Ellen A. Lipstein, MD, MPH

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-1626

Email ellen.lipstein@cchmc.org


Primary care; chronic disease care


Involvement of parents and patients in medical decision making; decision making in chronic conditions; health services research


Ellen A. Lipstein MD, MPH, is a general pediatrician and health services researcher. Dr. Lipstein’s research is focused on family-centered medical decision making. She is particularly interested in understanding and improving the ways parents and patients with chronic conditions collaborate with healthcare providers to make treatment decisions. Her current program of funded research uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore decisions about high-risk treatments, in which both the potential benefits and risks are significant. Additionally, Dr. Lipstein is a collaborator on several studies which aim to develop diverse methods for engaging patients and parents in decision making.

MD: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003.

Residency: Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2006.

Chief Residency: Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2007.

Fellowship: Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Boston, MA, 2009.

MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2009.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2007.

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Lipstein EA, Brinkman WB, Sage J, Lannon CM, DeWitt EM. Understanding Treatment Decision Making in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2013 Sept; 30;11(1):34.

Lipstein EA, Muething KA, Dodds CM, Britto MT. “I’m the one taking it”: Adolescent Participation in Chronic Disease Treatment Decisions. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Aug;53(2):253-9.

Lipstein EA, Lovell DJ, Denson LA, Moser DW, Saeed SA, Dodds CM, Britto, MT. Parents' Information Needs in Tumor Necrosis Factor–α Inhibitor Treatment Decisions. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Mar;56(3):244-50.

Lipstein EA, Brinkman WB, Britto MT. What is known about parents' treatment decisions? A narrative review of pediatric decision making. Med Decis Making. 2012 Mar-Apr;32(2):246-58.

Lipstein EA, Nabi E, Perrin JM, Luff D, Browning MF, Kuhlthau KA. Parent Decision-Making in Newborn Screening: Opinions, Choices and Information Needs. Pediatrics. 2010 Oct;126(4):696-704.

Lipstein EA, Vorono S, Browning MF, Green NS, Kemper AR, Knapp AA, Prosser LA, Perrin JM. Systematic evidence review of newborn screening and treatment of severe combined immunodeficiency. Pediatrics. 2010 May; 125(5):e1226-35.

Shared Decision Making in Pediatric Chronic Conditions: Biologics in IBD and JIA. Principal Investigator. Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2012–2017.

Pursuing Perfection in Pediatric Therapeutics. Co-investigator. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2011–2016.