Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Quality Initiatives

Lee Budin

Lee Budin, MD, Associate Chair, Quality

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.

Susanna A McColley, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

My clinical and research focus is cystic fibrosis. My research interests are developing new therapies, characterizing and treating early lung disease, and reducing outcomes disparities by identifying and treating children who are at higher risk for adverse outcomes. I am active in healthcare quality improvement at the practice and national level. Since newborn screening in cystic fibrosis has been established in the United States, I have been especially interested in refining care of the newly diagnosed infant and their family, and in bringing highly effective therapies into the care of infant...

Patricia Chiamas, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

As the Division Head of Hospital Based Medicine Outreach, I have focused much of my clinical interests surrounding clinical simulation activities and quality improvement. More recently, we are using both of these tools to develop pediatric core competencies for the pediatric hospitalist.

Carolynn L Price, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Price is a pediatric hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Based Medicine as well as an Instructor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed a Chief Residency year in which she had experiences on hospital administration committees focused on patient safety and quality improvement. She has an interest in both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Karna Murthy, MD, MSCI

Associate 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...

Justyna Grothaus, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My academic interests are primarily focused on improving neonatal care and neonatal patient safety through quality improvement efforts. My current projects involve reducing unplanned extubations and reducing length of stay related to neonatal abstinence syndrome. I am a member of the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative Advisory Board (ILPQC), through which I help develop and implement initiatives to improve care for both infants and mothers.

Alina M Lopez, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Through my practice in pediatric hospitalist medicine, I am both challenged and greatly rewarded by the opportunity to serve a wide range of patients with a vast spectrum of disease. I have also sought to balance my clinical work with ample opportunities to contribute to medical education, both at the resident and medical student levels; in doing so, I am able to focus my teaching, provide valuable feedback, and ultimately better serve trainees as an instructor and a mentor. Additionally, as I continue to grow professionally as a pediatric hospitalist, I remain dedicated to supporting quality ...

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