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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.

Nina L Gotteiner

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

My primary clincal and research interest is in the field of fetal cardiology. I am interested in advancing screening fetal echocardiograms in addition to continuing my research in fetal arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, fetal intervention, and pulmonary hypertension in the neonatal period.

Barbara K Burton

Professor of Pediatrics (Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism)

I am primarily interested in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with inherited metabolic disorders and in clinical trials of new therapies for rare disorders. I have particular interest and expertise in disorders diagnosed through newborn screening (phenylketonuria and others) and in lysosomal storage disorders.

Ellen E Kim

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

Growth and thyroid disorders, diabetes, pubertal disorders, adrenal disorders, PCOS

Elizabeth R Alpern

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

Elizabeth Alpern is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Center for Healthcare Studies of the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is both a pediatric emergency physician and clinical epidemiologist Her research interests include the use of large databases within research networks to improve the quality of emergent care delivered to children through application of evidence-based work. Dr. Alpern has been a member of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the first federally funded national network...

Katheryn E Gambetta

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

My specialty area is Heart Failure and Heart Transplant so one of my long term goals is to be able to engage in research that improves function in cardiomyopathies to lessen the need for heart transplantation, and to improve the quality of life for children who have undergone heart transplantation. I am very interested in pharmacogenomics, regenerative therapies and the genetics of cardiomyopathies.

Lawrence A Gray

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)

My interest in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics covers a broad range of topics--all which are related to the optimal developmental and behavioral functioning of the child and the family. I have spent the majority of my professional time focusing on the care of the fussy baby and developing new models of clinical care and support for the family. My expertise, leadership, training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics has many facets and include mentoring from Dr. T Berry Brazelton, Dr. Steven Porges, and Mr. Fred Rogers.

Kate E Lucey

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Lucey's primary interests include quality improvement and acute inpatient pediatric care. Her current focuses include improving sepsis outcomes, reducing unnecessary monitor use, and optimizing step-down and intermediate care for pediatric patients.

Theresa A Laguna

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

I received my MD from UCSF. I completed my Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Washington, Seattle. I completed my Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship at the University of Colorado and received a Master's Degree in Clinical Science. After spending 10 years at the University of Minnesota, I moved to Chicago to join Lurie Children's.

Joyce Tawfik Johnson

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

My primary clinical interests include fetal and pediatric echocardiography and my primary academic interest is in value(outcomes and cost) research in congenital heart disease. My primary academic pursuit is to develop a cardiovascular research mission in which I aim to develop a value-based health care delivery model to improve the efficiency and efficacy of care provided to children with congenital heart disease in order to transform the way we deliver care and optimize their outcomes and cost.

Craig F Garfield

Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine) and Medical Social Sciences

Child health within the context of the family, with particular emphasis on the social determinants of health, the role of fathers and special attention to the ability of technology to support parenting.

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