Bema K. Bonsu, MD :: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Bema K. Bonsu, MD

Bema K. Bonsu, MD

Emergency Medicine
Physician Team

Contact Information

Emergency Medicine
700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-4384
FX: (614) 722-4380

Biography

Bema K. Bonsu, MD, is Section Chief of the Emergency Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research. His research interests include acute infections and inflammatory conditions, sickle cell disease and the creation of surveillance tools in the Emergency Department for monitoring emerging infections and acts of bioterrorism.

Gender:

  • Male

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Education and Training

Graduate School

  • University of Ghana
    Date Completed: 04/12/1990

Internship

  • University of Ghana Medical School
    Date Completed: 05/20/1991

Internship

  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/1993

Residency

  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/1995

Fellowship

  • Boston Children's Hospital
    Date Completed: 06/30/1998

Department:

  • Pediatrics

Section:

  • Emergency Medicine

Specialty:

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 06/01/2016

Publications

  • Scansen KA, Bonsu BK, Stoner E, Mack K, Salamon D, Leber A, Marcon MJ. 2010. Comparison of polyurethane foam to nylon flocked swabs for collection of secretions from the anterior nares in performance of a rapid influenza virus antigen test in a pediatric emergency department.  Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Vol. 3, no. 48. (March): 852-856.
  • Kanegaye JT, Nigrovic LE, Malley R, Cannavino CR, et al. 2009. Diagnostic value of immature neutrophils (band) in cerebrospinal fluid of children with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis.  Pediatrics. Vol. 6, no. 123. (June): e967-e971.
  • Nigrovic LE; Malley R; Macias CG; Kanegaye JT; Moro-Sutherland DM; Schremmer RD; Schwab SH; Agrawal D; Mansour KM; Bennett JE; Katsogridakis YL; Mohseni MM; Bulloch B; Steele DW; Kaplan RL; Herman MI; Bandyopadhyay S; Dayan P; Truong UT; Wang VJ; Bonsu BK; Chapman JL; Kuppermann N. 2008. Effect of antibiotic pretreatment on cerebrospinal fluid profiles of children with bacterial meningitis.  Pediatrics. Vol. 122, no. 4. (October): e726.
  • Rajasingham CR, Bonsu BK, Chapman JI, Cohen DM, Barson WJ. 2008. Serious neurologic sequelae in cases of meningitis arising from infection by conjugate vaccine-related and nonvaccine-related serogroups of Streptococcus pneumoniae.  Pediatr Infect Dis J.. Vol. 27, no. 9. (September): 771-775.
  • Schmerler BL, Cohen DM, Leder MS, Bonsu BK. 2008. Procedural sedation for fracture reduction in children with hyperactivity.  Am J Emerg Med.. Vol. 26, no. 6. (July): 661-664.
  • Bonsu BK, Ortega HW, Marcon MJ, Harper MB. 2008. A decision rule for predicting bacterial meningitis in children with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis when gram stain is negative or unavailable.  Acad Emerg Med. Vol. 15, no. 5. (May): 437-444.
  • Bacterial Meningitis Study Group of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 2008. Children with bacterial meningitis presenting to the emergency department during the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era.  Acad Emerg Med. Vol. 6, no. 15. (January): 522-528.
  • Nigrovic LE, Malley R, Macias CG, Kanegaye JT, Moro-Sutherland DM, Schremmer RD, Schwab SH, Agrawal D, Mansour KM, Bennett JE, Katsogridakis YL, Mohseni MM, Bulloch B, Steele DW, Kaplan RL, Herman MI, Bandyopadhyay S, Dayan P, Truong UT, Wang VJ, Bonsu BK. 2008. Effect of antibiotic pretreatment on cerebrospinal fluid profiles of children with bacterial meningitis.  Pediatrics.. Vol. 4, no. 22. (January): 726-730.
  • Stoner MJ; Cohen DM; Fernandez S; Bonsu BK. 2007. Physician handwashing: what do parents want?.  The Journal Of Hospital Infection. Vol. 65, no. 2. (February): e112.
  • Bonsu BK; Harper MB. 2007. Leukocyte counts in urine reflect the risk of concomitant sepsis in bacteriuric infants: a retrospective cohort study.  BMC Pediatrics. Vol. 7, no. January: e24.
  • Bonsu BK, Harper MB. 2007. Leukocyte counts in urine reflect the risk of concomitant sepsis in bacteriuric infants: a retrospective cohort study.  BMC Pediatrics. Vol. 13, no. 7. (January): e24.
  • Stoner MJ, Cohen DM, Fernandez S, Bonsu BK. 2007. Physician handwashing: what do parents want?.  Journal of Hospital Infection. Vol. 65, no. 2. (January): 112-116.
  • Nigrovic LE, Kuppermann N, Macias CG, Cannavino CR, Moro-Sutherland DM,Schremmer RD, Schwab SH, Agrawal D, Mansour KM, Bennett JE, Katsogridakis YL,Mohseni MM, Bulloch B, Steele DW, Kaplan RL, Herman MI, Bandyopadhyay S, Dayan P, Truong UT, Wang VJ, Bonsu. 2007. PediatricEmergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee of the American Academy ofPediatrics: Clinical prediction rule for identifying children with cerebrospinal fluidpleocytosis at very low risk of bacterial meningitis.  JAMA. Vol. 297, no. 1. (January): 52-60.
  • Nigrovic LE; Kuppermann N; Macias CG; Cannavino CR; Moro-Sutherland DM; Schremmer RD; Schwab SH; Agrawal D; Mansour KM; Bennett JE; Katsogridakis YL; Mohseni MM; Bulloch B; Steele DW; Kaplan RL; Herman MI; Bandyopadhyay S; Dayan P; Truong UT; Wang VJ; Bonsu BK; Chapman JL; Kanegaye JT; Malley R. 2007. Clinical prediction rule for identifying children with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis at very low risk of bacterial meningitis.  JAMA: The Journal Of The American Medical Association. Vol. 297, no. 1. (January): e52.
  • Craigmile PF, Kim N, Fernandez S, Bonsu B. 2007. Modeling and detection of respiratory-related outbreak signatures.  BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. Vol. 7, no. 1. (January): e28.
  • Fox JW; Cohen DM; Marcon MJ; Cotton WH; Bonsu BK. 2006. Performance of rapid streptococcal antigen testing varies by personnel.  Journal Of Clinical Microbiology. Vol. 44, no. 11. (November): e3918.
  • Agoritsas K; Mack K; Bonsu BK; Goodman D; Salamon D; Marcon MJ. 2006. Evaluation of the Quidel QuickVue test for detection of influenza A and B viruses in the pediatric emergency medicine setting by use of three specimen collection methods.  Journal Of Clinical Microbiology. Vol. 44, no. 7. (July): e2638.
  • Fox JW; Marcon MJ; Bonsu BK. 2006. Diagnosis of streptococcal pharyngitis by detection of Streptococcus pyogenes in posterior pharyngeal versus oral cavity specimens.  Journal Of Clinical Microbiology. Vol. 44, no. 7. (July): e2593.
  • Niland ML; Bonsu BK; Nuss KE; Goodman DG. 2006. A pilot study of 1 versus 3 days of dexamethasone as add-on therapy in children with streptococcal pharyngitis.  The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Vol. 25, no. 6. (June): e477.
  • Zibners LM; Bonsu BK; Hayes JR; Cohen DM. 2006. Local weather effects on emergency department visits: a time series and regression analysis.  Pediatric Emergency Care. Vol. 22, no. 2. (February): e104.
  • Bonsu BK; Harper MB. 2006. Corrections for leukocytes and percent of neutrophils do not match observations in blood-contaminated cerebrospinal fluid and have no value over uncorrected cells for diagnosis.  The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Vol. 25, no. 1. (January): e8.
  • Bonsu BK; Shuler L; Sawicki L; Dorst P; Cohen DM. 2006. Susceptibility of recent bacterial isolates to cefdinir and selected antibiotics among children with urinary tract infections.  Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal Of The Society For Academic Emergency Medicine. Vol. 13, no. 1. (January): e76.
  • Vollman D; Khosla K; Shields BJ; Beeghly BC; Bonsu B; Smith GA. 2005. Lawn mower-related injuries to children.  The Journal Of Trauma. Vol. 59, no. 3. (September): e724.
  • Naprawa JT; Bonsu BK; Goodman DG; Ranalli MA. 2005. Serum biomarkers for identifying acute chest syndrome among patients who have sickle cell disease and present to the emergency department.  Pediatrics. Vol. 116, no. 3. (September): ee420.
  • Bonsu BK; Harper MB. 2005. Accuracy and test characteristics of ancillary tests of cerebrospinal fluid for predicting acute bacterial meningitis in children with low white blood cell counts in cerebrospinal fluid.  Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal Of The Society For Academic Emergency Medicine. Vol. 12, no. 4. (April): e303.
  • Bonsu BK; Harper MB. 2004. A low peripheral blood white blood cell count in infants younger than 90 days increases the odds of acute bacterial meningitis relative to bacteremia.  Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal Of The Society For Academic Emergency Medicine. Vol. 11, no. 12. (December): e1297.
  • Bonsu BK; Harper MB. 2004. Explanation of mathematical model.  The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Vol. 23, no. 9. (September): e893.
  • Chapman JI; El-Shammaa EN; Bonsu BK. 2004. The utility of screening laboratory studies in pediatric patients with sickle cell pain episodes.  The American Journal Of Emergency Medicine. Vol. 22, no. 4. (July): e258.
  • Bonsu BK; Harper MB. 2004. Differentiating acute bacterial meningitis from acute viral meningitis among children with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis: a multivariable regression model.  The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Vol. 23, no. 6. (June): e511.
  • Bonsu BK; Chb M; Harper MB. 2003. Identifying febrile young infants with bacteremia: is the peripheral white blood cell count an accurate screen?.  Annals Of Emergency Medicine. Vol. 42, no. 2. (August): e216.
  • Bonsu BK; Harper MB. 2003. Utility of the peripheral blood white blood cell count for identifying sick young infants who need lumbar puncture.  Annals Of Emergency Medicine. Vol. 41, no. 2. (February): e206.
  • Bonsu BK; Harper MB. 2001. Fever interval before diagnosis, prior antibiotic treatment, and clinical outcome for young children with bacterial meningitis.  Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication Of The Infectious Diseases Society Of America. Vol. 32, no. 4. (February): e566.
  • Bonsu BK. 2000. Fever. In Review for Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Columbus, OH: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
  • Bonsu BK. 2000. Cough. In Review for Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Columbus, OH: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
  • Stoner MJ, Cohen DM, Fernandez S, Bonsu BK. Physician hand washing: what do parents want? Journal of Hospital Infections 65(2): 112-6, February 2007.
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