Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD, MSCE

Areas of Expertise: Clinical epidemiology, Infectious diseases, Injury prevention
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

    Internship

    Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Residency

    Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Emergency Medicine
    Pediatrics

    Graduate Degree

    MS in Clinical Epidemiology - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Director, Section of Research

    Attending Physician

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Publications

    Books

    2009

    Zorc JJ (Ed), Alpern ER, Brown LW, Loomes KM, Marino BS, Mollen CJ, Raffini LJ (Assoc Eds). Schwartz’s Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics (4th Edition), Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA 2009 

    2004

    Baren J, Alpern ER. (Eds.). Emergency Medicine Pearls, Hanley & Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, 2004 

    Chapters

    2010

    Alpern ER, Henretig FM: Fever in Fleisher GR, Ludwig S. (Eds.). Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (6th edition), Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2010: 266-275. 

    2009

    Alpern ER, Bell LM. Fever in Zorc JJ (Ed), Alpern ER, Brown LW, Loomes KM, Marino BS, Mollen CJ, Raffini LJ (Assoc Eds). Schwartz’s Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics (4th Edition), Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA 2009: 391-6. 

    2008

    Schwab S, Alpern ER: Hematuria and Dysuria in Selbst S, Cronan K (Eds.). Pediatric Emergency Medicine Secrets (2nd edition), Hanley & Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, 2008: 114-120.

    Alpern ER. Fever. In Baren JM, Rothrock SG, Brennan JA, Brown L (eds). Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2008: 530-534. 

    2007

    Shah SS, Alpern ER. Prolonged fever and fever of unknown origin. In: Zaoutis LB, Chiang VW (eds). Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby, Inc., 2007:324-328.

    Shah SS, Alpern ER. Fever. In: Zaoutis LB, Chiang VW (eds). Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby, Inc., 2007:314-323. 

    2006

    Alpern ER, Henretig FM: Fever in Fleisher GR, Ludwig S. (Eds.). Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (5th edition), Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2006 pages 295-306. 

    2004

    Alpern ER, Shah SS. Fever. In: Shah SS (ed). Blueprints Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2004, pages 135-45.

    Chapters in Baren J, Alpern ER (Eds.). Emergency Medicine Pearls, Hanley & Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, 2004. Alpern ER: A 26-month-old boy with fever and decreased activity: Supraventricular Tachycardia, pp.4-6. Alpern ER: A 12-year-old girl with abdominal pain and inability to urinate: Imperforate Hymen, pp. 41-2. Schwab S, Alpern ER: A 6-year-old boy with multiple injures after a firecracker explosion, pp.225-7. Daly L, Alpern ER: A 7-year-old girl with abdominal and back pain after a motor vehicle collision: Seat Belt Syndrome, pp. 237-9.

    2003

    Alpern ER, Bell LM. Fever in Schwartz MW, Bell LM (Eds.). Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics (3rd edition), Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 2003, pages 316-21. 

    2002

    Alpern ER, Louie JP: Rational Use of Antibiotics in the Outpatient Setting. Pediatric Case Reviews, 2(2):69-78; 2002.

    Alpern ER, Henretig FM: Fever in Fleisher GR, Ludwig S (Eds.). Synopsis of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2nd edition), Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 2002. 

    2001

    Alpern ER: Selected Pediatric Emergencies in Ludwig S, Brennen PO, Yassa JG, (Eds.). Self- Assessment Color Review of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Manson Publishing, Ltd., London, 2001.

    Alpern ER: Hematuria and Dysuria in Selbst S, Cronan K (Eds.). Pediatric Emergency Medicine Secrets, Hanley & Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, 2001, pages 73-76. 

    2000

    Alpern ER, Henretig FM: Fever in Fleisher GR, Ludwig S (Eds.). Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (4th edition), Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 2000, pages 257-266.

    1998

    Alpern ER: Hilar Adenopathy in Schwartz MW, Bell LM (Eds.). Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics (2nd edition), Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1998, pages 386-393.

    Alpern ER: Cervical Adenopathy in Altschuler S, Ludwig S (Eds.). Pediatrics at a Glance, Current Medicine, Inc., Philadelphia, 1998, pages 54-56.

    Abstracts

    2012

    Fieldston ES, Shah SS, Hall M, Hain PD, Alpern ER, Del Baccaro M, Harding J, Macy ML. Resource Utilization for Observation-Status Stays at Children's Hospitals. Pediatric Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, Covington, KY (July 2012), accepted for platform presentation.

    Fieldston ES, Shah SS, Hall M, Hain PD, Alpern ER, Del Baccaro M, Harding J, Macy ML. Resource Utilization for Observation-Status Stays at Children's Hospitals. Eastern Society of Pediatric Research, Philadelphia, PA, April 2012, platform Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies, Boston, MA (May 2012), accepted for platform presentations.

    2011

    Marin JR, Dean AJ, Bilker W, Panebianco N, Brown N, Alpern ER. Bedside Emergency Ultrasound for the Evaluation of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Platform Session. E-PAS20113117.5

    Papers

    2013

    Fieldston ES, Shah SS, Hall M, Hain PD, Alpern ER, Del Beccaro MA, Harding J, Macy ML. Resource Utilization for Observation-Status Stays at Children's Hospitals. Pediatrics. 2013 May 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23669520.

    Gala PK, Henretig FM, Alpern ER, Sampayo EM. An interesting case of a unilaterally dilated pupil. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013 May;29(5):648-9. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31828e9f39. PubMed PMID: 23640145.

    Fieldston ES, Nadel FM, Alpern ER, Fiks AG, Shea JA, Alessandrini EA. Effects of an education and training intervention on caregiver knowledge of nonurgent pediatric complaints and on child health services utilization. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013 Mar;29(3):331-6. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31828512c7. PubMed PMID: 23426249.

    Mistry RD, Marin JR, Alpern ER. Abscess volume and ultrasound characteristics of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013 Feb;29(2):140-4. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3182808a41. PubMed PMID: 23364375.

    Uspal NG, Marin JR, Alpern ER, Zorc JJ. Factors associated with the use of procedural sedation during incision and drainage procedures at a children's hospital. Am J Emerg Med. 2013 Feb;31(2):302-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2012.07.028. Epub 2012 Oct 4. PubMed PMID: 23041485.

    2012

    Macy ML, Hall M, Shah SS, Harding JP, Del Beccaro MA, Hain PD, Hronek C, Alpern ER. Pediatric observation status: are we overlooking a growing population in children's hospitals? J Hosp Med. 2012 Sep;7(7):530-6. doi: 10.1002/jhm.1923. Epub 2012 Feb 27. PubMed PMID: 22371384.

    Fieldston ES, Alpern ER, Nadel FM, Shea JA, Alessandrini EA. A qualitative assessment of reasons for nonurgent visits to the emergency department: parent and health professional opinions. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Mar;28(3):220-5. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318248b431. PubMed PMID: 22344210.

    Alessandrini EA, Alpern ER, Chamberlain JM, Shea JA, Holubkov R, Gorelick MH; Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Developing a diagnosis-based severity classification system for use in emergency medical services for children. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Jan;19(1):70-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01250.x. PubMed PMID: 22251193.

    Macy ML, Hall M, Shah SS, Hronek C, Del Beccaro MA, Hain PD, Alpern ER. Differences in designations of observation care in US freestanding children's hospitals: are they virtual or real? J Hosp Med. 2012 Apr;7(4):287-93. doi: 10.1002/jhm.949. Epub 2011 Oct 26. PubMed PMID: 22031487.

    2011

    Alessandrini E, Varadarajan K, Alpern ER, Gorelick MH, Shaw K, Ruddy RM, Chamberlain JM; Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Emergency department quality: an analysis of existing pediatric measures. Acad Emerg Med. 2011 May;18(5):519-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01057.x. Review. PubMed PMID: 21569170.

    Marin JR, Alpern ER. Abdominal pain in children. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2011 May;29(2):401-28, ix-x. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2011.01.001. Review. PubMed PMID: 21515185.

    Marin JR, Alpern ER, Panebianco NL, Dean AJ. Assessment of a training curriculum for emergency ultrasound for pediatric soft tissue infections. Acad Emerg Med. 2011 Feb;18(2):174-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00990.x. PubMed PMID: 21314777.

    Mistry RD, Scott HF, Zaoutis TE, Alpern ER. Emergency department treatment failures for skin infections in the era of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Jan;27(1):21-6. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318203ca1c. PubMed PMID: 21178810.

    Posters and Presentations

    Fieldston ES, Hall M, Alpern L, Osterhoudt K. Resource Utilization for Children Exposed to Venom. Pediatric Academic Societies, Boston, MA (May 2012), accepted for poster presentation.

    February 18, 2012, Visual Diagnosis in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Walt Disney World, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

    February 16, 2012, Current Concepts in Gastroenteritis and Dehydration, Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Walt Disney World, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
    Update on Occult Pneumococcal Infections, Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Walt Disney World, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

    December 10, 2011, Fever and Petechiae, Diploma in Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2011, Clínica Alemana de Santiago – Chile
    The Sick Young Infant: What to think, What to do?, Diploma in Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2011, Clínica Alemana de Santiago – Chile

    December 7, 2011, Pediatric Septic Shock: Current State of the Art, Diploma in Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2011, Clínica Alemana de Santiago – Chile
    Instructive Cases in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Diploma in Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2011, Clínica Alemana de Santiago – Chile

    November 2, 2011, Cases in Pediatric Emergency Medicine – Meet the ID Specialist, Intensive Course in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Fieldston ES, Hall M, Alpern L, Osterhoudt K. Resource Utilization for Children Exposed to Venom. North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology Meeting, Washington, DC, September 2011. Poster presentation.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial Positions:

    2005 -   Reviewer, Academic Emergency Medicine, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

    2002 -   Reviewer, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, American Medical Association

    2002 -   Reviewer, The Journal of Pediatrics, Elsevier

    2002 -   Reviewer, Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics

    2002 -   Board Question Author, American Board of Pediatrics, Subboard in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

    2001 -   Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians

    1995 -   Reviewer, Pediatric Emergency Care, Williams and Wilkins

    Academic Committees at the University of Pennsylvania and Affiliated Hospitals:

    2012 -   Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Review Committee, The University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

    2011 -   Member, Department of Pediatrics Research Mentoring Workgroup, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

    2011 - 2014 Member, Hearings List for the Faculty Grievance Commission, University of Pennsylvania