A photo of Katherine Auger.

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Associate Chair of Outcomes, Department of Pediatrics

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I am a pediatric hospitalist caring for children who are hospitalized. My area of research is health policy that impacts children. I study pediatric hospitalization patterns and why children require hospitalization. I also examine the pediatric discharge process and why children return to the hospital. Even though I only take care of children when they are hospitalized, I think about what the child and family’s life looks like outside the hospital. I want to help families deal with the stress of taking care of a sick child, especially as they transition back home.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m focusing on the COVID-19 policies that impact children — specifically school closing. We collected and analyzed data on the closures of all schools in the spring of 2020. We examined the association of school closure and COVID-19 case rates and deaths. Our goal is to learn as much about COVID-19 and schools to help children return safely to school.

I’m honored to have received the Nemours Child Health Services Research Award in 2016, given by AcademyHealth. This national award recognizes the scientific work of emerging scholars in the field of child health services research. I also received the pediatric Hospital Medicine Outstanding Research Award in 2017, a national award for demonstrating exceptional achievement in pediatric hospital medicine research. My research is funded through a K08 award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). I serve on the editorial board of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

I have more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, including first-authored works on identifying unplanned readmission. My research has been published in respected journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Pediatrics, and Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Hospital Medicine

Research Divisions

Hospital Medicine

Blog Posts

School Re-Opening and COVID-19 Research

Community Health

School Re-Opening and COVID-19 Research

Katherine A. Auger, MD, MSc, Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE ...8/24/2020

COVID-19 School Study in JAMA Tops Most-Shared Findings From July 2020

Infectious Diseases and Vaccines

COVID-19 School Study in JAMA Tops Most-Shared Findings From July 2020

Katherine A. Auger, MD, MSc, Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE ...8/11/2020

My Education

MD: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2005.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2005-2008.

Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-2009.

Fellowship: Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Ann Arbor, MI.

MSc: Health and Health Care Research, University of Michigan, 2012.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2008.

My Publications

Short-term Focused Feedback: A Model to Enhance Patient Engagement in Research and Intervention Delivery. Sauers-Ford, H; Statile, AM; Auger, KA; Wade-Murphy, S; Gold, JM; Simmons, JM; Shah, SS. Medical Care. 2021; 59:S364-S369.

Differential Impact of Home Nurse Contact After Discharge by Financial Strain, Primary Care Access, and Medical Complexity. Auger, KA; Sucharew, HJ; Simmons, JM; Shah, SS; Kahn, RS; Beck, AF; H2O Trial Study Group, . Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:791-800.

Healthcare Encounter and Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Children's Hospitals. Synhorst, DC; Bettenhausen, JL; Hall, M; Thurm, C; Shah, SS; Auger, KA; Williams, DJ; Morse, R; Berry, JG. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021; 16:223-226.

Under the Right Conditions, Center-Based Child Care is an Unlikely COVID-19 Threat to Staff. Tubbs-Cooley, HL; Oster, E; Auger, KA. Pediatrics. 2021; 147.

Performance of Pediatric Readmission Measures. Auger, KA; Ponti-Zins, MC; Statile, AM; Wesselkamper, K; Haberman, B; Hanke, SP. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:723-726.

Effect of Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience on a Child's Healthcare Reutilization. Shah, AN; Auger, KA; Sucharew, HJ; Mangeot, C; Childress, K; Haney, J; Shah, SS; Simmons, JM; Beck, AF. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:645-651.

Hospital Observation Status and Readmission Rates. Synhorst, DC; Hall, M; Harris, M; Gay, JC; Peltz, A; Auger, KA; Teufel, RJ; Macy, ML; Neuman, MI; Simon, HK; et al. Pediatrics. 2020; 146.

A Qualitative Study of Increased Pediatric Reutilization After a Postdischarge Home Nurse Visit. Riddle, SW; Sherman, SN; Moore, MJ; Loechtenfeldt, AM; Tubbs-Cooley, HL; Gold, JM; Wade-Murphy, S; Beck, AF; Statile, AM; Shah, SS; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:518-525.

Association Between Statewide School Closure and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in the US. Auger, KA; Shah, SS; Richardson, T; Hartley, D; Hall, M; Warniment, A; Timmons, K; Bosse, D; Ferris, SA; Brady, PW; et al. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 2020; 324:859-870.

Paediatric clinical and social concerns identified by home visit nurses in the immediate postdischarge period. Tubbs-Cooley, HL; Riddle, SW; Gold, JM; Wade-Murphy, S; Auger, KA; Statile, AM; Sucharew, HS; Shah, SS; Simmons, JM; Pickler, RH; et al. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2020; 76:1394-1403.