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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.

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...

Valeria C Cohran

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

My primary interest is intestinal failure and transplantation. Children with intestinal failure are living longer with transplant free survival given advances in intestinal rehabilitation. I have participated in the first trial of teduglutide in pediatric short bowel syndrome. In the future there are other clinical trials that I hope to be able to participate in. There are patients who are unable to be tapered from TPN and will undergo intestinal transplantation. This is also a fragile population that require special expertise with regard to the nutrition and immunosuppression.

Peter T Osgood

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

My medical career to date has fostered a progressive interest in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition, gastrointestinal (GI) motility, and disorders of brain-gut interaction. Though my training has combined laboratory-based and clinical research, educational initiatives, and quality improvement projects, my primary focus now lies in the clinical care and research of gastrointestinal motility disorders.

Cynthia J Mears

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care)

Chrinic fatigue symdrome and chlamydia and adolescentimmunizations ,especially flu

Gal Finer

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology)

Dr. Gal Finer is a Board certified Pediatric Nephrologist, MD, PhD, clinician-scientist, and an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Finer acquired knowledge in genetic diseases of the kidney while serving the Bedouin population in Israel, and in molecular pathways of renal fibrosis while working in the laboratory of Dr. William H. Schnaper. Her current research interest lies in understanding the pathophysiology of Congenital Anomalies of the Kidney and Urinary Tract (CAKUT). To this end, ...

Anna G Joong

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Dr. Anna Joong completed medical school at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She then completed her Pediatrics Residency from 2009-2012 and served as Pediatric Chief Resident at New York University from 20012-2013. She completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center from 2013-2016 and in her final year of fellowship served as Chief Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology. She was an Advanced Fellow in the Program for Pediatric Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, and Transplantation at Columbia Unive...

Timothy J Brown

Instructor of Pediatrics (Allergy and Immunology)

I am interested in treating all manner of allergic diseases. Teaching patients and families is paramount to their ability to help manage their condition. Medical informatics provides a number of tools that can help patients and their physicians to obtain the best outcomes.

Yiannis L Katsogridakis

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

My interests and experiences in education, healthcare delivery, and quality improvement, as well as my MPH in clinical effectiveness, all influence my current and future endeavors. These interests are reflected in my educational, research, clinical, and administrative pursuits.

Nashmia Qamar

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Allergy and Immunology)

My clinical interests include providing evidence-based care in the diagnosis and management of food allergy, asthma and immunodeficiency. My research interests include food allergy, atopic march, and asthma. In particular, I am interested in elucidating the mechanisms that underlie the development of natural tolerance to foods so as to contribute to improved tools to evaluate current therapies as well as potentially develop novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of food allergies. I am also currently involved in clinical trials examining oral immunotherapy and other novel treatment mod...

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