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Quality Initiatives

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to continuous improvement in all domains and focuses on the Institute of Medicine's six domains of healthcare quality. We perform, support and train in improvement science and partner with Northwestern University for more comprehensive training. We will consider our program a success when we view everything as an opportunity for improvement.

Healthcare quality and safety initiatives are critical to providing optimal healthcare as well as reducing variations of care that will facilitate greater learning in all forms of research. Faculty involved in these initiatives help train medical students, residents and fellows in quality and safety.

The Department of Pediatrics is looking to expand the number of faculty members with healthcare quality and safety expertise. We offer several opportunities for faculty to expand their expertise in these areas:

Certificate Course for Improvement Scholars

This six-month course involves multidisciplinary faculty and participants including physicians. Scholars learn in didactic sessions and initiate an improvement project in their microsystem to accelerate their learning.

Journal Writing Club

We have initiated an Improvement Writers group that will advance optimal utilization of SQUIRE guidelines in September 2018. Graduates of this program are expected to submit healthcare quality and safety manuscripts, help teach the ensuing session and serve as mentors for other colleagues working in these areas.

Value in Healthcare

Faculty involved in quality and safety initiatives are currently developing a method for quantifying value in healthcare. This will enable the institution to prioritize work based on metrics that matter most to our patients and their families.

Jeffrey B Brown

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

My primary clinical and research interest is IBD (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)where we are working to understand and develop a non-invasive marker of disease activity/prognosis examing nail fold caprilloscopy. I am the medical director of the IBD program, which now includes physician/APN/PA specialists, nurse clinicians, dieticians, and a dedicated social worker. We are an active participant on the international IBD quality improvement and research consortium, Improve Care Now and a participating site in 3 clinical trials.

Jessica Teresa Fry

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

I am study the experiences of families who have children hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit, as portrayed in social media. My focus is on medical decision-making and the interactions of families with medical providers in the process of that decision-making. In addition to this research and my work as a clinical neonatologist, I also work with the Lurie Bridges Pediatric Palliative Care team to provide palliative care consultation and support in the perinatal and neonatal populations.

Mehul V Raval

Associate Professor of Surgery (Pediatric General Surgery) and Pediatrics

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS grew up in a small town in North Carolina. From a young age he was mesmerized by science and medicine. Dr. Raval completed is undergraduate studies as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his medical education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. During medical school he participated in a one-year Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship. Dr. Raval trained in General Surgery at Northwestern University where he completed a 2-year American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar program during which he also earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Invest...

Megan Lagoski

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

I am interested in improving medical education across different levels of training especially with outreach education.

Darren E Eblovi

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

I was raised and attended high school in Boulder, Colorado. I studied economics and Spanish at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana until 2004, where I played on the tennis team and played piano in the jazz ensembles. I served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador with the Rural Health and Sanitation Program from 2006-08. I earned an MD/MPH from the University of Colorado, and completed residency in pediatrics from the University of Chicago in 2016.

Daniel T Robinson

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Dr. Robinson's clinical and research interests focus on nutrition and growth in critically ill and preterm neonates. His research evaluates outcomes associated with breast milk feedings in preterm infants as well as the metabolism of polyunsaturated fatty acids. His current grant funding supports research evaluating the effects of maternal nutritional status on both breast milk quality and preterm infant health.

Estella M Alonso

Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and Medical Social Sciences

My primary research interest is in health outcomes following pediatric liver transplantation and acute liver failure. I lead a research group that studies all aspects of outcomes from survival to health related quality of life (HRQOL). Our research group has extensive experience examining HRQOL and cognitive outcomes in pediatric liver transplant survivors, long term complications related to immunosuppressive medications and the causes and treatment of acute liver failure. Our group has also actively involved in new trials of immunosuppression withdrawal in liver transplant recipients. I am al...

Paul Tannous

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Dr. Tannous was born and raised in Iowa City, IA, and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He then joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he completed medical school and earned his PhD studying mechanisms of myocardial remodeling. Dr. Tannous remained in Dallas for pediatric residency, and then relocated to Boston Children’s Hospital for general cardiology fellowship, followed by a senior year in interventional cardiology. As a member of Invasive Cardiology, Dr. Tannous specializes in...

Joshua D Robinson

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Radiology

Dr Robinson's overall goal as a pediatric cardiologist is to expand the use of non-invasive cardiac imaging in patients with congenital and pediatric acquired heart disease in order to gain insights into mechanisms of disease progression, reduce the need for costly invasive procedures, and to improve patient outcomes. His clinical practice and advocacy efforts focus on complex congenital heart disease, pediatric aortic valve disease and aortopathy, and improving the transition from pediatric to adult-centered healthcare. His research in assessment of congenital heart disease by functional 4D M...

Raye Ann O deRegnier

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My overall research and clinical goals have been focused on the development of NICU graduates, particularly during the first three years of life. The overarching theme of my research has been to improve understanding about how high risk conditions affect brain development and function in newborn infants.

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