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Michael A. Carlisle, MD

  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Good care is always about doing the right thing and putting the child first.
Michael A. Carlisle, MD



I specialize in pediatric cardiology and critical care. Our practice primarily focuses on various congenital heart diseases. We recognize that any cardiac diagnosis can have a marked impact on the patient and their family. We want you to know that when you come into our cardiac unit, you’ll be treated as if you were a member of our family.

Initially, I became interested in pediatrics while working in a parent’s day-out program for patients with an autism spectrum disorder. Sitting down with families and using a team-based approach to care was imperative. As I continued my training in pediatrics, I fell in love with cardiology and recognized that this was a team sport too. I loved talking with families, setting expectations, and walking them through complex diagnoses. I realized that as a physician, it was critical to directly involve the family in decision-making and ongoing care. The dedication to family-focused treatment was one reason I was drawn to Cincinnati Children's.

Good care is always about doing the right thing and putting the child first. I think that good care requires a particular focus on patience, kindness and safety. Without these things, I feel we are doing a disservice to our patients.

My current research focuses on standardized clinical care practice and structured risk mitigation. Previously, I worked with United Airlines to help us develop tools that would better promote a culture of safety in the hospital setting. These tools include checklists, risk avoidance tools, educational models and simulations.

When I’m not working, I am an avid runner and cyclist. I’ve competed in adventure races around Cincinnati since 2014.

MD: University of Alabama School of Medicine, 2013.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2016.

Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2017.

Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Colorado, 2020.

Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Colorado, 2022.


Pediatric Cardiology; cardiac critical care

Services and Specialties

Cardiology Clinic


Patient safety and quality improvement in the cardiac intensive care setting


Development and validation of a Bayesian network predicting neurosurgical intervention after injury in children and adolescents. Sullivan, TM; Sippel, GJ; Matison, EA; Gestrich-Thompson, WV; Dewitt, PE; Carlisle, MA; Oluigbo, D; Oluigbo, C; Bennett, TD; Burd, RS. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2023; 94:839-846.

Early prediction of pediatric acute kidney injury from the emergency department: A pilot study. Hanson, HR; Carlisle, MA; Bensman, RS; Byczkowski, T; Depinet, H; Terrell, TC; Pitner, H; Knox, R; Goldstein, SL; Basu, RK. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2021; 40:138-144.

Acute Kidney Injury and Fluid Overload in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. Carlisle, MA; Soranno, DE; Basu, RK; Gist, KM. Current treatment options in pediatrics. 2019; 5:326-342.

Improving Efficiency of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Team Daily Workflow. Unaka, NI; Herrmann, LE; Parker, MW; Jerardi, KE; Brady, PW; Demeritt, B; Lichner, K; Carlisle, M; Treasure, JD; Hickey, E; et al. Hospital Pediatrics. 2019; 9:867-873.

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