Last Name

Hank T. Puls, MD

InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
Address2401 Gilham Rd
Kansas City MO 64108
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    TitleAssociate Professor of Pediatrics
    InstitutionUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City

    TitleClinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    InstitutionUniversity of Kansas Medical Center

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    Kansas University School of Medicine, Kansas City, KSMD
    Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, ORResidency

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    The overarching goal of Dr. Puls’ research agenda is to reduce child maltreatment, particularly physical abuse among infants and young children. In pursuit of this goal, he is actively engaged in research investigating public policies and programs with the capacity to improve the well-being of children and families. He is also interested in improving the equitable and accurate identification, reporting, and prevention of child maltreatment in health care settings, particularly which newborn infants might be at the greatest risk for physical abuse.

    Secondarily, Dr. Puls remains engaged in health services research of conditions common to pediatric hospital medicine, namely respiratory diseases in hospitalized children and has served as the site-PI for 4 NIAID-funded studies investigating asthma outcomes among a prospective cohort of infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis. Dr. Puls completed a NICHD R25-funded Summer Training Institute for Research in Child Abuse and Neglect in 2017 and graduated from the Academic Pediatric Association’s Research Scholars Program in 2020.

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    1. Austin AE, Gest C, Atkeson A, Berkoff MC, Puls HT, Shanahan ME. Prenatal Substance Exposure and Child Maltreatment: A Systematic Review. Child Maltreat. 2021 Feb 08; 1077559521990116. PMID: 33550839.
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    2. Kaiser SV, Kornblith AE, Richardson T, Pantell MS, Fleegler EW, Fritz CQ, Parikh K, Zagel A, Sills MR, Souza HG, Goyal MK, Hogan AH, Heller KR, DeLaroche AM, Cooper JN, Puls HT. Emergency Visits and Hospitalizations for Child Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2021 04; 147(4). PMID: 33380432.
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    3. Virani AK, Puls HT, Mitsos R, Longstaff H, Goldman RD, Lantos JD. Benefits and Risks of Visitor Restrictions for Hospitalized Children During the COVID Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2020 08; 146(2). PMID: 32430441.
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    4. Puls HT, Anderst JD, Farst K, Hall M. Intrauterine Substance Exposure and the Risk for Subsequent Physical Abuse Hospitalizations. Acad Pediatr. 2020 May - Jun; 20(4):468-474. PMID: 32081768.
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    5. Puls HT, Anderst JD, Davidson A, Hall M. Trends in the Use of Administrative Codes for Physical Abuse Hospitalizations. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 01 01; 174(1):91-93. PMID: 31682708.
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    6. Puls HT, Hall M, Anderst JD, Leventhal JM, Chung PJ. Insurance Coverage for Children Impacts Reporting of Child Maltreatment by Healthcare Professionals. J Pediatr. 2020 01; 216:181-188.e1. PMID: 31685226.
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    7. Puls HT, Anderst JD, Bettenhausen JL, Clark N, Krager M, Markham JL, Hall M. Newborn Risk Factors for Subsequent Physical Abuse Hospitalizations. Pediatrics. 2019 02; 143(2). PMID: 30683813.
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    8. Puls HT, Bettenhausen JL, Markham JL, Walker JM, Drake B, Kyler KE, Queen MA, Hall M. Urban-Rural Residence and Child Physical Abuse Hospitalizations: A National Incidence Study. J Pediatr. 2019 02; 205:230-235.e2. PMID: 30392871.
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    9. Puls HT, Plencner L, Krager M, Frazier TN, Hall M, Bettenhausen JL. The Diagnostic Accuracy of In-Hospital Weight Gain for Differentiating Neglect From Other Failure to Thrive Etiologies. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 10; 8(10):620-627. PMID: 30254115.
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    10. Bettenhausen JL, Hall M, Colvin JD, Puls HT, Chung PJ. The Effect of Lowering Public Insurance Income Limits on Hospitalizations for Low-Income Children. Pediatrics. 2018 08; 142(2). PMID: 29987166.
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    11. Puls HT, Anderst JD, Bettenhausen JL, Masonbrink A, Markham JL, Plencner L, Krager M, Johnson MB, Walker JM, Greeley CS, Hall M. Potential Opportunities for Prevention or Earlier Diagnosis of Child Physical Abuse in the Inpatient Setting. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 Jan 25. PMID: 29371238.
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    12. Bettenhausen JL, Colvin JD, Berry JG, Puls HT, Markham JL, Plencner LM, Krager MK, Johnson MB, Queen MA, Walker JM, Latta GM, Riss RR, Hall M. Association of Income Inequality With Pediatric Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care-Sensitive Conditions. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 06 05; 171(6):e170322. PMID: 28384773.
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    13. Puls HT, Hall M, Bettenhausen J, Johnson MB, Peacock C, Raphael JL, Newland JG, Colvin JD. Failure to Thrive Hospitalizations and Risk Factors for Readmission to Children's Hospitals. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Aug; 6(8):468-75. PMID: 27439432.
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