Carmen Coombs, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Coombs completed her Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She currently spends 20% of her time as part of the Division of Child Advocacy and the remaining time as part of the division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency, including Pediatrics Chief Residency, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and received a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Her research focused on early detection and management of sentinel injuries.

Major Lectureships

  • “Sentinel Injuries & Missed Opportunities to Diagnose Physical Child Abuse,” Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division Conference, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., July 2017
  • “Whose Emergency Is It? Working with ED Physicians in Regard to Child Abuse Cases,” 13th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment, Pittsburgh, Pa., April 2018

Education & Training

  • MD: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Representative Publications

Referenced articles

Yu SW, Wang H, Poitras MF, Coombs C, Bowers WJ, Federoff HJ, Poirier GG, Dawson TM, Dawson VL. “Mediation of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1-dependent cell death by apoptosis-inducing factor.” Science, July 2002, Vol 297(5579):259-63.

Wang H, Yu SW, Koh DW, Lew J, Coombs C, Bowers W, Federoff HJ, Poirier GG, Dawson TM, Dawson VL. “Apoptosis-inducing factor substitutes for caspase executioners in NMDA-triggered excitotoxic neuronal death.” Journal of Neuroscience, Dec 2004, Vol 24(48):10963-73.

Miller RG, Ashar BH, Cohen J, Camp M, Coombs C, Johnson E, Schneyer CR. “Disparities in osteoporosis screening between at-risk African-American and white women.” Journal of General Internal Medicine, Sept 2005, Vol 20(9):847-51.

Coombs CM, Shields RY, Hunt EA, Lum YW, Sosnay PR, Perretta JS, Lieberman RH, Shilkofski NA. “Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Simulation-Based Clinical Correlation Curriculum as an Adjunctive Pedagogy in an Anatomy Course.” Academic Medicine, April 2017, Vol 92(4):494-500.

Tavarez MM, Ayers B, Jeong JH, Coombs CM, Thompson A, Hickey RW. “Practice Variation and Effects of E-mail-only Performance Feedback on Resource Use in the Emergency Department.” Academic Emergency Medicine, Published online ahead of print, June 2017.

Textbooks

Coombs C, Kirk A, McMillan J (Eds): Oski’s Pediatric Certification and Recertification Board Review. 1st Edition. Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2011.

Book Chapters

Coombs C. Ear and Mastoid Disorders in Infants and Children. Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, 8th Edition. McGraw-Hill Education, USA, 2016.

Shilkofski N and Coombs C. Integration of Sciences Basic to Medicine and the Whole of the Curriculum (Case Study 13.1). Routledge International Handbook of Medical Education. Routledge, London and New York, 2016.

Coombs C. Post Test 2. Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Question Review Book 2017. PEMQBook LLC, Atlanta, 2017.

Coombs C. Post Test 2. Statistics and Research Methodology for Medical Board Examinations. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Question Review Books, 2009, 2013, 2017. PEMQBook LLC, Atlanta, 2017.

Coombs C, Warren D. Child Abuse. In: Valani R, editor. Essentials of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Alberta, Canada: Brush Education Incorporated, 2018.

Guidelines

Boutis K, Coombs C, Ornstein A. Bottom Line Recommendations: Management and Evaluation of Suspected Physical Child Abuse. Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids. Set to go live Sept 2017. www.trekk.ca.

Podcasts

Coombs C. Child Abuse. Emergency Medicine Cases (https://emergencymedicinecases.com/). Recorded in Toronto, Canada, Dec 2017. Released Feb 2018. 25,905 downloads worldwide in first four months.

Coombs C. Best Case Ever: Child Abuse. Emergency Medicine Cases (https://emergencymedicinecases.com/). Recorded in Toronto, Canada, Dec 2017. Released Feb 2018.

Research Interests

Early detection and management of sentinel injuries

CV

Division