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Karen E. Jerardi, MD, MEd


  • Associate Division Director, Clinical Operations
  • Fellowship Director, Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
It is very important to me that every child and parent feels safe and involved in decisions that are made about their care.

About

Biography

I’ve always loved medicine, and during medical school I discovered that working with children and their families was a true joy. During my residency, I was drawn to the hospital setting rather than the office setting, because I enjoyed the faster pace and the task of diagnosing and managing pediatric illnesses.

I’m now a pediatrician who cares for children admitted to the hospital. I provide support to children and their families during this very stressful time.

My clinical practice is influenced by my experience as a mother. It is very important to me that every child and parent feels safe and involved in decisions that are made about their care. I don't want my patients to have to undergo tests or studies that they do not need. I do want them to feel listened to, cared for and valued. Therefore, I always try to balance the importance of information gathering to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan with the desire to protect children and their families them from discomforts associated with unneeded tests.

In addition to my clinical roles, I serve as the fellowship director for the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) and as the vice chair of the national PHM fellowship directors. I was the first author for the curricular framework for PHM fellowships nationwide. For these and other contributions to teaching, I received the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Faculty Award for Educational Achievement in 2017. In 2018, I received the national Pediatric Hospital Medicine Award for Educational Excellence for my work in developing a nationwide standard training program for pediatric hospital medicine doctors. These awards make me proud as they highlight how I am doing my part to educate future doctors.

In my research, I focus on finding the best ways to train future pediatricians and future pediatric hospital medicine doctors to provide the highest quality, safest care to children admitted to the hospital.

In my free time, I love to be with my two kids, my husband, who is also a pediatrician, and our dog. We like to play outside, bake and travel together, and we want to see as many national parks as possible.

Publications

Identifying and Supporting the Needs of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residents Interested in Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship. Boggs, E; Luttrell, H; Basco, W; Brittan, M; Jerardi, K; Kessenich, J; Kondos, V; O'Toole, J; Solomon, J; Tarchichi, T; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021.

Development of Goals and Objectives for Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Curricula. Librizzi, J; Frank, E; Jerardi, K; Maniscalco, J; Rassbach, C; Shah, N; Walker, J. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:650-655.

Microaggressions, Accountability, and Our Commitment to Doing Better. Shah, SS; Manning, KD; Wray, CM; Castellanos, A; Jerardi, KE. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021; 16.

Microaggressions, Accountability, and Our Commitment to Doing Better. Shah, SS; Manning, KD; Wray, CM; Castellanos, A; Jerardi, KE. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021; 16.

Decreasing Hospital Observation Time for Febrile Infants. Desai, S; Calhoun, T; Sosa, T; Courter, JD; Letsinger, A; Le, M; Schubert, A; Zaremba, L; Shah, SS; Jerardi, K; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021; 16:267-273.

What Are We Missing in Our Search for MIS-C?. Molloy, M; Jerardi, K; Marshall, T. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:e66-e69.

Striking While the Iron Is Hot: Using the Updated PHM Competencies in Time-Variable Training. Kinnear, B; Srinivas, N; Jerardi, K. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021; 16:251-253.

PHM Fellowships: Advanced Training for an Evolving Field. Jerardi, KE; Walker, J; Shah, S; Maniscalco, J. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:116-118.

The Role of the Advanced Practice Provider and the Evolving Health Care Landscape. Carlson, R; Burkett Vetter, AC; Hauer, M; Forton, M; Jerardi, K; Herrmann, LE. Hospital pediatrics. 2020; 10:1010-1013.

Defining Competence in the Evolving Field of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Fanta, ML; Walker, JM; Jerardi, KE. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:443-444.

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