Trauma Services

  • Meet the Team

    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.

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    Leadership

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    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

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    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, 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.

    Education and Training

    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.

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

    513-636-4371

    richard.falcone@cchmc.org

    Richard A. Falcone, MD, MPH

    Director, Trauma Services

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: richard.falcone@cchmc.org

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Lynn H. Haas, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Trauma Program Manager, Trauma Services

    513-636-8636

    lynn.haas@cchmc.org

    Lynn H. Haas, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Trauma Program Manager, Trauma Services

    Phone: 513-636-8636

    Fax: 513-636-7826

    Email: lynn.haas@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Trauma system development; pediatric trauma

    Biography

    Ms. Haas initiated the trauma program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in September 1989 as the trauma program manager. She received her BSN from Ohio State University, MSN from the University of Cincinnati, followed by a PNP degree in 2001. Cincinnati Children's became verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in 1993 with subsequent re-verifications every three years.   

    Ms. Haas is actively involved in trauma system development at the local, state and national level. Besides her responsibility for directing the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital trauma program, Ms. Haas has held leadership positions within Society of Trauma Nurses, Ohio Society of Trauma Nurse Leaders, Ohio Trauma Committee and the Pediatric Trauma Society. In addition, Ms. Haas is a site reviewer for the American College of Surgeons and has provided consultation for other pediatric trauma centers across the United States.

    Education and Training

    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

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    Clinical Management

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    Erin Butt, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Services

    513-736-8525

    erin.butt@cchmc.org

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    Erin Butt, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Services

    Phone: 513-736-8525

    Email: erin.butt@cchmc.org

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    Becky Cook, DNP, APRN, CPNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Services

    513-636-7157

    becky.cook@cchmc.org

    Becky Cook, DNP, APRN, CPNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Services

    Phone: 513-636-7157

    Fax: 513-636-3827

    Email: becky.cook@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Role of the nurse practitioner; quality of life

    Biography

    Becky Cook, DNP, APRN, CPNP, is a trauma nurse practitioner at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Prior to this position, Becky worked as a nurse practitioner in Same Day Surgery for one year and case manager for Pediatric Rehabilitation.

    Becky's responsibilities include 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. Becky also provides and coordinates educational opportunities for staff nurses, surgical residents, social workers and child life specialists with regards to trauma.

    Becky participates in multiple trauma-related committees, such as Trauma Resuscitation and Trauma Psychosocial Team. She is also a member of the Magnet Steering Committee and co-chairs the Society of Trauma Nurses Advance Practice Special Interest Group.

    Education and Training

    RN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1985.

    MSN, CPNP: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1996.

    Publications

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    Kaaren B. Shebesta, MSN, APRN, CPNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Services

    513-636-0575

    kaaren.shebesta@cchmc.org

    Kaaren B. Shebesta, MSN, APRN, CPNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Services

    Phone: 513-636-0575

    Fax: 513-636-3827

    Email: kaaren.shebesta@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Role of the nurse practitioner

    Biography

    Kaaren B. Shebesta, MSN, APRN, CPNP, is a trauma nurse practitioner at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 2002. Prior to this position, Kaaren worked in the Cardiac ICU at Cincinnati Children's 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 case review.

    Education and Training

    BSN, RN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1992.

    MSN, CPNP: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

    Publications

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