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Preston N. Dean, MD, MS

  • Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My area of clinical expertise is in pediatric emergency medicine. I have a special clinical interest in resuscitation, especially critical procedures. My desire to provide high-quality care for acutely ill and injured children drew me to this specialty and continues to drive me to improve care for them.

In addition to a clinical interest in resuscitation and critical procedures, I also actively research both topics, with a special focus on tracheal intubation. My current efforts, with the help of an amazing research team, are focused on video laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation in physiologically high-risk patients. This work has led to multiple improvement initiatives — all designed to improve proceduralist performance, and more importantly, increase safety for the highest risk patients.

I was honored to be awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine Ken Graff Young Investigator Award (2021) for our study group’s work focused on identifying the clinical factors that increase the risk of physiologic deterioration when children undergo tracheal intubation. I am board certified in Pediatrics (2018) and am board eligible in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

My work has been published in well-respected journals, including Hospital Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Care, Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open, Academic Emergency Medicine, Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatric Quality and Safety, Journal of Emergency Medicine and Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.


Video Laryngoscope Screen Visualization and Tracheal Intubation Performance: A Video-Based Study in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Dean, P; Edmunds, K; Shah, A; Frey, M; Zhang, Y; Boyd, S; Kerrey, BT. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2022; 79:323-332.

Don't Hold Your Breath-A Video-Based Study of Procedural Intervals During Pediatric Rapid Sequence Intubation. Shah, A; Edmunds, K; Dean, P; Frey, M; Boyd, S; Ahaus, K; Zhang, Y; Varadarajan, K; Kerrey, BT. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2022; 38:e784-e790.

Video screen visualization patterns when using a video laryngoscope for tracheal intubation: A systematic review. Dean, P; Kerrey, B. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open. 2022; 3.

Defining Pneumonia Severity in Children: A Delphi Study. Dean, P; Schumacher, D; Florin, TA. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e1482-e1490.

Pediatric emergency department volumes and throughput during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even, L; Lipshaw, MJ; Wilson, PM; Dean, P; Kerrey, BT; Vukovic, AA. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2021; 46:739-741.

High-Flow Nasal Cannula in Bronchiolitis at a Pediatric Emergency Department: Trends and Outcomes. Lipshaw, MJ; Vukovic, AA; Dean, P; Semenova, O; Zhang, Y; Eckerle, M; Kurowski, EM. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:119-125.

The impact of public health interventions on critical illness in the pediatric emergency department during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Dean, P; Zhang, Y; Frey, M; Shah, A; Edmunds, K; Boyd, S; Schwartz, H; Frey, T; Stalets, E; Schaffzin, J; et al. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open. 2020; 1:1542-1551.

Identification of the Physiologically Difficult Airway in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Dean, PN; Hoehn, EF; Geis, GL; Frey, ME; Cabrera-Thurman, MK; Kerrey, BT; Zhang, Y; Stalets, EL; Zackoff, MW; Maxwell, AR; et al. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2020; 27:1241-1248.

An Unexpected Cause of Conjunctivitis in an Adolescent. Dean, P; Berger, T; Matt, M; Schlaudecker, E; Riney, L. Clinical Pediatrics. 2020; 59:1202-1204.

Peri-Intubation Cardiac Arrest in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Novel System of Care. Hoehn, EF; Dean, P; Lautz, AJ; Frey, M; Cabrera-Thurman, MK; Geis, GL; Stalets, E; Zackoff, M; Pham, T; Maxwell, A; et al. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2020; 5.

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