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Co-Director, Comprehensive Children's Injury Center

Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-2274

513-636-7967

Board Certified

My Biography & Research

Biography

I’ve wanted to be a pediatrician since I was 11 years old and emulated my own pediatrician. During my residency, I was very interested in pediatric emergency medicine. I realized one of the most satisfying aspects of medicine was to care for the sickest patients and diagnose problems children were facing in the moment.

As a pediatric emergency medicine physician, I have a special interest in injury prevention. I also co-direct the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center at Cincinnati Children’s.

When children are ill, or parents are concerned about their child, they seek answers for how best to care for them. It’s my job to make sure families are well informed and their children receive the best clinical care in an efficient manner. After more than 20 years in pediatric emergency medicine, I have seen many different pediatric cases. This experience gives me a wide array of expertise to diagnose patients effectively and in a timely fashion.

During my career, I have been fortunate to win several honors that highlight the injury prevention research I’ve accomplished and the injury prevention programs I have led. These awards are for local, regional and national accomplishments, such as:

  • A state-wide bicycle helmet intervention
  • A gun safety program in the pediatric office setting
  • A hospital-based safe sleep quality-improvement program
  • An injury quality-improvement program for practicing pediatricians

The two awards that I am most proud of include the Cincinnati Children’s Advocacy Award for community work, where I helped lead a team to reduce injuries in one Cincinnati community by more than 40 percent. The national award is the American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow Lifetime Achievement Award for Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. This was awarded to me by my peers for the injury prevention work I have accomplished over my career.

I served as the chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Injury and Poison Prevention. I am a board member and past president of the AAP’s Ohio Chapter. Currently, I serve as the vice chair for District V of National AAP overseeing AAP chapters in Michigan, Indiana, Ontario and Ohio.

In my research, I focus on the number one cause of morbidity and mortality to children —intentional and unintentional injury. The majority of these injuries are preventable, and I would like to reduce them so children may grow up to live healthy and productive lives.

During my free time, I enjoy playing ice hockey, which I have played since I was 5 years old.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric emergency medicine; injury prevention; advocacy

Research Interests

Behavior change counseling; injury prevention; community prevention

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Divisions

Injury Prevention, Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine



Blog Posts

Parents Talk Seriously With Your Teens About Driving

BlogSafety and Prevention

Parents, Talk Seriously With Your Teens About Driving

By Mike Gittelman, MD10/24/2014

Applauding Tennessee for Motor Vehicle Legislation

BlogSafety and Prevention

Applauding Tennessee for Motor Vehicle Legislation

By Mike Gittelman, MD8/4/2014

My Education

MD: The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1994.

Residency: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA., 1997.

Fellowship: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 2000.

Certifications: ABP Subspecialty Board in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, current; American Board of Pediatrics, current; Diplomate, United States Medical Licensure Examination, 1994.

My Publications

A pilot QI primary care practice program to help reduce infant mortality risks. Gittelman, MA; Fluitt, K; Anzeljc, S; Rajanbabu, A; Carle, AC; Arnold, MW; Mahabee-Gittens, EM. Injury Epidemiology. 2020; 7.

Personalising Safe Sleep Messaging for Infant Caregivers in the United States. Vilvens, HL; Vaughn, LM; Southworth, H; Denny, SA; Gittelman, MA. Health and Social Care in the Community. 2020; 28:891-902.

An Intervention to Increase Knowledge and Utilization of the Low Risk Ankle Rule among Pediatric Emergency Department Providers. Loftus, KV; Gittelman, MA; FitzGerald, M; Pomerantz, WJ. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2019; 35:831-836.

The EASE Project Revisited: Improving Safe Sleep Practices in Ohio Birthing and Children's Hospitals. Macklin, JR; Gittelman, MA; Denny, SA; Southworth, H; Arnold, MW. Clinical Pediatrics. 2019; 58:1000-1007.

Trends of ED visits, admissions, and deaths for pediatric traumatic brain injury comparing sport and non-sport mechanisms. Hanson, HR; Gittelman, MA; Pomerantz, WJ. Injury Epidemiology. 2019; 6:23-23.

Severe Unintentional Injuries to Ohio Children: What We Should Be Addressing at Well-Child Visits. Ovalle, VM W; Pomerantz, WJ; Gittelman, MA. Clinical Pediatrics. 2018; 57:1092-1099.

Outcomes after injury prevention counselling in a paediatric office setting: A 25-year review. Zonfrillo, MR; Gittelman, MA; Quinlan, KP; Pomerantz, WJ. BMJ Paediatrics Open. 2018; 2:e000300-e000300.

A quality improvement program in pediatric practices to increase tailored injury prevention counseling and assess self-reported changes made by families. Gittelman, MA; Carle, AC; Denny, S; Anzeljc, S; Arnold, MW. Injury Epidemiology. 2018; 5:63-70.

Laryngeal Injury in a Male Lacrosse Player A Case for Prevention. Murtagh-Kurowski, E; Gittelman, MA; Arjmand, E. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2017; 33:185-187.

An effective way to utilize daycare organizations to distribute home safety equipment. Pomerantz, WJ; Gardner, D; Gittelman, MA. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2016; 81:s3-s7.