Connecticut Children's Specialty Group

Infectious Diseases & Immunology


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Dr. Held takes dance classes and voice lessons.

Melissa Held, MD


Education: BS, Cornell University, 1995
MD, Cornell University Weill Cornell Medical College, 1999
Residency: Pediatrics, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, 1999-2002
Fellowship: Infectious Diseases, Yale School of Medicine, 2002-2005

Board Certifications

Infectious Diseases

Faculty Appointment

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University


Medical education, professionalism, Lyme disease, global child health, tropical diseases, Kawasaki Disease, zoonotic infections, neonatal fever, rotavirus

Published Research

  • Rideout M, Held M, Holmes A. The Didactic Makeover: Making the Most of Active Learning Strategies by Molly Rideout, Melissa Held, and Alison Volpe Holmes.  Accepted for publication in Pediatrics. In press.
  • *Held M, Burke G, Zalneraitis E. Pediatric Residency Program Hand-over: Before and After the ACGME Requirement. Acad Pediatr. 2014: Nov/Dec: 14 (6): 610-615.  
  • Cortese M, Cheng Immergluck L, Held M, et al. Effectiveness of monovalent and pentavalent rotavirus vaccine. Pediatrics. 2013;132(1): e25-33.   
  • Bhansali P, Barrett C, Cunningham K, Lerer T, *Held M.  Parent understanding of the role of doctors and doctors-in-training on an inpatient pediatric ward. Teach Learn Med. 2011;23(2):118-24.
  • Bhansali P, Barrett CK, Held M.  Do parents understand the roles of physician trainees? Acad Pediatr. 2009 Jan;9(4):e8.
  • Held MR, Bungiro RD, Harrison LM, Hamza I, Cappello M. Dietary iron content mediates hookworm pathogenesis in vivo. Infect Immun. 2006 Jan;74(1);289-95.
  • *Held MR, Begier EM, Beardsley DS, Browne FA, Martinello RA, Baltimore RS, McDonald LC, Jensen B, Hadler JL, Dembry LM. Life-threatening sepsis due to Burkholderia cepacia from contaminated intravenous flush solutions prepared by a compounding pharmacy in another state.  Pediatrics. 2006 Jan;118(1): e212-15.