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Amir Kimia, MD

Department:
Medicine Research
Division
Emergency Medicine Research
Hospital Title:
Associate Physician in Medicine
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Natural Language Processing Applied to Text in Clinical NarrativesAcute Neurologic Syndromes

About Amir Kimia

Amir Kimia received his MD in Medicine from the Technion Medical School in Israel. He did a residency in Pediatrics at Schneider Children’s Hospital in Israel and a combined fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Medical Informatics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kimia completed a clinical effectiveness program at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kimia joined the faculty of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital in 2005.

Research Overview

Dr. Kimia’s research interests include the diagnostic evaluation of common presenting neurologic syndromes in the emergency setting. His previous work has included studies on febrile seizures, seizures by semiology, and acute ataxia. On the methodology side, his recent efforts have focused on implementation of Natural Language Processing methods for mining data embedded in the clinical narrative.

Key Publications

Kimia AA, Savova G, Landschaft A, Harper MB  An Introduction to Natural Language Processing: How You Can Get More From Those Electronic Notes You Are Generating. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Jul;31(7):536-41.

Kimia AA
, Capraro AJ, Hummel D, Johnston P, Harper MB  Utility of lumbar puncture for first simple febrile seizure among children 6 to 18 months of age. Pediatrics. 2009 Jan;123(1):6-12.

Rudloe T, Prabhu SP, Gorman MP, Nigrovic LE, Harper MB, Landschaft A, Kimia AAThe Yield of Neuroimaging in Children Presenting to the Emergency Department With Acute Ataxia in the Post-Varicella Vaccine Era. J Child Neurol. 2015 Sep;30(10):1333-9.

Nigrovic LE, Kimia AA, Shah SS, Neuman MI.  Relationship between cerebrospinal fluid glucose and serum glucose. N Engl J Med, 2012 Feb 9;366(6):576-8.

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. 2015 Dec 25;35:4-10

Harini C, Nagarajan E, Kimia AA, de Carvalho RM, An S, Bergin AM, Takeoka M, Pearl PL, Loddenkemper T. Utility of initial EEG in first complex febrile seizure. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Nov;52(Pt A):200-4.

Publications

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  1. Samuel N, Shavit I, Steiner IP, Kimia AA. A proactive approach to ED information technology: the case of pediatric procedural sedation. Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Sep; 34(9):1901-2.
  2. Miller KA, Kimia A, Monuteaux MC, Nagler J. Factors Associated with Misplaced Endotracheal Tubes During Intubation in Pediatric Patients. J Emerg Med. 2016 Jul; 51(1):9-18.
  3. Hodgeman RM, Kapur K, Paris A, Marti C, Can A, Kimia A, Loddenkemper T, Bergin A, Poduri A, Libenson M, Lamb N, Jafarpour S, Harini C. Effectiveness of once-daily high-dose ACTH for infantile spasms. Epilepsy Behav. 2016 Jun; 59:4-8.
  4. 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.
  5. Dorney K, Kimia A, Hannon M, Hennelly K, Meehan WP, Proctor M, Mooney DP, Glotzbecker M, Mannix R. Outcomes of pediatric patients with persistent midline cervical spine tenderness and negative imaging result after trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Nov; 79(5):822-7.
  6. Harini C, Nagarajan E, Kimia AA, de Carvalho RM, An S, Bergin AM, Takeoka M, Pearl PL, Loddenkemper T. Utility of initial EEG in first complex febrile seizure. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Nov; 52(Pt A):200-4.
  7. Lessenich EM, Kimia AA, Mandeville K, Li J, Landschaft A, Tsai A, Bachur RG. The Frequency of Postreduction Interventions After Successful Enema Reduction of Intussusception. Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Sep; 22(9):1042-7.
  8. Kimia AA, Savova G, Landschaft A, Harper MB. An Introduction to Natural Language Processing: How You Can Get More From Those Electronic Notes You Are Generating. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Jul; 31(7):536-41.
  9. Kimia AA, Bachur RG, Torres A, Harper MB. Febrile seizures: emergency medicine perspective. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2015 Jun; 27(3):292-7.
  10. Pingree EW, Kimia AA, Nigrovic LE. The effect of traumatic lumbar puncture on hospitalization rate for febrile infants 28 to 60 days of age. Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Feb; 22(2):240-3.
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  12. Rudloe T, Prabhu SP, Gorman MP, Nigrovic LE, Harper MB, Landschaft A, Kimia AA. The Yield of Neuroimaging in Children Presenting to the Emergency Department With Acute Ataxia in the Post-Varicella Vaccine Era. J Child Neurol. 2015 Sep; 30(10):1333-9.
  13. Aprahamian N, Harper MB, Prabhu SP, Monuteaux MC, Sadiq Z, Torres A, Kimia AA. Pediatric first time non-febrile seizure with focal manifestations: is emergent imaging indicated? Seizure. 2014 Oct; 23(9):740-5.
  14. 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.
  15. Deanehan JK, Nigrovic PA, Milewski MD, Tan Tanny SP, Kimia AA, Smith BG, Nigrovic LE. Synovial fluid findings in children with knee monoarthritis in lyme disease endemic areas. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2014 Jan; 30(1):16-9.
  16. Agbo C, Lee L, Chiang V, Landscahft A, Kimia T, Monuteaux MC, Kimia AA. Magnet-related injury rates in children: a single hospital experience. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Jul; 57(1):14-7.
  17. Deanehan JK, Kimia AA, Tan Tanny SP, Milewski MD, Talusan PG, Smith BG, Nigrovic LE. Distinguishing Lyme from septic knee monoarthritis in Lyme disease-endemic areas. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar; 131(3):e695-701.
  18. Rogers EA, Kimia A, Madsen JR, Nigrovic LE, Neuman MI. Predictors of ventricular shunt infection among children presenting to a pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 May; 28(5):405-9.
  19. Capraro A, Stack A, Harper MB, Kimia A. Detecting unapproved abbreviations in the electronic medical record. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2012 Apr; 38(4):178-83.
  20. Kimia AA, Ben-Joseph E, Prabhu S, Rudloe T, Capraro A, Sarco D, Hummel D, Harper M. Yield of emergent neuroimaging among children presenting with a first complex febrile seizure. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Apr; 28(4):316-21.
  21. Nigrovic LE, Kimia AA, Shah SS, Neuman MI. Relationship between cerebrospinal fluid glucose and serum glucose. N Engl J Med. 2012 Feb 9; 366(6):576-8.
  22. Fine AM, Brownstein JS, Nigrovic LE, Kimia AA, Olson KL, Thompson AD, Mandl KD. Integrating spatial epidemiology into a decision model for evaluation of facial palsy in children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Jan; 165(1):61-7.
  23. Hennelly K, Kimia A, Lee L, Jones D, Porter SC. Incidence of morbidity from penetrating palate trauma. Pediatrics. 2010 Dec; 126(6):e1578-84.
  24. Kimia AA, Johnston P, Capraro A, Harper MB. Occurrence of metabolic acidosis in pediatric emergency department patients as a data source for disease surveillance systems. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2010 Oct; 26(10):733-8.
  25. Kimia A, Ben-Joseph EP, Rudloe T, Capraro A, Sarco D, Hummel D, Johnston P, Harper MB. Yield of lumbar puncture among children who present with their first complex febrile seizure. Pediatrics. 2010 Jul; 126(1):62-9.
  26. Kimia A, Lee L, Shannon M, Capraro A, Mays D, Johnston P, Hummel D, Shuman M. Holiday ornament-related injuries in children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Dec; 25(12):819-22.
  27. Aprahamian N, Lee L, Shannon M, Hummel D, Johnston P, Kimia A. Glass thermometer injuries: it is not just about the mercury. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Oct; 25(10):645-7.
  28. Kimia AA, Waltzman ML, Shannon MW, Mays DL, Johnston PR, Hummel D, Ben-Joseph EP, Lee LK. Glass table-related injuries in children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Mar; 25(3):145-9.
  29. Kimia AA, Capraro AJ, Hummel D, Johnston P, Harper MB. Utility of lumbar puncture for first simple febrile seizure among children 6 to 18 months of age. Pediatrics. 2009 Jan; 123(1):6-12.
  30. Nigrovic LE, Thompson AD, Fine AM, Kimia A. Clinical predictors of Lyme disease among children with a peripheral facial palsy at an emergency department in a Lyme disease-endemic area. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov; 122(5):e1080-5.
  31. Kimia A, Brownstein JS, Olson KL, Zak V, Bourgeois FT, Mandl KD. Lumbar puncture ordering and results in the pediatric population: a promising data source for surveillance systems. Acad Emerg Med. 2006 Jul; 13(7):767-73.
  32. Kimia A, Zahavi I, Shapiro R, Rosenbach Y, Hirsh A, Druzd T, Yahav J, Dinari G. The role of Helicobacter pylori and gastritis in children with recurrent abdominal pain. Isr Med Assoc J. 2000 Feb; 2(2):126-8.
  33. Finkelstein Y, Aloni D, Kimia A, Sommer R, Sirota L. Deep venous thrombosis in a preterm newborn of a mother with activated protein C resistance. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1998 Jun; 37(6):373-6.
  34. Haimi-Cohen Y, Soen G, Amir J, Kimia A, Varsano I. Coma with abnormal movements and prolonged cognitive disturbances: a new subset of acute encephalopathy. Neuropediatrics. 1996 Oct; 27(5):270-2.
  35. Rudloe TF, Schutzman S, Lee LK, Kimia AA. No longer a "nursemaid's" elbow: mechanisms, caregivers, and prevention. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Aug; 28(8):771-4.
  36. Rudloe TF, Harper MB, Prabhu SP, Rahbar R, Vanderveen D, Kimia AA. Acute periorbital infections: who needs emergent imaging? Pediatrics. 2010 Apr; 125(4):e719-26.
  37. Boyle TP, Paldino MJ, Kimia AA, Fitz BM, Madsen JR, Monuteaux MC, Nigrovic LE. Comparison of rapid cranial MRI to CT for ventricular shunt malfunction. Pediatrics. 2014 Jul; 134(1):e47-54.
  38. Hennelly KE, Baskin MN, Monuteuax MC, Hudgins J, Kua E, Commeree A, Kimia R, Lee EY, Kimia A, Neuman MI. Detection of Pulmonary Embolism in High-Risk Children. J Pediatr. 2016 Nov; 178:214-218.e3.
  39. Caffarelli M, Kimia AA, Torres AR. Acute Ataxia in Children: A Review of the Differential Diagnosis and Evaluation in the Emergency Department. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Dec; 65:14-30.
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