I believe the best care is provided through collaboration with everyone involved in a child's treatment plan, including the patient and their family.
Richard A. Falcone Jr., MD, MPH, MMM



I'm chief of staff and a pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati Children's. I treat children from birth to adolescence who need general and thoracic surgery and emergency care. I use minimally invasive techniques for both simple and complex procedures. Additionally, I perform outpatient surgeries through Cincinnati Children's unique Same-Day Consultation and Procedure Program.

A drive to make a difference in the lives and health of children led me to a career in medicine. Every day, I try to improve children's health in our community, whether through direct patient care or by improving the system that provides care. I treat every child as if they were my own and every parent as if I were in their position. By improving a child's health, I help them enjoy a long and productive life.

My goals are to offer equitable care to all children, ensure their access to healthcare, and work to understand and address the social factors of health and safety for all. I also want my fellow doctors and hospital staff to feel safe and empowered and to have joy in their work. Throughout my many years at Cincinnati Children's, I have focused on a collaborative approach to patient care. I believe the best care is provided through collaboration with everyone involved in a child's treatment plan, including the patient and their family.

I'm proud to have been named one of Cincinnati's Top Doctors for the past 10 years, and I have had the honor of being the president of the Pediatric Trauma Society. I have received two clinical care awards, one for inflammatory bowel disease and the other for trauma team care.

In addition to patient care, I'm involved in research focused on preventing childhood injuries and improving the care of injured children, as well as hospital safety and operations.

Outside the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my wife and family, vacationing at the beach and socializing with friends.

MMM: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2020.

MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2007.

MD: New York University School of Medicine, 1995.

General Surgery Residency: University of Cincinnati, 1995-2002.

Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2002-2004.

Certification: Surgery, 2004, 2013; Pediatric Surgery, 2006, 2016.


Pediatric injury prevention and outcomes; trauma education; management of colorectal disorders; inflammatory bowel disease; minimally invasive surgery; surgical oncology; extracorporeal life support (ECLS); same day surgical care at Liberty Campus

Services and Specialties

Colorectal Disorders, Injury Prevention, Surgery - General and Thoracic, Chest Wall


Injury prevention; health disparities; pediatric colorectal disorders; use of simulation to improve teamwork and safety; healthcare operations, quality and safety

Research Areas

General and Thoracic Surgery

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Impact of institutional prophylaxis guidelines on rates of pediatric venous thromboembolism following trauma-A multicenter study from the pediatric trauma society research committee. Labuz, DF; Tobias, J; Selesner, L; Han, XY; Cunningham, A; Marenco, CW; Escobar, MA; Hazeltine, MD; Cleary, MA; Kotagal, M; et al. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2023; 95:341-346.

Making a move: Using simulation to identify latent safety threats before the care of injured patients in a new physical space. Kotagal, M; Falcone, RA; Daugherty, M; Merkt, B; Klein, GL; McDonough, S; Boyd, SD; Geis, GL; Kerrey, BT. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2023; 95:426-431.

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