Dr. Michael Poirier

(757) 668-9247
Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics

Pediatric Emergency Medicine


Medical School: University of Alabama

Residency: University of Alabama

Fellowship: University of Cincinnati

Fellowship: Medical College of Georgia


Dr. Poirier has been at CHKD since 1996 and is involved with medical education at CHKD, having served as the fellowship director of the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program.

Dr. Poirier is also involved in all levels of education of students, residents and fellows and has numerous publications pertaining to the care of acutely ill children.

Research Areas
  • Health care workers’ perspectives on fever
  • Emergency department utilization
  • Pain control
  • Non-invasive monitoring devices
  • Initial management of patients in diabetic ketoacidosis
Clinical Interests
  • All areas of pediatric emergency medicine
Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Top Doctors, Hampton Roads Magazine, 2013
  • Best Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Hampton Roads Magazine, 2004
  • Finalist: James W. Hayes Faculty Teaching Award, EVMS, 1998
Community Involvement
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
  • Member Section on Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Member Virginia Chapter
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association
  • Member Pediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group
  • American College of Emergency Physicians, Fellow
  • Southern Society for Pediatric Research
  • Medical Society of Virginia 
  • Virginia Pediatric Society
  • Tidewater Pediatric Society 
  • Team Physician, Oscar Smith High School
A Note From Dr. Poirier

"The combination of an excellent hospital such as CHKD and an innovative medical school like EVMS has helped me achieve my goals in academic pediatric emergency medicine, providing the best care possible to the children of this area while training the next generation of physicians."

Selected Publications
Poirier MP, Ford J, Ahlstedt S, Dolen WK. Use of thiocyanate elution to estimate relative avidity of allergen specific IgE antibodies. Allergy Asthma Pro. 1997;18(6):359-362. 

Poirier MP, Gonzalez del-Rey JA, McAneney CM, DiGiulio GA. Utility of monitoring capnography, pulse oximetry and vital signs in the detection of airway mishaps: A hyperoxemic animal model. Am J Emerg Med. 1998;16:350-352.

Poirier MP, Davis PH, Gonzalez del-Rey JA, Monroe KW. Pediatric emergency nurses’perspectives on fever in children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2000;16:9-12.

Gonzalez del-Rey JA, Poirier MP, DiGiulio GA. Evaluation of an ambu-bag-valve with a self-contained, colorimetric end-tidal CO2 system in the detection of airway mishaps: An animal trial. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2000;16:121-123.

Qureshi F, Zaritsky A, Poirier MP. Comparative efficacy of oral dexamethasone versus oral prednisone in acute pediatric asthma. J Pediatr. 2001;139:20-26.

Poirier MP, Pruitt CW. Factors used by pediatric emergency fellowship program directors to select their fellows. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2003;19:157-161.

Maniktala A, Pruitt CW, Poirier MP. Deaths In a Non-Trauma Center Pediatric Emergency Department: A Ten-Year Experience. Internet Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2004; Volume 1 Number 2.

Poirier MP, Greer DG, Satin-Smith MS. A prospective study of the benefits of the “two bag”system in diabetic ketoacidosis. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2004;43:809-813.

Huang CJ, Poirier MP, Cantwell JR, Ermis PA, Isaacman DJ. Prudent layperson definition of a pediatric emergent medical condition. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2006;45:149-156.

Schobitz ES, Schmidt JM, Poirier MP. Biologic and Chemical Terrorism in Children: An Assessment of Residents' Knowledge. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008;47:267-270 .

Brennen DFP, Barnes-Eley M, Poirier MP. Parental knowledge of disaster preparedness in schools. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health. 2009;2:3:405-414.

Allen K, Brennen DFP, Poirier MP. Preparing public school personnel to effectively respond to a large-scale crisis: Evaluation of an emergency management training. Journal of Emergency Management. 2010;8:21-33.

Poirier MP, Collins EP, McGuire E. Fever phobia, A survey of caregivers of children seen in a pediatric emergency department. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010;9:530-534.
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