Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith

MCB Adjunct Professor
Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UConn Health (Affiliate)

University of Connecitcut
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
91 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3125
Storrs, CT  06269-3125

Telephone: 860- 545- 9295
Fax: 860- 486-4331

Undergraduate 1986 B.S., Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
Graduate 1991 M.D., Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Postgraduate 1991-1994 Residency in Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
1994-1996 Fellowship, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

Research Interests: Research topics of interest are vast but all include a pediatric emergency medicine aspect. Much of my early research was in asthma, specifically working on ways to improve follow-up care after emergency department visits and treatment of acute pediatric asthma. I also have done work in injury prevention in the pediatric emergency department. Currently, much of my research involves mentoring younger investigators of all levels from undergraduate, medical school, residency, fellowship and junior faculty in a potpourri of areas. The Violence Prevention Emergency Tool (VPET) in the pediatric emergency department is the current project in InCHIP affiliate-related project. We recently completed development and evaluation of a screening tool to identify children at greatest risk for future exposure to violence. The next phase is a feasibility study to connect the identified youth to community resources with a planned prospective outcomes study. As Research Director for the ED at CT Children’s I’m actively involved in more than 10 projects at the moment including violence prevention ,suicide/lethal means prevention, medical marijuana in children, nutrition, obesity, Zika virus, sonographic predictors for appendicitis in children, and cyber bullying. My other primary research involvement is as the course director for 2 for-credit undergraduate honors research courses on Storrs campus and an independent research management course.

Selected Publications:

2015; Journal of Pediatrics; Chicaiza, H. | Hellstrand, K. | Lerer, T. | Smith, S. | Sylvester, F.

CARES: Improving the care and disposition of psychiatric patients in the Pediatric Emergency Department

2015; Pediatric Emergency Care; Rogers, S.C. | Griffin, L.C. | Masso, P.D. | Stevens, M. | Mangini, L. |…

iCAN: Providing a voice for children and families in pediatric research 2015; Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science; Thompson, H. | Frederico, N. | Smith, S.R. | Chowdhury, M. | Dicks, P. |…

Abdominal CT does not improve outcome for children with suspected acute appendicitis 2015; Western Journal of Emergency Medicine; Miano, D.I. | Silvis, R.M. | Popp, J.M. | Culbertson, M.C. | Campbell, B. |…

Potassium hydroxide: An alternative reagent to perform the modified apt test 2014; Journal of Pediatrics; Chicaiza, H. | Hellstrand, K. | Lerer, T. | Smith, S. | Sylvester, F.

Corticosteroid timing and length of stay for children with asthma in the emergency department 2012; Journal of Asthma; Davis, S.R. | Burke, G. | Hogan, E. | Smith, S.R.

Can a youth violence screening tool be used in a Pediatric Emergency Department setting? 2012; The journal of trauma and acute care surgery; Rogers, S.C. | Borrup, K. | Parikh, C. | Saleheen, H. | Lapidus, G. |…

Factors associated with attaining coaching goals during an intervention to improve child asthma care 2012; Contemporary Clinical Trials; Nelson, K.A. | Highstein, G. | Garbutt, J. | Trinkaus, K. | Smith, S.R. |…

The feasibility of screening for violence in the pediatric emergency department 2012; Connecticut Medicine; Finnegan, K.T. | Rogers, S.C. | Borrup, K. | Allen, N. | Saleheen, H. |…

A randomized controlled trial of parental asthma coaching to improve outcomes among urban minority children 2011; Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine; Nelson, K.A. | Highstein, G.R. | Garbutt, J. Trinkaus, K. | Fisher, E.B. |…

Be quick: A systems response to overcrowding in the pediatric emergency department 2010; Pediatric Emergency Care; Lebaron, J. | Culberson, M.C. | Wiley, J.F. | Smith, S.R.

Recombinant human hyaluronidase-enabled subcutaneous pediatric rehydration 2009; Pediatrics; Allen, C.H. | Etzwiler, L.S. | Miller, M.K. | Maher, G. | Mace, S. |…

A fever of unknown origin workup in the emergency department reveals an unusual pathogen
2009; Pediatric Emergency Care; Hernandez-Trujillo, H.S. | Dalberg, T. | Feder, H. | Smith, S.R.

Acute asthma management by a pediatric after-hours call center 2009; Telemedicine and e-Health; Nelson, K.A. | Freiner, D. | Garbutt, J. | Trinkaus, K. | Bruns, J. |…

Follow-up Care for Children With Asthma After Emergency Department Visits 2009; Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Schnitman, R.C. | Farris, J. | Smith, S.R.