A photo of Ellen Lipstein.

Physician, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I pursued a career in general pediatrics to allow me to treat the whole child. I enjoy collaborating with families to support their children living healthy lives and reaching their full potential.

I am interested in understanding and improving the ways parents and patients with chronic conditions collaborate with healthcare providers to make treatment decisions. By better understanding how parents and patients experience the decision process, we can develop ways to improve that process, and in turn, improve children’s health outcomes. Specifically, my research is focused on shared decision making and how it can be used to engage parents, children and adolescents with chronic conditions in their care.

My current program of research uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to answer questions about how decisions are made, what help families need in making decisions and how healthcare providers can better support families’ decision making. Additionally, our team is involved in the development and testing of interventions aimed at addressing the decision-making challenges revealed by our research.

My ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for children with chronic conditions through ensuring decision-making processes that align the medical evidence with families’ goals and preferences related to their child’s health.

Clinical Interests

Primary care; chronic disease care

Research Interests

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


Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Primary Care, Adolescent Medicine

Research Divisions

Quality Improvement

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Use of language in the medical decision-making process for biologic therapy: Youth and parent perspectives. David, JG; Daly, BP; Chute, D; Katz-Buonincontro, J; Clemente, I; Lipstein, EA. Child: Care, Health and Development. 2021; 47:208-217.

The Gray Zone: Adolescent and Young Adult Decision Support Needs for Ulcerative Colitis. Meisman, A; Daraiseh, NM; Minar, P; Saxe, M; Lipstein, EA. MDM Policy and Practice. 2020; 5.

Is sharing really caring? Viewpoints on shared decision-making in paediatrics. Jordan, Z; Tremblay, C; Lipstein, E; Jordan, I; Boland, L. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2020; 56:672-674.

Shared Decision Making in Gastroenterology: Challenges and Opportunities. Fox, JC; Lipstein, EA. Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality and Outcomes. 2020; 4:183-189.

Shared decision making in IBD: A novel approach to trial consent and timing. Schuler, CL; Dodds, C; Hommel, KA; Ittenbach, RF; Denson, LA; Lipstein, EA. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 2019; 16.

"I Couldn't See a Downside ": Decision-Making About Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy. Daley, T; Grossoehme, D; McGuire, JK; Corathers, S; Conard, LA; Lipstein, EA. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2019; 65:274-279.

Shared Decision Making About Starting Anti-TNFs: A Pediatric Perspective. Michel, HK; Noll, RB; Siripong, N; Kim, SC; Lipstein, EA. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2019; 68:339-342.

Early Antibiotics and Childhood Obesity: Do Future Risks Matter to Parents and Physicians?. Lipstein, EA; Block, JP; Dodds, C; Forrest, CB; Heerman, WJ; Law, JK; Lunsford, D; Winkler, P; Finkelstein, JA. Clinical Pediatrics. 2019; 58:191-198.

The Role of Shared Decision-Making in Shaping Intent to Access Services for Adolescents in Protective Custody. Beal, SJ; Wingrove, T; Nause, K; Lipstein, E; Mathieu, S; Greiner, MV. Child Care in Practice. 2019; 25:64-78.

Exploration of Parent-Provider Communication During Clinic Visits for Children With Chronic Conditions. Giambra, BK; Haas, SM; Britto, MT; Lipstein, EA. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2018; 32:21-28.