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Cincinnati Children’s Trauma Service is home to specialists with 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 faculty, fellows and staff.
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
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. Neuro Nurse. 2013 Apr;45(2):108-18.
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. Pediatric Emergency 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; discussion 384.
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. 2011 Oct;6(5):284-91.
Goldberg, J, McClaine RJ, Cook B, Garcia VF, Brown RL, Crone K, Falcone RA. Use of a mild traumatic brain injury guidelines to reduce inpatient hospital imaging and charges. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Sep;46(9):1777-83.
Lawal TA, Falcone RA, von Allmen D, Denson LA, Levitt MA, Warner BW, Frischer JS. The utility of routine pouchogram before ileostomy reversal in children and adolescents following ileal pouch anal anastomosis. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Jun;46(6):1222-5.
Victor F. Garcia, MD Founding Director, Trauma Services
Founding Director, Trauma Services
Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Garcia V. Comment on: Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass versus laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding: five years of follow-up. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2010 Sep-Oct;6(5):475-6.
Chatoorgoon K, Huezo K, Rangel E, François N, Schweer L, Daugherty M, Koehn M, Ricketts C, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA Jr. Unnecessary imaging, not hospital distance, or transportation mode impacts delays in the transfer of injured children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2010 Jul;26(7):481-6.
Martin CA, Care M, Rangel EL, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA Jr. Severity of head computed tomography scan findings fail to explain racial differences in mortality following child abuse. Am J Surg. 2010 Feb;199(2):210-5.
Inge TH, Jenkins TM, Zeller M, Dolan L, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Bean J, Gamm K, Xanthakos SA. Baseline BMI is a strong predictor of nadir BMI after adolescent gastric bypass. J Pediatr. 2010 Jan;156(1):103-108.e1.
Inge TH, Miyano G, Bean J, Helmrath M, Courcoulas A, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Wilson K, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Dolan LM. Reversal of type 2 diabetes mellitus and improvements in cardiovascular risk factors after surgical weight loss in adolescents. Pediatrics. 2009 Jan;123(1):214-22.
Falcone RA Jr, Martin C, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Despite overall low pediatric head injury mortality, disparities exist between races. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Oct;43(10):1858-64.
Falcone RA Jr, Daugherty M, Schweer L, Patterson M, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Multidisciplinary pediatric trauma team training using high-fidelity trauma simulation. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Jun;43(6):1065-71.
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. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Apr 8; \51(14):1342-8.
Rangel SJ, Martin CA, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA Jr. 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. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Jan;43(1):200-7.
Falcone RA Jr, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Disparities in child abuse mortality are not explained by injury severity. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Jun;42(6):1031-6; discussion 1036-7.
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, N.Y. 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, Ohio, 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, N.Y., 1997-1999.
Certification: Board-certified General Surgery, 1998, 2007; board-certified, Pediatric Surgery, 2000, 2009.
Lynn H. Haas, RN, CNP Program Manager, Division of Trauma Services
Program Manager, Division of Trauma Services
Trauma system development; pediatric trauma
Lynn H. Schweer RN, MSN, Trauma Program Manager, joined the Trauma Department of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in September 1989 as the trauma nurse coordinator.
Schweer received her BSN from Ohio State University and MSN from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to her present position, Lynn was a surgical intensive care nurse at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and the trauma nurse coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.
In the early 1990s, one aspect of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's strategic plan was to formalize the development of a regional pediatric trauma center which was in compliance with standards developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Lynn's responsibility included overseeing the progression of all aspects of trauma center development -- administration, education, clinical, research and performance improvement.
A formalized Trauma Service and trauma resuscitation team were implemented, communication to the EMS personnel was expanded, a trauma registry was started, a trauma clinical nurse specialist / nurse practitioner expanded the clinical aspect of the program and finally, injury prevention was incorporated into the context of the Trauma Program.
In 1993, Cincinnati Children's received their first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verification, with subsequent re-verification in 1996, 2000, 2003 and 2006.
Schweer is actively involved as a trauma coordinator at the local, state and national levels. In recent years, Lynn held the position of secretary and president within the Ohio Society of Trauma Nurse Coordinators (OSTNC).
At the regional level, Schweer is currently contributing to the development of a regionalized Cincinnati trauma system by participating on the steering committee and within specific trauma sub-committees. Nationally, Lynn co-chairs the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) Pediatric Trauma Special Interest Group.
In addition to her hospital responsibilities, Schweer has site-reviewed and provided consultations for other pediatric trauma centers in the United States.
BSN: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1981
MSN: Trauma Critical Care, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1986
PNP: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001
Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurse
Schweer L, Cook BS, Biven K, Van Kuiken D, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Family Perception: Quality of Life Following a Child's Traumatic Injury. Journal of Trauma Nursing. 2006;13 (1): 6-14.
Fanta K, Cook B, Falcone RA, Ricketts C, Schweer L, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Pediatric Trauma Nurse Practitioners provide excellent care with superior patient satisfaction for injured children. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2006;41(1) 277-81.
Fanta K, Cook B, Falcone RA, Ricketts C, Schweer L, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Pediatric Trauma Nurse Practitioners increase bedside Nurses' satisfaction with pediatric trauma patient. Journal of Trauma Nursing 2006;13(2):66-70.
Cook RS, Schweer L, Fanta-Shebesta K, Hartjes K, Falcone RA. Mild traumatic brain injury in children: Just another bump on the head? Journal of Trauma Nursing 2006;13(2):58-65.
Schweer L, Cook, BS, Fanta KB. Trauma Nurse Practitioner: Front Line Approach to Management of the Pediatric Trauma Patient in an Academic Program. Journal of Trauma Nursing. 2005;11(4): 157-63.
Fanta, K, Cook BS, Schweer L. Traumatic Injury to the Pancreas: The Challenges of Care in the Pediatric Patient. Journal of Trauma Nursing. 2003;10(3): 72-8.
Cook BS, Fanta K, Schweer L (2003). Pediatric Cervical Spine Clearance: Implications for Nursing Practice. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 2003;29 (4): 1-4.
Genia L. Goodin, AAB Coordinator, Comprehensive Children's Injury Center
Vanessa Hartman, BBA Administrative Assistant, Trauma Service
Lesley J. Allen RN, MSN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Services
Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Services
Becky Cook, RN, MSN, CPNP Trauma Nurse Practitioner
Trauma Nurse Practitioner
Rangel EL, Cook BS, Bennett BL, Shebesta K, Ying J, Falcone RA. Eliminating disparity in evaluation for abuse in infants with head injury: use of a screening guideline. J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Jun;44(6):1229-34.
Cook BS, Ricketts CD, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA Jr. Effect of safety education on classmates of injured children: a prospective clinical trial. J Trauma Nurs. 2006 Jul-Sep;13(3):96-101.
Schweer LH, Cook BS, Bivens K, Van Kuiken D, Garcia VF, Falcone Jr RA. Family perception: Quality of life following a child's traumatic injury. J Trauma Nurs. 2006 Jan-Mar;13(1):6-14.
Cook RS, Schweer L, Shebesta KF, Hartjes K, Falcone RA Jr. Mild traumatic brain injury in children: Just another bump on the head?J Trauma Nurs. 2006 Apr-Jun;13(2):1-5.
Shebesta KF, Cook B, Rickets C, Schweer L, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA Jr. Pediatric trauma nurse practitioners increase bedside nurses' satisfaction with pediatric trauma patient care. J Trauma Nurs. 2006 Apr-Jun;13(2):14-19.
Fanta K, Cook B, Falcone RA Jr, Rickets C, Schweer L, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Pediatric nurse practitioners provide excellent care with superior patient satisfaction for injured children. J Pediatr Surg. 2006 Jan; 41:277-281.
Kaaren B. Shebesta, RN, BSN, MSN, CPNP Nurse Practitioner, Division of Trauma Services
Nurse Practitioner, Division of Trauma Services
Kaaren B. Shebesta, RN, MSN, CPNP, is a trauma nurse practitioner at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Prior to this position, Kaaren worked in the Cardiac ICU at Cincinnati Children's for four years after working as a nurse in Chicago and Phoenix.
Shebesta's responsibilities include the coordinating and managing the care for traumatically injured children and providing education services for patients and families. She assists in monitoring the PI system for trauma services, including outcomes and system / process issues. Shebesta also provides and coordinates educational opportunities for staff nurses, surgical residents, social workers and child life specialists with regards to trauma, utilizing trauma workshop, trauma case review, trauma in-services and trauma morbidity and mortality.
Shebesta also co-chairs the trauma resuscitation committee and is a member of the trauma psychosocial team.
BSN, RN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1992.
MSN, CPNP: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.
Rangel EL, Cook BS, Bennett BL, Shebesta K, Ying J, Falcone RA. Eliminating disparity in evaluation for abuse in infants with head injury: use of a screening guideline. J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Jun;44(6):1229-34 Shebesta KF, Cook B, Rickets C, Schweer L, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA Jr. Pediatric trauma nurse practitioners increase bedside nurses' satisfaction with pediatric trauma patient care. J Trauma Nurs. 2006 Apr-Jun;13(2):66-9. Cook RS, Schweer L, Shebesta KF, Hartjes K, Falcone RA Jr. Mild traumatic brain injury in children: just another bump on the head? J Trauma Nurs. 2006 Apr-Jun;13(2):58-65.Fanta K, Cook B, Falcone RA Jr, Rickets C, Schweer L, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Pediatric trauma nurse practitioners provide excellent care with superior patient satisfaction for injured children. J Pediatr Surg. 2006 Jan;41(1):277-81. Schweer LH, Cook BS, Fanta KB. Trauma nurse practitioner: front line approach to management of the pediatric trauma patient in an academic program. J Trauma Nurs. 2005;11(4):157-163. Fanta K, Cook BS, Schweer L. Traumatic injury to the pancreas: the challenges of care in the pediatric patient. J Trauma Nurs. 2003 Jul-Sep;10(3):72-8.
Cook BS, Fanta K, Schweer L. Pediatric cervical spine clearance: implications for nursing practice. J Emerg Nurs. 2003 Aug;29(4):383-6.
Taunya R. Kessler, CCS Application Specialist, Division of Trauma Services
Margie A. Koehn, CSTR Applications Specialist, Trauma Services
Jessica South Data Management Coordinator, Division of Trauma Services
Suzanne M. Moody, MPA Clinical Research Coordinator IV, Trauma Services
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