot about being a good pediatrician and adolescent physician. They keep me humble.

I love working with children and their families because 
I love working with adolescents: they have a mind of their own, but are not yet set in their ways. There is great opportunity for change if you treat them with respect. The added bonus is that it tends to keep one young at heart.

Hospital information

Awards and distinctions 

2001 Excellence in Teaching Award – Valley Family Residency Program 1996 Samuel W. Clausen Fellowship, University of Rochester 1994 Daniel Leight Award for Social Medicine, Residency Program in Social Medicine, Montefiore Hospital 1991 University Medal for Academic Excellence in Medicine, Memorial University

Academic appointments 

Program Director, Adolescent Medicine Residency Course Co-Director, Introduction to Pediatrics

Other appointments 
  • Canadian Pediatric Society: Adolescent Committee
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine:  International Chapter President and Interational Representative on the Board of Directors


  • BS Biology, Cum Laude, Concordia University, Canada, 1983
  • Masters in Public Health, University of Rochester, NY, USA, 1998

Medical Degree 

MD, BMed, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1991


Residency Program in Social Pediatrics, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College, 1994


Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, University of Rochester School of Medicine, NY, 1997


Research interests 
  • Access to Health Care Services for Adolescents
  • Sexual and Reproductive Care in Adolescents
  • Eating Disorders in Adolescents 
Selected publications 

MacDonald JM,* Gagnon AJ, Mitchell C, Di Meglio G, Rennick JE, Cox J. “Include Them and They Will Tell You: Learnings from a Participatory Process with Youth.” Qualitative Health Research. 2011; 21(8): 1127-1135. MacDonald, J, Gagnon, AJ, Mitchell, C, Di Meglio, G, Rennick, JE, Cox, J. “Asking to Listen: Towards a Youth Perspective on Sexual Health Education and Needs.” Sex Education. 2011; 11(4): 443-457. Di Meglio G, McDermott MP, Klein JD. “A randomized controlled trial of telephone peer support’s influence on breastfeeding duration in adolescent mothers.” Breastfeeding Medicine. 2010; 5(1): 41-47. Agostino, H, Di Meglio G. "Low-dose oral contraceptives in adolescents: how low can you go?" Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology. 2010; 23(4): 195-201.