Kara Hennelly, M.D.  hennelly_k@kids.wustl.edu

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2341


  • M.D., University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine2004
  • B.A., University of Missouri Kansas City2002


  • Intern, Resident, St. Louis Children's Hospital2004 - 2007
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital2007 - 2009

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • American Board of Pediatrics2007
  • MA, Medical Licensure2009
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Subspecialty Pediatric Emergency Medicine2011
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support2012
  • MO, Medical Licensure2014


  • Laura L. Backus, MD Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri2002
  • James P. Keating, MD Outstanding Resident Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri2006
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Professionalism Award, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts2011
  • Pediatric Clinical Educator Award, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residents, St. Louis, Missouri2016

Recent Publications view all (12)

  1. Hennelly KE, Baskin MN, Monuteuax MC, Hudgins J, Kua E, Commeree A, Kimia R, Lee EY, Kimia A, Neuman MI. Detection of Pulmonary Embolism in High-Risk Children. J Pediatr. 2016;178:214-218.e3. PMID:27567411  
  2. Dorney K, Kimia A, Hannon M, Hennelly K, Meehan WP 3rd, Proctor M, Mooney DP, Glotzbecker M, Mannix R. Outcomes of Pediatric Patients With Persistent Midline Cervical Spine Tenderness and Negative Imaging Result After Trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015;79(5):822-827. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000000847  PMID:26496108  
  3. Hannon M, Mannix R, Dorney K, Mooney D, Hennelly K. Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Evaluation After Blunt Trauma: A Clinical Decision Analysis. Ann Emerg Med. 2015;65(3):239-247. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.09.002  PMID:25441248  
  4. Hennelly KE, Fine AM, Jones DT, Porter S. Risks of Radiation Versus Risks From Injury: A Clinical Decision Analysis for the Management of Penetrating Palatal Trauma in Children. Laryngoscope. 2013;123(5):1279-1284. doi:10.1002/lary.23962  PMID:23404330  
  5. Hennelly KE, Mannix R, Nigrovic LE, Lee LK, Thompson KM, Monuteaux MC, Proctor M, Schutzman S. Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury and Radiation Risks: A Clinical Decision Analysis. J Pediatr. 2013;162(2):392-397. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.07.018  PMID:22921827  
  6. Mannix R, Fleegler E, Meehan WP 3rd, Schutzman SA, Hennelly K, Nigrovic L, Lee LK. Booster Seat Laws and Fatalities in Children 4 to 7 Years of Age. Pediatrics. 2012;130(6):996-1002. doi:10.1542/peds.2012-1058  PMID:23129070  
  7. Bachur RG, Hennelly K, Callahan MJ, Monuteaux MC. Advanced Radiologic Imaging for Pediatric Appendicitis, 2005-2009: Trends and Outcomes. J Pediatr. 2012;160(6):1034-1038. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2011.11.037  PMID:22192815  
  8. Bachur RG, Hennelly K, Callahan MJ, Chen C, Monuteaux MC. Diagnostic Imaging and Negative Appendectomy Rates in Children: Effects of Age and Gender. Pediatrics. 2012;129(5):877-884. doi:10.1542/peds.2011-3375  PMID:22508920  
  9. Mannix R, Nigrovic LE, Schutzman SA, Hennelly K, Bourgeois FT, Meehan WP, Fleisher G, Monuteaux M, Lee LK. Factors Associated with the Use of Cervical Spine Computed Tomography Imaging in Pediatric Trauma Patients. Acad Emerg Med. 2011;18(9):905-911. doi:10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01154.x  PMCID:PMC3171623  PMID:21854487  
  10. Hennelly KE, Bachur R. Appendicitis Update. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2011;23(3):281-285. doi:10.1097/MOP.0b013e32834604da  PMID:21467940  
  11. Hennelly K, Shannon M. A 3-Month-Old Female with an Inguinal Mass. J Emerg Med. 2011;40(1):33-36. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2009.05.007  PMID:19545968  
  12. Hennelly K, Kimia A, Lee L, Jones D, Porter SC. Incidence of morbidity from penetrating palate trauma. Pediatrics. 2010;126(6):e1578-e1584. doi:10.1542/peds.2010-1059  PMID:21041279  
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