Joe Grubenhoff, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine (2002)
Graduate School :
  • MSc, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2015)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Colorado College (CO) (1997)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (2003)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatrics (2005)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2009)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine
  • Associate Medical Director, Clinical Effectiveness

Recognition & Awards

  • 5280 Top Doc, 5280 Magazine, (2018)
    Recognition by Denver Metro Area peers for providing excellent care
  • 5280 Top Doc, 5280 Magazine, (2017)
    Recognition by Denver Metro Area peers for providing excellent care
  • Children's Hospital Colorado Medical Staff Provider of the Month, Children's Hospital Colorado Medical Staff Office, (2017)
  • 5280 Top Doc, 5280 Magazine, (2016)
    Recognition by Denver Metro Area peers for providing excellent care
  • 5280 Top Doc, 5280 Magazine, (2015)
    Recognition by Denver Metro Area peers for providing excellent care
  • Century Award, Children's Hospital Colorado, (2014)
    This award is given to a member of the Children's Hospital Colorado medical staff 5 or fewer years out from training who has made significant contributions to Children's Hospital Colorado.
  • Excellence in Trauma Physician Award, Children's Hospital Colorado Trauma Program, (2014)
    Awarded to a Children's Hospital Colorado physician who has made considerable contributions to trauma care at Children's Hospital Colorado.
  • 5280 Top Doc, 5280 Magazine, (2014)
    Recognition by Denver Metro Area peers for providing excellent care
  • 5280 Top Doc, 5280 Magazine, (2013)
    Recognition by Denver Metro Area peers for providing excellent care.
  • Golden Stethoscope - Patient/Physician Communication, University of Colorado, (2011)
    This award is given by the School of Medicine Foundations of Doctoring Program for displaying excellent patient/physician communication skills.
  • Ludwig-Seidel Award, Academic Pediatric Association, (2008)
    This award is given for the best research by a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at the annual Pediatric Academic Society Meeting.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, St. Louis University Beta Chapter, (2002)
    This is the national medical honor society recognizing medical students demonstrating scholarship, leadership and professionalism. Members typically represent the top 10% of their graduating class. http://alphaomegaalpha.org/how.html
Research interests for Patients:
I am interested in improving the management of concussions (mild traumatic brain injury) in children.

Teaching

  • Associate Professor (2016)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics
    Diagnostic reasoning, Mild traumatic brain injury/Concussion

Publications

  • Howell DR, Wilson JC, Kirkwood MW, Grubenhoff JA. Quality of Life and Symptom Burden 1 Month After Concussion in Children and Adolescents. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Oct 12;:9922818806308. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30311786
  • Sanchez Cristal N, Staab J, Chatham R, Ryan S, Mcnair B, Grubenhoff JA. Child Life Reduces Distress and Pain and Improves Family Satisfaction in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Nov;57(13):1567-1575. PubMed PMID: 30175600
  • Vollmer BL, Kirkwood MW, Comstock RD, Currie D, Grubenhoff JA. Assessing the Clinical Utility of the Question, "Is Your Child/Are You Back to Normal?" in Pediatric Concussion Symptom Resolution. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Feb 1;:9922817693300. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28198194
  • Grubenhoff JA, Currie D, Comstock RD, Juarez-Colunga E, Bajaj L, Kirkwood MW. Psychological Factors Associated with Delayed Symptom Resolution in Children with Concussion. J Pediatr. 2016 Jul;174:27-32.e1. PubMed PMID: 27079963
  • Schmitt BD, Grubenhoff JA. Observations Regarding Evaluation of an After-Hours Call Center: Are Pediatric Patients Appropriately Referred to the Emergency Department?. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Aug;31(8):e5-6. PubMed PMID: 26241720
  • Comstock RD, Currie DW, Pierpoint LA, Grubenhoff JA, Fields SK. An Evidence-Based Discussion of Heading the Ball and Concussions in High School Soccer. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Sep 1;169(9):830-7. PubMed PMID: 26168306
  • Grubenhoff JA, Deakyne SJ, Comstock RD, Kirkwood MW, Bajaj L. Outpatient follow-up and return to school after emergency department evaluation among children with persistent post-concussion symptoms. Brain Inj. 2015 May 25;:1-6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26004755
  • Mackelprang JL, Harpin SB, Grubenhoff JA, Rivara FP. Adverse outcomes among homeless adolescents and young adults who report a history of traumatic brain injury. Am J Public Health. 2014 Oct;104(10):1986-92. PubMed PMID: 25122029
  • Grubenhoff JA, Deakyne SJ, Brou L, Bajaj L, Comstock RD, Kirkwood MW. Acute concussion symptom severity and delayed symptom resolution. Pediatrics. 2014 Jul;134(1):54-62. PubMed PMID: 24958583
  • Chamberlain JM, Okada P, Holsti M, Mahajan P, Brown KM, Vance C, Gonzalez V, Lichenstein R, Stanley R, Brousseau DC, Grubenhoff J, Zemek R, Johnson DW, Clemons TE, Baren J, Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Lorazepam vs diazepam for pediatric status epilepticus: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2014 Apr 23-30;311(16):1652-60. PubMed PMID: 24756515
  • Kirkwood MW, Peterson RL, Connery AK, Baker DA, Grubenhoff JA. Postconcussive symptom exaggeration after pediatric mild traumatic brain injury. Pediatrics. 2014 Apr;133(4):643-50. PubMed PMID: 24616360
  • Kedia S, Ginde AA, Grubenhoff JA, Kempe A, Hershey AD, Powers SW. Monthly variation of United States pediatric headache emergency department visits. Cephalalgia. 2013 Dec 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24335850
  • Kedia S, Ginde AA, Grubenhoff JA, Kempe A, Hershey AD, Powers SW. Monthly variation of United States pediatric headache emergency department visits. Cephalalgia. 2013 Dec 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24335850
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine (AAP), Fellow, Member
  • Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus
1811 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-478-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2005)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Board Certification (2011)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support, Certificate (2005)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Certificate (2002)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Child and Teen Health
  • Emergency Care
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Brain and Nervous System
Clinical Interest for Patients
I have a particular interest in the cognitive psychology of human decision-making and its impact on clinical reasoning and patient harm. Improving our understanding of the role of pitfalls in clinical judgment and how these pitfalls systematically and predictably fail diagnosticians is a critical component to improving patient safety.

Care Philosophy
I aim to provide relationship-centered evidence-based care for ill and injured children. Shared decision-making supported by sound medical knowledge and informed by the child and parents' wishes and values is the best way to speed kids to recovery.

Personal Interests
My personal time is spent snowboarding, hiking, road and mountain biking. I also enjoy spending time with my kids and tending to my koi pond.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine (2002)
Graduate Schools:
  • MSc, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2015)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Colorado College (CO) (1997)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (2003)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatrics (2005)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2009)
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Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine
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