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Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Illness or injury, regardless of severity, can be stressful for a child and their family — especially if they need to seek medical care in the emergency department (ED).

As a pediatric emergency medicine physician, I believe we can minimize this stress by taking the time to ensure that families fully understand the care being provided to their child and have voiced their questions or concerns. Taking the time for compassionate communication also affords an opportunity to discuss unique needs or preferences of the family that should be considered when finalizing their child’s ED care plan.

My academic career is committed to advancing the care delivered to children in the ED as well as optimizing how we deliver care to our patients and their families in the acute care setting.
Currently, my research aims to identify a biomarker to help physicians quickly and accurately diagnose traumatic brain injury, particularly among infants and toddlers. By identifying a test that is sensitive to detecting the degree of neuronal injury and which individual-level factors (e.g., age at injury, gender) likely influence a child’s recovery, I hope to improve a physician’s ability to predict how a child will recover acutely following injury.

I’ve received several honors and appointments throughout my career. In 2012, I received the award for Outstanding Fellow’s Presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, and I was elected to the Society of Pediatric Research in 2016. I completed my KL2 Career Development Award and was named to the Pediatric Trauma Society's Research Committee in 2019. I currently serve as the associate research director of the Cincinnati Children’s Division of Emergency Medicine and our hospital’s principal investigator within the federally funded Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric emergency medicine

Research Interests

Pediatric traumatic brain injury; c-spine injury; child abuse; biomarkers

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Emergency Medicine

Research Divisions

Emergency Medicine

My Education

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

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

Graduate Training: Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2010; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2015.

My Publications

Practice Patterns in Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Therapies for Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Survey of 15 Canadian and United States Centers. Mannix, R; Zemek, R; Yeates, KO; Arbogast, K; Atabaki, S; Badawy, M; Beauchamp, MH; Beer, D; Bin, S; Burstein, B; et al. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2019; 36:2886-2894.

Emergency Department Care of Young Children at Risk for Traumatic Brain Injury What Are We Doing and Do Parents Understand?. Reilly, C; Zhang, N; Babcock, L; Wade, SL; Rhine, T. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2019; 35:468-473.

Characterizing Hospitalizations for Pediatric Concussion and Trends in Care. Rhine, T; Byczkowski, T; Altaye, M; Wade, SL; Babcock, L. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2018; 13:673-680.

Factors influencing ED care of young children at-risk for clinically important traumatic brain injury. Rhine, T; Wade, SL; Zhang, N; Zang, H; Kennebeck, S; Babcock, L. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2018; 36:1027-1031.

Investigating the Connection Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Adolescents. Rhine, T; Cassedy, A; Yeates, KO; Taylor, HG; Kirkwood, MW; Wade, SL. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2018; 33:210-218.

Characterization of children hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries after building falls. Loftus, KV; Rhine, T; Wade, SL; Pomerantz, WJ. Injury Epidemiology. 2018; 5:31-39.

A Longitudinal Examination of Postural Impairments in Children With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Implications for Acute Testing. Rhine, T; Quatman-Yates, C; Clark, RA. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2017; 32:E18-E23.

Are UCH-L1 and GFAP promising biomarkers for children with mild traumatic brain injury?. Rhine, T; Babcock, L; Zhang, N; Leach, J; Wade, SL. Brain Injury. 2016; 30:1231-1238.

Investigating the Feasibility and Utility of Bedside Balance Technology Acutely After Pediatric Concussion: A Pilot Study. Rhine, TD; Byczkowski, TL; Clark, RA; Babcock, L. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2016; 26:221-225.