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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.

Lauren M Pachman

Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology)

Dr. Pachman's translational team studies Juvenile Myositis (JM), an often chronic pediatric systemic vasculopathy associated with skin inflammation and proximal muscle weakness of unknown etiology. Her laboratory has identified genetic, immunologic and environmental factors that play a role in the onset of symptoms and govern outcome. RNASeq, miRNA and Gene expression micro array studies of untreated children's diagnostic muscle biopsies identified massive dysregulation of IFN-a induced genes in JDM. Epigenetic and miRNA studies of diagnostic muscle biopsies indicate critical differences assoc...

Margot A Paisley

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Paisley is a hospital-based pediatrician. Her interests include reducing childhood injury, improving communication with patients and families, and teaching and advising in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Raye Ann O deRegnier

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My overall research and clinical goals have been focused on the development of NICU graduates, particularly during the first three years of life. The overarching theme of my research has been to improve understanding about how high risk conditions affect brain development and function in newborn infants.

Jill H Samis

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

My clinical interests are in the care of children with long-term endocrine sequelae of childhood cancer, thyroid disorders, growth disorders, and disorders of puberty.

David Cella

Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics) and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

As Chair of an interdisciplinary Department of Medical Social Sciences, I play a leadership role in the development and orchestration of transdisciplinary scientific collaborations. Our department conducts basic and applied social science research to advance the understanding of the mechanisms and measurement of health and disease. I oversee all academic and research programs, financial operations, faculty affairs and program development of the department. In both my capacity as PI on multiple trans-NIH initiatives and as Chair, I play leadership roles in the development and orchestration of t...

Steven O Lestrud

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care) and Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

Pediatric pulmonary hypertension, chronic lung disease of childhood, Mechanical ventilation.

Elizabeth C Powell

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

Elizabeth Powell, MD,MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Michael B Spewak

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

My interests include caring for hospitalized children both before, during, and after hospitalization, diagnostic medicine, medical education and simulation, advocacy, and the history of medicine.

Annette M Wagner

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Dermatology) and Dermatology

I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and an Attending Pediatric Dermatologist, Dermatologic Surgeon and Laser specialist at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. I received my medical degree from McGill University in 1988, and completed internship (1989) and residencies in Pediatrics (1991) and Dermatology (1994) at the University of Arizona. I received Board Certification in Pediatrics (1995-2006), Dermatology (1995-2025) and Pediatric Dermatology (2004-2025). I am a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatolog...

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