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Breann Butts, MD

  • Attending Physician, Complex Care, Division of General and Community Pediatrics
  • Attending Physician, Pediatric Primary Care Center, Division of General and Community Pediatrics
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



I am a pediatrician who cares for children who have multiple health conditions and often rely on medical technology. These are called medically complex patients, and I care for them in the Complex Care Center. I also care for the general pediatric population in the Pediatric Primary Care Center (PPCC).

Growing up, I was inspired by stories of my brother's exceptional care by his pediatric team during his battle with leukemia. I also enjoyed babysitting and participating in volunteer activities with kids throughout high school and college.

When it came time to choose my medical specialty, I found that caring for children and young adults brought me the most joy. Pediatric patients are incredibly resilient in the face of challenges, and almost always have a fun or entertaining story to tell!

In my practice, I’m comfortable caring for children with common pediatric conditions, such as asthma, eczema, and mental health or behavioral conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I enjoy caring for children with multiple health conditions and/or dependence on medical technology. I have experience in coordinating care among multiple medical specialties. Another interest is palliative care. I appreciate assisting families in setting goals for their child’s care as they transition through the seasons of life.

I strive to be an empathetic and patient care provider who advocates for my patients and their families at all times. I also understand the importance of incorporating the psychological and social needs into their medical care.

I had the honor and privilege of receiving the Cincinnati Pediatric Society’s Outstanding Second Year Resident Award in 2019, the Samuel Dalinsky Memorial Outstanding Graduating Resident Award in 2020, and the Cincinnati Children's Hidden Gem Award in April 2022. I also participated in the Primary Care Pathway during my residency.

With my research, we seek to improve the quality-of-care experience for children with medical complexity and their families and to educate medical students and residents about this type of care.

I enjoy spending my free time being active outside, exploring local parks, baking, traveling and being with my family and friends.

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Challenges Following Hospital Discharge for Children With Medical Complexity. Musial, A; Butts, B; Loechtenfeldt, A; Herrmann, LE; Schmidlin, E; Kelley, J; Hail, T; White, CM; Thomson, J. Hospital pediatrics. 2020; 10:531-536.

Identification of Children With High-Intensity Neurological Impairment. Thomson, JE; Feinstein, JA; Hall, M; Gay, JC; Butts, B; Berry, JG. JAMA Pediatrics. 2019; 173:989-991.

Human Papillomavirus Vaccine and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: A Review of Current Literature. Butts, BN; Fischer, PR; Mack, KJ. Journal of Child Neurology. 2017; 32:956-965.

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