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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.

YouYang Zhao

Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Pharmacology

Youyang Zhao, Ph.D., is William G. Swartchild, Jr. Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Program for Lung and Vascular Biology at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), and Pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and member of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Zhao joined Lurie Children’s in July 2017 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he started with Assistant Professor in ...

Steven R Boas

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care)

Dr. Boas is the founder and sole physician at the Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago and has been caring for people with CF since 1989. Dr. Boas is dedicated to the care of children and adolescents with acute or chronic respiratory disorders and individuals of all ages with cystic fibrosis. His areas of expertise include Pediatric Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Cough, Exercise Related Disorders, and Chest Wall Disorders. His practice actively participates in both independent and national clinical research involving the newest therapies available for children with asthma and cystic fibrosis. H...

Leena Bhattacharya Mithal

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

I am a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, with a particular academic interest and clinical expertise in infections affecting newborns and infants. I am passionate about improving accurate diagnosis of sepsis and appropriate antibiotic use in infants through research and education.

Linda C Laux

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology and Epilepsy)

My clinical and research focus is epilepsy syndromes, genetics of epilepsy syndromes, and Dravet syndrome.

Todd A Florin

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

Dr. Florin is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is Director of Research for the Division of Emergency Medicine at Lurie and Head of the Grainger Initiative for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research. Dr. Florin is a nationally recognized expert in the field of respiratory infectious diseases in the acute care setting. His work has been funded by a K23 mentored career development award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...

Norrina Bai Allen

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology), Medical Social Sciences (Determinants of Health) and Pediatrics

Dr. Allen specializes in cardiovascular epidemiology with a focus on health services research. Her research interests include the effect of neighborhood and environment on cardiovascular disease, disparities in quality of care and outcomes as well as the use of large databases to examine these questions.

Daniel J Rainwater

Instructor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

I am primarily interested in providing high quality, efficient, compassionate and patient centered care for pediatric patients within the emergency department.

Laura Eder Hillary

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Eder is a pediatric hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Based Medicine. She works at both Lurie Children's Hospital and Lurie Children's Convenient Care. She has clinical interests in general pediatric acute care. Dr. Eder's career interests also include both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Amy K Johnson

Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine)

My primary areas of research interest are adolescent sexual and reproductive health and surveillance and control of sexually transmitted diseases. My research focuses on high priority areas of HIV/STI intervention implementation, risk assessment and developing prevention packages specifically for adolescents, with a focus on young women. A new area of interest is understanding the ethical implications of community participation in HIV cure and biomedical prevention research.

Sameer Patel

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

I am the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. I lead efforts to promote judicious use of antibiotics and limit the emergence of antibiotic resistance. My clinical and research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, multi-drug resistant infections, and patient safety and quality.

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