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Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

A6NS Unit Medical Director

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-8354

Board Certified

"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."

My Biography & Research

Biography

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

Nurse/Resident Reciprocal Shadowing to Improve Interprofessional Communication. Monroe, KK; Kelley, JL; Unaka, N; Burrows, HL; Marshall, T; Lichner, K; McCaffery, H; Demeritt, B; Chandler, D; Herrmann, LE. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:435-445.

Decreasing Hospital Observation Time for Febrile Infants. Desai, S; Calhoun, T; Sosa, T; Courter, JD; Letsinger, A; Le, M; Schubert, A; Zaremba, L; Shah, SS; Jerardi, K; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021; 16:267-273.

New Author Guidelines for Addressing Race and Racism in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Andrews, AL; Unaka, N; Shah, SS. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021; 16.

Disparity in Nurse Discharge Communication for Hospitalized Families Based on English Proficiency. Choe, AY; Thomson, JE; Unaka, NI; Wagner, V; Durling, M; Moeller, D; Ampomah, E; Mangeot, C; Schondelmeyer, AC. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:245-253.

Counterpoint: Prioritizing Healthcare Workers for Scarce Critical Care Resources Is Impractical and Unjust. Antommaria, A; Unaka, NI. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021; 16:182-183.

What Should an Intern Do When She Disagrees With the Attending?. Crisci, T; Inanc Salih, ZN; Unaka, N; Peerzada, J; Matheny Antommaria, AH. Pediatrics. 2021; 147.

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.

Truth in Tension: Reflections on Racism in Medicine. Unaka, NI; Reynolds, KL. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:572-573.

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; 15:10-15.

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.