Brian K. Alverson Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Medical Science

Dr. Alverson trained at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and attended his pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he stayed for a year as Chief Resident. His research and writing focus on inpatient management of pediatric respiratory conditions, medical education, and the emerging specialty area of pediatric hospital medicine. Nationally, Dr. Alverson is currently the chair of the Section on Hospital Medicine for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served on two guidelines panels and has conducted several clinical studies on pediatric bronchiolitis. As an educator, Dr. Alverson has won over twenty awards for teaching, including more than a dozen teaching awards at Brown University. He is currently the Associate Director of Undergraduate Pediatric Education. He has served on innumerable committees both at Hasbro Children's Hospital and at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine.

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

Books:

  1. Author/Editor (with Shah S and Ronan J): “Step-Up To Pediatrics”, 2014, Lippencott Williams & Wilkins
  2. Associate Editor: Zaoutis L, Chiang V. Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine, 2nd Ed., in progress, McGraw Hill

Book Chapters:

  1. Kirelik S, Alverson B.  Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Disease of the Lungs:  In Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical  Practice, 6th edition.  Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds.  Mosby Elsevier Publishing Company, Philadelphia, PA.  2006        
  2. Alverson BK. Bronchiolitis. In: Shah SS (ed). Pediatric Practice: Infectious Diseases. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008
  3. Alverson BK. Bronchiolitis. In: Shah SS and Frank G (eds). The Inpatient Pediatrics Work-Up, Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins, 2010
  4. Larson A and Alverson B. Muscular Dystrophy. In: Domino F, Baldor R, Golding J, et al (eds). The 5-Minute Clinical Consult 2011, 19th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010.
  5. Gainor J and Alverson B. Febrile Seizures. In: Domino F, Baldor R, Golding J, Taylor JS (eds). The 5-Minute Clinical Consult 2014, 22nd edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.
  6. Coghlin D and Alverson B. Urinary Tract Infection. In: Rauch DA, Gershel JC (eds). Caring for the Hospitalized Child: A Handbook of Inpatient Pediatrics. 1st edition. American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013
  7. Alverson B. Bronchiolitis. In: Shah SS, Ronan J, Alverson B: “Step-Up To Pediatrics”, 2014, Lippencott Williams & Wilkins

Peer Reviewed Papers:

  1. Shipley LJ, Stelzner SM, Zenni EA, Hargunani D, O’Keefe J, Miller C, Alverson B, Swigonski N.  Teaching Community Pediatrics to Pediatric Residents: Strategic Approaches and Successful Models for Education in Community Health and Child Advocacy.  Pediatrics, 115(4); 1150-1157: 2005. PMID: 15821300
  2. Alverson, B. A Genital Hair Tourniquet in a 9 Year-Old Girl. Pediatric Emergency Care, 23(3), 169-170, March 2007. PMID: 17413434
  3. Alverson, B. Autism's False Prophets. Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure. By Paul A. Offit, MD. Columbia University Press, New York 2008. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2009; 163(4); p. 369
  4. Alverson B, Alexander N. Routine Newborn HIV Testing: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Pediatrics 2009;123; e362-363. PMID: 19171595
  5. Alexander N; Alverson B, Neale R, Beckwith CG. The Implementation of the CDC’s Revised Recommendations For HIV Testing In Medical Settings: A Rhode Island Update and Call For Action. Medicine & Health/Rhode Island, 2009; 92(7); 247-8. PMID: 19685641
  6. Alverson B. Critically Appraised Topic: In infants under 1 year of age with pyelonephritis, is initial therapy with IV vs. oral antibiotics associated with lower rates of treatment failure or renal scarring? Hospital Pediatrics, 2010, 1; p.14-15
  7. Alverson B, Wolf H, “Neonatal Fever” in: “The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies Supplement: a Framework for Curriculum Development by the Society of Hospital Medicine with acknowledgement to pediatric hospitalists from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academic Pediatric Association.” Journal of Hospital Medicine, Volume 5 Issue S2, 2010; p. 23-24. PMID: 20440783
  8. Alverson B, Geskey JM. Mikula MI, “Pneumonia” in: “The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies Supplement: a Framework for Curriculum Development by the Society of Hospital Medicine with acknowledgement to pediatric hospitalists from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academic Pediatric Association.” Journal of Hospital Medicine, Volume 5 Issue S2, 2010; p. 27-28. PMID: 20440783
  9. Alverson B, Alexander N, LeGolvan MP, Dunlap W, Levy C. A Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Positive Infant with Probable Congenital Histoplasmosis in a Nonendemic Area. Ped Infect Dis Journal, 29(11), November, 2010. PMID: 20526228
  10. Burke R, Alverson B. Impact of Children With Medically Complex Conditions. Pediatrics, 2010;126;789-790. PMID: 20855381
  11. Alverson B, Ralston S. Management of Bronchiolitis: Focus on Hypertonic Saline. Contemporary Pediatrics, 28(2) February, 2011; 30-38
  12. Alverson B, Ralston S, Garber M. A Cost Analysis is Premature. Pediatrics 2011;127;e513-e514. PMID: 21285330
  13. McCulloh R, Alverson B, Cervical Lymphadenitis. Hospital Pediatrics, 2011, 1(1); 52-54. PMID: 24510930
  14. Alverson B, Should I Routinely Prescribe Antibiotic Prophylaxis at Discharge After UTI? Hospital Pediatrics, 2011, 1(1); 57-8. PMID:24510931
  15. Alverson B, Should I Avoid Steroids in Wheezing Patients Who Also Have Pneumonia? Hospital Pediatrics, 2011, 1(1); 59-60. PMID:24510931
  16. Bradley JS, Byington CL, Shah SS, Alverson B, Carter ER, Harrison C, Kaplan SL, Mace SE, McCracken, GH Jr, Moore MR, St Peter SD, Stockwell JA, Swanson JT.  The Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Infants and Children Older Than 3 Months of Age: Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Clinical Infectious Diseases 2011:Oct;53(7):e25-76. PMID: 21880587
  17. Bradley JS, Byington CL, Shah SS, Alverson B, Carter ER, Harrison C, Kaplan SL, Mace SE, McCracken, GH Jr, Moore MR, St Peter SD, Stockwell JA, Swanson JT.  Executive Summary: The Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Infants and Children Older Than 3 Months of Age: Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Clinical Infectious Diseases 2011 Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Oct;53(7):617-30. PMID: 21890766
  18. McCulloh R, Smitherman S, Adelsky S, Congdon M, Librizzi J, Koehn K, Alverson B. Hospitalist and non-Hospitalist Adherence to Evidence-Based Quality Metrics for Bronchiolitis. Hospital Pediatrics, 2012, 2(1); 19-25. PMID: 24319809
  19. Alverson B, Alexander N, Donahue FA. Advocating for Change in Medical Legislation. Hospital Pediatrics. 2012, 2(2); 99-104. PMID:24510956
  20. Brannan EH, Su S, Alverson B. Elemental mercury poisoning presenting as hypertension in a young child. Pediatric Emergency Care. August 2012;28: 812-814. PMID: 22863825
  21. Cheruvu S, Alverson BK, Quintos JB. Femoral Fracture as a Rare Presentation of Prepubertal Graves Disease. J Pediatr. 2012 Nov 17.  PMID: 23164317
  22. McCulloh R, Alverson B. The challenge—and promise—of local clinical practice guidelines. Pediatrics. 2012 Nov;130(5):941-2. PMID: 23090345
  23. Alverson B, Wilson K, Shah SS. A Randomized Trial of Facilitated Family-Centered Rounds. Hospital Pediatrics. 2013, 3(2); 156-161 PMID: 24340417
  24. Alverson B, McCulloh RJ, Dawson-Hahn E, Smitherman SE, Koehn KL. The Clinical Management of Preterm Infants with Bronchiolitis. Hospital Pediatrics. 2013; 3:244-250. PMID: 24313094
  25. Alverson B, O’Callaghan J. Hospital Readmission: Quality Indicator or Statistical Inevitability? Pediatrics 2013; 132:569-570. PMID: 23979087
  26. Quinonez RA, Garber MD, Schroeder AR,Alverson BK, Nickel W, Goldstein J, Bennett JS, Fine BR, Hartzog TH, McLean HS, Mittal V, Pappas RM, Percelay JM, Phillips SC, Shen M, Ralston SL. Choosing wisely in pediatric hospital medicine: five opportunities for improved healthcare value.  Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2013 Sep;8(9):479-85. PMID: 23955837
  27. McCulloh RJ, Smitherman S, Koehn K, Alverson B. Assessing the Impact of National Guidelines on the Management of Children Hospitalized for Bronchiolitis. Pediatric Pulmonology, Article first published online: 19 JUL 2013. PMID: 23868897
  28. Librizzi J, McCulloh R, Koehn K, Alverson B. Appropriateness of Testing for Serious Bacterial Infection in Children Hospitalized with Bronchiolitis. Hospital Pediatrics 2014; 4(1): 33-38. PMID: 24435599
  29. Biondi EA, Leonard MS, Nocera E, Chen R, Arora J, Alverson B. Tempering Pediatric Hospitalist Supervision of Residents Improves Process Efficiency without Decreasing Quality of Care. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2014. 9(2):106-110. PMID: 24382752
  30. Riese J, McCulloh R, Koehn K, Alverson B.  Demographic Factors Associated with Bronchiolitis Readmission. Hospital Pediatrics, 2014; 4(3): 147-152. PMID: 24785558
  31. Biondi E, McCulloh R, Alverson B, Klein A, Dixon A, Ralston S. Treatment of Mycoplasma Pneumonia: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics, 2014. 133(6); 133:1081-1090. PMID:24864174
  32. Brady MT, Byington CL, Davies HD, Edwards KM, Jackson MA, Maldonado YA, Murray DL, Orenstein WA, Rathore MH, Sawyer MH, Schutze GE, Willoughby RE, Zaoutis TE, Ralston SL, Lieberthal AS, Meissner HC, Alverson BK, Baley JE, Gadomski AM, Johnson DW, Light MJ, Maraqa NF, Mendonca EA, Phelan KJ, Zorc JJ, Stanko-Lopp D, Hernández-Cancio S. Policy Statement: Updated Guidance for Palivizumab Prophylaxis Among Infants and Young Children at Increased Risk of Hospitalization for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug;134(2):415-20. PMID:25070315
  33. Brady MT, Byington CL, Davies HD, Edwards KM, Jackson MA, Maldonado YA, Murray DL, Orenstein WA, Rathore MH, Sawyer MH, Schutze GE, Willoughby RE, Zaoutis TE, Ralston SL, Lieberthal AS, Meissner HC, Alverson BK, Baley JE, Gadomski AM, Johnson DW, Light MJ, Maraqa NF, Mendonca EA, Phelan KJ, Zorc JJ, Stanko-Lopp D, Hernández-Cancio S. Technical Report: Updated guidance for palivizumab prophylaxis among infants and young children at increased risk of hospitalization for respiratory syncytial virus infection. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug;134(2):e620-38. PMID:25070304
  34. Ralston SL, Lieberthal AS, Meissner HC, Alverson BK, Baley JE, Gadomski AM, Johnson DW, Light MJ, Maraqa NF, Mendonca EA, Phelan KJ, Zorc JJ, Stanko-Lopp D, Brown MA, Nathanson I, Rosenblum E, Sayles S 3rd, Hernandez-Cancio S. Clinical practice guideline: the diagnosis, management, and prevention of bronchiolitis. Pediatrics. 2014 Nov;134(5):e1474-502. PMID:25349312
  35. Guss CE, Wunsch CA, McCulloh R, Donaldson A, Alverson BK. Using the Hospital as a Venue for Reproductive Health Interventions: A Survey of Hospitalized Adolescents. Hospital Pediatrics. 2015; 5(2), 67-78.
  36. McCulloh RJ, Koster MP, Yin DE, Milner TL, Ralston SL, Hill VL, Alverson BK, Biondi EA. Evaluating the Use of Blood Cultures in the Management of Children Hospitalized for Community-Acquired Pneumonia. PLoS One. 2015 Feb 6;10(2). e0117462. PMID:25658645
  37. McCulloh R, Koster M, Ralston S, Johnson M, Hill V, Koehn K, Weddle G, Alverson B.  Use of intermittent vs continuous pulse oximetry for nonhypoxemic infants and young children hospitalized for bronchiolitis (a randomized clinical trial).  JAMA Pediatr.  2015;169(10)898-904. 
  38. Riese J, Fierce J, Riese A, Alverson B.  Effect of a hospital-wide high flow nasal cannula protocol on clinical outcomes and resource utilization of bronchiolitis patients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit.  Hospital Pediatrics. 2015; 5(12), 613-8.
  39. Ridout KK, Kole J, Fitzgerald KL, Ridout S, Donaldson AA, Alverson B. Daily Laboratory Monitoring is of Poor Healthcare Value in Adolescents Acutely Hospitalized for Eating Disorders. J Adol Health, 2016; 59, 104-109.
  40. Biondi EA, Hall M, Leonard M, Pirraglia P, Alverson B. Association Between Resource Utilization and Patient Satisfaction at a Tertiary Care Medical Center. J of Hosp Med; print publication pending. (epub DOI 10.1002/jhm.2621)
  41. Schreier M, Alverson B. A cautionary tale about a bridesmaid’s DRESS. Hospital Pediatrics, publication pending.