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Eileen Murtagh Kurowski, MD

  • Director of Quality Improvement, Division of Emergency Medicine
  • Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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.

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

Services and Specialties

Emergency Medicine


Health services research

Research Areas

Emergency Medicine


Response to Concerns Raised About the New American Academy of Pediatrics Febrile Infant Guideline-Reply. Murtagh Kurowski, E; Bhatt, S; Reeves, S. JAMA Pediatrics. 2022; 176:1046-1047.

Improving the Evidence-based Care of Febrile Neonates: A Quality Improvement Initiative. Yu, L; Bensman, RS; Hariharan, SL; McAneney, CM; Ovalle, VW; Kurowski, EM. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2022; 7:e583.

Clinical Guideline Synopsis of Evaluation and Management of Well-Appearing Febrile Infants Aged 8 to 60 Days. Murtagh Kurowski, E; Bhatt, S; Reeves, S. JAMA Pediatrics. 2022; 176:602-603.

Aligning Provider Prescribing With Guidelines for Soft Tissue Infections. Kovaleski, C; Courter, JD; Ghulam, E; Hagedorn, PA; Haslam, DB; Kurowski, EM; Rudloff, J; Szczesniak, R; Dexheimer, JW. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2022; 38:e1063-e1068.

Dexamethasone Versus Prednisone in Children Hospitalized With Asthma Exacerbation. Hoefgen, ER; Huang, B; Schuler, CL; Kercsmar, CM; Murtagh-Kurowski, E; Forton, M; Auger, KA. Hospital Pediatrics. 2022; 12:325-335.

Adherence with an Acute Agitation Algorithm and Subsequent Restraint Use. Jenkins, M; Barrett, MC; Frey, T; Bouvay, K; Barzman, D; Kurowski, EM. Psychiatric Quarterly. 2021; 92:851-862.

Standardized Headache Therapy in the Pediatric Emergency Department Using Improvement Methodology. Vukovic, AA; Hariharan, S; Caruso, MC; Zellner, SM; Kabbouche, M; Porter, SC; Murtagh-Kurowski, E. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6:e443.

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:e410.

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:e395.

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.

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