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Jeffrey R. Avner, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Avner

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

Chief, Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

 

Professional Interests

Dr. Avner graduated from Johns Hopkins University and attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He completed his pediatric residency and then a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He is currently the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Service and Division Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx.  He is also Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Co-Director of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He has received awards for excellence in both medical student and resident teaching including the Samuel M. Rosen Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching from the Einstein students, the Henry Gordon Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching from the Einstein faculty, the William Obrinsky Award from the Department of Pediatrics and the Lewis Fraad Award from the pediatric residents. Dr. Avner also serves as chair of the Medical Education Council, the body responsible for the oversight of the medical school curriculum at Einstein.

 

Dr. Avner is also the Program Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore / Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He has been a member of many national committees related to Pediatric Emergency Medicine including the Emergency Medicine Section Executive Committee of the AAP, editor of the section newsletter, contributing editor for AAP Grand Rounds, and chairman of the subcommittee for Emergency Medicine Resident Trainees Fellowship Curriculum.  He has been the program chairman for the AAP Emergency Medicine section meeting for three years, the course director for a national review course for Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PREP:EM) as well as an editor for a new AAP online self-assessment for Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PREP:E-Med). 

 

Dr. Avner is also an internationally recognized expert in pediatric emergencies and has published 200 original studies, review articles, chapters and abstracts on a variety of topics, but his specific interest is the management of febrile children.  His work on febrile infants has been published in Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Care, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine and The New England Journal of Medicine.

 

Selected Publications

SELECTED ORIGINAL PUBLICATIONS IN REVIEWED JOURNALS

Cimpello LB, Khine H, Avner JR:  Practice patterns of pediatric versus general emergency physicians for pain management of fracture reduction in pediatric patients. Pediatr Emerg Care. 20(4):228-232, 2004

 Maldonado TE, Avner JR:  Triage of the pediatric patient in the emergency department: Are we all in agreement? Pediatrics 114: 356-360, 2004.

 Olympia R, Khine H, Avner JR:  The effectiveness of oral dexamethasone in the treatment of moderate to severe pharyngitis in children and young adults. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 159(3):278-82, 2005.

 Olympia R, Khine H, Avner JR:  The use of evidenced based medicine in the management of acutely ill children. Pediatr Emerg Care 21(8):518-22, 2005

 Olympia R, Wan E, Avner JR:  The preparedness of schools to respond to emergencies: A national survey of school nurses. Pediatrics Dec;116(6):e738-45, 2005

 Kelly C, Shulman V, Khine H, Avner JR:  Parental perception of the passage of time during a stressful event. Pediatr Emerg Care 23(6):376-9, 2007.

 Olympia RP, Dixon T, Brady J, Avner JR: Emergency planning in school-based athletics: a national survey of athletic trainers. Pediatr Emerg Care 23(10):703-707, 2007.

 Khine H, Mayers M, Avner JR, Fox A, Herold B, Goldman D: Association Between Herpes Simplex Virus‑1 Infection And Idiopathic Unilateral Facial Paralysis In Children And Adolescents. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2008; 27(5):468-9.

 Fagan MJ, Avner J, Khine H. Initial fluid resuscitation for patients with diabetic ketoacidosis: how dry are they? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008; 47: 851-5.

 Tay ET, Needleman JP, Avner JR. Nebulizer and spacer device maintenance in children with asthma. J Asthma. 2009; 46: 153-5.

 Avner JR, Baker MD. Occult bacteremia in the post-pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era: does the blood culture stop here? Acad Emerg Med. 2009; 16: 258-60.

 Khine H, Weiss D, Graber N, Hoffman R, Esteban-Cruciani N, Avner JR. A cluster of children with seizures due to camphor poisoning. Pediatrics 2009; 123(5): 1269-1272.

 Racine AD, Alderman EM, Avner JR. Effect of telephone calls from primary care practices on follow-up visits after pediatric emergency department visits: evidence from the Pediatric Emergency Department Links to Primary Care (PEDLPC) randomized controlled trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2009;163:505-11.

 Fein D, Avner JR, Khine H. Pattern of pain management during lumbar puncture in children. Pediatr Emerg Care 2010;26:357-60.

 Olympia RP, Brady J, Kapoor S, Mahmood Q, Way E, Avner JR. Compliance of child care centers in Pennsylvania with national health and safety performance standards for emergency and disaster preparedness. Pediatr Emerg Care 2010;26:239-47.

 Rizkalla C, Bauman LJ, Avner JR. Structural Impediments to Condom Access in a High HIV/STI-Risk Area. J Environ Public Health 2010;2010.

 Brady K, Avner JR, Khine H. Perception and attitude of providers toward pain and anxiety associated with pediatric vaccine injection. Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2011;50:140-3.

 Munjal I, Gialanella P, Goss C, McKitrick JC, Avner JR, Pan Q, Litman N, Levi MH. Evaluation of the 3M rapid detection test for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in children during the early stages of the 2009 RSV season. J Clin Microbiol 2011;49:1151-3.

 Fein DM, Janow G, Avner JR, Fagan MJ. The heart of the matter: an atypical presentation of Takayasu arteritis in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Sep;27(9):857-9.

 Alderman EM, Avner JR, Racine AD. Adolescents use of the Emergency Department: Does source of primary care make a difference? Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. 2012; 3: 36-41

 Ng L, Taragin B, Avner JR, Ushay M, Nunez D. Does the IVC diameter correlate with central venous pressure (CVP) in the assessment of intravascular volume in children? Pediatric Emerg Care. (Accepted for Publication)

 Rabiner J, Khine H, Avner JR, Tsung JW. Accuracy of Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Diagnosis of Elbow Fractures in Children. Annals of Emrgency Medicine. (Accepted for Publication)

 Journal Guest Editor:

 Avner JR (editor).  Fever.  Clin Ped Emerg Med. Volume 9, Issue 6, December 2008

 Avner JR (editor).  Cardiovascular Emergencies. .  Clin Ped Emerg Med. Volume 12, Issue 4, December 2011

 Selected Chapters & Reviews:

 Avner JR, Sharieff GQ.  Medical Emergencies.  In Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS): The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource – 4th Edition,  Fuchs S, Gausche-Hill M, Yamamoto L (eds), American Academy of Pediatrics & American College of Emergency Physicians, 2004.

 Avner JR: Abdominal distention.  In Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine - 5th Edition; Fleisher G, Ludwig S (eds), Williams & Wilkins, 2005.

 Avner JR: Evaluation of the Cervical Spine.  In The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, fourth edition; Ann Harwood-Nuss, et al (eds). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2005.

 Meltzer A, Powell K, Avner JR: Fever in children. Consensus in Pediatrics. 1(7):1-19,2005.

 Avner JR:  Gastrointestinal hemorrhage.  In Primary Pediatric Care 5th Edition,  Hoekelman RA (ed), Mosby Inc, St. Louis, MO,  2008.

 Avner JR:  Fever.  In Pediatric Emergency Medicine Secrets 2nd Edition,  Selbst S, Cronan K (eds), Hanley and Belfus Inc,  2007.

 Avner JR:  Altered states of consciousness. Pediatrics in Review.  27(9):331-8, 2006.

 Forti R, Avner JR:  Altered Mental Status.  In Primary Pediatric Care 5th Edition,  Hoekelman RA (ed), Mosby Inc, St. Louis, MO,  2008.

 Baker MD, Avner JR.  The Febrile Infant: What’s New?  Clin Ped Emerg Med. 9:213-220, 2008.

 Avner JR:  Fever: A symptom for the ages. Clin Ped Emerg Med  9:211-213, 2008.

 Avner JR:  Neonatal fever.  In Pediatric Practice: Infectious Disease, Shah S (ed), McGraw Hill, New York, NY, 2009.

 Avner JR. Acute fever. Pediatr Rev. 2009; 30: 5-13; quiz 13.

 Avner JR: Abdominal distention.  In Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine - 6th Edition; Fleisher G, Ludwig S (eds), Williams & Wilkins, 2010. Avner JR, Sue YJ:  Trauma, Ingestions and Burns.  In Pediatrics for Medical Students (3rd edition); Bernstein D, Shelov SP (eds), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA. 2011.

 Avner, JR: Cardiac Emergencies: Getting to the Heart of the Problem.  Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 2011:12(4), 253-254.

 Rabiner J, Avner JR.  Atlantoaxial Instability in Fleisher and Ludwig’s 5-Minute Pediatric Emergency Medicine Consult, R Hoffman, R Scarfone, V Wang, et al. eds. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA. 2011

 Rabiner J, Avner JR.  Bacteremia in Fleisher and Ludwig’s 5-Minute Pediatric Emergency Medicine Consult, R Hoffman, R Scarfone, V Wang, et al. eds. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA. 2011

 Avner JR, Sharieff GQ.  Medical Emergencies.  In Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS): The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource – 5th Edition,  Fuchs S, Gausche-Hill M, Yamamoto L (eds), American Academy of Pediatrics & American College of Emergency Physicians, 2011.

 Abstracts and Presentations:

 Olympia R, Khine H, Avner JR:  The effectiveness of oral dexamethasone in the treatment of moderate to severe pharyngitis in children and young adults. (Presented at the National Scientific Meeting of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association National Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2003 and at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 2003).

 Fagan M, Avner JR, Khine H:  Initial Fluid Resuscitation for Patients With Diabetic Ketoacidosis: How Dry Are They?  Presented at the National Scientific Meeting of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2004.

 Shulman V, Kelly C, Cleary K, Avner JR.  Parental perception of the passage of time during a stressful event. Presented at the National Scientific Meeting of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Washington , DC, 2005.

 Pollack HC, Khine H, Avner JR. Changing pattern of patients requiring psychiatric evaluation in the pediatric emergency department. Presented at the National Scientific Meeting of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Washington , DC, 2005.

 Khine H, Avner JR, Mayers M, Fox A, Herold B, Goldman D.  Association between bell’s palsy and herpes simplex virus infection in children.  Presented at the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Meeting, Old Greenwich, CT and presented at the National Scientific Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, San Francisco, CA, 2006.

 Racine A, Alderman E, Avner JR. Quo Vadis: Health care utilization subsequent to a visit to the pediatric emergency department – where do they go?  Read by title at the National Scientific Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, San Francisco, CA, 2006.

 Tay E, Avner JR, Needleman J, McKitrick J.  Bacterial colonization in the oropharynx of asthmatic children during acure exacerbations.  Presented at the National Scientific Meeting of the American Thoracic Society, San Diego, CA, 2006.

 Racine A, Alderman L, Avner JR:  ED phone home: a prospective randomized intervention to decrease repeat emergency department visits. (Accepted for platform presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, May 2007)

 Blier K, Racine A, Avner JR, Alderman L:  Does parental perception of the quality of their primary care matter in the decision whether to use the pediatric emergency department? (Presented at the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2007 and accepted for poster presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, May 2007)

 Alderman L, Avner JR, Racine A:  Adolescent use of the emergency department: does source of primary care really make a difference?  (Presented at the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2007 and at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, May 2007)

 Karpowisc M, Levin M, Giallanella, McKitrick J, Avner JR, Litman N, Levi M.  The impact of a PCR-based diagnosis for enteroviral meningitis in a large pediatric hospital.  (Presented at the American Society for Microbiology Conference on Emerging Technologies of Medical Importance, Beijing, China, April, 2008)

 Schechter M, Avner JR. Weighing in: addressing the lack of medical student exposure to performance of basic pediatric skills. (Presented at the Committee on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics annual meeting, Atlanta, GA, April, 2008)

 Schechter M, Avner JR. Pediatric shadowing program: An introduction to clinical pediatrics for new medical students. (Presented at the Committee on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics annual meeting, Atlanta, GA, April, 2008)

 Rizkalla C, Futterman D, Pollack C, Lyle M, Avner JR.  HIV testing in the pediatric emergency department: feasible and important.  (Presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, May, 2008)

 Rizkalla C, Bauman L, Avner JR.  Barriers to Barriers: Structural impediments to condom access in a high HIV/ STI- risk area.  (Presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, May, 2008)

 Maldonado A, Avner JR, Rajpathak S, Khine H. Camphor: An ongoing public health concern for children. Presented at the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2009 and the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Baltimore, MD, May 2009

 Munjal I, Gialanella P, Goss C, McKitrick JC, Avner JR, Litman N, Levi MH. Evaluation of the 3M Rapid Detection Test for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) during the Early Stages of the 2009 RSV Season. Presented at the American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2010.

 Brady K, Khine H, Avner JR. Perception and Attitude of Caregivers Toward Pain and Anxiety Associated with Pediatric Vaccine Injection. Presented at the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2010.

 Fein D, Avner JR, Auerbach M, et. al. Patterns of Analgesia Use by Pediatric Interns for Lumbar Puncture in Children Less Than One Year of Age. Presented at the 11th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2011

 Fein D, Avner JR, Auerbach M, et. al. Analgesia Use for Infant Lumbar Puncture by Interns after an Educational Intervention. Presented at the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2011

 

 

 

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Tel: 718.920.5312
Fax: 718.798.6485
jravner@montefiore.org

 
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