Clinical Focus

  • Hospital-based Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Children with Complex Medical Conditions
  • Medical Education

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Co-Director, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Associate Residency Director for Advising and Coaching, Pediatric Residency Program (2012 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Rathmann Fellowship in Medical Education, Stanford University (2013-2014)
  • Letter of Teaching Distinction, Stanford Pediatric Clerkship (2012-2013)
  • Rotation of the Year Award, Stanford Pediatric Residency (June 2013)
  • Honor Roll for Teaching, Stanford Pediatric Clerkship (2011-2012)
  • ROSE Award for Recognition of Service Excellence, LPCH (August 2011)
  • ROSE Award for Recognition of Service Excellence, LPCH (March 2011)

Professional Education

  • Medical Education:Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2003) NY
  • Residency:Children's National Medical Center (2007) DC
  • Internship:Children's National Medical Center (2004) DC
  • Residency:Children's National Medical Center (2006) DC

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

1) Medical education research looking at assessment of pediatric residents using a coaching program.
2) Medical education research in the area of design of a complex care curriculum.
2) LPCH Physician Lead for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Discharge Communication Collaborative which seeks to improve communication between pediatric hospitalists and primary care providers at hospital discharge.


Journal Articles

  • Pediatric discharge content: a multisite assessment of physician preferences and experiences. Hospital pediatrics Coghlin, D. T., Leyenaar, J. K., Shen, M., Bergert, L., Engel, R., Hershey, D., Mallory, L., Rassbach, C., Woehrlen, T., Cooperberg, D. 2014; 4 (1): 9-15


    Professional medical societies endorse prompt, consistent discharge communication to primary care providers (PCPs) on discharge. However, evidence is limited about what clinical elements to communicate. Our main goal was to identify and compare the clinical elements considered by PCPs and pediatric hospitalists to be essential to communicate to PCPs within 2 days of pediatric hospital discharge. A secondary goal was to describe experiences of the PCPs and pediatric hospitalists regarding sending and receiving discharge information.A survey of physician preferences and experiences regarding discharge communication was sent to 320 PCPs who refer patients to 16 hospitals, with an analogous survey sent to 147 hospitalists. Descriptive statistics were calculated, and χ(2) analyses were performed.A total of 201 PCPs (63%) and 71 hospitalists (48%) responded to the survey. Seven clinical elements were reported as essential by >75% of both PCPs and hospitalists: dates of admission and discharge; discharge diagnoses; brief hospital course; discharge medications; immunizations given during hospitalization; pending laboratory or test results; and follow-up appointments. PCPs reported reliably receiving discharge communication significantly less often than hospitalists reported sending it (71.8% vs 85.1%; P < .01), and PCPs considered this communication to be complete significantly less often than hospitalists did (64.9% vs 79.1%; P < .01).We identified 7 core clinical elements that PCPs and hospitalists consider essential in discharge communication. Consistently and promptly communicating at least these core elements after discharge may enhance PCP satisfaction and patient-level outcomes. Reported rates of transmission and receipt of this information were suboptimal and should be targeted for improvement.

    View details for DOI 10.1542/hpeds.2013-0022

    View details for PubMedID 24435595

  • Special Care Optimization for Patients and Education (SCOPE): Training Pediatric Residents About Children With Special Health Care Needs. Available from: MedEdPORTAL Bogetz, J., Gabhart, J., Rassbach, C., Sanders, L., Mendoza, F., Bergman, D., Blankenburg, R. 2013
  • A 6-Year-Old Girl with Extensive Bullous Skin Lesions PEDIATRIC ANNALS Rassbach, C., Shah, N., Davis, A. 2012; 41 (6): 229-231

    View details for DOI 10.3928/00904481-20120525-05

    View details for Web of Science ID 000306363600012

    View details for PubMedID 22694233

  • A boy with fever and vomiting. Infectious Diseases in Children. Rassbach C, Jantausch B 2008; August
  • Streptococcal pyomyositis of the psoas - Case reports and review PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE Kern, L., Rassbach, C., OTTOLINI, M. 2006; 22 (4): 250-253


    We present two unusual cases of pyomyositis of the psoas muscle caused by Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus (GABHS) in children presenting with fever, emesis and leg pain. Pyomyositis secondary to GABHS is rare in children and cases involving the psoas muscle have not been previously reported. In our discussion, we review the epidemiology, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of GABHS psoas myositis in comparison with staphylococcal pyomyositis. Prompt recognition of the signs and symptoms of GABHS psoas pyomyositis is essential for treatment of this life-threatening infection.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000237260600010

    View details for PubMedID 16651916

  • Lyme disease, a review. Infectious Diseases in Children. Rassbach C, Jantausch B 2006; February

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