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Kathleen Brown, MD

Emergency Medicine Specialist


Kathleen Brown, MD, is Medical Director of the Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center at Children's National Health System. Her clinical and research interests include pre-hospital care of children, family-centered care, and pediatric preparedness of emergency departments. She serves as the Children's National Site Principal investigator for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Dr. Brown also is the chair of the ACEP Pediatric Committee and project director for the DC EMSC State partnership grant.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1993
    SUNY at Syracuse Health Science Center
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1991
    SUNY at Syracuse Health Science Center
  • MD, 1988
    New York University School of Medicine
  • BS, 1984
    Georgetown University


Fluid infusion rates and sodium concentration levels don’t impact neurological damage observed in pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis episodes

Brain injuries that happen during episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)—where the body converts fat instead of sugar into energy, and where the pancreas is unable to process insulin, such as in type 1 diabetes—are rare, and happen in less than 1 percent of DKA episodes, but these injuries can carry lasting consequences—including mild to severe neurological damage. 

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial of Dexamethasone for Bronchiolitis

(2007) New England Journal of Medicine

EMSC partnership for childrenNational Association of EMS Physicians model pediatric protocols 2003 revision

(2004) Prehosp Emerg Care

Patient and familycentered care and the role of the emergency physician providing care to a child in the emergency department

(2006) Pediatrics

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Jason's Story

Jason's Story

When Jason was born, the Children's National team was already standing by to treat his failing kidneys. He spent his first two months in the NICU, and he has been in and out of Children's National for the past six years.

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