Comprehensive Children's Injury Center

  • Meet the Team

    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.

  • Show All

    Executive Committee

    A photo of Richard Falcone.

    Richard A. Falcone Jr., MD, MPH
    Director, Trauma Services

    513-636-4371

    richard.falcone@cchmc.org

    Richard A. Falcone Jr., MD, MPH

    Director, Trauma Services

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: richard.falcone@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric injury prevention and outcomes; trauma education; management of colorectal disorders; inflammatory bowel disease; minimally invasive surgery; surgical oncology; extracorporeal life support (ECLS)

    Research Interests

    Injury prevention; health disparities; pediatric colorectal disorders; use of simulation to improve teamwork and safety

    Education and Training

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2007.

    MD: New York University School of Medicine, 1995.

    General Surgery Residency: University of Cincinnati, 1995-2002.

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2002-2004.

    Certification: Surgery 2004; Pediatric Surgery 2006.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications
    A photo of Michael Gittelman.

    Mike A. Gittelman, MD
    Co-Director, Comprehensive Children's Injury Center

    513-636-2274

    mike.gittelman@cchmc.org

    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

    Show All

    Specialties

    Injury prevention; traumatic brain injury, behavioral change counseling

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    Wendy J. Pomerantz, MD, MS

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7153

    Fax: 513-803-2581

    Email: wendy.pomerantz@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric emergency medicine

    Research

    Injury and poison prevention, emergency medical services, ATV and motor bike injuries, education, and geographic information systems.

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    Steering Committee

    Lynn Babcock, MD,MS

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2956

    Email: lynn.babcock@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Research Interests

    Pediatric injury; traumatic brain injury; prehospital care

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    Grants

    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.

    A photo of Rebecca Brown.

    Rebeccah L. Brown, MD
    Associate Director, Trauma Services

    513-636-4371

    rebeccah.brown@cchmc.org

    Rebeccah L. Brown, MD

    Associate Director, Trauma Services

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: rebeccah.brown@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    General pediatric surgery; trauma; injury prevention; minimally invasive surgery; necrotizing enterocolitis; neonatal surgery; minimally invasive surgery; congenital hemolytic anemias; chest wall deformities

    Research Interests

    Pediatric trauma; injury prevention

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.


    A photo of Edward Donovan, MD.

    Edward F. Donovan, MD
    Director, Child Policy Research Center

    513-636-0182

    edward.donovan@cchmc.org

    Edward F. Donovan, MD

    Director, Child Policy Research Center

    Emeritus, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0182

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: edward.donovan@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Population health; quality improvement research; perinatal epidemiology

    Education and Training

    MD: University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1967 to 1971.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1971 to 1973.

    Fellowship: Newborn Physiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1975 to 1977; Respiratory Muscle Physiology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1978 to 1979.

    Certification: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications
    A photo of Victor Garcia.

    Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP
    Founding Director, Trauma Services

    513-636-4371

    victor.garcia@cchmc.org

    Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP

    Founding Director, Trauma Services

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: victor.garcia@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    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

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    A photo of Gary L. Geis.

    Gary L. Geis, MD
    Medical Director, Center for Simulation and Research

    513-636-6992

    gary.geis@cchmc.org

    Gary L. Geis, MD

    Medical Director, Center for Simulation and Research

    Attending Physician

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6992

    Fax: 513-636-7967

    Email: gary.geis@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Medical simulation; resuscitation

    Biography

    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).

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications
    A photo of Charles Mehlman.

    Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH
    Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research

    513-636-4785

    charles.mehlman@cchmc.org

    Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH

    Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research

    Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center

    Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: charles.mehlman@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Musculoskeletal outcomes research; orthopaedic trauma; bone tumors; arthroscopic surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; spine surgery; foot and ankle surgery; limb deficiencies in children

    Research Interests

    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

    Education and Training

    DO: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Athens, Ohio; 1989.

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, 1998.

    Internship: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Grandview Hospital and Medical Center; Dayton, Ohio; 1989-1990.

    Residency: Internal Medicine; Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine; Akron General Medical Center; Akron, Ohio; 1990-1991; Orthopaedic Surgery; Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Grandview Hospital and Medical Center; Dayton, Ohio, 1991-1995.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Children's Hospital Medical Center; Cincinnati, Ohio; 1995-1996; MPH: Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research, MPH; Harvard School of Public Health; Boston, Mass., 1996-1998.

    Certification: Board-certified, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998-2008.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    Kieran J. Phelan, MD, MSc

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3231

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: kieran.phelan@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    General pediatrics; community-based preventative medicine; public health trials

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    Grants

    Injury Prevention in a Home Visitation. Principal Investigator. NICHD. Sep 2010 - Jul 2015. R01HD066115.
    A photo of Robert Shapiro.

    Robert Allan Shapiro, MD
    Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    513-636-0037

    bob.shapiro@cchmc.org

    Robert A. Shapiro, MD

    Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0037

    Fax: 513-636-0204

    Email: bob.shapiro@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Child abuse; physical training; telemedicine; diagnosis of child abuse

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications.

    A photo of Earl G. Siegel.

    Earl G. Siegel, PharmD
    Managing Director, Drug and Poison Information Center

    513-636-5053

    earl.siegel@cchmc.org

    Earl G. Siegel, PharmD

    Managing Director, Drug and Poison Information Center

    Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy Practice; Professor Emeritus, Emergency Medicine

    Phone: 513-636-5053

    Fax: 513-636-5070

    Email: earl.siegel@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Toxicology; poison control; substance abuse and its prevention; inhalant abuse; injury prevention; disaster preparedness

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    Grants

    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.

    A photo of Shari Wade.

    Shari Wade, PhD
    Director of Research

    513-636-7480

    shari.wade@cchmc.org

    Shari Wade, PhD

    Director of Research

    Research Professor

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: shari.wade@cchmc.org

    Show All

    Specialties

    Psychological impact of chronic medical conditions on children and their families

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    Grants

    Long-Term Functional Outcomes of  Early Traumatic Brain Injury. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Sep 2009 - Aug 2014.