Kevin Dombkowski

Kevin J. Dombkowski, Dr.PH.

Research Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

300 North Ingalls, 6D05
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-5456

Office: (734) 615-6758;  Fax: (734) 615-5153

E-mail: kjd[at]med.umich[dot]edu

Curriculum Vitae

Biography, Education, Peer-Reviewed Publications


Dr. Dombkowski’s research is focused on improving the effectiveness of health services to children, particularly through access to adequate primary care services.  His research includes studies aimed at fostering appropriate preventive services for children with asthma and other chronic conditions, as well as mechanisms to improve the timeliness of childhood vaccinations.  Much of Dr. Dombkowski’s research evaluates improvements to pediatric health services that are enabled through information technology enhancements.

Dr. Dombkowski is active in several collaborations with the Michigan Department of Community Health, including several CDC-funded interventions using the Michigan Care Improvement Registry as well as a wide range of studies related to improving health outcomes among children with asthma.  In addition to his research interests, Dr. Dombkowski has extensive experience with health care information systems, especially immunization registries and other public health data management systems.  Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he served as an information systems consultant to health care systems and public health agencies throughout Michigan and the United States.


DrPH, Public Health Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2001
M.S., Biometrics, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, 1983
B.S., Natural Resources, University of Michigan, 1980

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Clark SJ, Costello LF, Gebremariam A, Dombkowski, K. 
A national survey of parent perspectives on the use of patient portals for their children's health care.
Appl Clin Informatics 2015;6(1):110-9.

Clark SJ, Reeves S, Gebremariam A, Stokley S, Dombkowski, K. 
Communication from Primary Care Practices Regarding Adolescent Immunization.
Clinical Pediatrics. Accepted.

Reeves S, Fullerton H, Dombkowski K,  Boulton M, Braun T, Lisabeth L.
Physician Attitude, Awareness and Knowledge Regarding Guidelines for Transcranial Doppler Screening in Sickle Cell Disease.
Clinical Pediatrics. 2014 Oct 15 (e-publication ahead of print).

Reeves S, Braun T, Dombkowski K, Fullerton H, Boulton M, Lisabeth L.
The Role of Neighborhoods in the Receipt of Transcranial Doppler Screening Among Children with Sickle Cell Disease.
Journal of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology. 2014 Sep 26 (e-publication ahead of print).

Reeves S, Fullerton H, Dombkowski K, Boulton M, Braun T, Lisabeth L.
Physician Attitude, Awareness and Knowledge Regarding Guidelines for Transcranial Doppler Screening in Sickle Cell Disease.
Clinical Pediatrics. 2014 Oct 15 (e-publication ahead of print).


Reeves S, Garcia E, Kleyn M, Housey M, Stottlemyer, Lyon-Callo S, Dombkowski K.
Identifying Sickle Cell Disease Cases using Administrative Claims.
Acad Pediatr. May 29, 2014 (e-publication ahead of print).

Groom H, Hopkins D, Pabst L, Morgan J, Calonge N, Coyle R, Dombkowski K, Groom A, Kurilo MB, Rasulnia B, Shefer A, Town C, Wortley P, and Zucker J.
Effectiveness of Immunization Information Systems to Increase Vaccination Rates: A Community Guide Systematic Review.
J Public Health Mgmt Pract. June 6, 2014. (e-publication ahead of print).

Dombkowski K, Costello L, Harrington L, Dong S, Kolasa M, Clark S.
Age-Specific Strategies for Immunization Reminders and Recalls: A Registry-Based Randomized Trial.
Am J Prev Med. April 18, 2014 (e-publication ahead of print).

Dombkowski K, Cowan A, Costello L, Kennedy-Fisher A, Clark S.
Feasibility of Automated Appointment Reminders Using Email.
Clin Pediatrics. March 20, 2014 (e-publication ahead of print).

Dombkowski K, Costello L, Dong S, Clark S.
Using Administrative Claims to Identify Children with High Risk Conditions in a Statewide Immunization Registry
Am J Manag Care. 2014 May;20(5):e166-74.

Gowda C, Dong S, Potter RC, Dombkowski KJ, Dempsey AF.
A Population-level Assessment of Factors Associated with Uptake of Adolescent-Targeted Vaccines in Michigan
Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013 Oct;53(4):498-505.

Nero A, Akuete K, Dombkowski K.
Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates in Children with Sickle Cell Disease Enrolled in Michigan Medicaid.
J Public Health Mgmt Pract. Nov 18 2013 (e-publication ahead of print).

Dombkowski K, Cowan A, Potter R, Dong S, Kolasa M, Clark S.
Statewide Pandemic Influenza Vaccination Reminders for Children with Chronic Conditions.
Am J Public Health. Jan 2014;104(1):e39-44.

Gowda C, Dong S, Dombkowski KJ, Stokley S, Dempsey AF.
Systemic Evaluation of Different Methods of Calculating Adolescent Vaccination Levels Using Immunization Registry Data.
Public Health Rep.  2013 Nov;128(6):489-97.

Gowda C, Schaffer SE, Dombkowski KJ, Dempsey AF.
Understanding attitudes toward adolescent vaccination and the decision-making dynamic among adolescents, parents, and providers.
BMC Public Health. 2012 Jul 7;12:509.

Dombkowski KJ, Lamarand K, Dong S, Perng W, Clark SJ.
Using Medicaid claims to identify children with asthma.
J Public Health Mgmt Pract. 2012;18(3):196-203.

Clark SJ, Lamarand K, Dombkowski KJ.
Identifying children with chronic conditions for influenza vaccination using a statewide immunization registry: Initial experiences of primary care providers.
J Public Health Mgmt Pract 2012;18(3):204-208.

Dombkowski KJ, Harrington L, Kennedy A, Clark SJ.
Current and potential use of new technologies for reminder notifications.
Clin Pediatrics. 2012;51(4):394-397.

Dombkowski KJ, Cowan AE, Harrington LB, Allred NJ, Hudson E, Clark SJ.
Feasibility of initiating and sustaining registry-based immunization recall in private practices.
Academic Pediatrics. 2012;12(2):104-9.

Dombkowski, KJ, Clark SJ.
Redefining meaningful use: achieving interoperability with immunization registries.
Am J Prev Med. 2012;42(4):e33-35.

Dombkowski KJ, Harrington LB, Dong S, Clark SJ.
Seasonal influenza vaccination reminders for children with high-risk conditions: A registry-based randomized trial.
Am J Prev Med. 2012;42:71-5.

Dombkowski KJ, Leasure S, Stevenson J, Clark SJ.
Assessing the burden of undeliverable immunization reminder and recall notifications.
Prev Med. Dec 1 2011;53(6):424-426.

Clark SJ, Butchart A, Kennedy A, Dombkowski KJ.
Parents’ experiences with and preferences for immunization reminder/recall technologies.
Pediatrics. 2011;128:e1100-5.

Tarini BA, Clark SJ, Pilli S, Dombkowski KJ, Korzeniewski SJ, Gebremariam A, Eisenhandler J, Grigorescu V.
False-positive newborn screening result and future health care use in a state Medicaid cohort.
Pediatrics. 2011;128:715-722.

Wasilevich EA, Clark SJ, Cohn L, Dombkowski, KJ.
Long-acting beta-agonist monotherapy among children and adults with asthma.
Am J Manag Care. 2011;17(4): e91-e95.

Dombkowski, KJ, Hassan, F, Wasilevich E, Clark SJ.
Spirometry use among pediatric primary care physicians.
Pediatrics. 2010;126(4):682-7.

Dombkowski KJ, Wasilevich E, Lyon Callo S, Nguen TQ, Medvesky MG, Lee MA.
Asthma surveillance using Medicaid administrative data – a call for a national framework.
J Public Health Manag Pract 2009 Nov-Dec;15(6):485-93.

Dombkowski KJ, Harrison SR, Cohn LM, Lewis TC, Clark SJ.
Continuity of prescribers of short-acting beta agonists among children with asthma.
J Pediatr 2009;155(6):788-94.

Hassan F, Lewis TC, Davis MM, Gebremariam A, Dombkowski KJ.
Hospital utilization and charges among children with influenza, 2003.
Am J Prev Med 2009;36(4):292–296.

Dombkowski KJ, Leung SW, Clark SJ.
Physician perspectives regarding annual influenza vaccination among children with asthma.
Ambulatory Pediatr 2008;8(5):294-299.

Dombkowski KJ, Leung SW, Gurney JG.
Prematurity as a predictor of childhood asthma among low income children.
Ann Epidemiol 2008;18(4):290.

Dombkowski KJ, Leung SW, Clark SJ.
Provider attitudes regarding use of an immunization information system to identify children with asthma for influenza vaccination.
J Public Health Manag Pract 2007;13(6):567-571.

Yoon EY, Dombkowski KJ, Rocchini A, Lin J, Davis MM.
Off-label utilization of antihypertensive medications in children.
Ambul Pediatr 2007;7:299-303.

Dombkowski KJ.
School-based influenza vaccination program reduces influenza-related outcomes among household members (Commentary).
J Pediatr 2007;151(1):100.

Dombkowski KJ, Davis MM, Cohn LM, Clark SJ.
Effect of missed opportunities on influenza vaccination rates among children with asthma.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2006;160(9):966-971.

Cabana MD, Slish KK, Nan B, Leo H, Bratton S, Dombkowski KJ.
Outcomes associated with spirometry for pediatric asthma in a managed care organization.
Pediatrics 2006;118(1):e151-156.

Kemper AR, Dombkowski KJ, Menon RK, Davis MM.
Trends in diabetes mellitus among privately insured children, 1998-2002.
Ambul Pediatr 2006;6(3):178-181.

Dombkowski KJ, Cabana MD, Cohn LM, Gebremariam A, Clark SJ.
Geographic variation of asthma quality measures within and between health plans.
Am J Manag Care 2005;11(12):765-772.

Cabana MD, Dombkowski KJ, Yoon E, Clark SJ.
Pediatric asthma quality improvement programs in Medicaid managed care.
Am J Med Qual 2005;20(4):204-209.

Kemper AR, Cohn LM, Fant KE, Dombkowski KJ.
Blood lead testing among Medicaid-enrolled children.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2005;159:646-650.

Dombkowski KJ, Wasilevich EA, Lyon-Callo SK.
Pediatric asthma surveillance using Medicaid claims.
Public Health Rep 2005;120(5):515-524.

Kemper AR, Cohn LM, Fant KE, Dombkowski KJ, Hudson S.
Follow-up testing among children with elevated screening blood lead levels.
JAMA 2005;293(18):2232-2236.

Dombkowski KJ, Lantz PM, Freed GL.
The role of health insurance and a usual source of medical care in age-appropriate vaccination.
Am J Public Health 2004;94(6):960-966.

Pollack HA, Dombkowski KJ, Zimmerman JB, Davis MM, Cowan AE, Wheeler JR, Hillemeier AC, Freed GL.
Emergency department use among Michigan children with special health care needs: an introductory study.
Health Services Research 2004;39(3):665-692.

Dombkowski KJ, Lantz PM, Freed GL.
Risk factors for delays in age-appropriate vaccination.
Public Health Rep 2004;119(2):144-155.

Kemper AR, Cohn LM, Dombkowski KJ.
Patterns of vision care among Medicaid-enrolled children.
Pediatrics 2004;113(3 Pt 1):e190-196.

Dombkowski KJ, Stanley R, Clark SJ.
The influence of Medicaid managed care enrollment on emergency department utilization by children.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2004;158:17-21.

Dombkowski KJ, Lantz PM, Freed GL.
The need for surveillance of delay in age-appropriate vaccination.
Am J Prev Med 2002;23(1):36-42.