Kelsey Gastineau, MD
Dr. Kelsey Gastineau is a pediatric hospitalist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital. She completed her medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and a pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. A public health researcher, Dr. Gastineau is also a physician advocate specializing in pediatric injury prevention. Her research experience and interests include implementation of evidence-based, community-focused interventions and secondary data base analysis to reduce firearm injuries in youth. She recently led a prospective, AAP-funded study evaluating a pediatrician-facing educational platform, Safer: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm, and is currently leading a multidisciplinary improvement project to increase firearm safety discussions with families of children and adolescents hospitalized with suicidal ideation. Her previous published work on this topic includes utilizing the Be SMART program -- a framework designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions to prevent child gun deaths and injuries-- along with quality improvement methodologies to improve firearm safety discussions in a resident-based clinic in South Carolina, evaluating the increase in pediatric firearm-related hospital encounters during the COVID-19 pandemic, and demonstrating the increasing burden of pediatric mortality and widening racial inequities due to firearm violence.