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Selena L. Hariharan, MD, MHSA

  • Attending Physician, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My pediatrician inspired me to become a physician. My clinical specialty is emergency medicine, while my area of research focuses on high-risk populations and disparities in care. I observed that standardizing care helps ensure that patients receive evidence-based, quality care — no matter when or where they present and regardless of their background.

I am certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Emergency Medicine. My work is published in well-respected journals such as Journal of Pediatrics, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, Hospital Pediatrics and Pediatric Quality and Safety.

BA: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1992.

MD: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1996.

Residency: University of Cincinnati Hospital Group Program, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

MHSA: Xavier University.

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Services and Specialties

Emergency Medicine


Care of patients in the pediatric emergency department standardizing care for patients with high risk conditions who present to the emergency department

Research Areas

Emergency Medicine

Additional Languages

French, Spanish


Return Visit Rates after an Emergency Department Treat-and-Release Visit for Children with Sickle Cell Pain Episodes. Coleman, KC; McKinley, K; Ellison, A; Brandow, AM; Nielsen, B; Cook, L; Alpern, E; Hariharan, S; Topoz, I; Wurtz, M; et al. Blood. 2022; 140:5418-5419.

Career Development in Pediatric Emergency Medicine: What Do We Need?. Chumpitazi, CE; Allister, L; Cho, C; Hoffmann, JA; Hsu, D; Iyer, M; Mangold, K; Marino, M; Randell, KA; Ponce, H; et al. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2022; 38:e1552-e1556.

Improving the Evidence-based Care of Febrile Neonates: A Quality Improvement Initiative. Yu, L; Bensman, RS; Hariharan, SL; McAneney, CM; Ovalle, VW; Kurowski, EM. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2022; 7:e583.

Standardized Headache Therapy in the Pediatric Emergency Department Using Improvement Methodology. Vukovic, AA; Hariharan, S; Caruso, MC; Zellner, SM; Kabbouche, M; Porter, SC; Murtagh-Kurowski, E. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6:e443.

Multi-system abscesses from Streptococcus intermedius in a healthy 17 year old. Hartwell, V; Hariharan, S. Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2021; 24:101081.

Predicting Adverse Outcomes for Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Infections in Emergency Departments. Lin, CY; Xie, J; Freedman, SB; McKee, RS; Schnadower, D; Tarr, PI; Finkelstein, Y; Desai, NM; Lane, RD; Bergmann, KR; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 232:200-206.e4.

A Multiyear Cross-sectional Study of Guideline Adherence for the Timeliness of Opioid Administration in Children With Sickle Cell Pain Crisis. Brousseau, DC; Alpern, ER; Chamberlain, JM; Ellison, AM; Bajaj, L; Cohen, DM; Hariharan, S; Cook, LJ; Harding, M; Panepinto, J; et al. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2020; 76:S6-S11.

Delayed presentation of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Walsh, P; Hariharan, S. Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2020; 20:100780.

Predicting Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and Renal Replacement Therapy in Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli-infected Children. McKee, RS; Schnadower, D; Tarr, PI; Xie, J; Finkelstein, Y; Desai, N; Lane, RD; Bergmann, KR; Kaplan, RL; Hariharan, S; et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2020; 70:1643-1651.

Abdominal Lymphoma Presenting as Terminal Ileitis: A Case Report. Zamor, R; Emberesh, M; Absalon, MJ; Koberlein, GC; Hariharan, S. The Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2019; 57:e13-e16.

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