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 (13)

  1. Clinical variables that increase the probability of pulmonary embolism diagnosis in symptomatic children. Res Pract Thromb Haemost. 2020;4(1):124-130. PMCID:PMC6971320  PMID:31989094 
  2. Detection of Pulmonary Embolism in High-Risk Children. J Pediatr. 2016;178:214-218.e3. PMID:27567411 
  3. 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 
  4. 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 
  5. 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 
  6. 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 
  7. 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 
  8. 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 
  9. 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 
  10. 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 
  11. Appendicitis Update. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2011;23(3):281-285. doi:10.1097/MOP.0b013e32834604da  PMID:21467940 
  12. 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 
  13. 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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