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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.

Karen M Sheehan

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine), Medical Education and Preventive Medicine (Public Health Practice)

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a founding volunteer of the Chicago Youth Programs, a community-based organization that works to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth. She is also Associate Chair of Advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics and Medical Director of Lurie Children’s Injury Prevention & Research Center and Lurie Children's Healthy Communities.

Mahima Keswani

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology)

Mahima Keswani, MD, is a Board Certified Pediatric Nephrologist and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University, and her M.D. degree from the Rutgers School of BIomedical and Health Sciences (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). Dr. Keswani completed her residency in Pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC and her fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, MA.

Ellen Gould Chadwick

Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Chadwick is Irene Heinz Given and John LaPorte Given Chair in Pediatrics, Director of the Section of Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal HIV Infection and attending physician in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She joined the Northwestern faculty in 1985 after completing her pediatric residency and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children's Memorial Hospital at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Peter T Osgood

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

My medical career to date has fostered a progressive interest in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition, gastrointestinal (GI) motility, and disorders of brain-gut interaction. Though my training has combined laboratory-based and clinical research, educational initiatives, and quality improvement projects, my primary focus now lies in the clinical care and research of gastrointestinal motility disorders.

Nicolas F Porta

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

I am interested in the impact of pulmonary vascular disease in pediatric patients. Through clinical and research efforts, I have been studying the role of pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vascular disease in neonatal patients with lung diseases (including bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)) by evaluating for interactions between the respiratory and circulatory dysfunction. Collaborations with other researchers and clinicians has led to the development of programmatic approaches for these patients.

Barry K Wershil

Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

I completed my fellowship at the Combined Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School. I then join the faculty at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School and continued a research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Galli at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2000, I joined the faculty at the SUNY Downstate as the Vice-Chairman of Research and Education, and then in 2003 became the Division Director for Pediatric GI at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2008, I joined the faculty at Feinberg and L...

Irini N Kolaitis

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Kolaitis serves as the Associate Division Head of Hospital-Based Medicine and is the Medical Director of the Intermediate Care Unit. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She participates actively in numerous hospital and expansion initiatives pertaining to throughput, capacity, in-patient care models, and patient safety. Her additional research interests include include clinical medical ethics, with an emphasis on conflict resolution, error disclosure, and informed consent.

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.

Jami L Josefson

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

I am a physician scientist with a research interest in the developmental origins of obesity. I study metabolism in pregnancy and the near and long-term metabolic outcomes in children. My long-term goal is to facilitate early intervention to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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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