A photo of Brad Sobolewski.

Assistant Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


One of the most important things we can do for patients and their families is to educate them about our care recommendations and why we are doing them. The Emergency Department is a place where we assess and treat the unexpected things that life throws at us, and I welcome the opportunity to help patients and their families during their visits to the Emergency Department.

As a pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) doctor, I believe it’s essential to communicate effectively with patients and families. To do this requires being up-to-date on the best evidence and techniques that allow us to care for ill and injured children. Even though we may be meeting you for the first time in the Emergency Department, and therefore don't have an existing care relationship with you, we make every effort to know the most we can about your child’s illness or injury. We promise to provide compassionate, well-informed, evidence-based care.

In 2016, I received the EBSCO-PEMSoft Award for Technological Innovations in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. I also received Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Faculty Teacher of the Year Award in 2012. Educating our residents, fellows, peers and other healthcare team members in a way that helps them provide compassionate and evidence-based care is incredibly rewarding.

I’m the creator and author of the educational website PEMBlog.com, a widely read pediatric emergency medicine blog. I also host a medical podcast, PEM Currents: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast. You can find me on Twitter @PEMTweets, and my educator portfolio is BradSobolewski.com. Professionally, I am one of the assistant program directors for our Pediatric Residency Program.

I am also involved in curriculum planning and education for:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)
  • The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center (IIC)
  • PEM Trends (the AAP's emergency medicine review course)
  • The National Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows Conference Planning Committee.

I have taught pediatric advanced life support (PALS) for many years and serve as a member of the Division of Emergency Medicine's Medical Resuscitation Committee, a multidisciplinary group that investigates and improves care for critically ill children in the shock trauma suite of the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children's.

In my research, I’m investigating the use of technology in education and novel ways to teach and assess learners in graduate medical education.

Clinical Interests

Emergency medicine; graduate medical education

Research Interests

Emergency medicine; technology in education; resident education

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Emergency Medicine

Research Divisions

Emergency Medicine

Blog Posts

Febrile Seizures: A Parent’s Guide

BlogHealthy Living

Febrile Seizures: A Parent’s Guide

By Brad Sobolewski, MD4/16/2019

Testicle Pain in Kids and Teens: Don’t Wait, Act

BlogSafety and Prevention

Testicle Pain in Kids and Teens: Don’t Wait, Act

By Brad Sobolewski, MD6/30/2017

My Education

MD: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2007.

Chief Resident: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, 2007-2008.

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

MEd: The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2008; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2013.

My Publications

Use of Resident-Sensitive Quality Measure Data in Entrustment Decision Making: A Qualitative Study of Clinical Competency Committee Members at One Pediatric Residency. Schumacher, DJ; Martini, A; Sobolewski, B; Carraccio, C; Holmboe, E; Busari, J; Poynter, S; Van Der Vleuten, C; Lingard, L. Academic Medicine. 2020; 95:1726-1735.

Initial implementation of resident-sensitive quality measures in the pediatric emergency department: A wide range of performance. Schumacher, DJ; Martini, A; Holmboe, E; Carraccio, C; van der Vleuten, C; Sobolewski, B; Busari, J; Byczkowski, TL. Academic Medicine. 2020; 95:1248-1255.

Resident-sensitive quality measures in the pediatric emergency department: Exploring relationships with supervisor entrustment and patient acuity and complexity. Schumacher, DJ; Holmboe, E; Carraccio, C; Martini, A; van der Vleuten, C; Busari, J; Sobolewski, B; Byczkowski, TL. Academic Medicine. 2020; 95:1256-1264.

Resident performance of the rapid cardiopulmonary assessment in the emergency department. Sobolewski, B; Taylor, RG; Geis, GL; Kerrey, BT. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2020; 36:e304-e309.

Emergency Management of an Eyelid Zipper Injury in a Child. Jones, M; Dean, P; Sobolewski, B. The Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2020; 58:e153-e155.

Objective Assessment of Resident Teaching Competency Through a Longitudinal, Clinically Integrated, Resident-as-Teacher Curriculum. Zackoff, MW; Real, FJ; DeBlasio, D; Spaulding, JR; Sobolewski, B; Unaka, N; Jerardi, K; Klein, M. Academic Pediatrics. 2019; 19:698-702.

A Newborn With Abdominal Pain. Alwan, R; Drake, M; Juarez, JG; Emery, KH; Shaaban, AF; Szabo, S; Sobolewski, B. Pediatrics. 2017; 140:e20164267-e20164267.

Increasing Physical Exam Teaching on Family-Centered Rounds Utilizing a Web-Based Tool. Patel, A; Unaka, N; Holland, D; Schuler, C; Mangeot, C; Sucharew, H; Younts, A; Maag, L; Treasure, J; Sobolewski, B; et al. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2017; 2:e032-e032.

Five Steps for Success in Building Your Own Educational Web Site. Patel, A; Unaka, N; Sobolewski, B; Statile, A. Academic Pediatrics. 2017; 17:345-348.

Implementation of point-of-care tools for assessment of teaching. Zackoff, MW; DeBlasio, D; Sobolewski, B; Klein, M. Medical Education. 2016; 50:1169-1169.