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Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

A6NS Unit Medical Director

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I believe in providing family-centered, evidenced-based and compassionate care. I’m committed to meeting the unique needs of patients and families in partnership with all members of the healthcare team.

As a pediatric hospitalist, I care for children with common general pediatric diagnoses who are admitted to the hospital. I also care for medically complex patients.

I am passionate about diversity and inclusion, and the benefits we can all enjoy when our healthcare workforce reflects the population it serves. I’m honored to teach and mentor students and pediatric trainees and work to foster their understanding of the importance of health equity. I want trainees to embrace their role as an advocate for children and families.

I became a pediatrician because I love caring for children and partnering with families. Medicine's team-oriented approach appeals to me. My clinical work allows me to build strong therapeutic relationships with patients and families. I value the opportunity to advocate for children who do not have a voice.

My research focuses on improving the healthcare experience for our most vulnerable patients and families. I appreciate how effective communication promotes patient safety and builds strong alliances between families and healthcare providers. My training in medical education and quality improvement helps to optimize the family experience at Cincinnati Children’s.

I am honored to have received several awards, including:

  • 2018 Cincinnati Children’s Junior Educational Achievement Award
  • 2018 University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
  • 2016 Cincinnati Children’s Patient Education Advocacy Award

In my free time, I love to read, run, and spend time with friends and family.

Clinical Interests

Medical education; advocacy; quality improvement; diversity

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Hospital Medicine

Research Divisions

Hospital Medicine

My Education

MD: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2007.

Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2007-2010.

Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2010- 2011.

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2010.

My Publications

Health literacy and caregiver understanding in the CHD population. Rodts, ME; Unaka, NI; Statile, CJ; Madsen, NL. Cardiology in the Young. 2020; 30:1439-1444.

Improving the transition of intravenous to enteral antibiotics in pediatric patients with pneumonia or skin and soft tissue infections. Girdwood, SC T; Sellas, MN; Courter, JD; Liberio, B; Tchou, MJ; Herrmann, LE; Dewan, ML; Statile, AM; Unaka, NI. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:9-15.

Improving Efficiency of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Team Daily Workflow. Unaka, NI; Herrmann, LE; Parker, MW; Jerardi, KE; Brady, PW; Demeritt, B; Lichner, K; Carlisle, M; Treasure, JD; Hickey, E; et al. Hospital Pediatrics. 2019; 9:867-873.

Inpatient Communication Barriers and Drivers When Caring for Limited English Proficiency Children. Choe, AY; Unaka, NI; Schondelmeyer, AC; Bignall, WJ R; Vilvens, HL; Thomson, JE. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2019; 14:607-613.

Failure to Thrive and Frequent PICU Admissions in a 2-year-old Boy. Morrison, TM; Cooper, J; O'Shea, K; Unaka, N. Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics. 2019; 40:29-30.

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.

Diagnosis and Management of Infectious Diarrhea. Parker, MW; Unaka, N. JAMA Pediatrics. 2018; 172:775-776.

The Value of the Pediatric Hospitalist in Surgical Co-Management. Shaughnessy, E; Meier, K; Kelleher, K. 2018; 4:247-254.

Fathers Know Best: Inner-City African American Fathers' Perceptions Regarding Their Involvement in the Pediatric Medical Home. Bignall, ON-R; Bignall, WJ R; Vaughn, LM; Unaka, NI. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2018; 5:617-622.

Addressing Health Literacy in the Inpatient Setting. Unaka, NI; Statile, A; Choe, A; Yin, S. Current treatment options in pediatrics. 2018; 4:283-299.