Fahd Ahmad, M.D., M.S.C.I.  fahd.ahmad@wustl.edu

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
Director of Research, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2341

Clinical Interests

I am interested in using clinical informatics and dissemination and implementation (D&I) research to investigate ways to improve patient care across a variety of diseases, primarily in the pediatric emergency department, but also in the primary care and inpatient setting.

My areas of interest include reproductive health issues in adolescents, neonatal HSV, bronchiolitis, and children with complex medical diseases. I also have an interest in airway management and the use of advanced airway equipment in critically ill pediatric patients.

I also spend time working to improve the personal financial knowledge of medical trainees. I have given several talks on personal finance to multiple groups of medical students as well as residents in multiple specialities. I led creation of a new personal finance/business of medicine lecture series for the residents in pediatrics and internal medicine at WashU, and have led or co-led studies related to personal finance education for trainees.


  • BSBA, Magna cum laude with honors certificate, University of Missouri-Columbia2002
  • MD, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine2006
  • MSCI, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine2012


  • Residency in Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children's Hospital and Ben Taub General Hospital2006 - 2009
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine & St. Louis Children's Hospital2009 - 2012
  • Postdoctoral Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation (MTPCI), Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine2010 - 2012
  • Biomedical and Health Informatics for Emergency Physicians, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine2014
  • Introduction to Dissemination and Implementation Science, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine2014
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine Bedside Ultrasound Course, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia2017

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2006 - PresPediatric Advanced Life Support
  • 2009 - PresMO, Medical Licensure
  • 2009 - PresMO, DEA License
  • 2009 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • 2009 - PresAdvanced Trauma Life Support
  • 2011 - PresAdvanced Hazmat Life Support
  • 2011 - PresMO, BNDD
  • 2013 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • 2016 - PresAmerican Board of Preventive Medicine, Clinical Informatics
  • 2017 - PresClinical Training Program NEXPLANON

Honors and Awards

  • Graduated Summa cum Laude with an Honors Certification, University of Missouri-Columbia2002
  • Fellowship, Religion & Professions, University of Missouri-Columbia2005
  • Reba Michels Hill Scholarship, Baylor College of Medicine Pediatrics Alumni Association2008
  • Academic Pediatric Association Ludwig/Seidel Award for Best Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow Research Project2012
  • Academic Pediatric Association Fellow Research Award for Best Fellow Research Project2012
  • Lecturer of the Month, February 2015, by Pediatric Residents2015
  • Lecturer of the Month, April 2015, by Pediatric Residents2015
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital Emergency Unit -- EU Strong Award Nominee -- March, 20172017
  • Lecturer of the Month, August 2017, by Pediatric Residents2017
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital Emergency Unit -- EU Strong Award Nominee -- August, 20182018
  • Lecturer of the Month, August 2018, by Pediatric Residents2018
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital Emergency Unit -- EU Strong Award Nominee -- September, 20192019

Recent Publications view all (36)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Adherence to NHLBI guidelines for the emergent management of vaso-occlusive episodes in children with sickle cell disease: A multicenter perspective AJH. 2022. doi:10.1002/ajh.26696  
  2. Post-COVID Conditions Among Children 90 Days after SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Pediatric Emergency Departments JAMA Netw Open. 2022. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.23253  
  3. Corticosteroids and Other Treatments Administered to Children Tested for SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Emergency Departments Academic Pediatrics. 2022. 
  4. Impact of Risk-based Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening in the Emergency Department Acad Emerg Med. 2022. doi:10.1111/acem.14465  PMID:35184344 
  5. Outcomes of SARS-CoV-2-Positive Youths Tested in Emergency Departments: The Global PERN-COVID-19 Study JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(1). doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.42322  PMCID:PMC8753506  PMID:35015063 
  6. Resident and Fellow Financial Literacy: A Student Loan and Debt Management Survey JMET. 2021. 
  7. Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network(PECARN): Alcohol use screening predicts cannabis use over a three year follow-up period in adolescents. Substance Abuse. 2021;(Published online):514-519. doi:10.1080/08897077.2021.1949665  
  8. Prehospital Factors Associated with Cervical Spine Injury in Pediatric Blunt Trauma Patients AEMJ-20-825.R2. 2020. 
  9. Prehospital Factors Associated With Cervical Spine Injury in Pediatric Blunt Trauma Patients Academic Emergency Medicine. 2020. doi:10.1111/acem.14176  
  10. Predicting Severe Pneumonia in the Emergency Department: A Global Study of the Pediatric Emergency Research Networks (PERN): A Study Protocol BMJ. 2020. 
  11. Invasive Bacterial Infections and Adverse Events in Afebrile Infants and Acute Otitis Media Pediatrics. 2020. doi:2020-1571.R1  
  12. Reducing infant catheterization in the emergency department through clean‐catch urine collection JACEP Open. 2020. doi:10.1002/emp2.12211  
  13. Using REDCap and Apple ResearchKit to Integrate Patient Questionnaires and Clinical Decision Support into the Electronic Health Record to Improve Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing in the Emergency Department Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. 2020;27(2):265-273. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocz182  
  14. Sex Without Contraceptives in a Multicenter Study of Adolescent Emergency Department Patients Academic Emergency Medicine. 2019;27(4):283-290. doi:10.1111/ACEM.13867  
  15. A Research Agenda for Emergency Medicine-Based Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health AEMJ. 2019. doi:AEMJ-19-128.R1  PMCID:PMC6885091  PMID:31148339 
  16. Predictive Validity of the Car; Relax; Alone; Forget; Friends; Trouble (CRAFFT) for Substance Use Disorder Pediatrics; 2018-3415.R2 . 2019. PMCID:PMC6855834  PMID:31341007 
  17. Normal Saline Bolus Use is Associated with Poorer Pain Control in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia and Vaso-occlusive Pain Episodes: A Multicenter Experience; Published American Journal of Hematology. 2019. doi:10.1002/ajh.25471  
  18. For the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Adolescent Substance Abuse Risk: A Comparison of PECARN Emergency Department Patients and Two Nationally Respresentative Samples; Ahead of Print Pediatric Emergency Care. 2019. doi:10.1097/PEC.0000000000001763  
  19. Cervical Spine Injury Risk Factors in Children with Blunt Trauma Pediatrics. 2019. PMCID:PMC6615532  PMID:31221898 
  20. Predictive Validity of a Two-Question Alcohol Screen at One, Two and Three Year Follow-up Pediatrics (143) (3): e20182001. 2019. 
  21. Pediatric Emergency Care Research Network (PECARN). Screening for Adolescent Alcohol Use in the Emergency Department: What Does It Tell Us About Cannabis, Tobacco and Other Drug Use?; EPub, Ahead of Print Substance Use and Misuse. 2019. doi:10.1080/10826084.2018.1558251  
  22. Reduction of Computed Tomography Use for Pediatric Closed Head Injury Evaluation at a Nonpediatric Community Emergency Department. Acad Emerg Med. 2018. PMID:30428150 
  23. Emergency Department Directors Are Willing to Expand Reproductive Health Services for Adolescents. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2018. PMID:30339833 
  24. Emergency Information Forms for Children With Medical Complexity: A Qualitative Study. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2018. PMCID:PMC6113122  PMID:29489603 
  25. Interobserver Agreement in Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Assessment Between Prehospital and Emergency Department Providers. Acad Emerg Med. 2017;24(12):1501-1510. PMID:28921731 
  26. Characteristics of Youth Agreeing to Electronic Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk Assessment in the Emergency Department. Emerg Med J. 2017;35(1):46-51. doi:10.1136/emermed-2016-206199  PMID:28801483 
  27. Methodology and Demographics of a Brief Adolescent Alcohol Screen Validation Study. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017. doi:10.1097/PEC.0000000000001221  PMCID:PMC5752626  PMID:29112110 
  28. An Assessment of Residents' and Fellows' Personal Finance Literacy: An Unmet Medical Education Need Int J Med Educ. 2017;29(8):192-204. doi:10.5116/ijme.5918.ad11  PMCID:PMC5457786  PMID:28557777 
  29. Methods for Collecting Paired Observations From Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Department Providers for Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Risk Factors. Acad Emerg Med. 2017;24(4):432-441. doi:10.1111/acem.13144  PMID:27976464 
  30. Emergency Information Forms for Children with Medical Complexity: A Simulation Study. Pediatrics. 2016;138(2). doi:10.1542/peds.2016-0847  PMCID:PMC5603153   PMID:27436504 
  31. Initial Presentation of Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infection J Pediatr. 2016;172:121-126.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.02.015  PMID:26960921 
  32. Pediatric Emergency Department Use of Intranasal Fentanyl to Treat Pain in Children with Sickle Cell Disease and Its Impact on Discharge Rates: A Multicenter Perspective Blood. 2016;128(22):1306. doi:http://doi.org/10.1182/blood.V128.22.1306.1306  
  33. Pediatric Emergency Department Adherence to the 2014 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Guidelines Targeting Analgesic Therapy in the Management of Vaso-Occlusive Pain Episodes in Children with Sickle Cell Disease: a Multicenter Perspective Blood. 2016;128(22):1016. doi:https://doi.org/10.1182/blood.V128.22.1016.1016  
  34. Impact of an Institutional Guideline on the Care of Neonates at Risk for Herpes Simplex Virus in the Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015. doi:10.1097/PEC.0000000000000498  PMID:26308608 
  35. Computerized self-interviews improve Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing among youth in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med. 2014;64(4):376-384. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.01.031  PMCID:PMC4156563  PMID:24612901 
  36. The Use of Incentive Spirometry in Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease to Reduce the Incidence of Acute Chest Syndrome. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2011;33(6):415-420. doi:10.1097/MPH.0b013e31821ed4ce  PMID:21792036 
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