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Katherine A. S. Auger, MD, MSc

  • Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Associate Chair of Outcomes, Department of Pediatrics
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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.

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.

Services and Specialties

Hospital Medicine

Research Areas

Hospital Medicine


Annual Variation in 30-Day Risk-Adjusted Readmission Rates in U.S. Children's Hospitals. Bucholz, EM; Hall, M; Harris, M; Teufel, RJ; Auger, KA; Morse, R; Neuman, MI; Peltz, A. Academic Pediatrics. 2023; 23:S1876-2859(22)00636-2.

Identifying and Validating Pediatric Hospitalizations for MIS-C Through Administrative Data. Auger, KA; Hall, M; Arnold, SD; Bhumbra, S; Bryan, MA; Hartley, D; Ivancie, R; Katragadda, H; Kazmier, K; Jacob, SA; et al. Pediatrics. 2023; 151:e2022059872.

Reducing Caregiver Hunger During Pediatric Hospitalization. Auger, KA; Demeritt, B; Beck, AF; Shah, A; Litman, S; Pinson, J; Wright, T; Cronin, SC; Casillas, CA; Sauers-Ford, H; et al. Pediatrics. 2023; 151:e2022058080.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitalizations of children with neurologic impairment. Thomson, J; Richardson, T; Auger, KA; Brady, PW; Hall, M; Hartley, D; Schondelmeyer, AC; Shah, SS. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2023; 18:33-42.

Development and Validation of an Integrated Suite of Prediction Models for All-Cause 30-Day Readmissions of Children and Adolescents Aged 0 to 18 Years. Goodman, DM; Casale, MT; Rychlik, K; Carroll, MS; Auger, KA; Smith, TL; Cartland, J; Davis, MM. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5:e2241513.

Inadequacies of Supporting Families With Food Insecurity in the Hospital Setting. Krugman, SD; Auger, KA. Hospital Pediatrics. 2022; 12:e377-e378.

What Types of Hospitals Do Adolescents and Young Adults With Complex Chronic Conditions Use?. Jenkins, AM; Berry, JG; Perrin, JM; Kuhlthau, K; Hall, M; Dunbar, P; Hoover, C; Garrity, B; Crossman, M; Auger, K. Academic Pediatrics. 2022; 22:1033-1040.

Variation in Condition-Specific Readmission Rates Across US Children's Hospitals. Gay, JC; Teufel, RJ; Peltz, A; Auger, KA; Harris, JM; Hall, M; Neuman, MI; Simon, HK; Morse, R; Eghtesady, P; et al. Academic Pediatrics. 2022; 22:797-805.

A Successful Collaboration Between an Urban School District, a Health System, and a Public Health Department to Address COVID-19 While Returning Children to the Classroom. Auger, KA; Hall, M; Bunte, S; Mussman, G; Amin, M; Sprigg, S; Porter, L; Porter, R; Mansour, M; Burkhardt, MC; et al. Journal of Community Health. 2022; 47:504-509.

The Association of the Childhood Opportunity Index on Pediatric Readmissions and Emergency Department Revisits. Bettenhausen, JL; Noelke, C; Ressler, RW; Hall, M; Harris, M; Peltz, A; Auger, KA; Teufel, RJ; Lutmer, JE; Krager, MK; et al. Academic Pediatrics. 2022; 22:614-621.

From the Blog

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

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