Bryan Upham, MD



American Board of Pediatrics

Pediatric Emergency Medicine



Medical School:

University of New Mexico


University of Utah


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Dr. Upham brings with him 20 years of clinical experience from around the country. Born and raised in Los Alamos, N.M., Dr. Upham attended the University of Texas and graduated with high honors in mechanical engineering.

As an engineer, he worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he earned a patent for one of his inventions. He then worked for several privately owned companies, but the profession left him feeling unfulfilled. He realized he was meant to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and devote himself to medicine.

Dr. Upham attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, did a pediatric residency at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, and then a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. From there, Dr. Upham and his wife returned to New Mexico to be near family and raise two wonderful children, who are now college aged. He worked at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he became the medical director of pediatric emergency medicine.

The year 2020 brought about a lot of changes for everyone. Coming to CHKD offered Dr. Upham the opportunity to once again serve at one of the best free-standing children’s hospitals in the country. Dr. Upham brings his broad range of medical experience from the Rocky Mountains of Salt Lake City, the high desert of Albuquerque, the borderland of El Paso, and the urban landscape of Philadelphia to CHKD. Apart from work, Dr. Upham loves the beach, to hang out with family, listen to rock music, swim, hike, mountain bike. He also enjoys reviving and restoring old pinball and arcade machines. Favorite band? Foo Fighters. Favorite food? Breakfast burrito, red and green chili. Fun fact? Held a state swimming record for 27 years.

Clinical Interests:

  • CT Use
  • Asthma
  • Febrile Young Infants
  • Resident and Fellow Training
  • Clinical Communication
  • Patient Safety


  • James NC, Ahmadian R, Mckee JQ, Sarangarm D, Bussmann SC, Williamson S, Upham BD. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Availability Reduces Computed Tomography Use for Pediatric Appendicitis Diagnosis. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Sep 4. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000002222. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32898123.
  • Jolley DL, Upham BD, Fullerton L, Annett RD. Reduction in Head Computed Tomography Ordering in Pediatric Emergency Patients: Effect of National Publication and Local Availability of Urgent Neurology Appointments. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2019 Mar;35(3):199-203
  • James NC, Upham BD et al. Introduction of MRI for Suspected Acute Appendicitis in Children Reduces CT Use with Only a Small Increase in Patient Charges. Pediatric Academic Society, Toronto, Canada (poster). May, 2018.
  • Wilkinson RD, Upham BD: Limp. Urgent Care Medicine Secrets, 1st Ed. Olympia RP, O’Neill RM (eds.). Elsevier, New York, NY. 2018
  • Upham BD, Mollen C, Scarofne RJ, Seiden J, Chew A, Zorc JJ. Nebulized budesonide added to standard pediatric emergency department treatment of acute asthma: A randomized, double-blind trial. Acad Emerg Med. 2011;18(7):665-73

Community Involvement and Memberships:

Section on Emergency Medicine - American Academy of Pediatrics

Contact Info:

(757) 668-9247



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601 Children's Ln
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