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Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

"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 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; patient family experience

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

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.

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. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open. 2020.

Peri-Intubation Cardiac Arrest in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Novel System of Care. Hoehn, EF; Dean, P; Lautz, AJ; Frey, M; Cabrera-Thurman, MK; Geis, GL; Stalets, E; Zackoff, M; Pham, T; Maxwell, A; et al. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2020; 5.

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. 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.

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.

"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. 2020.