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Chief of Staff

Associate Chair, Clinical Affairs

Member, Division of Critical Care Medicine

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research

Research Interests

Stress preconditioning; the innate immune response in critical illness; vascular biology of sepsis; acute kidney injury sepsis; acute lung injury; quality improvement and patient safety 

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit PICU, Hospital Medicine, Critical Care

My Locations

My Education

MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1994.

Intern: Department of Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 1994-1995.

Residency: Department of Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 1995-1997.

Fellowship: Division of Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2003.

Certification: Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1995; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics, 1997, 2004; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics: Sub-Board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2004.

Masters of Medical Management: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013.

MBA: Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, with Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Care Finance, Cincinnati, OH, 2016.

My Publications

Staffing and workforce issues in the pediatric intensive care unit. Wheeler, DS; Dewan, M; Maxwell, A; Riley, CL; Stalets, EL. Translational pediatrics. 2018; 7:275-283.

Improving transitions of care between the operating room and intensive care unit. Wheeler, DS; Sheets, AM; Ryckman, FC. Translational pediatrics. 2018; 7:299-307.

A day in the life. Wheeler, DS; Stalets, EL. Translational pediatrics. 2018; 7:242-245.

A Validation Argument for a Simulation-Based Training Course Centered on Assessment, Recognition, and Early Management of Pediatric Sepsis. Geis, GL; Wheeler, DS; Bunger, A; Militello, LG; Taylor, RG; Bauer, JP; Byczkowski, TL; Kerrey, BT; Patterson, MD. Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the society for simulation in healthcare. 2018; 13:16-26.

Association of early postresuscitation hypotension with survival to discharge after targeted temperature management for pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial. Topjian, AA; Moler, FW; Telford, R; Holubkov, R; Nadkarni, VM; Berg, RA; Dean, JM; Meert, KL; Hutchinson, JS; Newth, CJ L; et al. JAMA Pediatrics. 2018; 172:143-153.

A Quality Improvement Collaborative for Pediatric Sepsis: Lessons Learned. Paul, R; Melendez, E; Wathen, B; Larsen, G; Chapman, L; Wheeler, DS; Wakefield, T; Macias, CG. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2018; 3:e051-e051.

Thomas Jefferson, Steroids, and Sepsis. Wheeler, DS. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2017; 18:905-906.

Coughing, sneezing, and aching online: Twitter and the volume of influenza-like illness in a pediatric hospital. Hartley, DM; Giannini, CM; Wilson, S; Frieder, O; Margolis, PA; Kotagal, UR; White, DL; Connelly, BL; Wheeler, DS; Tadesse, DG; et al. PLoS ONE. 2017; 12:e0182008-e0182008.

Management of acute asthma exacerbations. Stenson, EK; Tchou, MJ; Wheeler, DS. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2017; 29:305-310.

The Handle of the Broom. Wheeler, DS. Respiratory Care: a monthly science journal. 2017; 62:380-381.