Eileen J Klein, MD, MPH

Eileen J Klein, MD, MPH

Emergency Medicine

On staff since October 1991

Children's Title: Associate Head, Emergency Medicine; Co-Director, Emergency Medicine Research; Chair, Promotions Committee

Academic Title: Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

  • Biography

    Eileen J. Klein, MD, MPH, is an attending physician at Seattle Childrens Hospital and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Seattle Childrens and the University of Washington and Co-Director of Emergency Department Research at Seattle Childrens.

    She received her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She completed her residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Seattle Childrens and the University of Washington. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Academic Pediatric Association and the Society for Pediatric Research. She is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is certified by the American Heart Association in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and is a PALS instructor. Dr. Klein trains pediatric emergency medicine fellows, mentors junior faculty members and regularly teaches locally and regionally. Her main research interest is analgesia and sedation. She has an extensive bibliography.

    • Related Pages

    • Seattle Concussion Research Collaborative

      We are the Seattle Concussion Research Collaborative (SCRC) lab, housed at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Our lab is comprised of clinicians, researchers, public health specialists, and community representatives who are working together to better understand concussion risk and concussion prevention in children,

  • Patient Testimonials

  • Awards and Honors

    Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Parker J. Palmer "Courage to Teach" Award for Program Director Excellence ACGME 2016
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
    Selected Outstanding Teacher of 2013-2014 Pediatric Housestaff, Seattle Children's Hospital 2014
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
    Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
    Top doctors in Seattle Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2008 - 2009
    Top doctors in Seattle Seattle Magazine 2007 - 2009
    Molteni Award for Professionalism and Quality Seattle Children's 2009
  • Publications

    Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Lion KC, Brown JC, Ebel BE, Klein EJ, Strelitz B, Gutman CK, Hencz P, Fernandez J, Mangione-Smith R
      Effect of Telephone vs Video Interpretation on Parent Comprehension, Communication, and Utilization in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
      26501862 JAMA pediatrics, 2015 Dec 1 : 169(12)1117-25
    • Strelitz B, Gritton J, Klein EJ, Bradford MC, Follmer K, Zerr DM, Englund JA, Opel DJ
      Parental vaccine hesitancy and acceptance of seasonal influenza vaccine in the pediatric emergency department.
      25744225 Vaccine, 2015 Apr 8 : 33(15)1802-7
    • 3. Currier RG, Payne DC, Staat MA, Selvarangan R, Shirley SH, Halasa N, Boom JA, Englund JA, Szilagyi PG, Harrison C, Klein EJ, Weinberg G, Chappell JD, Wikswo ME, Parashar U, Vinje J, Morrow AL
      Innate Susceptibility to norovirus infections influenced by FUT2 genotype in a United States Pediatric population
      25744498 Clinical Infectious Disease, 2015 : 601631-1638
    • Qin X, Klein EJ, Galanakis E, Thomas AA, Stapp JR, Rich S, Buccat AM, Tarr PI
      Real-Time PCR Assay for detection and differentiation of Shiga-Toxin producing Escherichia coli from clinical samples
      25926491 Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2015 : 532148-2153
    • Uspal NG, Klein EJ, Tieder JS, Oron AP, Simon TP
      Variation in the Use of Procedural Sedation for Incision and Drainage of Skin and Soft Tissue Infection in Pediatric Hospital Emergency Departments
      25832973 Hospital Pediatrics, 2015 : 5185-192
    • Payne DC, Selvarangan R, Azimi PH, Boom JA, Englund J, Staat MA, Halasa N, Szilagyi PG, Weinberg GA, Chappell J, McNeal M, Klein EJ, Sahni LC, Johnston SH, Harrison CJ, Baker CJ, Bernstein DI, Tate JE, Mijatovic-Rustempasic S, Esona MD, Wikswo M, Curns AT, Sulemana I, Bowen MD, Gentsch JR, Parashar UD
      Long Term Consistency in US Rotavirus Vaccine Protection: RV5 and RV1 Vaccine effectiveness in US Children, 2012-2103
      26449565 Clinical Infectious Disease, 2015 : 61(12)1792-1799
    • Lewis C, Vigo L, Novak, Klein EJ
      Listening to parents: A qualitative look at the dental and oral care experiences of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
      26883603 Pediatric Dentistry, 2015 : 37(7)E98-E104
    • Kost A, Combs H, Smith S, Klein E, Kritek P, Robins L, Cianciolo AT, Butani L, Gigante J, Ramani S
      A Proposed Conceptual Framework and Investigation of Upward Feedback Receptivity in Medical Education.
      26507991 Teaching and learning in medicine, 2015 : 27(4)359-61

    Other Publications

    • Mazor SS, Klein EJ
      Neonatal Resuscitation
      Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, 2010 : Seventh ed77-82
  • Presentations

    Presentation Title Event Location Date
    Rotavirus Grand Rounds Seattle Children's Hospital Dec 17, 2015
    Feedback UW Program Director Development Series Seattle, WA Oct 30, 2015
    Launching a Successful Career Fellows College Seattle Children's Hospital Sep 15, 2015
    Missed Diagnoses III National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners Shoreline, WA Mar 16, 2015
    Platform Presentation Workshop Fellows College Seattle Children's Hospital Mar 10, 2015
    Bridging Office and Emergency Care Seattle Children's Hospital Mar 7, 2015
    Prehospital Emergency Training for Paramedic Students Seattle, WA Feb 10, 2015
    Profieciency in Teaching Workshop Fellows College Seattle Children's Hospital Feb 3, 2015
  • Research Funding

    Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    The impact of an evidence-based clinical pathway for dehydration in a pediatric emergency department The Heidner Foudnation 2014 - 2016
    Enhanced Surveillance for New Vaccine Preventable Disease CDC July 2011 - June 2016


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Medical/Professional School

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

Analgesia / sedation

Research Description

My primary focus of research is in analgesia and sedation. I am currently evaluating ways to improve sedation for children undergoing minor procedures in the emergency department.

Research Focus Area

Translational Research