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Michelle D. Eckerle, MD

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



I’m an attending physician, researcher and educator who specializes in emergency medicine, sepsis and global health. I’m also the program director for the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship.

I was drawn to the field of emergency medicine because it provides an opportunity to interact with patients and families across the spectrum of ages and illnesses. I enjoy partnering with my colleagues to assess and stabilize the sickest children who present in the emergency room at Cincinnati Children’s, as well as helping to train future pediatric emergency medicine physicians.

My interest in global health stems from my experiences working in sub-Saharan Africa. I’m passionate about making sure that evidence-based care is accessible in both low- and high-income countries.

In addition to studying global health initiatives, my research focuses on sepsis and acute respiratory illness. Here in the U.S., I aim to improve the accuracy of assessing children who may have sepsis. Internationally, I seek to understand the pathophysiology of critical illness in low-income countries and identify whether recommended interventions are indeed beneficial to children in these settings.


PRagMatic Pediatric Trial of Balanced vs nOrmaL Saline FlUid in Sepsis: study protocol for the PRoMPT BOLUS randomized interventional trial. Weiss, SL; Thompson, GC; Hayes, KL; Katcoff, H; Tsemberis, E; Hickey, CP; Williamson-Urquhart, S; Borland, ML; Dalziel, SR; Gelbart, B; et al. Trials. 2021; 22.

Blood transfusion and mortality in children with severe anaemia in a malaria-endemic region. Keating, EM; Chiume, M; Fitzgerald, E; Mgusha, Y; Mvalo, T; Fino, N; Crouse, HL; Eckerle, M; Gorman, K; Ciccone, EJ; et al. Paediatrics and international child health. 2021; 41:129-136.

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.

Predicting severe pneumonia in the emergency department: a global study of the Pediatric Emergency Research Networks (PERN)-study protocol. Florin, TA; Tancredi, DJ; Ambroggio, L; Babl, FE; Dalziel, SR; Eckerle, M; Mintegi, S; Neuman, M; Plint, AC; Kuppermann, N. BMJ Open. 2020; 10.

Lessons learned from the development and implementation of an electronic paediatric emergency and acute care database in Lilongwe, Malawi. Ciccone, EJ; Tilly, AE; Chiume, M; Mgusha, Y; Eckerle, M; Namuku, H; Crouse, HL; Mkaliainga, TB; Robison, JA; Schubert, CJ; et al. BMJ Global Health. 2020; 5.

Focus group discussions on low-flow oxygen and bubble CPAP treatments among mothers of young children in Malawi: a CPAP IMPACT substudy. Sessions, KL; Ruegsegger, L; Mvalo, T; Kondowe, D; Tsidya, M; Hosseinipour, MC; Lufesi, N; Eckerle, M; Smith, AG; McCollum, ED. BMJ Open. 2020; 10.

Antibiotic Use and Outcomes in Children in the Emergency Department With Suspected Pneumonia. Lipshaw, MJ; Eckerle, M; Florin, TA; Crotty, EJ; Lipscomb, J; Jacobs, J; Rattan, M; Ruddy, RM; Shah, SS; Ambroggio, L. Pediatrics. 2020; 145.

Outcomes of in-hospital paediatric cardiac arrest from a tertiary hospital in a low-income African country. Edwards-Jackson, N; North, K; Chiume, M; Nakanga, W; Schubert, C; Hathcock, A; Phiri, A; Eckerle, M. Paediatrics and international child health. 2020; 40:11-15.

Implementation of Targeted Point of Care HIV Testing in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Bhatt, SR; Eckerle, MD; Reed, JL; Robinson, V; Brown, A; Lippe, J; Holland, C; Iyer, S. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2020; 5.

Bubble CPAP and oxygen for child pneumonia care in Malawi: a CPAP IMPACT time motion study. Sessions, KL; Mvalo, T; Kondowe, D; Makonokaya, D; Hosseinipour, MC; Chalira, A; Lufesi, N; Eckerle, M; Smith, AG; McCollum, ED. BMC Health Services Research. 2019; 19.

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