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Attending Physician, Division of Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Carley Riley, MD, MPP, MHS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Riley received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a medical doctorate from Northwestern University, a Master of Public Policy from UCLA, and a Master of Health Science from Yale University. She completed General Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and pediatric critical care fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Riley was a scholar with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University from 2013 to 2015.

Dr. Riley is actively involved in multiple national endeavors and organizations. She is a lead investigator within the Well-being Research Team, an academic-industry research collaboration between Yale University Center on Outcomes Research and Evaluation and Healthways, Inc. Within the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dr. Riley is currently a member of the 100 Million Healthier Lives Metrics Hub as well as a 100 Million Healthier Lives Measurement Advisor. In her work with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), she serves as chair of the AAP Section on Critical Care Subcommittee on Member Engagement and Mentorship as well as a member of the AAP Measurement Alignment and Strategic Selection (MASS) Work Group. Dr. Riley is also a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Impact of Violent Injuries in the ICU Task Force. Locally, Dr. Riley serves on the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center World Sepsis Day Committee.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric critical care

Research Interests

Well-being; population health; community health; community-based research; multi-sector research; health services research; social determinants of health; violence

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit PICU, Critical Care

My Education

MHS: Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 2015.

Scholar: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2013-2015.

Clinical Fellow: Division of Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010-2013.

Chief Resident: Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010.

Resident: Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2007-2009.

MPP: UCLA, School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, CA, 2008.

Intern: Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2006-2007.

MD: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2004.

BA: English Literature, Northwestern University, College of Arts & Sciences, Evanston, IL, 1998.

Certifications: Pediatric Critical Care, American Board of Pediatrics, November 2014; General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, October 2009; Pediatric Advanced Life Support, May 2015.

My Publications

Neighborhood poverty and pediatric intensive care use. Andrist, E; Riley, CL; Brokamp, C; Taylor, S; Beck, AF. Pediatrics. 2019; 144:e20190748-e20190748.

State of the Unit: Physician Gender Diversity in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Leadership. Maxwell, AR; Riley, CL; Stalets, EL; Wheeler, DS; Dewan, M. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 20:e362-e365.

Staffing and workforce issues in the pediatric intensive care unit. Wheeler, DS; Dewan, M; Maxwell, A; Riley, CL; Stalets, EL. Translational pediatrics. 2018; 7:275-283.

Disease prevention & health promotion: What's critical care got to do with it?. Riley, C; Maxwell, A; Parsons, A; Andrist, E; Beck, AF. Translational pediatrics. 2018; 7:262-266.

Pervasive Income-Based Disparities In Inpatient Bed-Day Rates Across Conditions And Subspecialties. Beck, AF; Riley, CL; Taylor, SC; Brokamp, C; Kahn, RS. Health Affairs. 2018; 37:551-559.

Complete Recovery After Acute Zonisamide Overdose in an Adolescent Female. McStay, C; Pierce, R; Riley, C. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2018; 34:e30-e31.

The Child Opportunity Index and Disparities in Pediatric Asthma Hospitalizations Across One Ohio Metropolitan Area, 2011-2013. Beck, AF; Huang, B; Wheeler, K; Lawson, NR; Kahn, RS; Riley, CL. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2017; 190:200-206.e1.

Career Development Support in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: A National Survey of Fellows and Junior Faculty. Cifra, CL; Balikai, SS; Murtha, TD; Hsu, B; Riley, CL. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2017; 18:e176-e181.

Measure the change you wish to see in the world. Burd-Sharps, S; Lee, BY; Matsuoka, K; RIley, CL. In: Plough AL, Ed. Knowledge to Action Accelerating Progress in Health, Well-being, and Equity. United States of America: Oxford University Press; 2017.

Population Well-Being Measures Help Explain Geographic Disparities In Life Expectancy At The County Level. Arora, A; Spatz, E; Herrin, J; Riley, C; Roy, B; Kell, K; Coberley, C; Rula, E; Krumholz, HM. Health Affairs. 2016; 35:2075-2082.