M. Stacia Dearmin, MD, FAAP

Senior Medical Consultant

M. Stacia Dearmin, MD, FAAP has practiced and taught clinical medicine for over two decades, with more than 18 years of experience in pediatric emergency medicine. She most recently practiced as staff physician in the Division of Emergency Services at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio. Prior to that, she served at Hillcrest Hospital/Cleveland Clinic Health System in the pediatric emergency department as staff physician and Assistant Medical Director. She trained resident physicians of several specialties and medical students as a clinical faculty member of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University and Ohio University College of Medicine.

A nationally recognized speaker, writer and consultant, Dr. Dearmin founded Thrive: Insight, Education, Support, LLC, in 2017 with the exclusive purpose of supporting physicians and other medical professionals facing difficult patient outcomes and malpractice lawsuits. In 2018, she had the honor of giving, and later publishing, the endowed Zaremsky lecture in Health Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, providing continuing education to an audience of physicians and lawyers alike. Since that time, she has enriched physician retreats and wellness summits with her teaching, and has been invited to address local, regional, state and national physician associations. A certified professional coach and gifted educator, she inspires through an on-demand video-based CME course for physicians and other healthcare professionals facing a malpractice lawsuit as well as through individualized support.

In addition to her public speaking on physician well-being and growth during and after adverse patient outcomes and litigation, Dr. Dearmin has long served as a consultant to the teams developing pediatric clinical content for Change Healthcare, AxisPoint Health and Relay Health. She has also contributed to the development of Continuing Medical Education designed to reduce preventable patient harm in pediatric emergency medicine.

A proud alumna of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Oberlin College, Dr. Dearmin completed her pediatric residency at Akron Children’s Hospital.


Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, M.D., 1995

  • Mastin Scholar, 1994 and 1995

Vanderbilt University Divinity School, M.T.S. in Religion and Ethics, 1991

  • Oberlin Scholar, 1988-1991
  • Faculty-elected Merit Scholar, 1989-1990

Oberlin College, B.A. in Third World Studies, 1988

  • National Merit Scholar

American College of Surgeons’ Advanced Trauma Life Support 

American Academy of Pediatrics’ Advanced Pediatric Life Support

Leadership Institute, TeamHealth, 2010

Physician Executive Institute: Leadership Core, Case Western Reserve University, 2002

Physician Executive Institute: Management Core, Case Western Reserve University, 2001

Academic Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, Northeast Ohio Medical University, 2015-present

Clinical Assistant Professor, Ohio University SOM, 2010-2016

Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University, SOM/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, 1998- 2016


M. Stacia Dearmin, Experience is Treacherous: An Intimate View of the Physician’s Experience of Adverse Patient Outcomes and Malpractice Litigation, 29 Health Matrix (The Health Law Journal of Case Western Reserve School of Law) 357 (2019)

Speaking Engagements

Dark Before the Dawn: Our Experiences of Unexpected Outcomes and Malpractice Litigation, Plenary Speaker, North Carolina Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting and Conference, Oct, 2020

Dark Before the Dawn: Our Experiences of Unexpected Outcomes and Malpractice Litigation, Cleveland Surgical Society, Oct, 2020

Adverse Medical Events, Second Victims, and Litigation Stress, CME presentation, Presented jointly with Louise Andrew, MD, JD, Hosted by Norcal Indemnity Group, July, 2019. https://www.norcal-group.com/wellness

Stand By Me: Living Through Adverse Outcomes and Malpractice Litigation, Physician Resiliency Summit, Foundation for the PA Medical Society, Lancaster, PA, June, 2019

Lightening Our Load: Adverse Outcomes and Us, Annual Meeting, Idaho Chapter: American College of Emergency Physicians, Boise, ID, May, 2019

Fully Human: Growing After Unexpected Adverse Outcomes, Spring Wellness Retreat, Institute for Physician Wellness, Tucson, AZ, April, 2019

What’s My Alternative? (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Panelist, American Medical College of Northeast Ohio/Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Medical-Legal Summit, March, 2019

Dark Before the Dawn: The Physician’s Experience of Unexpected Outcomes and Malpractice Litigation, Pasteur Club of Cleveland, November, 2018

Surviving Unexpected Outcomes and Malpractice Litigation, Fall Classic Conference, Northeast Ohio Academy of Podiatric Medicine, October, 2018

Experience is Treacherous: An Intimate View of the Physician’s Experience of Adverse Patient Outcomes and Malpractice Litigation, Elena and Miles Zaremski Lecture, CLE- and CMEaccredited, with co-presenter Dirk E. Riemenschneider, JD, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, OH, April, 2018

When the Waves Wash Over Us: Responding and Recovering after Medical Mistakes and Unexpected Patient Outcomes and What We Talk about When We Talk about Litigation, Two 1-hour CME-accredited joint presentations with Dirk E. Riemenschneider, JD, for National Risk Management Week, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, June, 2017

From Barely Surviving to Thriving: Finding Our Way Through Professional Litigation, Two-hour CME-accredited joint presentation with Dirk E. Riemenschneider, JD, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH, May, 2016

Three-part annual conference series for senior residents, fellows, new attendings on topics related to unexpected patient outcomes and professional litigation, 2017-2019


Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics, 1998 – present


Outstanding Primary Care Faculty, Ohio University College of Medicine, 2012

John D. Kramer Research Prize for paper and presentation: It’s Only Child’s Play: Pediatric Injuries Related to Play Equipment Use, Alonna K. Norberg, MD, co-author, and C. Kennedy, MD, advisor, 1998

Noah Miller Research Prize for same, 1998

Outstanding Intern in Neonatology, Akron Children’s Hospital, 1996

Outstanding Graduating Resident in Primary Care, Akron Children’s Hospital, 1998

Outstanding Graduating Resident in Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, Akron Children’s Hospital, 1998

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