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Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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.

Clinical Interests


Research Interests

Quality improvement

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Emergency Medicine

Research Divisions

Emergency Medicine

My Education

MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.

MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.

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

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2012; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2017.

My Publications

The impact of public health interventions on critical illness in the pediatric emergency department during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Dean, P; Zhang, Y; Frey, M; Shah, A; Edmunds, K; Boyd, S; Schwartz, H; Frey, T; Stalets, E; Schaffzin, J; et al. 2020.

Understanding the Process of Procedural Sedation for Orthopedic Injuries in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Vukovic, AA; Keiner, E; Hanson, HR. Journal of Patient Experience. 2020; 7:311-315.

Enhancing CPR during transition from prehospital to emergency department: A QI initiative. Hoehn, EF; Cabrera-Thurman, MK; Oehler, J; Vukovic, A; Frey, M; Helton, M; Geis, G; Kerrey, B. Pediatrics. 2020; 145:e20192908-e20192908.

An 11-Month-Old With Vomiting, Altered Mental Status, and Hypoventilation. Rudloff, J; Lipshaw, MJ; McKee, C; Colman, RJ; Vukovic, AA. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 2020; 21:100764-100764.

External validation of a clinical prediction rule for very low risk pediatric blunt abdominal trauma. Springer, E; Frazier, SB; Arnold, DH; Vukovic, AA. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2019; 37:1643-1648.

A Discharge Vital Sign Documentation Improvement Initiative in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Vukovic, AA; Berry, C; Johnson, DP. Pediatrics. 2019; 144:e20190436-e20190436.

Things Are Not Always What They Seem Two Cases of Child Maltreatment Presenting With Common Pediatric Chief Complaints. Vukovic, AA; Poole, MD; Hoehn, EF; Caldwell, AK; Schondelmeyer, AC. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2019; 35:e107-e109.

Prediction of acute asthma exacerbation severity and interrater reliability of manual pulsus paradoxus measurement. Arnold, DH; Vukovic, AA; Arnold, CG; Penrod, C; Pologe, JA. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. 2019; 122:653-654.

Apneic oxygenation reduces hypoxemia during endotracheal intubation in the pediatric emergency department. Vukovic, AA; Hanson, HR; Murphy, SL; Mercurio, D; Sheedy, CA; Arnold, DH. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2019; 37:27-32.

Video-based Assessment of Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Insertion in the Resuscitation Area of a Pediatric Emergency Department. Vukovic, AA; Frey, M; Byczkowski, T; Taylor, R; Kerrey, BT. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2016; 23:637-644.