Eimear Kitt, MBBCh BAO (Hons), FAAP

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Eimear Kitt, MBBCh BAO (Hons), FAAP, is an attending physician with the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Antimicrobial stewardship, Care of the immunocompromised host, Global health research
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Internship

Medicine and Surgery - Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Medicine/Pediatrics - Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University, Springfield, MA

Residency

Medicine/Pediatrics - Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University, Springfield, MA (Chief Resident)

Fellowship

Pediatric Infectious Diseases - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Training

Clinical Research Certificate - Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Internal Medicine
Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MS in Clinical Epidemiology Candidate - Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Outcomes related to antimicrobial use in high risk populations
Antimicrobial resistance
Epidemiology of pediatric influenza

Publications

Papers

2019

Kitt E, Hayes M, Cárdenas AM, Green AM. Interpretation and management of positive anti-hepatitis B core antibody tests in immunocompromised pediatric patients. Transpl Infect Dis. 2019 Mar 13: e13074. doi: 10.1111/tid.13074

Szymczak JE, Kitt E, Hayes M, Chiotos K, Coffin SE, Schriver ER, Patton AM, Metjian TA, Gerber JS. Threatened efficiency not autonomy: Prescriber perceptions of an established pediatric antimicrobial stewardship program. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2019 Mar 28:1-6. doi: 10.1017/ice.2019.47

Geoghegan S, Kitt E, Offit, PA. Measles: A Serious, Highly Contagious Infection Makes a Comeback. Spring 2019 57-63. Infectious Diseases Special Edition. Summer 2019 51-55.

Kitt E, O’Callaghan KP, Posch, LC. Significant Updates to the US Vaccination Schedule. Infectious Diseases Special Edition. Spring 2019 57-63.

2018

Kitt E, Beekman, SE, Drew, RJ, K. Butler, R. Cunney, Polgreen P, T. Zaoutis, S. Coffin.  A National Survey on the Diagnosis and Management of Pediatric Influenza". J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018 Nov 22. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piy118

2017

Kitt E, May, RM, Steenhoff, AP. Rash and Hepatosplenomegaly in a Newborn. Published in Journal of Medical Microbiology Case Reports. 2017, 6(4). doi: 10.1099/jmmcr.0.005098

Kitt E, Brannock KR, VonHoltz LA, Planet Paul J, Graf Erin H, Pillai V. A case report of Pediatric Brucellosis in an Algerian immigrant. Open forum infectious diseases. 2017 February 10; 4(1). doi:10.1093/ofid/ofw263

2016

Kitt E, Keaton AA, Graf EH. The Brief Case: Probable Transfusion-Transmitted Babesiosis in a Transplant Recipient. Journal of clinical microbiology. 2016; 54(11):2632-2634. PubMed [journal] PMID: 27935831, PMCID: PMC5078536

Kitt E, Keaton AA, Graf EH. Closing the Brief Case: Probable Transfusion-Transmitted Babesiosis in a Transplant Recipient. Journal of clinical microbiology. 2016; 54(11):2842.l PubMed [journal] PMID: 27935832, PMCID: PMC5078567

2015

Kitt E, Friderici J, Kleppel R, Canarie M. Procedural sedation for MRI in children with ADHD. Paediatric anaesthesia. 2015; 25(10):1026-32. PubMed [journal] PMID: 26201684

2011

Das JP, Chew N, Kitt E, Murphy C, O'Rourke J, Power M, McConkey SJ. Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation in the management of 2009 influenza A (H1N1) refractory respiratory failure. Irish medical journal. 2011; 104(3):90-1. PubMed [journal] PMID: 21667616

2009

S. Landers, M. Murray, E. O’Neill, E. Kitt, S. Chotirmall, NG. McElvaney, SJ O’Neill. Prevalence and Impact of Rhinosinusitis on Quality of Life in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency. Irish Presented at the Irish Thoracic Society Annual Meeting 6th November 2009 and published online in Irish Journal of Medical Science: Volume 178 (supp) 2

Books

Chapters

2018

Kitt E, Steenhoff A, Rutstein R. Chapter 55 Preventing HIV infection. In: Shah, Samir S editor. Pediatric Practice: Infectious Diseases 2nd edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2018.

Kitt E, Steenhoff AP. Meningococcemia. In: Cabana MD, ed. The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. 8th edition. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2018

Kitt E, Steenhoff AP. Anthrax. In: Cabana MD, ed. The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. 8th edition. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2018

Kitt E, Bassiri H. Smallpox: In: Cabana MD, ed. The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. 8th edition. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2018

Kitt E, Bassiri H. Anaerobic Infections: In: Cabana MD, ed. The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. 8th edition. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2018.

Kitt E, Bassiri H. Tetanus: In: Cabana MD, ed. The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. 8th edition. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2018

Posters and Presentations

2019

Kitt E, Emmer K, Sewawa BK, Twomey C, Enisor R, Hayes M, Mazhani L, Arscott-Mills T, Mulale U, Coffin SE, Steenhoff AP:  Assessing Antibiotic Use in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients in Gaborone, Botswana: A Prospective Cohort Study. 37th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, May 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Emmer K, Sewawa BK, Twomey C, Choi, H, Hayes M, Mazhani L, Arscott-Mills T, Mulale U, Coffin SE, Steenhoff AP, Kitt E: Epidemiology and Management of Neonatal Sepsis in Gaborone, Botswana. 37th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, May 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Kitt E, Burt S, Satchell L, Price S, Sammons JS, Coffin SE. Implementation of a Mandatory Influenza Vaccine Policy: A 10-year Experience. Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Annual Conference, Spring 2019 in Boston, USA.

2018

Kitt E, Drew, RJ, K. Butler, R. Cunney, T. Zaoutis, S. Coffin. An International Survey on Current Diagnostic and Treatment Approaches to Pediatric Influenza. Oral presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Sweden May 2018.

Kitt E, Ulloa ER, Geoghegan S. Aseptic Abscesses in an Immunocompromised Host. Poster presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Sweden May 2018.

Ulloa ER, Kitt E, Planet P. A Head Scratcher: Tularemia presenting as Cervical Lymphadenopathy. Poster presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Sweden May 2018.

Ulloa ER, Kitt E, Planet P. Pulmonary Nocardiosis in Cystic Fibrosis: Colonizer or Pathogen? Poster presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Sweden May 2018.

2017

Kitt E, Ross R, Gerber JS. Reasons for broad-spectrum antimicrobial use for bacterial ARTI in the outpatient setting. Oral presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Madrid May 2017.

Kitt E, Vella LA, Cardenas AM, Fisher BT. Transfusion-Acquired Babesiosis in an Immunocompromised Host. Poster presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Madrid May 2017.

Kitt, Graf EH, Bergelson JM. Dengue Associated Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. Poster presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Madrid May 2017.

Ulloa ER, Kitt E, Cardenas AM, Silverman M. Malaria’ Trojan Horse: A case of mixed-species malaria infection. Poster presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Madrid May 2017.

Ulloa ER, Kitt E, Planet PJ. Non-neonatal Herpes-Simplex Virus-1 disguised as Bilateral ACA and MCA strokes. Poster presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Madrid May 2017.

Ulloa ER, Kitt E, Offit P. Typhoid Redux. Poster presentation at ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases) Annual Meeting Madrid May 2017.

Chiotos K, Fowler J, Kitt E, Wolfe H, Yehya N, Kilbaugh T. Severe Legionella pneumophila pneumonia in an immunocompromised child. Oral presentation at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Meeting, January 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Awards and Honors

2017-2018, European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases Travel Award

2017-2018, St Jude’s/PIDS Pediatric Infectious Diseases Travel Award

2017, Melissa Ketunuti Endowed Fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Global Health

2016, Healthy Relationships Outpatient Award

2013, Physician Communication Champion and Second place winner of the Baystate Health President’s Quality Award

2013, Third place winner, Clinical Vignette Category, Seventh Annual Research Poster Symposium of Massachusett Medical Society

2012-2014, Notable Teaching Award, Tufts University School of Medicine

2009, Corrigan Prize for Excellence in Clinical Medicine

Melissa Ketunuti Global Health Fellowship Endowment

Baystate Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program Healthy Relationships Graduation Award

Shortlisted for National Stewart Scholarship in Microbiology and Pathology

Awarded a 5-year full scholarship for Academic Distinction at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2018, Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
2018, Ad-hoc reviewer, PloS One
2018, Ad-hoc reviewer, Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine
2018, Ad-hoc reviewer, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
2017, Ad-hoc reviewer, Sultan-Qaboos University Medical Journal

Academic and Institutional Committees

2018-present, Wellness Lead, Division of Infectious Diseases
2018-present, Infection Prevention and Control Committee
2018-present, Healthcare Associated Viral Infections “HAVI” Committee
2017-present, QI Initiative to standardize Hepatitis B screening in immunocompromised patients
2017-present, Blood Culture Mismatch Working Group
2017-present, Pre-transplant Evaluation Working Group
2016-present,  CHOP Global Health Research Affinity Group
2015-present, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
2015-present, Educational Committee, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
2015-present, Wellness Committee, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

International

European Academy of Pediatric Societies
European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases
 - 2016-present, United States Representative
The International Pediatric Transplant Society

National

American Academy of Pediatrics
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society