, Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care


San Diego County

3020 Children's Way
MC 5075
San Diego, CA 92123


Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical School

Tulane University School of Medicine


Naval Medical Center San Diego


Naval Medical Center San Diego

Board Certifications

Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care, Pediatric Emergency Medicine




Dr. Keri L. Carstairs is the chief population health officer at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. She is also a faculty member in the UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Carstairs is board certified in both emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.

After earning her medical degree from Tulane University, she completed a residency in emergency medicine at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, followed by a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Rady Children's Hospital/UC San Diego. She served honorably for 13 years in the United States Navy as an emergency physician, including a six-month deployment to the Horn of Africa in support of counterterror operations. After completing her time in the military, she joined the faculty at Rady Children's as a pediatric emergency physician.

Her interests include clinical teaching, hospital and emergency department operations and patient flow management, process improvement, physician leadership and improving the quality and efficiency of the healthcare delivery system.

Dr. Carstairs' research interests include healthcare systems and outcomes research, including reducing the variation in care and associated improvement in the delivery of healthcare. She has lectured on pediatric emergency medicine topics and has numerous peer-reviewed publications on subjects including evaluation of fever in young children; she has also authored several book chapters in both adult and pediatric emergency medicine textbooks.


A Specialized Pediatric Emergency Medicine Track Decreases Computed Tomography in Head Injured Patients.
Conrad HB, Hollenbach KA, Ratnayake K, Gehlbach DL, Carstairs KL

A Retrospective Review of Antipsychotic Medications Administered to Psychiatric Patients in a Tertiary Care Pediatric Emergency Department.
Rudolf F, Hollenbach K, Carstairs KL, Carstairs SD

The Impact of Behavioral Health Patients on a Pediatric Emergency Department's Length of Stay and Left Without Being Seen.
Conrad HB, Hollenbach KA, Gehlbach DL, Ferran KL, Barham TA, Carstairs KL

Oxygen saturation is not clinically useful in the exclusion of bacterial pneumonia in febrile infants.
Simon LV, Carstairs KL, Reardon JM, Rudinsky SL, Riffenburgh RH, Tanen DA

Urinalysis is not reliable to detect a urinary tract infection in febrile infants presenting to the ED.
Reardon JM, Carstairs KL, Rudinsky SL, Simon LV, Riffenburgh RH, Tanen DA

Serious bacterial infections in febrile infants in the post-pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era.
Rudinsky SL, Carstairs KL, Reardon JM, Simon LV, Riffenburgh RH, Tanen DA

Emergency department presentation of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.
Carstairs SD, Carstairs KL

Pneumococcal bacteremia in febrile infants presenting to the emergency department before and after the introduction of the heptavalent pneumococcal vaccine.
Carstairs KL, Tanen DA, Johnson AS, Kailes SB, Riffenburgh RH

An unusual presentation of peritonsillar abscess.
Carstairs KL, McCaslin I

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