Mirna M. Farah, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Dr. Farah’ s areas of interest include firearm injury prevention in children and adolescents. She has published several articles on this topic, and has been the recipient of the “Ken Graff Young Investigator Award” from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Farah is the Chairman of the Emergency Department “Family Centered Care” and “Bereavement” committees at CHOP. The committees’ work focuses on helping staff members, patients, and their families better cope with stressful events in the Emergency Department.
Education and Training
MD - St. Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon
Pediatrics - Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon
Family Practice - Saint Joseph Hospital, Reading, PA
Pediatrics - Pennsylvania State University, Children's Hospital, Hershey, PA (chief resident)
Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Emory University, Egleston Children's Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Transitional Rotations - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Pediatric Emergency MedicinePediatrics
Titles and Academic Titles
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Departments and Services
Shaun Mohan, MD, MPH, Deipanjan Nandi, MD, MS, Paul Stephens, MD, Mirna M'Farrej, MD, R. Lee Vogel, MD and Christopher Bonafide, MD, MSCE: Implementation of a Clinical Pathway for Chest Pain in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatric Emergency Care 2016.
O'Connell, K.J., Farah, M.M., Spandorfer, P.R., J Zorc, J.J. : Family Presence During Pediatric Trauma Evaluation: Assessment of a Structured Program. Pediatrics 3(120): e565-74, September 2007.
Farah, M.M., Thomas, C., Shaw, K. : Evidence-Based Guidelines for Family Presence in the Resuscitation Room: A step by Step Approach. Pediatric Emergency Care 8(23): 587-91, August 2007.
Farah MM, Padgett LB, McLario DJ, Sullivan KM, Simon HK.: Utility of chest X-rays in first time wheezers during RSV outbreaks. Pediatric Emergency Care. 18(5): 333-336, Oct 2002.
Jackman G, Farah MM, Simon HK, Kellermann A.: Seeing is believing: What do boys do when they find a real gun? Pediatrics. 107(6): 1247-1250, June 2001.
Farah MM.: Urgent and emergent cases with a twist: A teenager acting strangely. Pediatric Annals. 29(2): 86-88, Feb 2000.
Farah, M.M., Simon, H.K., Kellermann, A. : Firearms in the home: Parental perceptions Pediatrics 104(5Pt1): 1059-1063, November 1999.
Shaun Mohan, MD, MPHa, Deipanjan Nandi, MD, MSca, Paul Stephens, MDa, Mirna M'Farrej, MDb, R. Lee Vogel, MDa and Christopher Bonafide, MD, MSCEc : Implementation of a Clinical Pathway for Chest Pain in a Pediatric Emergency Department. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition October 2015.
M'farrej M, Tay Y, Lavelle J: The Approach to the Critically Ill Patient in the ED. Wolters Kluwer. Shaw K, Bachur R (eds.). 7th Edition, December 2015.
Sampayo, E., Farah, M.M. : Arterial Blood Gas Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Zaoutis, L. and Chiang, V. (eds.). Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2nd Edition, 2017.
Danzig JA, Farah MM. Diabetic ketoacidosis. In: Florin T, Ludwig S, editors. Netter’s pediatrics. Philadelphia: Elsevier Inc.; 2011, pp. 24-28.
Farah, MM, Chun TH, Badaki O. Crisis management. In: Carey, Crocker, editors. Developmental-behavioral pediatrics, 4th edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier Inc.; 2009, pp. 870-75.
Farah MM. Family presence. In: Baren, Brennan, Brown, Rothrock, editors. Pediatric emergency medicine. Philadelphia: Elsevier Inc.; 2008, pp.1076-1079.
Farah MM, Henretig F, O'Connell KJ. Patient and family issues. In: King C, Henretig F, editors. Textbook of pediatric emergency procedures. Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2008, pp. 1-9.
Sampayo E, Farah MM. Arterial blood gas. In: Zaoutis L, Chiang V, editors. Comprehensive pediatric hospital medicine. Philadelphia: Elsevier Inc.; 2007.
Farah MM, Zorc J. Behavioral emergencies. In: Fleisher G, Ludwig S, Henretig F, editors. Textbook of pediatric emergency medicine, 5th edition. Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2006, pp. 1851-57.
Farah, MM, Zorc J. Behavioral emergencies. In: Fleisher G, Ludwig S, Henretig F, editors. Textbook of pediatric emergency medicine, 4th edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins;1998, pp. 1757-62.
Posters and Presentations
Farah, M.M. "Behavioral Screening and Interventions for Adolescents", Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Universal Studios Orlando, Feb, 2016.
Farah, M.M. "Interesting Cases from the ED" Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Universal Studios Orlando, Feb, 2016.
Farah, M.M. "Family Presence During Procedures and Resuscitation", Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Universal Studios Orlando, Feb, 2016.
Farah, M.M. "The Basics of Wound Care", Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Universal Studios Orlando, Feb, 2016.
Farah, M.M. "Chest Pain in Children and Adolescents", Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Universal Studios Orlando, Feb, 2016.
Farah, M.M. "Is There Going to Be a Scar: Wound Care Pearls", Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Historic Philadelphia, The Children's hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Nov, 2015.
Farah, M.M. "Keeping Families together in the Emergency Department" Grand rounds, Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City, NJ, Jun, 2015.
Awards and Honors
2001, 2002, 2004, 2012, Faculty teaching Honor Roll, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2000, Best Oral Presentation: "Seeing in believing: Parental perceptions versus observed child behavior around a firearm", Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Regional Meeting, New Orleans, LA
2000, Best Oral Presentation: "Seeing in believing: Parental perceptions versus observed child behavior around a firearm", Society for Academic Emergency Medicine National Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
1999-2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, Jean A. Cortner Divisional Teaching Award, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, "Excellence in and Commitment to Residents Teaching"
1999, Ken Graff Young Investigator Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Emergency Medicine,
1993, Outstanding Resident Award, Pennsylvania State University
1988, Outstanding Medical Student Award, Saint Joseph University
Editorial and Academic Positions
2005-present, Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians
2004-present, Reviewer, Ambulatory Pediatrics
2003-present, Reviewer, Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics
1999-present, Reviewer, Pediatric Emergency Care
2015-present, Director, Emergency Department Extended Care Unit
2015-present, ED Executive Committee
2016-present, Director, ED Pediatrician Program
2015-present, Emergency Department Operations Committee
2015-present, Emergency Department Behavioral Health Committee
2015-present, QI and Safety Committee
2015-present, Policy Reviewer, Emergency Department Manual
2014-present, Clinical Competency Committee
2013-present, Resuscitation Committee
2013-present, Leader, ED Chest Pain Pathway
2011-present, Leader, Emergency Department Committee for Prevention of Violence in the Workplace
2010-present, Emergency Department Resident Schedule Coordinator
2005-present, Member, Emergency Department Education Committee
2000-present, Leader, Emergency Department Family Centered Care Committee
2000-present, Leader, Emergency Department Bereavement Committee
1988-present, Medical Command Physician, Inter-Hospital Transport
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
1991-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
- 1995-present, Section Member, Emergency Medicine
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