23102-Mueller, Emily

Emily L. Mueller, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

410 W 10th St, Suite 2000A

Indianapolis, Indian 46202
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Dr. Emily Mueller is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with joint appointments in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric & Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research. She received her medical degree from Rush Medical College, completed Residency at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Illinois, and Fellowship at University of Michigan. Dr. Mueller’s clinical and research interests lie in improving the management of children with cancer by better understanding their interaction with the health care system. Dr. Mueller is currently working on identifying and developing a measurement tool for those outcomes that are most important to children with cancer and their caregivers when they seek care in the emergency department.

Key Publications


Mueller EL, Park ER, Davis MM. “What the Affordable Care Act Means for Pediatric Cancer Survivors”. J Clin Oncol, 2014 Mar 1; 32(7):615-7.




Mueller EL, Sabbatini A, Gebremariam A, Macy M “Why Pediatric Patients with Cancer Visit the Emergency Department: United States, 2006-2010” Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015;62(3):490-495.




Nassin M, Mueller EL, Ginder C, Kent P. “Family Refusal of Chemotherapy for Pediatric Cancer Patients: A National Survey of Oncologists”.  J Pediatr Hematol Oncol, 2015:37(5):351-355.




Mueller EL, Walkovich KJ, Yanik GA, Clark SJ. “Variation in Management of Fever and Neutropenia Among Pediatric Cancer Patients: A Survey of Providers in Michigan.” Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2015;32(5):331-340.




Mueller EL, Walkovich KJ, Mody R, Gebremariam A, Davis MM. “Hospital discharges for fever and neutropenia in pediatric cancer patients: United States, 2009” BMC Cancer 2015:15:388.




Mueller EL, Hall M, Shah SS, August KJ, Radhi M, Macy ML. “Characteristics of children with cancer admitted or discharged from the emergency department” Pediatr Blood Cancer 2016 May;63(5):853-8.




Auger KA, Mueller EL, Weinberg SH, Forster C, Shah A, Wolski C, Mussman G, Morys A, Davis MM. “A Validated Method for Identifying Unplanned Pediatric Readmission.” J Pediatr. 2016 Mar;170:105-112.e2..




Mueller EL, Hall M, Carroll AC, Shah, SS, Macy ML. “Frequent emergency department utilizers among children with cancer” Pediatr Blood Cancer 2016 May;63(5):859-64.




Mueller EL, Hall M, Carroll AC, Berry J, Macy ML. “Healthcare Utilization and Spending by Children with Cancer on Medicaid” Pediatr Blood Cancer 2017 Apr 18. doi: 10.1002/pbc.26569. [Epub ahead of print]



Benner C, Mora E, Mueller EL, Seagull J, Walkovich K, Johnson K, Rothman E, Nypaver M. “Making Improvements in the ED: Does ED Busyness Affect Time to Antibiotics in Febrile Pediatric Oncology Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department?Pediatr Emerg Care 2016 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Education
    2014 FEL Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship, University of Michigan
    2014 FEL Pediatric Health Services Fellowship, University of Michigan
    2013 MS University of Michigan
    2011 RES Pediatric Residency, Advocate Hope Children's Hospital
    2008 MD Rush Medical College
    2004 BA University of Florida
  • Research


    Dr. Mueller’s research lies in understanding and improving how children with cancer interact with the healthcare system. Her initial studies utilized large, national administrative databases to evaluate healthcare utilization by children with cancer. She found that febrile neutropenia was the most common reason for ED visits among children with cancer and was the condition most strongly associated with admission. Further investigations revealed that children with cancer have high utilization across all areas of the healthcare system – from outpatient to emergency department visits to hospitalizations. Dr. Mueller is currently working on identifying and developing a measurement tool for those outcomes that are most important to children with cancer and their caregivers when they seek care in the emergency department. Her research and clinical experience has highlighted the complex care that is required by caregivers of children with cancer. Therefore, she has been collaborating with health informatics experts and caregivers of children with cancer to design and develop a mobile health (mHealth) tool to help prepare caregivers for when urgent medical issues arise in the community setting.




    Dr. Mueller is the Principle Investigator in a project entitled “Identifying Patient-Centered Outcomes Integral for Devising Interventions to Improve the Care of Children with Cancer When They Require ED Evaluation or Treatment” funded through the Riley Children’s Foundation Physician Scientist Scholar Award.




    Dr. Mueller is the Principle Investigator on a project entitled “Urgent Care Planning for Children with Cancer and Their Caregivers: The Children’s Oncology Planning for Emergencies (COPE) Technology Tool” funded by the IU Health Values Fund for Research grant.




  • Professional Organizations
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Medical Women's Association
    American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
    American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics
  • Clinical Interests


    Pediatric leukemias, Health Policy and Health Care Utilization, Health Informatics, Mobile Health Technologies.


  • Awards
    Desc: Trustee Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2020-05-01

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