Melissa S. Stockwell, MD, MPH

Pediatrician (General Pediatrics)
Pediatrics, Primary Care
Treats Children
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Dr.Stockwell is Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health and Felice K. Shea Professor of Pediatrics (Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons) and Professor of Population and Family Health (Mailman School of Public Health). Her research, which concentrates on underserved children and adolescents, focuses on translational interventions to improve vaccinations with an emphasis on health technology and health literacy.

Dr. Stockwell is the Medical Director of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) Immunization Registry (EzVac) and Co-Director of the Columbia University Primary Care Clinician Research Fellowship in Community Health. Additionally, she is a pediatrician in a NYP-associated community clinic. Dr. Stockwell is the Associate Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) practice-based research network. She also serves on the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Immunization Improvement Team.

Academic Appointments

  • Felice K. Shea Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Population and Family Health

Administrative Titles

  • Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Health
  • Director, Center for Children & Digital Health Research
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Medical Director, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Immunization Registry, EzVac
  • Co-Director (Pediatrics): Primary Care Clinician Research Fellowship in Community Health Columbia University

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital


  • Spanish


  • Female

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  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MPH, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Committees, Societies, Councils

Member, New York City Coalition for Immunization Initiatives; New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Member, NYC Immunization Improvement Spread Project; New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

American Academy of Pediatrics

Academic Pediatric Association

American Pediatric Society

Society for Pediatric Research

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics

Honors & Awards

Member (elected), Society for Pediatric Research (SPR)

Irving Scholars Award, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research of Columbia University

Ambulatory Pediatric Association (APA) Young Investigator Award


Dr. Stockwell's research focuses on theory-based translational interventions to promote vaccination among underserved children and adolescents, with an emphasis on health technology and health literacy. This includes translational health IT interventions to promote vaccination as well as the use of large-scale, patient-centered communication technologies, like text messaging, for surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases and adverse events.

Vaccinations are a cornerstone of preventive medical care. Yet fundamental problems exist in translating even highly effective vaccines into vaccination coverage levels sufficient to achieve population immunity or to realize their full prevention potential. Additionally, significant disparities in vaccination coverage exist for disadvantaged populations.

According to the theoretical framework of the Social Ecological Model, factors and barriers at several levels influence an individual’s vaccination behavior. Her research focuses on designing interventions to overcome personal, provider, and community barriers to vaccination. These include designing and demonstrating the effects of next generation vaccine reminders, developing novel mechanisms to gather low-cost, scalable, patient-centered community surveillance data for vaccine adverse events and vaccine preventable diseases, and demonstrating the importance of integrated electronic vaccination data sources on improving patient care and population health.

Research Interests

  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Community Health
  • Digital health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Influenza and other respiratory infection surveillance
  • Urban Health
  • Vaccines

Selected Publications

  1. Kolff C, Scott VP, Stockwell MS The Use of Technology to Promote Vaccination: A Social Ecological Model Based Framework Hum Vaccin Immunother 2018;1-11
  2. Stockwell MS, Cano M, Jakob K, Broder K, Gyamfi-Bannerman C, Castano P, Lewis P, Barrett A, Museru O, Castellanos O, LaRussa P. Feasibility of Text Message Influenza Vaccine Safety Monitoring During Pregnancy. Am J Prev Med 2017;53(3):282-289.
  3. Stockwell MS, Natarajan K, Ramakrishnan R, Holleran S, Forney K, Aponte A, Vawdrey D. Immunization Data Exchange with Electronic Health Records.Pediatrics 2016;137(5): e20154335
  4. Stockwell MS, Hofstetter AM, DuRivage N, Barrett A, Fernandez N, Vargas C, Camargo S. Text Message Reminders for Second Dose of Influenza Vaccine: A Randomized Controlled Trial.Pediatrics. 2015;135(1):e83-91.
  5. Stockwell MS, Catallozzi M, Camargo S, Ramakrishnan S, Holleran S, Findley S, Kukafka R, Hofstetter A, Fernandez N, Vawdrey D. Registry-Linked Electronic Influenza Vaccine Provider Reminders: A Cluster-Crossover Trial. Pediatrics. 2015;135(1):e75-82.
  6. Stockwell MS, Reed C, Vargas C, Garretson A, Alba L, LaRussa P, Finelli L, Larson E, Saiman L. MOSAIC: Mobile Surveillance for ARI and ILl in the Community. Am J Epi. 2014;180(12):1196-1201.
  7. Stockwell MS, Catallozzi M, Larson E, Rodriguez C, Subramony A, Andres Martinez R, Martinez E, Barrett A, Meyer D. Effect of a URI-related Educational Intervention in Early Head Start on ED Visits. Pediatrics. 2014;133(5):e1233-e1240.
  8. Stockwell MS, Broder K, LaRussa P, Lewis P, Fernandez N, Sharma D, Barrett A, Sosa J, Vellozzi C. Risk Of Fever After Pediatric Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine And 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine. JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(3):211-9.
  9. Stockwell MS, Westhoff C, Kharbanda EO, Vargas CY, Vawdrey DK, Camargo S, Castaño P. Influenza Vaccine Text Message Reminders For Urban, Low-Income Pregnant Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Public Health. 2014;104 Suppl 1:e7-e12.
  10. Stockwell MS, Kharbanda EO, Martinez RA, Vargas CY, Vawdrey DK, Camargo S. Effect Of A Text Messaging Intervention On Influenza Vaccination in an Urban, Low-Income Pediatric and Adolescent Population: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 2012;307(16): 1702-8.
  11. Stockwell MS, Kharbanda E, Andres Martinez R, Lara M, Vawdrey D, Natarajan K, Rickert V. Text4Health: Impact of Text Message Reminder-Recalls for Pediatric and Adolescent Immunizations. Am J Public Health. 2012;102(2):e15-e21.

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Global Health Activities

Collaborate with team from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda on an intervention to promote HPV vaccination using text message and automated phone reminders.