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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

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My interests are within the Children's Hospital Neonatal Consortium (CHNC: 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...

Susanna A McColley

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...

Michael L Miller

Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology) and Pathology

My research and clinical interests focus on children with arthritis, and the use of informatics to improve quality and research projects, by coordinating flow of data from diverse sources, including the electronic medical record. My research is in health related quality of life of children with arthritis. I am Clinical Practice Director for the Division of Rheumatology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Administratively, I am Director of Clinical Research Informatics at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. I participate in leadership teams, contributing to strategic plan...

Adrienne Prestridge Savant

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

From a clinical perspective, I am involved with all aspects of pulmonary medicine and see all patients, however, my area of specific focus is cystic fibrosis. I also have an interest in interstitial lung disease, pulmonary function testing, neuromuscular disease, rheumatologic related lung disease and asthma. My main area of scholarly activity is related to quality improvement and implementation science in all areas of pulmonary medicine, however have primarily focused in cystic fibrosis. I have held several grants to improve care and continue to work to maintain the care delivery that has bee...

Patricia Chiamas

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.

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...

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