Dr. Paul Mullan

(757) 668-9247
Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics

Pediatric Emergency Medicine


Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine Cornell University

Residency: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Fellowship: Texas Children's Hospital


Dr. Mullan is a board-certified pediatric emergency physician and pediatrician. After completing his pediatric residency, he spent two years working in Botswana as a pediatrician with AIDS Corp, caring primarily for HIV-infected children.

In Botswana, he met a psychologist at the local clinic whom he fell in love with and married. They now have two young children who love the beach, swimming, and checking the crab traps for the latest catch.

Dr. Mullan is a fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on national committees to improve pediatric emergency care nationally. At CHKD, he is the Director of Research and Quality Improvement (QI) in the emergency department, where he works collaboratively with others to improve the quality of emergency care for the children of Hampton Roads.

His framework for QI science is the Model for Improvement, his tools are primarily Lean Methodology, and he is always open to learning from others. His favorite QI quotes are from American engineering pioneer W. Edwards Deming –  “The emphasis should be on why we do a job” – and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill – “To improve is to change.”

Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Quality improvement
  • Patient safety
  • Resuscitation
  • Communication
Research Areas
  • Quality improvement
  • Communication among healthcare providers - debriefings, briefings, huddles
  • Resuscitation
  • Global health 
Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2019, 2021
  • Co-chair AAP Section of Emergency Medicine Committee for Quality Transformation (2015-2018)
  • Best Quality Improvement Project Award - AAP National Conference (2017)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Award for Outstanding Service in Educational Excellence (2015)
  • Teaching award by a pediatric emergency medicine faculty (2013)
  • Teaching award by a pediatric emergency medicine fellow (2012)
  • Teaching award by a pediatric resident at CHOP (2007)
Community Involvement
A Note From Dr. Mullan

"It is a privilege to be a part of a CHKD's collaborative team of multi-disciplinary professionals who are so dedicated to providing the best emergency care for children in our community. What distinguishes CHKD can be simply stated: We care. We care for our patients and their families, our team, and our community. This caring enables us to have the right people providing the right care for sick and injured children."

Recent Publications

A.M.R. Venn, J.M. Schmidt and P.C. Mullan, A case series of pediatric croup with COVID-19, American Journal of Emergency Medicine (2018)

Arnautovic K, Sommese K, Mullan PC, Frazier SB, Vazifedan T, Ramirez DE. Evaluating the implementation barriers of an intranasal fentanyl pain pathway for pediatric long-bone fracture. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2018 Jul ;34:473-478

Mullan PC, Cochrane NH, Chamberlain JM, Burd RS, Brown FD, Zinns LE, Crandall KM, O’Connell KJ. Accuracy of post-resuscitation team debriefings in a pediatric emergency department. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Sep;70(3):311-319

Wolff MS, Wendt WJ, Mullan PC, Mahajan P, Paul R. The state of quality improvement training in pediatric emergency medicine programs: a national survey of fellowship program directors. Clin Ped Emerg Med. 2017 June; 18(2):124-129.

Walls T, Hughes N, Mullan PC, Chamberlain J, Brown K. Improving pediatric asthma outcomes in a community emergency department. Pediatrics 2016 Dec;139;1:e20160088.

Mullan PC, Kessler DO, Cheng A. Educational opportunities with postevent debriefing. JAMA. 2014 Dec 10;312(22):2333-4

Kessler DO, Cheng A, Mullan PC. Debriefing in the emergency department: a practical guide. Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Nov 15

Mullan PC, Macias CG, Hsu D, Alam S, Patel B. A novel briefing checklist at handoff in an emergency department improves situational awareness and safety event identification. Ped Emerg Care. 2015 Apr; 31(4):231-8

Mullan PC, Wuestner E, Kerr TD, Christopher DP, Patel B. Implementation of an in situ qualitative debriefing tool for resuscitations. Resuscitation. 2013 Jul;84(7):946-51

Mullan PC, Torrey SB, Chandra A, Caruso N, Kestler A. Reduced overtriage and undertriage with a new triage system in an urban accident and emergency department in Botswana: a cohort study. Emerg Med J. 2013 Feb 13