Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado North Campus
469 State Highway 7 Broomfield, CO 80023


Joe Grubenhoff, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Board Certified


Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045


Children's Hospital Colorado North Campus
469 State Highway 7 Broomfield, CO 80023


Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus
Highlands Ranch
1811 Plaza Drive Highlands Ranch, CO 80129


Provider Expertise

Clinical Interest for Patients

I have a particular interest in the cognitive psychology of human decision-making and its impact on diagnostic reasoning and patient harm. Improving our understanding of the role that systematic errors play in decision-making is a critical component to improving patient safety. Patient safety starts with the right diagnosis.

Care Philosophy

I aim to provide relationship-centered evidence-based care for ill and injured children. Shared decision-making supported by sound medical knowledge and informed by the child's and parents' wishes and values is the best way to speed kids to recovery.


  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine ( 2011 , 2021 )
  • Pediatrics ( 2005 , 2021 )

Conditions & Treatments

  • Emergency Care

  • Urgent Care

  • Child and Teen Health

  • Injuries and Wounds

Interests & Activities

Personal Interests

My personal time is spent snowboarding, hiking, road and mountain biking. I also enjoy spending time with my kids and tending to my koi pond.

Education & Training

Medical Schools

MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine (2002)

Undergraduate Schools

BA, Colorado College (CO) (1997)

Graduate Schools

MSc, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2015)


University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (2003)

Residency Program

University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (2005)


University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (2009)

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine (AAP), Fellow, Member

Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Member

Research & Grants


Diagnostic Safety Capacity Building (2022)

ABMS Visiting Scholars Program (2022)

The Right Call: Implementing a Sepsis Diagnostic Safety Toolkit in a Pediatric Transfer Call Center to Improve Diagnosis of Children in General Emergency Settings (2023)

Research Interests for Patients

My research focuses on reducing patient harm that arises from missed opportunities during the diagnostic process.

information for referring providers

Referral Contact Phone

(720) 777-6888

Clinical Interests for Referring Providers

Pediatricians, Family and Emergency Physicians referring children to a CHCO Emergency Department can expect their patients to receive care supported by evidence-based clinical care from board-certified pediatric emergency physicians in a regional pediatric trauma center.

Research Interest for Referring Providers

My academic focus centers on creating safer care environments by understanding and reducing the risk of harm arising from cognitive miscues during the diagnostic process. Missed opportunities to improve diagnosis remain a relatively under-appreciated source of patient harm.