Deborah Ruth Liu, MD

Associate Professor Of Clinical Pediatrics

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Dr. Liu has been the Fellowship Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program since 2006. She joined our hospital in 2003 after completing her pediatrics residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Her research interests include analgesia, gastroenteritis, and ED utilization. She has recently authored a chapter on pediatric GU/GYN emergencies for the upcoming edition of Tintinalli’s Textbook of Emergency Medicine as well as several chapters in the 2009 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Question Review Book. She is also completing several chapters in the new 5-Minute Pediatric Emergency Medicine Consult textbook.


  • Household Transmission Dynamics of Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2-Infected Children: A Multinational, Controlled Case-Ascertained Prospective Study Clin Infect Dis. 2024 Mar 26. . View in PubMed
  • Management of pediatric toxic ingestions in the emergency department Pediatr Emerg Med Pract. 2023 Dec; 20(12):1-24. . View in PubMed
  • Near-peer mentoring and virtual reality for adult basic life support education in high school students Resusc Plus. 2023 Mar; 13:100356. . View in PubMed
  • Strategic Surge Responses in the COVID-19 era: Operational Themes, Innovative Solutions and Lessons Learned by Three Freestanding Pediatric Emergency Departments Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2023 06 29; 17:e423. . View in PubMed
  • Assessing the Utility of Urine Testing in Febrile Infants 2 to 12 Months of Age With Bronchiolitis Pediatr Emerg Care. 2021 Dec 01; 37(12):e1104-e1109. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric emergency department shift experiences and moods: An exploratory sequential mixed-methods study AEM Educ Train. 2021 Jul; 5(3):e10572. . View in PubMed
  • Capillary blood gas in infants with bronchiolitis: Can end-tidal capnography replace it? Am J Emerg Med. 2021 07; 45:144-148.. View in PubMed
  • Pediatric Emergency Department Responses to COVID-19: Transitioning From Surge Preparation to Regional Support Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2021 02; 15(1):e22-e28. . View in PubMed
  • Surge activation by the emergency department for COVID-19 Am J Emerg Med. 2020 Oct; 38(10):2130-2133. . View in PubMed
  • Defining “Swarming” as a New Model to Optimize Efficiency and Education in an Academic Emergency Department AEM Educ Train. 2020 Jan; 4(1):43-53. . View in PubMed
  • Teaching Splinting Techniques Using a Just-in-Time Training Instructional Video Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Mar; 33(3):166-170. . View in PubMed
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever: An Evidence-Based Approach To Diagnosis And Initial Management Pediatr Emerg Med Pract. 2016 Aug; 13(8):1-23. . View in PubMed
  • A retrospective comparison of ketamine dosing regimens for pediatric procedural sedation Eur J Emerg Med. 2015 Apr; 22(2):111-6. . View in PubMed
  • An evidence-based approach to the management of hematuria in children in the emergency department Pediatr Emerg Med Pract. 2014 Sep; 11(9):1-13; quiz 14. . View in PubMed
  • Cryotherapeutic topical analgesics for pediatric intravenous catheter placement: ice versus vapocoolant spray Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013 Jan; 29(1):8-12. . View in PubMed
  • A profile of nonurgent emergency department use in an urban pediatric hospital Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Oct; 28(10):977-84. . View in PubMed
  • Dehydration treatment practices among pediatrics-trained and non-pediatrics trained emergency physicians Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Apr; 28(4):322-8. . View in PubMed
  • Ann Emerg Med. 2003 Jul; 42(1):27-33. . View in PubMed