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Richard A. Falcone Jr., MD, MPH, MMM


  • Vice President, Perioperative Operations
  • Director, Pediatric Trauma Transformation Collaboration
  • Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Throughout more than 15 years at Cincinnati Children's, I have focused on a collaborative approach to patient care that engages the child, the family and other providers to ensure the best possible outcome. I think of every child as if they were my own and every parent as if I were in their position.

About

Biography

As a general pediatric surgeon, I perform surgeries on newborns through adolescents who need emergency surgery and elective procedures. I use minimally invasive approaches for both simple and complex procedures, and I perform outpatient surgeries through Cincinnati Children’s unique, Same-Day Consultation and Procedure Program.

I have always been motivated to make a difference in the lives of children and their parents. I believe that by improving the health of a child you allow them to enjoy a long and productive life.

Throughout more than 15 years at Cincinnati Children's, I have focused on a collaborative approach to patient care that engages the child, the family and other providers to ensure the best possible outcome. I think of every child as if they were my own and every parent as if I were in their position.

I have been honored to be named a Top Doctor in Cincinnati by Cincinnati Magazine for the past several years in a row. In addition, I have had the honor of being the president of the Pediatric Trauma Society and receiving two separate team-based awards. One is for inflammatory bowel disease care, and the other for the trauma-team care at Cincinnati Children's.

In addition to patient care, I’m involved in research. I’m primarily focused on two main areas. The first is preventing childhood injuries and improving the care of the injured child. This work has included leading research studies across multiple hospitals to evaluate the best care following injuries. It has also included injury prevention studies targeting areas of need locally and also spreading interventions nationally.

My second area of research interest has been in hospital safety and operations. This work explores ways to improve the safety for patients and providers as well as methods to improve efficiency and the patient-family experience.

Outside the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family and relaxing outside listening to music.

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Publications

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Consistent screening of admitted infants with head injuries reveals high rate of nonaccidental trauma. Kim, PT; McCagg, J; Dundon, A; Ziesler, Z; Moody, S; Jr, FR A. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2017; 52:1827-1830.

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Identifying Children at Very Low Risk for Blunt Intra-Abdominal Injury in Whom CT of the Abdomen Can Be Avoided Safely. Streck, CJ; Vogel, AM; Zhang, J; Huang, EY; Santore, MT; Tsao, K; Falcone, RA; Dassinger, MS; Russell, RT; Blakely, ML; et al. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2017; 224:449-458.e3.

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Pediatric trauma under-triage in Ohio. Gurria, JP; Haas, L; Hossain, MM; Bhuiyan, MA N; Troutt, M; Moody, S; Falcone, RA. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2017.

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The use of telemedicine in the care of the pediatric trauma patient. Kim, PT; Jr, FR A. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. 2017; 26:47-53.

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Volunteer driven home safety intervention results in significant reduction in pediatric injuries: A model for community based injury reduction. Jr, FR A; Edmunds, P; Lee, E; Gardner, D; Price, K; Gittelman, M; Pomerantz, W; Besl, J; Madhavan, G; Phelan, KJ. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2016; 51:1162-1169.

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A paradigm for achieving successful pediatric trauma verification in the absence of pediatric surgical specialists while ensuring quality of care. Jr, FR A; Milliken, WJ; Bensard, DD; Haas, L; Daugherty, M; Gray, L; Tuggle, DW; Garcia, VF. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2016; 80:433-439.

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A consensus-based criterion standard definition for pediatric patients who needed the highest-level trauma team activation. Lerner, EB; Drendel, AL; Jr, FR A; Weitze, KC; Badawy, MK; Cooper, A; Cushman, JT; Drayna, PC; Gourlay, DM; Gray, MP; et al. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2015; 78:634-638.

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Firearm injuries and children: a policy statement of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Nance, ML; Krummel, TM; Oldham, KT; Trauma Committee of American Pediatric Surgical A, . Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2013; 217:940-946.

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A multicenter prospective analysis of pediatric trauma activation criteria routinely used in addition to the six criteria of the American College of Surgeons. Jr, FR A; Haas, L; King, E; Moody, S; Crow, J; Moss, A; Gaines, B; McKenna, C; Gourlay, DM; Werner, C; et al. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2012; 73:377-384.

Perioperative Safety: Engage, Integrate, Empower, Sustain to Eliminate Patient Safety Events. Falcone, RA; Simmons, J; Carver, AM; Mullett, B; Kotagal, M; Lin, E; Muething, S; von Allmen, D. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6.

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