Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, is the Associate Director of Research and an attending physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Co-Director of the Pediatric Sepsis Program, and a faculty member at the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at CHOP.

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Background

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, an attending physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine, and a core faculty member at the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at CHOP. Dr. Balamuth attended medical school at Yale University School of Medicine and holds a PhD in immunobiology from Yale and a Master of Science and Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Balamuth has been a key institutional leader in pediatric sepsis and is a rising national leader in pediatric sepsis recognition and care. She has played a key role in developing and implementing a clinical practice guideline to care for patients with suspected sepsis at CHOP. She has also worked collaboratively with sepsis leaders throughout the institution to create a comprehensive prospective registry for patients with suspected sepsis, which allows us to track sepsis epidemiology and outcomes at CHOP. Dr. Balamuth currently sits on the steering committee for the American Association of Pediatrics Sepsis Quality Improvement Collaborative and the national task force for the development of pediatric sepsis guidelines through the Society for Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Balamuth recently completed a K12 award from NHLBI studying sepsis recognition in the emergency department using both epidemiologic and translational approaches. She has been awarded a K23 from NICHD to study RNA expression profiling in pediatric sepsis recognition.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Residency

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

Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellow - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

PhD in Immunobiology - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
MSCE - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Associate Director of Research, Division of Emergency Medicine

Co-Director, Pediatric Sepsis Program

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

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2017

Weiss SL, Keele L, Balamuth F, Vendetti N, Ross R, Fitzgerald JC, Gerber JS. Crystalloid fluid choice and clinical outcomes in pediatric sepsis: a match retrospective cohort study. Journal of Pediatrics 2017;182:304-310.

Downes KJ, Weiss SL, Klieger SB, Fitzgerald JC, Balamuth F, Kubis S, Tolomeo P, Bilker W, Han X, Nachamkin I, Garrigan C, Han J, Lautenbach E. Gerber JS, Coffin S for The CDC Prevention Epicenters Program. A Pragmatic Biomarker-Driven Algorithm to Guide Antibiotic Use in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: the Optimizing Antibiotic Strategies in Sepsis (OASIS) Study. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society 2017;6:134-141.

Han M, Fitzgerald JC, Balamuth F, Keele L, Alpern ER, Lavelle J, Chilutti M, Grundmeier RW, Nadkarni VM, Thomas NJ, Weiss SL.  Association of delayed antimicrobial therapy with one-year mortality in pediatric sepsis. Shock. 2017 Jul;48(1):29-35. doi: 10.1097/SHK.0000000000000833.

Balamuth F, Alpern ER, Funari MK, Hayes K, Schast A, Lavelle J, Fitzgerald JC, Weiss SL, Zorc JJ. Improving recognition of pediatric severe sepsis in the emergency department: contributions of a vital sign based electronic alert and bedside clinician identification. Annals of Emergency Medicine Annals of Emerg Med. 2017 (17)30315-3.

Scott L. Weiss, MD, MSCE,1 Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE2, Josey Hensley, RN3Julie C. Fitzgerald, MD, PhD,1 Jenny Bush, RNC,1 Vinay M. Nadkarni, MD, MS,1Neal J. Thomas, MD, MSc4, Mark Hall, MD,3 Jennifer Muszynski, MD3: The Epidemiology of Hospital Death Following Pediatric Severe Sepsis: When, Why, and How Children with Sepsis Die. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Page: epub ahead of print, May 2017.

Todd W. Lyons MD, Andrea T. Cruz MD, MPH, Stephen B. Freedman MDCM, MSc, Mark I. Neuman MD, MPH, Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, Rakesh Mistry MD MS, Prashant Mahajan MD MBA MPH, Paul L. Aronson MD, Joanna E. Thomson MD, MPH, Chris M. Pruitt MD, Samir S. Shah MD, MSCE, Lise E. Nigrovic MD, MPH for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Network (PEM CRC) Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Study Group: Interpretation of cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell counts in young infants with a traumatic lumbar puncture. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 May;69(5):622-631. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2016.10.008. Epub 2016 Dec 29.

Davis AL, Carcillo JA, Aneja RK, Deymann AJ, Lin JC, Nguyen TC, Okhuysen- Cawley RS, Relvas MS, Rozenfeld RA, Skippen PW, Stojadinovic BJ, Williams EA, Yeh TS, Balamuth F, Brierley J, de Caen AR, Cheifetz IM, Choong K, Conway E Jr, Cornell T, Doctor A, Dugas MA, Feldman JD, Fitzgerald JC, Flori HR, Fortenberry JD, Graciano AL, Greenwald BM, Hall MW, Han YY, Hernan LJ, Irazuzta JE, Iselin E, van der Jagt EW, Jeffries HE, Kache S, Katyal C, Kissoon NT, Kon AA, Kutko MC, MacLaren G, Maul T, Mehta R, Odetola F, Parbuoni K, Paul R, Peters MJ, Ranjit S, Reuter-Rice KE, Schnitzler EJ, Scott HF, Torres A Jr, Weingarten-Abrams J, Weiss SL, Zimmerman JJ, Zuckerberg AL.: American College of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Practice Parameters for Hemodynamic Support of Pediatric and Neonatal Septic Shock. Critical Care Medicine 45(6): 1061-1093, June 2017.

Feldman EA, McCulloh RJ, Myers AL, Aronson PL, Neuman MI, Bradford MC, Alpern ER, Balamuth F, Blackstone MM, Browning W, Hayes K, Korman R, Leazer R, Nigrovic LE, Marble R, Roben E, Williams D, Tieder JS.: Empiric antibiotic use and susceptibility in infants with bacterial infections: a multi center retrospective cohort study. Hospital Pediatrics July 2017.

2016

Klieger SB, Fitzgerald JC, Weiss SL, Balamuth F, Teszner E, Sammons JS, Coffin SE. Pediatric Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Associated with Healthcare-Associated Infections. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;37(4):483-5.

Balamuth F, Weiss SL, Fitzgerald JC, Hayes K, Centkowski S, Chilutti M, Grundmeier R, Lavelle J, Alpern ER. Protocolized treatment is associated with decreased organ dysfunction in pediatric severe sepsis. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 2016; 17(9):817-822.

Richard Scarfone MD, Ashlee Murray MD, Payal Gala, MD, Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, MSCE: Lumbar Puncture for all Febrile Infants 29-56 days old: A Retrospective Cohort Reassessment Journal of Pediatrics. J Pediatr. 2017 Aug;187:200-205.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.04.003. Epub 2017 May 16.

2015

Balamuth F, Zhang Z, Rappaport E, Hayes K, Mollen C, Sullivan KE. RNA Biosignatures in Adolescent Patients in a Pediatric Emergency Department With Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Jul;31(7):465-72.

Aronson PL, Thurm C, Williams DJ, Nigrovic LE, Alpern ER, Tieder JS, Shah SS, McCulloh RJ, Balamuth F, Schondelmeyer AC, Alessandrini EA, Browning WL, Myers AL, Neuman MI. Febrile Young Infant Research Collaborative. Association of clinical practice guidelines with emergency department management of febrile infants ≤56 days of age. J Hosp Med. 2015 Jun;10(6):358-65.

Balamuth F, Alpern ER, Weiss SL, Grundmeier R, Chilutti M, Fitzgerald JC, Hayes K, Bilker W, Lautenbach E. Comparison of Two Sepsis Recognition Methods in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Academic Emergency Medicine 2015;22(11):1298-306.

Balamuth F, Weiss SL, Hall M, Neuman MI, Scott H, Brady PW, Paul R, Farris RWD, McClead R, Centkowski S, Baumer S, Weiser J, Hayes K, Shah SS, Alpern ER.  Identifying pediatric severe sepsis and septic shock:  accuracy of diagnosis codes. Journal of Pediatrics 2015;167(6):1295-1300.

2014

Balamuth F, Weiss SL, Neuman MI, Scott H, Brady PW, Paul R, Farris RW, McClead R, Hayes K, Gaieski D, Hall M, Shah SS, Alpern ER. Pediatric severe sepsis in U.S. children's hospitals. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014 Nov;15(9):798-805.

Weiss SL, Fitzgerald JC, Balamuth F, Alpern ER, Lavelle J, Chilutti M, Grundmeier R, Nadkarni VM, Thomas NJ. Delayed antimicrobial therapy increases mortality and organ dysfunction duration in pediatric sepsis. Crit Care Med. 2014 Nov;42(11):2409-17.

Balamuth F, Weiss SL, Neuman MI, Scott H, Brady PW, Paul R, Farris RWD, McClead R, Hayes K, Gaieski D, Hall M, Shah SS, Alpern ER. Pediatric Severe Sepsis in US Children's Hospitals. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2014;15(9):798-805.

2013

Mistry RD, Wedin T, Balamuth F, McGowan KL, Ellison AM, Nelson KA, McLoughlin RJ, Alpern ER. Emergency department epidemiology of pneumococcal bacteremia in children since the institution of widespread PCV7 vaccination. J Emerg Med. 2013 Dec;45(6):813-20.

2010

Balamuth F, Zhao H, Mollen C.: Toward improving the diagnosis and the treatment of adolescent pelvic inflammatory disease in emergency departments: results of a brief, educational intervention. Pediatric emergency care 26(2): 85-92, Feb 2010.

2007

Jackman RP, Balamuth F, Bottomly K.: CTLA-4 differentially regulates the immunological synapse in CD4 T cell subsets. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) 178(9): 5543-51, May 2007.

2004

Balamuth F, Brogdon JL, Bottomly K: CD4 raft association and signaling regulate molecular clustering at the immunological synapse site. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) 172(10): 5887-92, May 2004.

2001

Balamuth F, Leitenberg D, Unternaehrer J, Mellman I, Bottomly K: Distinct patterns of membrane microdomain partitioning in Th1 and th2 cells. Immunity 15(5): 729-38, Nov 2001.

1994

Sato AI, Balamuth FB, Ugen KE, Williams WV, Weiner DB: Identification of CD7 glycoprotein as an accessory molecule in HIV-1-mediated syncytium formation and cellfree infection. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) 152(10): 5142-52, May 1994.

Books

Chapters

2016

Balamuth F, Alpern ER.: Protocol-based, septic-shock care may reduce acute kidney injury. Journal of Pediatrics 172: 224-227, May 2016.

Balamuth F, Fitzgerald J, and Weiss S: Shock. Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Fleischer and Ludwig (eds.). Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Page: 55-68, 2016.

Fran Balamuth, Fred Henretig, and Elizabeth Alpern: Fever. Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Fleischer and Ludwig (eds.). Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Page: 176-186, 2016.

2013

Balamuth F and Alpern ER: Fever. Schwartz's Clinical Handbook of Pediatric, 5th Edition. Elizabeth R. Alpern (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.

Balamuth F, Henretic F, and Nadel F: Caustic Ingestions. Step Up to Pediatrics. Shah S, Averson B, and Ronan J (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Page: 494- 495, 2013.

Balamuth F, Henretig F, and Nadel F: Lead Poisoning. Step Up to Pediatrics. Shah S, Averson B, Ronan J (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.

Balamuth F, Henretig F, and Nadel F: Acetaminophen Poisoning. Step Up to Pediatrics. Shah S., Averson B, and Ronan J (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.

Balamuth F, Henretig F, and Nadel F: Oral Hypoglycemic Poisoning. Step Up to Pediatrics. Shah S, Averson B, and Ronan J (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.

Balamuth F, Henretig F, and Nadel F: Methemoglobinemia. Step Up to Pediatrics. Shah S, Averson B, Ronan J (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.

Balamuth F, Henretig F, and Nadel F: Organophosphate Poisoning. Step Up to Pediatrics. Shah S, Averson B, Ronan J (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Page: 497-498, 2013.

Balamuth F, Henretig F, and Nadel F: Calcium Channel Blocker Poisoning. Step Up to Pediatrics. Shah S, Averson B, and Ronan J (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Page: 495-496, 2013.

Balamuth F, Henretig F, and Nadel F: Iron Poisoning. Step Up to Pediatrics. Shah S, Averson B, Ronan J (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Page: 496-497, 2013.

2012

Fran Balamuth and Cynthia Mollen: Heroin Intoxication. The 5 Minute Pediatric Clinical Consult. M. William Schwartz, MD (eds.). Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott William Wilkins, publisher, 2012.

Posters and Presentations

2017

Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, MSCE, and Mary Kate Abbadassa RN MSN. "Successes in Pediatric Sepsis Quality Improvement" New Jersey Hospital Association Sepsis Learning Collaborative. Princeton, NJ, Sep, 2017

"Pediatric Sepsis: Challenges for the Transport Team" Transport of the Pediatric and Neonatal Patient Conference, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Sep, 2017

Fran Balamuth. "Pediatric Sepsis," Pediatric CME Course Salzburg, Austria, May, 2017

Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, MSCE, Elizabeth R. Alpern MD MSCE, and Hector Wong MD."Estimating the Risk of Shock in ED Pediatric Patients with Suspected Sepsis: Derivation of a Prediction Rule using the PERSERVERE Biomarkers," Platform Presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May, 2017

Fran Balamuth. "Translational Research in Pediatric Sepsis", Pediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group, Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May, 2017

2016

Fran Balamuth. Sepsis Screening in the Pediatric Emergency Department, Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes Collaborative Meeting, Dallas, TX, Dec, 2016

Fran Balamuth. "Pediatric Sepsis Management" Pennsylvania American College of Emergency Physicians Resident Day, Philadelphia, PA, Sep, 2016

Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, MSCE, Mary Kate Funari MSN, RN, Katie Hayes BS, Aileen Schast PhD, Jane Lavelle MD, Julie C. Fitzgerald MD, PhD, Scott Weiss MD, MSCE, Elizabeth R. Alpern MD MSCE, and Joseph J. Zorc MD MSCE. Clinician Judgment vs. an electronic alert in prospective screening for sepsis in a pediatric emergency department.  Presidential plenary platform presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD, May, 2016

2015

Payal Gala, MD, Richard Scarfone, MD, Ashlee Murray, MD, Mary Kate Funari, RN, Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE: Implementation of a Clinical Pathway to Avoid Lumbar Puncture in Febrile Young Infants Aged 29-56 Days Meeting a Set of Low Risk Criteria. Poster Presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics National Meeting, October 2015.

Payal Gala, MD, Ashlee Murray, MD, Aileen Schast, PhD, Christian Minich, BA, Ashley Woodford, BS, Mary Kate Funari, MSN, RN, CPEN, Richard Scarfone, MD, Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE: Implementation of a Clinical Pathway to avoid Lumbar Puncture in Febrile Young Infants aged 29-56 days meeting a set of low risk criteria. Poster Presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference, Washington, DC, October 2015.

Kevin Downes, Scott Weiss, Sarah Kleiger, Julie Fitzgerald, Fran Balamuth, Sherri Kubis, Pam Tolomeo, Warren Bilker, Xiaoyan Han, Irving Nachamkin, Charles Garrigan, Jennifer Han, Ebbing Lautenbach, Jeff Gerber, Susan Coffin, for the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program: Developing a Biomarker-Driven Algorithm to Improve Antibiotic Use in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: the Optimizing Antibiotic Strategies in Sepsis (OASIS) Study. Platform Presentation, ID Week,  San Diego, CA, October 2015.

Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, Scott L. Weiss, MD, Halden Scott MD, Raina Paul MD, Mark Neuman MD, Reid Ferris MD, Richard McClead MD, Matt Hall PhD, Samir Shah MD MSCE and Elizabeth R. Alpern MD, MSCE for the PHIS Sepsis Research Working Group. "Identifying Pediatric Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: Accuracy of Diagnosis Codes", Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epicenters Conference, May, 2015

Wolff M, Balamuth F, Sampayo E, Mollen C: Improving Follow-up after Emergency Department Visit for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial Using Text Message Reminders. Platform presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2015.

Sarah B. Klieger, MPH, Julie C. Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, Scott L. Weiss, MD, MSCE, Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE, Eva Teszner, RN, CIC, Julia S. Sammons, MD, MSCE, Susan E. Coffin, MD, MPH, for the CDC Prevention Epicenter Program: Severe Sepsis & Septic Shock Related to Healthcare-Associated Infections in Children, Poster Presentation, Society For Healthcare Epidemiology of America Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL,  May 2015.

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE, Mary Kate Funari, MSN, RN, Katie Hayes, BS, Aileen Schast, PhD, Jane Lavelle, MD, Julie C. Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, Scott Weiss, MD, MSCE, Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD, MSCE, and Joseph J. Zorc, MD, MSCE: Improved emergency department recognition of pediatric severe sepsis/septic shock with an electronic alert. Platform Presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2015.

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE, Katie Hayes, BS, Sierra Centkowski, BA, Andrew Gagel, BS, Julie C. Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, Scott L. Weiss, MD, MSCE, Marianne Chilutti, MS, Bob Grundmeier, MD, Jane Lavelle, MD, and Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD, MSCE: Decreased organ failure in pediatric sepsis treated according to a bundled treatment guideline  Poster Presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2015.

Carrie Daymont, MD, MSCE, Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE, Katie Hayes, BS, Robert Grundmeier, MD, Marianne Chilutti, MS, and Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD, MSCE: Outcome-Based Vital Sign Thresholds for Identification of Severe Sepsis at Emergency Department Triage. Platform Presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2015.

Ashlee Murray, MD, Payal Gala, MD, Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE, Catherine Botos, MS, Damaris Amaya, MSN, CRNP, Ashley Woodford, BS, Mary Kate Funari MSN, RN, CPEN, Richard Scarfone MD: Lumbar Puncture for all Febrile Infants 29-56 days old: A Reassessment. Poster Presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2015.

Brandon Ku, Jane Lavelle, Aileen Schast, Anne Reilly, Charles Bailey, and Fran Balamuth: Improving Timeliness of Antibiotics to Pediatric Oncology Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Fever. Poster Presentation, Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children's Health Care Research Conference, San Diego, CA, April 2015.

Fran Balamuth. "Pediatric Sepsis", CME Course in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Orlando, FL, Feb, 2015

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE; Ilana Caplan, BS; Halden F. Scott, MD; Scott Weiss, MD, MSCE; Julie Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, Sherri Kubis, RN, CCRN; Robert Grundmeier, MD; Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD, MSCE 4: Increased Risk of One-Year All-Cause Mortality After Pediatric Severe Sepsis. Poster Presentation, Society of Critical Care Medicine National Conference, Phoenix, AZ, January 2015.

2014

Halden F. Scott MD, Fran Balamuth MD PhD, Lina Brou MPH, Sara Deakyne MPH, David R. West PhD,Elizabeth R. Alpern MD MSCE, Lalit Bajaj MD MPH: Construct Validity of a Novel Pediatric Septic Shock Severity Classification System. Poster Presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting Vancouver, BC, CANADA, May 2014.

Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, Scott L. Weiss MD, Julie C. Fitzgerald MD, PhD, Katie Hayes BS, Marianne Chilutti MS, Bob Grundmeier MD, Sage Myers MD, MSCE, Ebbing Lautenbach MD, MPH, MSCE, and Elizabeth R. Alpern MD, MSCE: Comparison of Two Sepsis Recognition Methods in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Platform Presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, CANADA, May 2014.

Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, Brendan Carr MD, Michael Kallan MS, Elizabeth R. Alpern MD, MSCE: Epidemiology and Outcomes of Pediatric Sepsis in the United States. Poster Presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, CANADA, May  2014.

2013

Ashley L. Woodford BS, Scott L. Weiss, MD, Julie Fitzgerald MD, PhD, Marianne Chilutti MS, Robert Grundmeier MD, Jane Lavelle MD, Elizabeth R. Alpern MD, MSCE, and Fran Balamuth MD, PhD: Expedited Care and Reduced Length of Stay in Critically Ill Pediatric Patients With Sepsis Treated Using a Clinical Pathway and Electronic Order Set in the Emergency Department. Platform Presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition Orlando, FL, October 2013.

Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, Scott L. Weiss, MD, Halden Scott MD, Raina Paul MD, Mark Neuman MD, Reid Ferris MD, Richard McClead MD, Matt Hall PhD, Samir Shah, MD, MSCE, Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD, MSCE for the PHIS Sepsis Research Working Group: Choice of Coding Strategies Directly Impact Estimates of the Epidemiology and Outcomes of Pediatric Severe Sepsis. American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Orlando, FL, October 2013.

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, Ashley Woodford, BS, Scott L. Weiss, MD, Julie Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, Marianne Chilutti, MS, Robert Grundmeier, MD, J. Nicole Wein, BS, Sarah Fesnak, MD, Jane Lavelle, MD, Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD, MSCE: There's an App for That: An Electronic Health Record Sepsis Registry and Clinical Protocol to Improve Quality of Care. Platform Presentation, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting Atlanta GA May 2013.

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD,  Zhe Zhang, PhD, Eric Rappaport, PhD, Katie Hayes, MS, Cynthia Mollen, MD, MSCE, and Kathleen Sullivan, MD, PhD: Identification of Inflammatory RNA Biosignatures in Adolescent Patients in a Pediatric Emergency Department with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Platform Presentation, Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting, Washington DC; Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA,  May 2013.

Grundmeier RW, Chilutti M Ostapenko S, Woodford AL, Wein JN, Czaplicki CJ, Schilling DM, Fitzgerald JC, Weiss SL, Balamuth F, Alpern EA, Lavelle JM: Defining the Gold Standard: Manual Abstraction vs. Automated Data Abstraction for a Complex Sepsis Registry. Platform presentation, 6th Annual Mid Atlantic Healthcare Informatics Symposium, April 2013.

Scott L. Weiss, MD, Julie Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, Elizabeth Alpern, MD, Jane Lavelle, MD, Marianne Chilutti, Robert Grundmeier, MD, Vinay Nadkarni, MD, MSc, Neal Thomas, MD, MPH: Impact of Patient Location on Time to Initial Therapies in Severe Sepsis. Poster presentation, Society for Critical Care Medicine Annual Meeting, Puerto Rico, January 2013.

Invited Lectures

2017

Balamuth F. "Pediatric Electrolyte Emergencies" Pediatric CME Course Mexico City, Mexico, Nov, 2017.

Balamuth F. "Pediatric Sepsis" Pediatric CME Course Mexcio City, Mexico, Nov, 2017.

Balamuth F. "GI Tract Foreign Bodies" Pediatric CME Course Mexico City, Mexico, Nov, 2017.

Balamuth F. "Pediatric Sepsis: Challenges for the Transport Team" Transport of the Pediatric and Neonatal Patient Conference, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Sep, 2017.

Balamuth F. "Successes in Pediatric Sepsis Quality Improvement" New Jersey Hospital Association Sepsis Learning Collaborative. Princeton, NJ, Sep, 2017.

Balamuth F. "Potentially Deadly Cardiac Emergencies" Pediatric CME Course Salzburg, Austria, Jun, 2017.

Balamuth F. "Pediatric Sepsis" Pediatric CME Course Salzburg, Austria, Jun, 2017.

Balamuth F. "Pediatric Fever" Pediatric CME Course Salzburg, Austria, Jun, 2017.

Balamuth F. "Pediatric Electrolyte Emergencies" Pediatric CME Course Salzburg, Austria.

Balamuth F. "Translational Research in Pediatric Sepsis", Pediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group, Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May, 2017.

Balamuth F. "Estimating the Risk of Shock in ED Pediatric Patients with Suspected Sepsis: Derivation of a Prediction Rule using the PERSERVERE Biomarkers," Platform Presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May, 2017.

2016

Balamuth F. Sepsis Screening in the Pediatric Emergency Department, Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes Collaborative Meeting, Dallas, TX, Dec, 2016.

Balamuth F. "Pediatric Sepsis Management" Pennsylvania American College of Emergency Physicians Resident Day, Philadelphia, PA, Sep, 2016.

Balamuth F. Clinician Judgment vs. an electronic alert in prospective screening for sepsis in a pediatric emergency department. Presidential plenary platform presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD, May, 2016.

2015

Balamuth F. "Identifying Pediatric Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: Accuracy of Diagnosis Codes", Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epicenters Conference, May, 2015.

Balamuth F. Improved emergency department recognition of pediatric severe sepsis/septic shock with an electronic alert. Platform Presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May, 2015.

Balamuth F. "Improved emergency department recognition of pediatric severe sepsis/septic shock with an electronic alert", Platform Presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting San Diego, CA, Apr, 2015.

Balamuth F. "Pediatric Sepsis", CME Course in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Orlando, FL, Feb, 2015.

Balamuth F. "Controversies in Pediatric Fever Management" CME Course in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Orlando, FL, Feb, 2015.

Balamuth F. "Potentially Deadly Cardiac Emergencies" CME Course in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Orlando, FL, Feb, 2015.

Awards and Honors

2016, CHOP Resident Faculty Honor Roll
2014, Outstanding Research Poster, CHOP Research Poster Day
2012, Best Abstract, Patient Quality and Safety Day, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2005, Alpha Omega Alpha, Yale University School of Medicine

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

2012-present, Peer Reviewer, Academic Emergency Medicine
2012-present, Peer Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine
2009-Present, Peer Reviewer, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
2009-Present, Peer Reviewer, Pediatric Emergency Care
2012-Present, Peer Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine
2012-Present, Peer Reviewer, Academic Emergency Medicine

Academic positions

2015-present, Co-chair, research committee. Improving Sepsis Outcomes Quality Collaborative Executive Committee
2015-present, Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) National Expert Advisory Committee
2015-present, Grant writing and Publications Committee for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)
2012-present, Sepsis Governance Committee, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2011-present, Leader, Emergency Department sepsis working group, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2009-Present, Education Improvement Committee, Division of Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2009-Present, Research Committee, Division of Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2009-Present, Scientific Review Committee, Division of Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2011-Present, Leader, Emergency Department sepsis working group, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2012-Present, Member, Sepsis Governance Committee, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2012-Present, Steering Committee Member, American Academy of Pediatrics Septic Shock Collaborative
2014-Present, Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine International Septic Shock Guideline Committee
2015-present, Member, Grant writing and Publications Committee for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)
2015-Present, Member, Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) National Expert Advisory Committee

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

National

2013-present, Shock Society
2012-present, American Academy of Pediatrics Septic Shock Collaborative
2012-present, Society of Critical Care Medicine
 - 2014-present, International Septic Shock Guideline Committee
2010-present, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
2009-present, Pediatric Academic Societies
2009-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
 - 2012-present, Septic Shock Collaborative Steering Committee