As an emergency care physician, I know bringing a child into the emergency department is one of the most stressful times in a parent’s life. They have to put their trust in a stranger, whether it is getting advice on managing an illness or watching care being delivered to their critically ill child. I hope to provide comfort to parents during these stressful times and want them to leave the emergency department understanding how they can manage their child's illness better.
I recognize the vulnerability of these situations in which we provide care to children and that I only see glimpses in people's lives. Therefore, my goal is to understand the whole picture of the child and family in front of me — their economic situation, home life and school environment.
I knew at the age of five I wanted to be a pediatrician. What I didn’t realize was how much I desired to be a jack-of-all-trades. First and foremost, I wanted to be a pediatrician able to care for lower acuity complaints, but I also wanted to develop the skillset of an emergency provider. I had witnessed the calm demeanor exhibited by emergency physicians in times of stress, and I wanted to learn how to emulate that.
During my time at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, I was awarded the Emergency Medicine Research Award and Preceptor of the Year Award. In addition, my research collaborators and I have been recognized by the Association of Pediatric Program Directors for multiple research awards. My fellow’s research project was awarded the Top Divisional Manuscript Honor in 2018. I’m also the Associate Fellowship Director for the Division of Emergency Medicine.
My research focuses on improving the well-being of trainee physicians so that they can provide better care to their patients. Large studies have shown the impact of physician burnout on patient outcomes. My goals are to understand the factors that impact our well-being and to focus on interventions to minimize these factors.
When I’m not working, my three little girls keep me very busy. We love being active, doing yoga, going on hikes and cooking. My favorite thing to do is to travel and discover new, amazing places in the world. San Sebastian and Cappadocia are amongst my favorites!
English is my second language. I also speak Farsi and Spanish fluently. I love connecting with families from other cultures and learning about their cultural practices.
MD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2010.
Residency: Pediatrics, Global Health Track, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 2016.
Masters of Medical Education: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.
Board Certifications: Pediatrics, 2013; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2017.
Trainee wellbeing; serious bacterial infection and HSV in neonates; standardization of care
Association of Early Oseltamivir With Improved Outcomes in Hospitalized Children With Influenza, 2007-2020. JAMA Pediatrics. 2022; 176.
Assessment of Temporal Patterns and Patient Factors Associated With Oseltamivir Administration in Children Hospitalized With Influenza, 2007-2020. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5.
Longitudinal Trends in Pediatric Return Visits to US Emergency Departments. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2022; 38:e1237-e1244.
Pediatric emergency medicine fellowship point-of-care ultrasound training in 2020. Aem Education and Training. 2021; 5.
Pediatric emergency department volumes and throughput during the COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2021; 46:739-741.
An evidence-based review of primary spontaneous pneumothorax in the adolescent population. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open. 2021; 2.
Association of Bacteremia with Vaccination Status in Children Aged 2 to 36 Months. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 232:207-213.e2.
Burnout and Association With Resident Performance as Assessed by Pediatric Milestones: An Exploratory Study. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2021; 21:358-365.
Global Health Experiences, Well-Being, and Burnout: Findings From a National Longitudinal Study. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2020; 20:1192-1197.
7. ASSOCIATION OF SELF-REPORTED QUALITY OF CARE MEASURES AND BURNOUT: AN INVESTIGATION FROM THE PEDIATRIC RESIDENT BURNOUT-RESILIENCE STUDY CONSORTIUM. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2020; 20.
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