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The executive committee, steering committee and staff of the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center are dedicated to child safety. Our specialists have a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our team.
Richard A. Falcone Jr., MD, MPH Director, Trauma Services
Director, Trauma Services
Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Pediatric injury prevention and outcomes; trauma education; management of colorectal disorders; inflammatory bowel disease; minimally invasive surgery; surgical oncology; extracorporeal life support (ECLS)
Injury prevention; health disparities; pediatric colorectal disorders; use of simulation to improve teamwork and safety
Nance ML, Krummel TM, Oldham KT, Falcone R JR, Trauma Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Firearm injuries and Children: A Policy Statement of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Nov; 217(5): 940-6.
Patterson M, Geis G, Falcone R, LeMaster T, Wears R. In situ simulation: detection of safety threats and teamwork training in a high risk emergency department. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Jun;22(6):468-77.
Jurickova I, Collins MH, Chalk C, Seese A, Bezold R, Lake K, von Allmen D, Frischer JS, Falcone RA, Trapnell BC, Denson LA. Paediatric Crohn disease patients with stricturing behaviour exhibit ileal granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) autoantibody production and reduced neutrophil bacterial killing and GM-CSF bioactivity. Clin Exp Immunol. 2013 Jun;172(3)455-65.
Beaudin M, Maugans T, St-Vil D, Falcone RA Jr. Inappropriate use of infant seating devices increases risks of injury. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 May;48(5):1071-6.
Cook R, Gillespie GL, Kronk, R, Daugherty M, Moody SM, Allen LJ, Shebesta KB, Falcone RA. Effect of an Educational Intervention on Nursing Staff Knowledge, Confidence, and Practice in the Care of Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J Neurosci Nurs. 2013 Apr;45(2):108-18.
Kelleher DC, Renaud EJ, Ehrlich PF, Burd RS; Pediatric Trauma Society Guidelines Committee. Guidelines for alcohol screening in adolescent trauma patients: a report from the Pediatric Trauma Society Guidelines Committee. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Feb;74(2):671-82.
Daugherty MC, Mehlman CT, Moody S, LeMaster T, Falcone RA Jr . Significant rate of misuse of the Hare traction splint for children with femoral shaft fractures. J Emerg Nurs. 2013 Jan;39(1):97-103.
Chatoorgoon K, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Role of computed tomography and clinical findings in pediatric blunt intestinal injury: a multi-center study. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Dec;28(12):1338-42.
Beaudin M, Daugherty M, Geis G, Moody S, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA Jr. Assessment of factors associated with the delayed transfer of pediatric trauma patients: an emergency physician survey. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Aug;28(8):758-63.
Falcone RA Jr, Haas L, King E, Moody S, Crow J, Moss A, Gaines B, McKenna C, Gourlay DM, Werner C, Meagher DP Jr, Schwing L, Garcia N, Brown D, Groner JI, Haley K, Deross A, Cizmar L, Armola R. A multicenter prospective analysis of pediatric trauma activation criteria routinely used in addition to the six criteria of the American College of Surgeons. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Aug;73(2):377-84.
Mike A. Gittelman, MD Co-Director, Comprehensive Children's Injury Center
Co-Director, Comprehensive Children's Injury Center
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
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 5 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.
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.
Wendy J. Pomerantz, MD, MS
Pediatric emergency medicine
Injury and poison prevention, emergency medical services, ATV and motor bike injuries, education, and geographic information systems.
Wendy J. Pomerantz, MD, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her medical school degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She completed a Pediatrics Residency at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and a Master's of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Cincinnati.
Currently, she has a faculty appointment as a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her interests include injury and poison prevention, emergency medical services, ATV and motor bike injuries, education, and geographic information systems.
Besides being the co-director of Injury Free Coalition for Kids in Greater Cincinnati, she is chairperson of the Ohio EMSC (Emergency Medical Services for Children) Committee, a member of the Ohio EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Board, an executive board member of the National AAP Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention Committee, a member of the Ohio AAP Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention, the American Red Cross Medical Assistance Team and the Greater Cincinnati Safe Kids Coalition.
BA: Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 1988.
MD: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas, 1992.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, Texas, 1995.
Fellowship: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1998.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1995; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1998.
MS: Epidemiology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1998
Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Klein D, Bernard A, Ho M, Frey L. A non-invasive screen of elementary school students for obesity; accepted for publication in Journal of Trauma.
Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ. The Use of Focus Groups to Mobilize a High-Risk Community in an Effort to Prevent Injuries. Journal of Intervention and Prevention in the Community 2011;39:209-211.
Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Schubert CJ. Implementing and evaluating an injury prevention curriculum within a pediatric residency program. J Trauma. 2010 Oct;69(4 Suppl):S239-44.
Pomerantz WJ, Timm NL, Gittelman MA. Injury patterns in obese versus nonobese children presenting to a pediatric emergency department. Pediatrics. 2010 Apr;125(4):681-5.
Pomerantz W, Gittelman M, Farris S, Frey L. Drug ingestions in children 10-14 years old: an old problem revisited. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2009 Aug;39(4):433-9.
Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Frey LK. Use of a safety resource center in a pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Jul;25(7):429-33.
Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ. Starting a pediatric emergency department Safety Resource Center. Pediatr Ann. 2009 Mar;38(3):149-55. Review.
Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Fitzgerald MR, Williams K. Injury prevention in the emergency department: a caregiver's perspective. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2008 Aug;24(8):524-8.
Hariharan S, Pomerantz W. Correlation between hospitalization for pharmaceutical ingestion and attention deficit disorder in children aged 5 to 9 years old. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 Jan;47(1):15-20.
Lynn Babcock, MD, MS
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric injury; traumatic brain injury; prehospital care
Dr. Babcock is a board certified pediatric emergency medicine physician with over 10 years of experience caring for acutely ill and injured children. She was a member of the faculty of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester for nine years prior to joining Cincinnati Children's in the summer of 2009.
She has an extensive academic portfolio that includes numerous clinical, teaching, administrative and research pursuits. Her true scholarly passion is to make a difference in the outcome of children who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries.
Despite traumatic brain injuries being the leading cause of death and disability for children, research in this field has been insufficient as compared to its public health importance. Dr. Babcock is interested in uncovering novel serum markers and radiographic markers to predict the outcomes of children after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
MD: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ, 1995.
MS: University of Cincinnati, Clinical and Translational Science, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.
Residency: Pediatrics, Yale - New Haven Children's Hospital,1998.
Fellowship: Pediatric Emergencey Medicine, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2001.
Certification: General Pediatrics, 1998, 2005; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2002, 2012.
Babcock L, Byczkowski T, Bazarian J. Ability of S100B to predict abnormal CT in children with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury. 2012.
Leonard JC, Scharff DP, Koors V, Lerner B, Adelgais KM, Anders J, Brown K, Babcock L, Lichenstein R, Lillis K, Jaffe DM. A qualitative assessment of factors that influence emergency medical services partnerships in prehospital research. Acad Emerg Med. 2012; 19(2) 161-173.
Leonard J, Kuppermann N, Olsen C, Babcock Cimpello L, Brown K, Mahajan P, Jaffe D and the PECARN C-spine Study Group. Factors associated with cervical spine injury in children. Ann of Emerg Med. 2011; 58(2) 145-155.
Kuppermann N, Holmes JF, Dayan PS, et al for PECARN. Identification of children at very low risk of clinically-important brain injuries after head trauma: a prospective cohort study. Lancet. 2009;374:1160-70.
Babcock Cimpello L, Garcia M, Rueckmann E, Markevicz C. Sledding: How Fast Can They Go? J. Trauma. 2009; 66(3): S23-S26.
The SMART Online Intervention for Children following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Self-Monitoring Activity-Restriction Relaxation Treatment (SMART) program for youth with mild traumatic brain injury. Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children's PLACE Outcomes Research Award.
Progesterone Planning Grant for Children with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Nodal Champion and Site Principal Investigator. Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network Study.
Axonal Injury in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Principal Investigator. KL2 Mentored Career Development Program in Clinical and Translational Research. University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training.
HEDA Principal Investigator for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network Study (PECARN). Nodal PI: Richard Ruddy, MD at Cincinnati Children’s. HOMERUN Node. Emergency Medical Services for Children / Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Rebeccah L. Brown, MD Associate Director, Trauma Services
Associate Director, Trauma Services
General pediatric surgery; trauma; injury prevention; minimally invasive surgery; necrotizing enterocolitis; neonatal surgery; minimally invasive surgery; congenital hemolytic anemias; chest wall deformities
Pediatric trauma; injury prevention
Rebeccah L. Brown, MD, received a Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Arts in chemistry at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, in 1986. She graduated from University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, NM, with an MD in 1990. She completed her general surgery residency at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1997.
During her general surgical training, she also performed two years of basic science and clinical research in burn injuries and wound healing at the Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Cincinnati. She also served as an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
After completion of general surgery training, Dr. Brown completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. She returned to Cincinnati Children's, Ohio, as assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics. Her main research interest is trauma and injury prevention, and she is currently the assistant director of Trauma Services, the fellowship director for the Pediatric Trauma Fellowship, and the director and cofounder of the Buckle Up for Life or Abrochate a la Vida program funded by Toyota.
Dr. Brown's clinical interests besides trauma and injury prevention include general pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and Hirschsprung's disease.
Dr. Brown is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Medical Women's Association, American College of Surgeons -- Ohio Chapter, Cincinnati Pediatric Society, Mont Reid Surgical Society, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics - Surgical Section and Injury Prevention Section, Eastern Association for the Surgery and Trauma, and Pediatric Trauma Society.
MD: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, N.M., 1990.
Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 1997.
Fellowship: Shriners Burns Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992-1994; ECMO, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993-1994; Pediatric Surgery Fellow, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 1997-1999.
Certification: Board-certified General Surgery, 1998, 2007; board-certified, Pediatric Surgery, 2000, 2009.
Edward F. Donovan, MD Director, Child Policy Research Center
Director, Child Policy Research Center
Emeritus, UC Department of Pediatrics
Population health; quality improvement research; perinatal epidemiology
Kaplan HC, Lannon C, Walsh MC, Donovan EF; Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Ohio statewide quality-improvement collaborative to reduce late-onset sepsis in preterm infants. Pediatrics. 2011 Mar;127(3):427-35.
Kaplan HC, Tabangin ME, McClendon D, Meinzen-Derr J, Margolis PA, Donovan EF. Understanding variation in vitamin A supplementation among NICUs. Pediatrics. 2010 Aug;126(2):e367-73.
Donovan EF, Besl J, Paulson J, Rose B, Iams J; Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Infant death among Ohio resident infants born at 32 to 41 weeks of gestation. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jul;203(1):58.e1-5.
SUPPORT Study Group of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Neonatal Research Network, Finer NN, Carlo WA, Walsh MC, Rich W, Gantz MG, Laptook AR, Yoder BA, Faix RG, Das A, Poole WK, Donovan EF, Newman NS, Ambalavanan N, Frantz ID 3rd, Buchter S, Sánchez PJ, Kennedy KA, Laroia N, Poindexter BB, Cotten CM, Van Meurs KP, Duara S, Narendran V, Sood BG, O'Shea TM, Bell EF, Bhandari V, Watterberg KL, Higgins RD. Early CPAP versus surfactant in extremely preterm infants. N Engl J Med. 2010 May 27;362(21):1970-9.
Donovan EF, Lannon C, Bailit J, Rose B, Iams JD, Byczkowski T; Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative Writing Committee. A statewide initiative to reduce inappropriate scheduled births at 36.0 - 38.0 weeks' gestation. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Mar;202(3):243.e1-8.
Morris BH, Oh W, Tyson JE, Stevenson DK, Phelps DL, O'Shea TM, McDavid GE, Perritt RL, Van Meurs KP, Vohr BR, Grisby C, Yao Q, Pedroza C, Das A, Poole WK, Carlo WA, Duara S, Laptook AR, Salhab WA, Shankaran S, Poindexter BB, Fanaroff AA, Walsh MC, Rasmussen MR, Stoll BJ, Cotten CM, Donovan EF, Ehrenkranz RA, Guillet R, Higgins RD; NICHD Neonatal Research Network. Aggressive vs. conservative phototherapy for infants with extremely low birth weight. N Engl J Med. 2008 Oct 30;359(18):1885-96. Donovan EF, Ammerman RT, Besl J, Atherton H, Khoury JC, Altaye M, Putnam FW, Van Ginkel JB. Intensive home visiting is associated with decreased risk of infant death. Pediatrics. 2007 Jun;119(6):1145-51.
Gerhardt WE, Schoettker PJ, Donovan EF, Kotagal UR, Muething SE. Putting evidence-based clinical practice guidelines into practice: an academic pediatric center's experience. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2007 Apr;33(4):226-35.
Fanaroff AA, Stoll BJ, Wright LL, Carlo WA, Ehrenkranz RA, Stark AR, Bauer CR, Donovan EF, Korones SB, Laptook AR, Lemons JA, Oh W, Papile LA, Shankaran S, Stevenson DK, Tyson JE, Poole WK; NICHD Neonatal Research Network. Trends in neonatal morbidity and mortality for very low birthweight infants. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Feb;196(2):147.el-8.
Clark E, Donovan E, Schoettker P. From outdated to updated, keeping clinical guidelines valid. Int J Qual Health Care. 2006 Jun;18(3):165-6.
Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP Founding Director, Trauma Services
Founding Director, Trauma Services
Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Pediatric injury research and control; chest-wall deformities; minimally invasive surgery (use of the laparoscope and thoracoscope to diagnose and treat surgical diseases); surgical weight loss; minority health care
Victor Garcia, MD, graduated from West Point, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studied pediatric surgery under C Everett Koop, and was Walter Reed’s chief of General/Pediatric Surgery.
Vic founded Children’s Trauma Center and led the effort to establish the country’s first Pediatric Weight Loss Surgery Center.
For his ongoing work to eliminate childhood health and social disparities, he has received numerous awards and commendations to include the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the National Jefferson Award.
Vic has an uncompromising belief in the power of systems thinking and stakeholder engagement to solve society’s most intractable problems.
BS: Engineering, United States Military Academy, 1964-1968.
MD: University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1974.Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1978. Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Certification: Surgery, 1979; Pediatric Surgery, 1982; Surgical Critical Care, 1991.
Chatoorgoon K, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone, RA. Role of Computed Tomography and Clinical Findings in Pediatric Blunt Intestinal Injury. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2012;28 (12): 1338-1342.
Beaudin M, Daugherty M, Geis G, Moody S, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Assessment of Factors Associated with the Delayed Transfer of Pediatric Trauma Patients. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2012;28 (8): 758-63.
Goldberg J, McClaine RJ, Cook B, Garcia VF, Brown RL, Crone K, Falcone RA. Use of a mild traumatic brain injury guideline to reduce inpatient hospital imaging and charges. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2011;46: 1777-1783.
McClaine RJ, Garcia VF. Unnatural Causes: Social Determinants of Child Health and Well-being. The Pediatric Forum, American Medical Association. 2011;165 (5): 476.
Chatoorgoon K, Huezo K, Rangel E, Francios N, Schweer L, Daugherty M, Koehn M, Richetts C, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Unnecessary Imaging, Not Hospital Distance, or Transportation Mode Impacts Delays in the Transfer of Injured Children. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2010;26 (7): 481-486.
Martin CA, Care M, Rangel EL, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Severity of head computed tomography scan findings fail to explain racial differences in mortality following child abuse. American Journal of Surgery. 2010;199 (2): 210-215.
Ippisch HM, Inge TH, Daniels SR, Wang B, Khoury PR, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Garcia VF, Kimball TR. Reversibility of Cardiac Abnormalities in Morbidly Obese Adolescents. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2008;51(14): 1342-1348.
Falcone RA , Martin C, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Despite overall low pediatric head injury mortality, disparities exist between races. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008;43(10), 1858-1864.
Falcone RA, Daugherty M, Schweer L, Patterson M, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Multidisciplinary pediatric trauma team training using high-fidelity trauma simulation. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008;43(6), 1065-1071.
Rangel SJ, Martin CA, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Alarming trends in the improper use of motor vehicle restraints in children: implications for public policy and the development of race-based strategies for improving compliance. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008;43(1), 200-207.
Gary L. Geis, MD Medical Director, Center for Simulation and Research
Medical Director, Center for Simulation and Research
Medical simulation; resuscitation
Academically, Dr. Geis has been recognized with multiple teaching awards from the pediatric, emergency medicine and family practice residencies in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he has served as an instructor at McMaster University’s How to Teach Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop in Hamilton, Ontario.
He has been funded on a national level as co-investigator on two completed projects (Simulation Based Patient Safety Curriculum, In Situ Simulation Based Patient Safety Program) and recently served on a study section as a grant reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (November 2010).
Medical School: University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1997.
Residency: Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, VA, 2000.
Chief Residency: Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, VA, 2001.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 2004.
Certifications: Pediatrics 2001, Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2004.
Geis GL, Pio BL, Pendergrass TL, Moyer MR, Patterson MD. Simulation to Assess the Safety of New Healthcare Teams and New Facilities. Simul Healthc. 6(3):125-133. Jun, 2011.
Burton KS, Pendergrass TL, Byczkowski TL, Taylor RG, Moyer MR, Falcone RA, Geis GL. Impact of Simulation-Based Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Training in the Simulation Laboratory and Clinical Environment. Simul Healthc. Jun 2, 2011. (Epub ahead of print)
Vidwan G, Geis GL. Evaluation, management, and outcome of focal bacterial infections (FBIs) in nontoxic infants under two months of age. J Hosp Med. 5(2):76-82. Feb, 2010.
Geis GL, DiGiulio G. Substernal chest pain with an abnormal electrocardiogram in an adolescent male presenting to a pediatric emergency department. Clin Pediatr Emerg Med. 6:257-262. 2005.
Tzimenatos L, Geis GL. Emergency department management of the immunosuppressed host. Clin Pediatr Emerg Med. 6:173-183. 2005.
Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research
Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research
Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center
Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Musculoskeletal outcomes research; orthopaedic trauma; bone tumors; arthroscopic surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; spine surgery; foot and ankle surgery; limb deficiencies in children
Pediatric outcomes: quality of life following traumatic injury, traction and casting versus flexible intramedullary nailing of femoral fractures in children; brachial plexus injuries; effectiveness of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in the management of pediatric spinal deformity biomechanical study of Nancy nails, outcomes following pediatric thoracolumbar spinal trauma; medical soft-tissue release and petrie casting for the treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; perioperative complications associated with operative treatment of supracondylar humeral fractures in children; undisplaced fractures of the distal radius and ulna in children -- risk factors for displacement; talus fractures in children; complications associated with the use of meniscal arrows in children; effectiveness of halo-femoral traction in the management of severe spinal deformity; orthopaedic injuries in children secondary to airbag deployment; buckle fractures of the distal radius and ulna -- risk factors for displacement; hip problems associated with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome and effectiveness of flexible intramedullary nailing of pediatric tibia fractures
Talbert RJ, Michaud LJ, Mehlman CT, Kinnett DG, Laor T, Foad SL, Schnell B, Salisbury S. EMG and MRI are Independently Related to Shoulder External Rotation Function in Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Mar;31(2):194-204.
Parikh SN, Wells L, Mehlman CT, Scherl SA. Management of fractures in adolescents. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Dec 15;92(18):2947-58. Review.
Bowman EN, Mehlman CT, Lindsell CJ, Tamai J. Nonoperative treatment of both-bone forearm shaft fractures in children: predictors of early radiographic failure. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Jan-Feb;31(1):23-32.
Gammon SR, Mehlman CT, Chan W, Heifetz J, Durrett G, Wall EJ. A comparison of thoracolumbosacral orthoses and SpineCor treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients using the Scoliosis Research Society standardized criteria. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Sep;30(6):531-8.
White L, Mehlman CT, Crawford AH. Perfused, pulseless, and puzzling: a systematic review of vascular injuries in pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures and results of a POSNA questionnaire. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Jun;30(4):328-35. Review.
Babal JC, Mehlman CT, Klein G. Nerve injuries associated with pediatric supracondylar humeral fractures: a meta-analysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Apr-May;30(3):253-63.
McCarty ME, Mehlman CT, Tamai J, Do TT, Crawford AH, Klein G. Spondylolisthesis: intraobserver and interobserver reliability with regard to the measurement of slip percentage. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Oct-Nov;29(7):755-9.
McGraw MA, Mehlman CT, Lindsell CJ, Kirby CL. Postnatal growth of the clavicle: birth to 18 years of age. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Dec;29(8):937-43.
Mehlman CT, Yihua G, Bochang C, Zhigang W. Operative treatment of completely displaced clavicle shaft fractures in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Dec;29(8):851-5.
Foad SL, Mehlman CT, Foad MB, Lippert WC. Prognosis following neonatal brachial plexus palsy: an evidence-based review. J Child Orthop. 2009 Nov 3.
Kieran J. Phelan, MD, MSc
General pediatrics; community-based preventative medicine; public health trials
Kieran Phelan, MD, MSc, is a board certified general pediatrician, an experienced injury epidemiologist and residential injury control researcher. He has been active in the fields of injury epidemiology and residential injury control for over 8 years.
His experience and success in this field includes multiple grants and publications, as well as the New Investigator Award from the National Center for Injury Prevention, control at the CDC, and an RO1-funded project. He has also has experience with the Cincinnati Home Injury Prevention (CHIP) and literacy promotion program and the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), which focuses on preventing injury and promoting literacy in a population of low-income mothers and their infants who were enrolled in a regional home visitation program. Lastly, he has experience with Every Child Succeeds (ECS), which tries to reduce residential injury and promote literacy in children from birth through 36 months of age.
BS: The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IL, 1986.
MD: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1991.
Residency: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Medical School, 1994.
MSc: Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Environmental Health, 2001.
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2008; Pediatric Advanced Life Support, 2009.
Robert Allan Shapiro, MD Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Robert Shapiro, MD, is director of the Child Abuse Team at Children's Hospital Medical Center and director of the Child Abuse and Forensic Pediatrics Fellowship.
Dr. Shapiro's role on the team includes inpatient and outpatient consultations and evaluations for suspected child physical or sexual abuse. These consultations and evaluations are completed in collaboration with a social worker on the team. He also teaches child abuse diagnosis to students, residents and post-graduate fellows.
Dr. Shapiro's research interests include sexually transmitted infections and fractures caused by abuse. The Child Abuse and Forensic Pediatrics Fellowship he directs is a one-year training program for Pediatricians. The fellowship program emphasizes child abuse clinical, research, educational and administrative expertise and advocacy.
MD: University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1979.
Residency: Pediatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center - New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1982.
Fellowship: Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Bellevue Hospital Center - New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1984.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1985; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1992.
Lindberg D, Makoroff K, Harper N, Laskey A, Bechtel K, Deye K, Shapiro R. Utility of hepatic transaminases to recognize abuse in children. Pediatrics. 2009;124:509-516.
Berkoff MC, Zolotor AJ, Makoroff KL, Thackeray JD, Shapiro RA, Runyan DK. Has this prepubertal girl been sexually abused? JAMA. 2008 Dec 17;300(23):2779-92.
Lindberg DM, Lindsell CJ, Shapiro RA. Variability in Expert Assessments of Child Physical Abuse Likelihood. Pediatrics. 2008 Apr; 121(4):e945-e953.Adams, J, Kaplan, R, Starling, S, Mehta, N, Finkel, M, Botash, A, Kellogg, N, Shapiro, R. Guidelines for Medical Care of Children Who May Have Been Sexually Abused. J Ped Adolesc Gynec. 2007 Jun;20(3):163-72.Wallace GH, Makoroff KL, Malott HA, Shapiro RA. Hospital-based multidisciplinary teams can prevent unnecessary child abuse reports and out-of-home placements. Child Abuse Negl. 2007 Jun;31(6):623-9.
Shapiro RA, Makoroff KL. Sexually transmitted diseases in sexually abused girls and adolescents. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Oct;18(5):492-7.
Earl G. Siegel, PharmD Managing Director, Drug and Poison Information Center
Managing Director, Drug and Poison Information Center
Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy Practice; Professor Emeritus, Emergency Medicine
Toxicology; poison control; substance abuse and its prevention; inhalant abuse; injury prevention; disaster preparedness
In addition to having over 30 years experience in teaching and lecturing on multiple topics in pharmacology, toxicology and substance abuse, Dr. Siegel has experience both as an industry safety and legal consultant, and director of Pharmacy for Central Community Health Board. He has done research in addictionology, headache treatment, dermatology, alcohol detoxification and biopharmaceutics. He has published in the medical literature, written editorials, given hundreds of local/ state/ national presentations, co-authored a trainer of trainers manual, consulted on several videos, participated in several planning summits, and co-founded Parents for Education on Inhalant Abuse.
PharmD: University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy, 1985.
BS: Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati, 1972
Clinical Clerkships: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Headache Center, Pediatric and Adult Toxicology, Occupational and Environmental Toxicology.
Certification: Registered Pharmacist, Ohio, 1972-present; Certified Specialist in Poison Information, American Association of Poison Control Centers, 1985-present; Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist 1996-present.
Goetz R, Siegel E, Scaglione J. Suspected Moonflower Intoxication – Ohio 2002. Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report. 2003 Aug;52(33):788.
Hickman MA, Nelson ED, Siegel E, Bernstein J. Are High Dose Toxic Exposures Always Associated With Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS). Archives of Environmental Health. 2001;56(5):439-443.
Roberts JR, Bain M, Klachko MN, Siegel EG, Wason S. Successful Heart Transplantation From a Victim of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 25(5):652-655.
Boudreau DR, Spadafora MP, Wolf LR, Siegel E. Carbon Monoxide Levels During Indoor Sporting Events - Cincinnati, 1992-1993. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 1994;43:21-23.
Siegel E, Wason S. Sudden Sniffing Death Caused by Inhalation of Butane and Propane, A New Teenage Epidemic. New England Journal of Medicine. 1990;323(23):1638.
Katona B, Siegel EG, Roberts JR, Fant WK, Hassen M. The effect of "superactive" charcoal and magnesium citrate solution on blood ethanol concentrations and area under the curve in humans. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1989;27(1-2):129-137.
Savitt D, Roberts J, Siegel E. Anisocoria from Jimson Weed. Journal of American Medical Association. 1986;255(11):1446.
Siegel EG, Bonfiglio JF, Ritschel WA, Fant W. Investigation of Clonidine and Lofexidine for the Treatment of Barbiturate Withdrawal in Mice. Veterinary and Human Toxicology. 1985 Dec;27(6):503-505.
Siegel EG, Wason S. l. Camphor Toxicity, 2. Mothball Toxicity, 3. Boric acid Toxicity. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 1986 Apr;33(2):363-367, 369-374, 375-379.
Ritschel WA, Siegel EG, Ring PE. Biopharmaceutical factors influencing LD50 - Part I: Viscosity. Arzneimittelforschung. 1974;24(6):907-910.
Training Opportunities and Lessons for Emergencies and All-Hazard Disaster (TO LEAD). Principal Investigator. Funding by HRSA through the Greater Cincinnati Hospital Association. July 2001–present.
Ohio Bio-Terrorism Preparedness. Principal Investigator. Ohio Department of Health. Aug 2009-present.
Poison Control Stabilization and Enhancement Program. Principal Investigator. Health Resources & Services Administration. Sept 2009-Aug 2014.
Shari Wade, PhD Director of Research
Director of Research
PhD: Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1988.
Fellowship: Clinical Psychology, Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, New Haven, Conn., 1987; Pediatric Psychology, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH, 1989.
Wade SL, Cassedy A, Walz NC, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Yeates KO. The relationship of parental warm responsiveness and negativity to emerging behavior problems following traumatic brain injury in young children. Dev Psychol. 2011 Jan;47(1):119-33.
Tlustos SJ, Chiu CY, Walz NC, Holland SK, Bernard L, Wade SL. Neural correlates of interference control in adolescents with traumatic brain injury: functional magnetic resonance imaging study of the counting stroop task. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2011 Jan;17(1):181-9. Wade SL, Walz NC, Carey J, Williams KM, Cass J, Herren L, Mark E, Yeates KO. A randomized trial of teen online problem solving for improving executive function deficits following pediatric traumatic brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2010 Nov-Dec;25(6):409-15.
Walz NC, Yeates KO, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Wade SL. Theory of mind skills 1 year after traumatic brain injury in 6- to 8-year-old children. J Neuropsychol. 2010 Sep;4(Pt 2):181-95. Chapman LA, Wade SL, Walz NC, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Yeates KO. Clinically significant behavior problems during the initial 18 months following early childhood traumatic brain injury. Rehabil Psychol. 2010 Feb;55(1):48-57. Wade SL, Walz NC, Cassedy A, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Yeates KO. Caregiver functioning following early childhood TBI: do moms and dads respond differently? NeuroRehabilitation. 2010;27(1):63-72. Walz NC, Yeates KO, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Wade SL. First-order theory of mind skills shortly after traumatic brain injury in 3- to 5-year-old children. Dev Neuropsychol. 2009 Jul;34(4):507-19. Wade SL, Oberjohn K, Burkhardt A, Greenberg I. Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a web-based parenting skills program for young children with traumatic brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2009 Jul-Aug;24(4):239-47. Wade SL, Walz NC, Carey JC, Williams KM. Brief report: Description of feasibility and satisfaction findings from an innovative online family problem-solving intervention for adolescents following traumatic brain injury. J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Jun;34(5):517-22. Kurowski B, Wade SL, Cecil KM, Walz NC, Yuan W, Rajagopal A, Holland SK. Correlation of diffusion tensor imaging with executive function measures after early childhood traumatic brain injury. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2009 Jan 1;2(4):273-283.
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