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Katherine J. Edmunds, MD, MEd

  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
In emergency medicine, we care about each child. We want to partner with families to deliver the best care for their children during their visit to the emergency department.



As a pediatric emergency medicine physician, my clinical interest is to improve the care of critically ill pediatric patients. This includes the care we give and how we teach residents and fellows to provide that care. My master’s degree in medical education focused on improving the feedback pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) providers give learners during clinical shifts.

I love working with children because you see firsthand the innate resilience of a child. Even when they are very sick or injured, children can have a remarkable recovery. As an emergency medicine provider, I feel I have the opportunity to help these children during their first steps on the path of healing.

In emergency medicine, we care about each child. We want to partner with families to deliver the best care for their children during their visit to the emergency department. I only have a brief, one-time interaction with families in the Emergency Department. However, I want families to feel cared for and heard — even though my role may be brief in their child's trajectory of care. No one ever starts their day planning to be in the emergency room that night, so I hope to bring comfort to families who find themselves unexpectedly in our department.

I’m honored to be a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, which recognizes professionalism, leadership, academic and clinical excellence, research and community service. I also serve as a member of the Division of Emergency Medicine’s Medical Resuscitation Committee, a multidisciplinary group that works to improve care in the shock trauma suite.

In my research, we aim to improve the education of medical learners surrounding the care of critically ill children and to improve the care of patients who are intubated in the emergency department. My current research projects include investigating the use of sedation after intubation, preoxygenation of patients before intubation, and characterizing the experience of clinical fellows in the emergency department.

I enjoy spending my free time with my husband, who also works for Cincinnati Children’s, and our three children. We love exploring Cincinnati’s parks and restaurants, and we are proud to call Cincinnati home.


Emergency Department Visits Before Sudden Unexpected Infant Death: A Touchpoint for Unsafe Sleep Reduction. Kappy, B; Edmunds, K; Frey, M; Zhang, Y; Boyd, S; Looman, K; Pomerantz, WJ; Hanke, S; Kerrey, B. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2022; 22:1065-1072.

Fraction of Expired Oxygen as a Measure of Preoxygenation Prior to Rapid Sequence Intubation in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Edmunds, K; Pierpoint, S; Frey, M; Ahaus, K; Boyd, S; Shah, A; Zhang, Y; Kerrey, B. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2022; 63:62-71.

Risk factors for inadequate sedation after endotracheal intubation in the pediatric emergency department. Edmunds, KJ; Byczkowski, T; Frey, M; Boyd, S; Caruso, M; Zhang, Y; Kerrey, BT; Timm, N. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2022; 56:15-20.

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.

Code Team Training: Demonstrating Adherence to AHA Guidelines During Pediatric Code Blue Activations. Stewart, C; Shoemaker, J; Keller-Smith, R; Edmunds, K; Davis, A; Tegtmeyer, K. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e1658-e1662.

Severe Complications From Infectious Mononucleosis After Prolonged Steroid Therapy. Zamor, R; Edmunds, K; Orscheln, E; Duma, E. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e1741-e1744.

Sample size and clinical trials in pediatric resuscitation. Edmunds, K; Zhang, Y; Kerrey, BT. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open. 2021; 2.

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.

Vomiting and Dehydration in a 2-Year-Old. Edmunds, K; Gurria, J; Koberlein, G; Zamor, R; Breech, L; Shah, K; Hariharan, S. Pediatrics. 2019; 143.

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