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Adam A. Vukovic, MD, MEd

  • Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I make sure my patients and families know that it is always okay to ask questions to ensure they understand their child's care plan.



I recall wanting to be a pediatrician since early in my childhood — likely inspired by my own primary care doctor. Ultimately, I chose pediatric emergency medicine as a career because I liked meeting and learning about families in an environment that changed from day to day. I also liked making meaningful connections in times of family stress.

As a pediatric emergency physician, I try to ensure a patient- and family-centered approach while I'm delivering evidence-based care. Oftentimes, this means making certain the "whys" are answered through clear communication to avoid misunderstandings. I make sure my patients and families know that it is always okay to ask questions to ensure they understand their child's care plan.

My research focuses on improving the quality of care we deliver in multiple areas of pediatric emergency care. I’m also looking at the patient-family experience and how to move patients safely and efficiently through their emergency care.

I love to spend my free time running, playing softball and volleyball, and taking my dog Ursa on long walks — provided she doesn't protest due to the high heat.


Hepatic Lesions in an Immunocompetent Child Previously Treated for Cat Scratch Disease With Azithromycin. Choi, JH; Thomas, P; Gray, JM; Miller-Handley, H; Kurowski, EM; Vukovic, AA. Clinical Pediatrics. 2022.

Implementation of a Pediatric Emergency Department Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality Bundle. Runkle, AP; Gray, J; Cabrera-Thurman, MK; Frey, M; Hoehn, EF; Kerrey, BT; Vukovic, AA. Pediatrics. 2022; 150.

"Sim One, Do One, Teach One ": A Simulation-Based Trauma Orientation for Pediatric Residents in the Emergency Department. Holland, JR; Latuska, RF; MacKeil-White, K; Ciener, DA; Vukovic, AA. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e1285-e1289.

A Content Analysis of Emergency Department Discharge Instructions for Acute Pediatric Febrile Illnesses: The Current State and Opportunities for Improvement. Overmann, KM; Vukovic, AA; Britto, MT. Journal of Patient Experience. 2021; 8.

Improving Discharge Instructions Following a Concussion Diagnosis in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Pre-post Intervention Study. Yengo-Kahn, AM; Hibshman, N; Bezzerides, M; Feldman, MJ; Vukovic, AA; Mummareddy, N; Zhao, S; Penrod, CH; Bonfield, CM; Vance, EH. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6.

Pediatric emergency department volumes and throughput during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even, L; Lipshaw, MJ; Wilson, PM; Dean, P; Kerrey, BT; Vukovic, AA. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2021; 46:739-741.

Standardized Headache Therapy in the Pediatric Emergency Department Using Improvement Methodology. Vukovic, AA; Hariharan, S; Caruso, MC; Zellner, SM; Kabbouche, M; Porter, SC; Murtagh-Kurowski, E. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6.

Refusal to Use an Upper Extremity in a 17-month-old with Facial Nerve Palsy. March, M; Stratton, M; Chambers, P; Vukovic, AA. Pediatrics in Review. 2021; 42:206-208.

Evidence-based Standardization of Constipation Management in the Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Study. Lipshaw, MJ; Zamor, RL; Carson, R; Mallon, D; Sobolewski, B; Vukovic, AA; Kurowski, EM. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6.

High-Flow Nasal Cannula in Bronchiolitis at a Pediatric Emergency Department: Trends and Outcomes. Lipshaw, MJ; Vukovic, AA; Dean, P; Semenova, O; Zhang, Y; Eckerle, M; Kurowski, EM. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:119-125.

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