Melissa Held, MD, is an Infectious Diseases Physician at Connecticut Children’s. Dr. Held’s expertise includes Lyme disease, global child health, tropical diseases, Kawasaki Disease, zoonotic infections, neonatal fever, rotavirus, and medical education.


BS, Cornell University, 1995

MD, Cornell University Weill Cornell Medical College, 1999


Pediatrics, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, 1999-2002


Infectious Diseases, Yale School of Medicine, 2002-2005

American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Infectious Diseases
American Board of Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
  • Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University
  • 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

Locations for this Doctor

Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Hartford (85 Seymour St.)

85 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT06106
United States

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