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Kenneth Michelson, MD, MPH

Medicine Research
Hospital Title:
Assistant in Medicine
Research Focus Area:
Emergency MedicineEmergency System PerformanceDiagnostic ErrorAnaphylaxis
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Research Overview

Dr. Kenneth Michelson is most interested in emergency system performance: how well do emergency departments care for children? He wants to describe and then reduce the burden of misdiagnosis in high-risk childhood diseases that emergency physicians care for regularly. By defining what about children, their doctors, and their hospitals leads to misdiagnosis, we can design interventions to reduce that burden. Using innovative methods, Dr. Michelson uses large healthcare databases to detect instances of delayed and missed diagnoses, compares outcomes in patients with misdiagnosis, and determines factors that predict them.

Dr. Michelson is also active in the clinical care of patients and training of residents and fellows. He earned both the Senior Resident Teaching Award and Fellow Teaching Award for his active role in training pediatricians. He was selected as the first trainee member of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee’s Steering Committee, which selects projects and administers a multicenter research group across the nation.

About the Researcher

Kenneth Michelson attended the University of Washington and received a BS in Computer Science and Cell and Molecular Biology. He graduated with an MD from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons before going on to pediatric residency training at the Boston Combined Residency Program. He was chief resident at Boston Children’s Hospital and continued on as a fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. While completing his clinical fellowship, Ken trained under the T32 Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship and attended the Harvard School of Public Health to complete a Master of Public Health degree. He joined the Boston Children’s Hospital faculty in 2017.


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  1. Michelson KA, Hudgins JD, Monuteaux MC, Bachur RG, Finkelstein JA. Cardiac Arrest Survival in Pediatric and General Emergency Departments. Pediatrics. 2018 Feb; 141(2).
  2. Michelson KA, Hudgins JD, Burke LG, Lyons TW, Monuteaux MC, Bachur RG, Finkelstein JA. Trends in Severe Pediatric Emergency Conditions in a National Cohort, 2008 to 2014. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2018 Jan 16.
  3. Michelson KA, Lyons TW, Johnson KB, Nigrovic LE, Harper MB, Kimia AA. Utility of Lumbar Puncture in Children Presenting With Status Epilepticus. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Aug; 33(8):544-547.
  4. Farbman KS, Michelson KA, Neuman MI, Dribin TE, Schneider LC, Stack AM. Reducing Hospitalization Rates for Children With Anaphylaxis. Pediatrics. 2017 Jun; 139(6).
  5. Schlosser KR, Creedon JK, Michelson KA, Michelson CD. Lessons From the 2013 Boston Marathon: Incorporating Residents Into Institutional Emergency Plans. Pediatrics. 2017 06; 139(6).
  6. Michelson KA, Nigrovic LE, Nagler J, McAneney CM, Mistry RD. Research Interest in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Mar 13.
  7. Michelson KA, Bachur RG, Levy JA. The impact of critically ill children on paediatric ED medication timeliness. Emerg Med J. 2017 Jan; 34(1):8-12.
  8. Michelson KA, Stack AM, Bachur RG. Development of a Model to Measure Emergency Department Staffing Limitations. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2016 Sep; 32(9):599-602.
  9. Farbman KS, Michelson KA. Anaphylaxis in children. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2016 Jun; 28(3):294-7.
  10. Michelson KA, Monuteaux MC, Neuman MI. Variation and Trends in Anaphylaxis Care in United States Children's Hospitals. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 05; 23(5):623-7.
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  12. Lyons TW, Johnson KB, Michelson KA, Nigrovic LE, Loddenkemper T, Prabhu SP, Kimia AA. Yield of emergent neuroimaging in children with new-onset seizure and status epilepticus. Seizure. 2016 Feb; 35:4-10.
  13. Michelson KA, Ho T, Pelletier A, Al Ayubi S, Bourgeois F. A Mobile, Collaborative, Real Time Task List for Inpatient Environments. Appl Clin Inform. 2015; 6(4):677-83.
  14. Michelson KA, Monuteaux MC, Neuman MI. Glucocorticoids and Hospital Length of Stay for Children with Anaphylaxis: A Retrospective Study. J Pediatr. 2015 Sep; 167(3):719-24.e1-3.
  15. Johnson KB, Michelson KA, Lyons TW, Nigrovic LE, Landschaft A, Loddenkemper T, Kimia AA. Pediatric status epilepticus: how common is cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis in the absence of infection? Seizure. 2014 Aug; 23(7):573-5.
  16. Michelson KA, Monuteaux MC, Stack AM, Bachur RG. Pediatric emergency department crowding is associated with a lower likelihood of hospital admission. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Jul; 19(7):816-20.
  17. Parravicini E, Nemerofsky SL, Michelson KA, Huynh TK, Sise ME, Bateman DA, Lorenz JM, Barasch JM. Urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin is a promising biomarker for late onset culture-positive sepsis in very low birth weight infants. Pediatr Res. 2010 Jun; 67(6):636-40.
  18. Michelson KA, Carr DB, Easterling TR. The impact of duration of labor induction on cesarean rate. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Sep; 199(3):299.e1-4.
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