ABOUT THE RESEARCHER

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

Selected Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Lyons TW, Johnson KB, Michelson KA, Nigrovic LE, Loddenkemper T, Prabhu SP, Kimia AAYield of emergent neuroimaging in children with new-onset seizure and status epilepticus. Seizure. 2015 Dec 25;35:4-10
  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.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pain Management of Children With Limb Fractures or Suspected Appendicitis: A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study. Front Pediatr. 2021; 9:652854. View abstract
  2. Prediction of patient disposition: comparison of computer and human approaches and a proposed synthesis. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 07 30; 28(8):1736-1745. View abstract
  3. Is lymphangitic streaking associated with different pathogens? Am J Emerg Med. 2021 08; 46:34-37. View abstract
  4. Presentation, Diagnostic Evaluation, Management, and Rates of Serious Bacterial Infection in Infants With Acute Dacryocystitis Presenting to the Emergency Department. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2020 12; 39(12):1065-1068. View abstract
  5. Treadmill injuries in children. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 08; 46:495-498. View abstract
  6. Bacteriology of pediatric breast abscesses beyond the neonatal period. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 03; 41:193-196. View abstract
  7. Improving the prediction of streptococcal pharyngitis; time to move past exudate alone. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 07; 45:196-201. View abstract
  8. Variation in the Presentation of Intussusception by Age. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Aug; 36(8):372-377. View abstract
  9. Utility of Blood Cultures and Empiric Antibiotics in Febrile Pediatric Hemophilia Patients With Central Venous Access Devices. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Apr 28. View abstract
  10. Equitable and Timely Care of Febrile Neonates: A Cross-Sectional Study. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Feb 01. View abstract
  11. Impact of viral symptoms on the performance of the modified centor score to predict pediatric group A streptococcal pharyngitis. Am J Emerg Med. 2020 07; 38(7):1322-1326. View abstract
  12. C-reactive protein or erythrocyte sedimentation rate results reliably exclude invasive bacterial infections. Am J Emerg Med. 2019 08; 37(8):1510-1515. View abstract
  13. Validating a Clinical Prediction Rule for Ventricular Shunt Malfunction. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2018 Nov; 34(11):751-756. View abstract
  14. Predictors of Primary Intracranial Hypertension in Children Using a Newly Suggested Opening Pressure Cutoff of 280 mm H2O. Pediatr Neurol. 2019 02; 91:27-33. View abstract
  15. Pediatric Emergency Department Visits for Homelessness After Shelter Eligibility Policy Change. Pediatrics. 2018 11; 142(5). View abstract
  16. A method to identify pediatric high-risk diagnoses missed in the emergency department. Diagnosis (Berl). 2018 Jun 27; 5(2):63-69. View abstract
  17. Predictors of a drainable suppurative adenitis among children presenting with cervical adenopathy. Am J Emerg Med. 2019 01; 37(1):109-113. View abstract
  18. Epidemiology and Predictors of Orbital Fractures in Children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2018 Jan; 34(1):21-24. View abstract
  19. Should patients with complex febrile seizure be admitted for further management? Am J Emerg Med. 2018 08; 36(8):1386-1390. View abstract
  20. Positive guaiac and bloody stool are poor predictors of intussusception. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Jun; 36(6):931-934. View abstract
  21. Utility of Lumbar Puncture in Children Presenting With Status Epilepticus. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Aug; 33(8):544-547. View abstract
  22. Diagnostic Lumbar Puncture Among Children With Facial Palsy in a Lyme Disease Endemic Area. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2017 Jun 01; 6(2):205-208. View abstract
  23. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Management of a First Unprovoked Seizure in Children and Adolescents With a Focus on the Revised Diagnostic Criteria for Epilepsy. J Child Neurol. 2017 07; 32(8):774-788. View abstract
  24. In Reply to: Discrepancy Between Pediatric and Adult Patients Concerning Misplaced Endotracheal Tubes During Intubation. J Emerg Med. 2017 04; 52(4):578-579. View abstract
  25. How Much Cerebrospinal Fluid Should We Remove Prior to Measuring a Closing Pressure? J Child Neurol. 2017 03; 32(4):356-359. View abstract
  26. Acute Ataxia in Children: A Review of the Differential Diagnosis and Evaluation in the Emergency Department. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 12; 65:14-30. View abstract
  27. Detection of Pulmonary Embolism in High-Risk Children. J Pediatr. 2016 Nov; 178:214-218.e3. View abstract
  28. A proactive approach to ED information technology: the case of pediatric procedural sedation. Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Sep; 34(9):1901-2. View abstract
  29. Factors Associated with Misplaced Endotracheal Tubes During Intubation in Pediatric Patients. J Emerg Med. 2016 Jul; 51(1):9-18. View abstract
  30. Effectiveness of once-daily high-dose ACTH for infantile spasms. Epilepsy Behav. 2016 06; 59:4-8. View abstract
  31. Yield of emergent neuroimaging in children with new-onset seizure and status epilepticus. Seizure. 2016 Feb; 35:4-10. View abstract
  32. 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. View abstract
  33. Utility of initial EEG in first complex febrile seizure. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Nov; 52(Pt A):200-4. View abstract
  34. The Frequency of Postreduction Interventions After Successful Enema Reduction of Intussusception. Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Sep; 22(9):1042-7. View abstract
  35. 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. View abstract
  36. Febrile seizures: emergency medicine perspective. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2015 Jun; 27(3):292-7. View abstract
  37. 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. View abstract
  38. 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. View abstract
  39. Pediatric first time non-febrile seizure with focal manifestations: is emergent imaging indicated? Seizure. 2014 Oct; 23(9):740-5. View abstract
  40. Comparison of rapid cranial MRI to CT for ventricular shunt malfunction. Pediatrics. 2014 Jul; 134(1):e47-54. View abstract
  41. Pediatric status epilepticus: how common is cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis in the absence of infection? Seizure. 2014 Aug; 23(7):573-5. View abstract
  42. Synovial fluid findings in children with knee monoarthritis in lyme disease endemic areas. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2014 Jan; 30(1):16-9. View abstract
  43. Magnet-related injury rates in children: a single hospital experience. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Jul; 57(1):14-7. View abstract
  44. Distinguishing Lyme from septic knee monoarthritis in Lyme disease-endemic areas. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar; 131(3):e695-701. View abstract
  45. No longer a "nursemaid's" elbow: mechanisms, caregivers, and prevention. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Aug; 28(8):771-4. View abstract
  46. Predictors of ventricular shunt infection among children presenting to a pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 May; 28(5):405-9. View abstract
  47. Detecting unapproved abbreviations in the electronic medical record. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2012 Apr; 38(4):178-83. View abstract
  48. Yield of emergent neuroimaging among children presenting with a first complex febrile seizure. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Apr; 28(4):316-21. View abstract
  49. Relationship between cerebrospinal fluid glucose and serum glucose. N Engl J Med. 2012 Feb 09; 366(6):576-8. View abstract
  50. Integrating spatial epidemiology into a decision model for evaluation of facial palsy in children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Jan; 165(1):61-7. View abstract
  51. Incidence of morbidity from penetrating palate trauma. Pediatrics. 2010 Dec; 126(6):e1578-84. View abstract
  52. 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. View abstract
  53. Yield of lumbar puncture among children who present with their first complex febrile seizure. Pediatrics. 2010 Jul; 126(1):62-9. View abstract
  54. Acute periorbital infections: who needs emergent imaging? Pediatrics. 2010 Apr; 125(4):e719-26. View abstract
  55. Holiday ornament-related injuries in children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Dec; 25(12):819-22. View abstract
  56. Glass thermometer injuries: it is not just about the mercury. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Oct; 25(10):645-7. View abstract
  57. Glass table-related injuries in children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Mar; 25(3):145-9. View abstract
  58. Utility of lumbar puncture for first simple febrile seizure among children 6 to 18 months of age. Pediatrics. 2009 Jan; 123(1):6-12. View abstract
  59. 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. View abstract
  60. 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. View abstract
  61. The role of Helicobacter pylori and gastritis in children with recurrent abdominal pain. Isr Med Assoc J. 2000 Feb; 2(2):126-8. View abstract
  62. Deep venous thrombosis in a preterm newborn of a mother with activated protein C resistance. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1998 Jun; 37(6):373-6. View abstract
  63. Coma with abnormal movements and prolonged cognitive disturbances: a new subset of acute encephalopathy. Neuropediatrics. 1996 Oct; 27(5):270-2. View abstract