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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
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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.

Karna Murthy

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My interests are within the Children's Hospital Neonatal Consortium (CHNC: http://www.thechnc.org). The CHNC has developed a database focusing on infants with uncommon congenital anomalies and/or acquired complications related to preterm birth in 34 regional NICUs since 2010 in the United States and Canada. We aim to describe the care and outcomes for a population of critically-ill infants that has not been a traditional area of focus in existing registries. Our long term goals are to: (1) establish standards of care and clinical practice guidelines for infants with uncommon but high-acuity il...

Peter T Osgood

Instructor 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.

Kirsten M Simonton

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Child Abuse)

I joined the Child Abuse Division at Lurie Children’s Hospital in December 2016. I completed residency training in pediatrics at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte NC, and remained there as Chief Pediatric Resident. I then completed fellowship training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where I developed a particular interest in the health of children in foster care. Since joining the faculty at Lurie Children’s, I have developed projects focused on clinical quality improvement and understanding the experiences of marginalized youth within foster car...

Kenny delBarco Kronforst

Instructor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Kenny D. Kronforst received a B.S. degree in Microbiology, as well as, her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from University of Miami. She then completed her M.D. at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (now McGovern Medical School). She graduated medical school in 2006 and continued her intern year in Pediatrics at the same institution. In 2007, she transferred to Boston, MA, and became part of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. She successfully completed that program and transitioned to the Boston Children’s Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship ...

Nicole R Pouppirt

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My primary interest is in the neurodevelopmental outcome of high-risk infants. My focus involves the early detection of cerebral palsy through various assessments, including The General Movements Assessment. A portion of my clinical time is spent caring for patients in the NICU-Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program. I am also interested in improving the safety of neonatal intubation through quality improvement efforts and the use of innovative tools, such as video laryngoscopy.

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.

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