Patricia L. Kavanagh, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Pediatrics
General Pediatrics

MD, Boston University

Dr. Kavanagh has a national reputation in using systems approaches to improve the care of children and adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) in the emergency department setting. As an attending physician in the BMC Pediatric ED, she and colleagues defined and refined treatment standards for children with sickle cell disease. She has similarly worked to improve care for adults with sickle cell disease in the ED through guideline-based care pathways and the use of individualized pain protocols. Her current grant activities include studying the impact of screening and referring families with unmet basic needs on health on outcomes for children with sickle cell disease, and serving as a subject matter expert in a multisite randomized trial comparing individualized pain plans with weight-based protocols. Nationally she co-founded and serves as Chair of the Emergency Department Sickle Cell Care Coalition, and serves on the Oversight Steering Committee of HRSA’s Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program and the Steering Committee for the American Society of Hematology’s Sickle Cell Disease Coalition. She completed her pediatrics residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center.

Boston University
Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease

Understanding and Addressing the Social Determinants of Heal
05/16/2019 - 02/28/2023 (PI)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS 

A comparison of individualized vs. weight based protocols to
09/07/2018 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
Duke University National Heart, Lung

Sickle Cell Treatment Demonstration Program
09/01/2017 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University HRSA

Eleminating suffering in the emergency room treatment of sickle cell vaso-occlusive crisis
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2018 (PI)
Georgia Medical Care Foundation Centers for Medicare

Management of Sickle Cell Disease-Related Pain in Children
08/10/2011 - 07/31/2017 (PI)

Patient Navigation in Sickle Cell Disease
06/01/2013 - 05/31/2014 (PI)
University of New Hampshire HRSA

Improving Quality of Care for Children with Sickle Cell Disease
09/01/2009 - 02/25/2011 (PI)
DM Noonan Mem Fund


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  1. Kavanagh PL, Frater F, Navarro T, LaVita P, Parrish R, Iorio A. Optimizing a literature surveillance strategy to retrieve sound overall prognosis and risk assessment model papers. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 03 18; 28(4):766-771. PMID: 33484123; PMCID: PMC7973466; DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocaa232;
  2. Loo S, Brochier A, Wexler MG, Long K, Kavanagh PL, Garg A, Drainoni ML. Addressing unmet basic needs for children with sickle cell disease in the United States: clinic and staff perspectives. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Jan 12; 21(1):55.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33435984; PMCID: PMC7802171; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-020-06055-y;
  3. Ibemere SO, Dubbs SB, Barnhart HX, Brown JL, Freiermuth CE, Kavanagh P, Paice JA, Strouse JJ, Wilkerson RG, Tanabe P. Trial design of comparing patient-specific versus weight-based protocols to treat vaso-occlusive episodes in sickle cell disease (COMPARE-VOE). Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 02; 101:106252. PMID: 33348066; PMCID: PMC7954959; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.106252;
  4. Kavanagh PL, Hirshon JM. EDSC3: Working to Improve Emergency Department Care of Individuals With Sickle Cell Disease. Ann Emerg Med. 2020 09; 76(3S):S80-S82. PMID: 32928468
  5. Brousseau DC, Muslu CS, Visotcky A, Fraser R, Kavanagh PL, Chelius TH, Schuh AM. Teaching Versus Nonteaching Hospitals: Where Children With Sickle Cell Disease Receive Their Emergency Department Care. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2020 08; 42(6):412-413. PMID: 32404689
  6. Faro EZ, Shook L, Treadwell MJ, King AA, Whiteman LN, Ivy ED, Hulihan M, Kavanagh PL, Selk S, Oyeku S, Berns SD. A National Measurement Framework to Assess and Improve Sickle Cell Care in 4 US Regions. Public Health Rep. 2020 Jul/Aug; 135(4):442-451. PMID: 32639897; PMCID: PMC7383758; DOI: 10.1177/0033354920935068;
  7. Gutman CK, Dorfman D, Meese H, Kavanagh P, Koyama A. Identifying a Golden Opportunity: Adolescent Interest in Contraceptive Initiation in a Pediatric Emergency Department. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020 05; 29(5):622-626. PMID: 32074475
  8. Melita N, Diaz-Linhart Y, Kavanagh PL, Sobota A. Developing a Problem-solving Intervention to Improve Self-Management and Transition Readiness in Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease. J Pediatr Nurs. 2019 May - Jun; 46:26-32.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30826724
  9. Akinsola B, Hagbom R, Zmitrovich A, Kavanagh PL, Ashkouti A, Simon HK, Fleming A, Jain S, Dampier C, Morris CR. Impact of Intranasal Fentanyl in Nurse Initiated Protocols for Sickle Cell Vaso-occlusive Pain Episodes in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Am J Hematol. 2018 May 17. PMID: 29770479
  10. Lewen MO, Kavanagh PL, Sobota AE. A comment on improving transcranial Doppler ultrasonography screening in children with sickle cell anemia. Am J Hematol. 2017 06; 92(6):E121-E122.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28335074; DOI: 10.1002/ajh.24727;
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health services research
quality indicators
quality of care
sickle cell disease

I have mentored fellows, residents and students in research projects, with most concentrated on issues relevant to individuals living with sickle cell disease.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
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  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
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