Michael DiStefano, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine (2002)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Texas A&M University (TX) (1998)
Internship:
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program (2003)
Residency:
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Pediatrics (2005)
Fellowships:
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2008)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine

Professional Titles

  • Chief Medical Officer, Childrens Hospital Colorado - Colorado Springs

Publications

  • Carney KP, Crespin A, Woerly G, Brethouwer N, Baucum J, DiStefano MC. A Front-end Redesign With Implementation of a Novel "Intake" System to Improve Patient Flow in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2020 Mar-Apr;5(2):e263. PubMed PMID: 32426629
  • Wiersma AJ, Bernier B, Leonard J, Faulk D, DiStefano M, Wathen J. Ketamine Sedation and Hypoxia: A Quality Improvement Project to Reduce Respiratory Events Receiving Intervention. J Emerg Med. 2020 Jun;58(6):864-873. PubMed PMID: 32284229
  • Carney KP, Topoz I, Vu TT, Mistry RD, DiStefano M. Development of a Quality Improvement Curriculum in a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2019 May;35(5):373-376. PubMed PMID: 30964849
  • Neubrand T, Cabrera N, Coss S, Watkins A, DiStefano M. Pushing Hard: The Mandate to Improve Care of Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Arrest. Acad Emerg Med. 2019 Jan;26(1):117-119. PubMed PMID: 30025178
  • Munden MM, Wai S, DiStefano MC, Zhang W. Limited Abdominal Sonography for Evaluation of Children With Right Lower Quadrant Pain. J Ultrasound Med. 2017 Jan;36(1):183-186. PubMed PMID: 27925670
  • Navanandan N, Schmidt SK, Cabrera N, DiStefano MC, Mistry RD. The Caregiver Perspective on Unscheduled 72-Hour Return Visits to Pediatric Acute Care Sites: A Focus on Discharge Processes. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Sep - Oct;17(7):755-761. PubMed PMID: 28215655
  • Laos CM, DiStefano MC, Cruz AT, Caviness AC, Hsu DC, Patel B. Mobile pediatric emergency response team: patient satisfaction during the novel H1N1 influenza outbreak. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Mar;19(3):274-9. PubMed PMID: 22435859
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Practice Locations

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

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Board Certification
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certificate (2011)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Emergency Care
Care Philosophy
I am dedicated pediatrician who strives to provide the highest quality care to my patients and families. While the Emergency Department is inherently a stressful environment, I try to be a source of calm for my patients and families through shared medical decision making, frequent clear communication, and humble expertise. In my role as the Director of Clinical Operations, I have focused on improving health outcomes through efficient process design, decreasing provider variability and operationalizing evidence-based medicine.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine (2002)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Texas A&M University (TX) (1998)
Internships:
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program (2003)
Residency Programs:
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Pediatrics (2005)
Fellowships:
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2008)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine
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