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Director of Quality Improvement, Division of Emergency Medicine

Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I work in the emergency department (ED), providing care for children with traumatic injuries as well as those with acute medical illnesses and exacerbations of chronic conditions. My passion is ensuring every patient that seeks care in the ED receives the highest quality care, no matter what brings them through our doors.

My research focuses on improving the care delivered in the ED with specific attention to the development of clinical care algorithms. I also work to improve the care of patients seeking mental healthcare.

Throughout my career, there has been an increasing need for emergency department providers to care for children in a mental health crisis. This need creates many opportunities for improvement and a new perspective on patient experiences. My research goals are to optimize care for patients and families seeking mental healthcare in the ED with specific attention to staff safety, staff experience, patient safety, patient experience and the effectiveness of the care.

Research Interests

Health services research

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Emergency Medicine

Research Divisions

Emergency Medicine

My Education

MD: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland, OH, 2004.

Residency: Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008.

Fellowship: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011

My Publications

Improving Administration of Prehospital Corticosteroids for Pediatric Asthma. Riney, LC; Schwartz, H; Murtagh Kurowski, E; Collett, L; Florin, TA. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6.

Evidence-based Standardization of Constipation Management in the Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Study. Lipshaw, MJ; Zamor, RL; Carson, R; Mallon, D; Sobolewski, B; Vukovic, AA; Kurowski, EM. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6.

High-Flow Nasal Cannula in Bronchiolitis at a Pediatric Emergency Department: Trends and Outcomes. Lipshaw, MJ; Vukovic, AA; Dean, P; Semenova, O; Zhang, Y; Eckerle, M; Kurowski, EM. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:119-125.

Adherence with an Acute Agitation Algorithm and Subsequent Restraint Use. Jenkins, M; Barrett, MC; Frey, T; Bouvay, K; Barzman, D; Kurowski, EM. Psychiatric Quarterly. 2020.

Evaluation for Neonatal HSV in Infants Undergoing Workup for Serious Bacterial Infection: A 5-Year Retrospective Review. Brower, LH; Wilson, PM; Murtagh-Kurowski, E; Courter, JD; Shah, SS; Schondelmeyer, AC. Hospital pediatrics. 2020; 10:463-470.

Using Quality Improvement to Implement a Standardized Approach to Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus. Brower, LH; Wilson, PM; Kurowski, EM; Haslam, D; Courter, J; Goyal, N; Durling, M; Shah, SS; Schondelmeyer, A. Pediatrics. 2019; 144.

Improving Emergency Department Care for Pediatric Victims of Sexual Abuse. Hoehn, EF; Overmann, KM; Fananapazir, N; Simonton, K; Makoroff, KL; Bennett, BL; Duma, EM; Kurowski, EM. Pediatrics. 2018; 142.

Guideline Adoption for Community-Acquired Pneumonia in the Outpatient Setting. Ambroggio, L; Mangeot, C; Murtagh Kurowski, E; Graham, C; Korn, P; Strasser, M; Cavallo, C; Brady, K; Campanella, S; Clohessy, C; et al. Pediatrics. 2018; 142.

Standardizing the Evaluation of Nonaccidental Trauma in a Large Pediatric Emergency Department. Riney, LC; Frey, TM; Fain, ET; Duma, EM; Bennett, BL; Kurowski, EM. Pediatrics. 2018; 141.

Long-Term Sustainability of Timely Emergency Department Analgesia for Fractures: A Time Series Study. Sterrett, EC; Murtagh Kurowski, E; Byczkowski, TL. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2017; 2.