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Lauren C. Riney, DO

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



The goal of my research is to improve the prehospital care of acutely ill and injured children. My specialties are pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric prehospital care.

I knew I wanted to be a doctor after shadowing a general pediatrician on an army base in Germany while in high school. I enjoy helping children, but I did not realize that I wanted to do emergency medicine until I was a pediatric resident. I love the fast-paced nature of the emergency department, taking care of acutely ill and injured children, performing procedures, and teaching residents and medical students.

My cousin was a firefighter and paramedic at a firehouse close to my medical school in Chicago. Her experiences opened my eyes to the difficult work of being a first responder and highlighted the variation in pediatric training and education for prehospital personnel.

I’m investigating the development of evidence-based guidelines for prehospital care of the pediatric patient and the expansion of pediatric continuing education for emergency medical services (EMS) providers. In addition, I’m interested in improving the recognition and care of child physical abuse patients in the emergency department.

My studies have specifically focused on the improvement of prehospital asthma management for children. My team and I implemented prehospital systemic corticosteroid treatment for children with acute asthma exacerbations in Southwest Ohio. In addition, we implemented a pediatric asthma severity measurement score with asthma management bundle to improve care in the prehospital setting. Lastly, I serve on many national and regional committees working to improve the prehospital care of children through prehospital research and education.

I am board certified in Pediatrics (2014) and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2019). I began my work in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children's in 2014.

DO: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, IL.

Residency: Case Western Reserve University, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH.

Fellowship: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2017.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2014; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2019.

Services and Specialties

Emergency Medicine

Research Areas

Emergency Medicine

Additional Languages



Evaluation of the implementation of evidence-based pediatric asthma exacerbation treatments in a regional consortium of emergency medical Services Agencies. Fishe, JN; Crisp, AM; Riney, L; Bertrand, A; Burcham, S; Hendry, P; Semenova, O; Blake, KV; Salloum, RG. Journal of Asthma (Informa). 2023; ahead-of-print:1-12.

Implementing Oral Systemic Corticosteroids for Pediatric Asthma into EMS Treatment Guidelines: A Qualitative Study. McManus, K; Cheetham, A; Riney, L; Brailsford, J; Fishe, JN. Prehospital Emergency Care (Edición Española). 2023; 27:886-892.

EMS Administration of Systemic Corticosteroids to Pediatric Asthma Patients: An Analysis by Severity and Transport Interval. Riney, L; Palmer, S; Finlay, E; Bertrand, A; Burcham, S; Hendry, P; Shah, M; Kothari, K; Ashby, D; Ostermayer, D; et al. Prehospital Emergency Care (Edición Española). 2023; 27:900-907.

Prehospital Pediatric Asthma Care during COVID-19: Changes to EMS Treatment Protocols and Downstream Clinical Effects. Fishe, JN; Heintz, H; Owusu-Ansah, S; Schmucker, K; Riney, LC; Semenova, O; Garvan, G; Browne, LR. Prehospital Emergency Care (Edición Española). 2023; 27:893-899.

Examination of disparities in prehospital encounters for pediatric asthma exacerbations. Riney, L; Palmer, S; Finlay, E; Bertrand, A; Burcham, S; Hendry, P; Shah, M; Kothari, K; Ashby, DW; Ostermayer, D; et al. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open. 2023; 4:e13042.

Improving Pediatric Procedural Skills for EMS Clinicians: A Longitudinal Simulation-Based Curriculum with Novel, Remote, First-Person-View Video-Based Outcome Measurement. Lee, SH; Riney, LC; Merkt, B; McDonough, SD; Baker, J; Boyd, S; Zhang, Y; Geis, GL. Prehospital Emergency Care (Edición Española). 2023; ahead-of-print:1-11.

A Video-Based Study of Emergency Medical Services Handoffs to a Pediatric Emergency Department. Cheetham, A; Frey, M; Harun, N; Kerrey, B; Riney, L. The Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2023; 65:e101-e110.

Identifying Predictors of Physical Abuse Evaluation of Injured Infants: Opportunities to Improve Recognition. Eismann, EA; Shapiro, RA; Makoroff, KL; Theuerling, J; Stephenson, N; Duma, EM; Fain, ET; Frey, TM; Riney, LC; Thackeray, JD. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e1503-e1509.

Pediatric research methodology. Riney, LC; Browne, LR; Markenson, D. Emergency Medical Services. : Wiley; Wiley; 2021.

An unusual cause of a toddler with a big belly, abdominal lymphatic malformation case report. Riney, LC. 2021; 0:0.

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