Ellen A. Lipstein, MD, MPH

Physician, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Emergency Medicine

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, Lovell DJ, Denson LA, Kim SC, Spencer C, Ittenbach RF, Britto MT. High levels of decisional conflict and decision regret when making decisions about biologics. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016;63(6):e176-e181.

Lipstein EA, Lovell DJ, Denson LA, Kim SC, Spencer C, Britto MT. Parents’ information needs and influential decision factors when making decisions about TNF-α inhibitors. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2016;14(1):53.

Dodds C, Denson L, Lovell D, Britto M, Lipstein EA. Physicians’ perceptions of shared decision making in chronic disease and its barriers and facilitators. J Pediatr. 2016;171:307-309e1-2.

Grossoehme D, Lipstein EA. Analyzing longitudinal qualitative data: the application of trajectory and recurrent cross-sectional approaches. BMC Res Notes. 2016;9:136.

Lipstein EA, Lindly OJ, Anixt JS, Britto MT, Zuckerman KE. Shared decision making in the care of children with developmental and behavioral disorders. Matern Child Health J. 2016;20(3)665-673.

Lipstein EA, Lovell DJ, Denson LA, Britto MT. Making decisions about chronic disease treatment: a comparison of parents and their adolescent children. Health Expect. 2016;19(3):716-726.

Lipstein EA, Brinkman WB, Fiks AG, Hendrix KS, Kryworuchko J, Miller VA, Prosser LA, Ungar WJ, Fox D. An emerging field of research: challenges in pediatric decision making. Med Decis Making. 2015;35(3):403-408.

Lipstein EA, Britto MT. Evolution of pediatric chronic disease treatment decisions: a qualitative, longitudinal view of parents’ decision-making process. Med DecisMaking. 2015;35(6):703-713.

Lipstein EA. 1400 Miles. J Pediatr. 2015;167(5):950-951.

Boss EF, Mehta N, Nagrajan N, Links E, Benke J, Berger Z, Espinel A, Meier J, Lipstein EA. Shared decision-making and choice for elective surgical care: a systematic review. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;154(3)405-420.

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.

Anti-TNF Monotherapy versus Combination Therapy with Low-Dose Methotrexate in Pediatric Crohn’s Disease. Co-investigator. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). 2015–2021.

PCORnet Obesity Observational study: Short- and Long-term Effects of Antibiotics on Childhood Growth. Co-investigator. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). 2016–2018.

Transgender Clinic Expansion. Co-investigator. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Academic and Research Committee. 2016–2019.