Mike A. Gittelman, MD

Co-Director, Comprehensive Children's Injury Center

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-2274

Fax 513-636-7967

Email mike.gittelman@cchmc.org

Injury prevention; traumatic brain injury; behavioral change counseling

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in our nation for persons aged 1 to 44 years. In 1997, as a first year fellow in pediatric emergency medicine (PEM), this statement paved the way for Dr. Gittelman's future academic and advocacy career. At that time, published articles described how pediatric residents received little information about injury prevention (IP) and advocacy; thus, pediatricians infrequently provided families with IP information. In response, he worked with others at his institution to initiate a mandatory two-week course for all pediatric residents about IP and advocacy. After fifteen years, this successful course has produced pediatric residents with more experience in discussing anticipatory guidance with families, a stronger background in the principles of IP, and pediatricians that are more involved with the communities they service.

In 2000, Dr. Gittelman worked with another PEM physician at his hospital to start the Injury Free Coalition for Kids in Greater Cincinnati (IFCK-C). Their theory to reduce Cincinnati injuries was to provide youth with safe play places and engage them in supervised, coordinated activities during high injury times. They built more than 12 playgrounds, a football stadium, a safety resource center within their emergency department, and spearheaded construction of speed bumps in high pedestrian-injury areas. Supervised activities to engage youth during out-of-school hours included: after-school programs, summer classes, a Friday night basketball league, and a football league. Their efforts resulted in a 42% reduction in the rate of childhood injuries over their five-year intervention period in Avondale, Ohio. In addition, Dr. Gittelman has become more involved with state and national advocacy efforts to promote IP. These efforts included: a city-wide bike helmet law, a state booster seat law, and helping to establish many policies through the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention.

MD: The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1994.

Residency: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA.

Certifications: ABP Subspecialty Board in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, current; American Board of Pediatrics, current; Diplomate, United States Medical Licensure Examination, 1994.

View PubMed Publications

Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Ho M, Hornung R, McClanahan N. Is an Emergency Department encounter for a motor vehicle collision truly a “Teachable Moment.” J of Trauma. 2012.

Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ. The Use of Focus Groups to Mobilize a High-Risk Community in an Effort to Prevent Injuries. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community. 39:1–14, 2011.

Erickson MJ, Gittelman MA, Dowd D. Rick factors for dating violence among adolescent females presenting to the pediatric emergency department. J Trauma. 2010; 69(4 Suppl): S227-32.

Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Schubert CJ. Implementing and evaluating an injury prevention curriculum within a pediatric residency program. J Trauma. 2010; 69(4 Suppl): S239-44.

Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ. Starting a pediatric emergency department safety resource center. Pediatric Annals. 2009; 38(3):149-55.

Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Frey LK. Use of a Safety Resource Center in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2009; 25(7): 429-433.

Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Fitzgerald M, Williams K. Educating Families about Injury Prevention in the Emergency Department: A Parents’ Perspective Pediatric Emergency Care. 2008; 24(8): 524-528.

Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, McNealy T. Reducing injury rates using a community based approach. Journal of Trauma. 2007; 63(3):supplement S44-49 .

Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Laurence, S. The effects of an Emergency Department intervention on increasing booster seat usage in a high-risk population. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2006; 13 (4): 396-400.

Gittelman MA. Pediatric ATV-related Injuries in Ohio from 1995-2001:  Using the Injury Severity Score to determine if Helmets are a Solution. Pediatrics. 2006; 117: 2190 - 2195.