Elizabeth Yarnell Killien, MD, MPH

Elizabeth Yarnell Killien, MD, MPH

Critical Care, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Academic Title: Acting Assistant Professor

  • Elizabeth Killien, MD MPH is an attending physician in the Pediatric ICU. She earned her MD from Dartmouth Medical School in 2011. She completed her residency in General Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington. She underwent additional training in pediatric trauma research at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in the Pediatric Injury Research Training Program from 2017-2019, and completed her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at the University of Washington in 2019. She is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators, and American Thoracic Society. Her scholarly work focuses on organ failure after traumatic injury and long-term outcomes after critical illness.

  • Other Publications

    • Killien EY, Farris RWD, Watson RS, Dervan LA, Zimmerman JJ
      Health-Related Quality of Life Among Survivors of Pediatric Sepsis.
      30720672 Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, 2019 June : 20(6)501-509 PMCID:PMC6548660
    • Killien EY, Mills B, Vavilala MS, Watson RS, OʼKeefe GE, Rivara FP
      Association between age and acute respiratory distress syndrome development and mortality following trauma.
      30633097 The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, 2019 May : 86(5)844-852 PMCID:PMC6476679
    • Watson RS, Asaro LA, Hutchins L, Bysani GK, Killien EY, Angus DC, Wypij D, Curley MAQ, RESTORE Study Investigators.
      Risk Factors for Functional Decline and Impaired Quality of Life after Pediatric Respiratory Failure.
      31034245 American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 2019 April 29
    • Killien EY, Mills B, Watson RS, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP
      Morbidity and Mortality Among Critically Injured Children With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
      30379667 Critical care medicine, 2019 Feb. : 47(2)e112-e119 PMCID:PMC6336518
    • Killien EY, Mills B, Watson RS, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP
      Risk Factors on Hospital Arrival for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Following Pediatric Trauma.
      30119074 Critical care medicine, 2018 Dec. : 46(12)e1088-e1096 PMCID:PMC6239886
    • Killien EY, Watson RS, Zimmerman JJ
      Inherent value of baseline measures when assessing the trajectory of health-related quality of life among children surviving critical illness.
      30267134 Intensive care medicine, 2018 Nov. : 44(11)1979-1981 PMCID:PMC6506211
    • Killien EY, Zimmerman JJ
      Estimating Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Outcomes From Oxygenation Variables.
      29538120 Critical care medicine, 2018 April : 46(4)654-656
    • Killien EY, Watson RS
      Early Death From Pediatric Severe Sepsis: Still a Problem and a Mandate for Future Clinical Research.
      28863088 Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, 2017 Sept. : 18(9)891-892
    • Engen RM, Killien EY, Davis JL, Symons JM, Hartmann SM
      C septicum Complicating Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome: Survival Without Surgical Intervention.
      28183731 Pediatrics, 2017 March : 139(3) PMCID:PMC5330394
    • Bjornson K, Song K, Lisle J, Robinson S, Killien E, Barrett T, Zhou C
      Measurement of walking activity throughout childhood: influence of leg length.
      21242607 Pediatric exercise science, 2010 Nov. : 22(4)581-95
    • Zimmerberg B, Martinez AR, Skudder CM, Killien EY, Robinson SA, Brunelli SA
      Effects of gestational allopregnanolone administration in rats bred for high affective behavior.
      19490923 Physiology & behavior, 2010 Feb. 9 : 99(2)212-7

  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Pediatric Injury Research Training Program NIH/NICHD: 5T32HD057822-08 2017 - 2019


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon
University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle


University of Washington, Seattle


University of Washington, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Pediatric trauma, sepsis, and multi-organ failure

Research Description

Acute respiratory distress syndrome following pediatric trauma, long-term outcomes after critical illness