Kara Hennelly, M.D.  khennelly@wustl.edu

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2341


  • BA, University of Missouri Kansas City2002
  • MD, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine2004


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

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2007 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics
  • 2009 - 2014MA, Medical Licensure
  • 2011 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, Subspecialty Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • 2012 - PresPediatric Advanced Life Support
  • 2014 - PresMO, Medical Licensure
  • 2017 - PresAdvanced Trauma Life Support

Honors and Awards

  • Laura L. Backus, MD Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO2002
  • James P. Keating, MD Outstanding Resident Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO2006
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Professionalism Award, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA2011
  • The Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA2013
  • Pediatric Clinical Educator Award, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residents, St. Louis, MO2016

Recent Publications view all (12)

  1. Detection of Pulmonary Embolism in High-Risk Children. J Pediatr. 2016;178:214-218.e3. PMID:27567411 
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Appendicitis Update. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2011;23(3):281-285. doi:10.1097/MOP.0b013e32834604da  PMID:21467940 
  11. 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. 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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