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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.

Robert S Greenberg

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Greenberg is the Division Head for Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Lurie Children's Campus) and the Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Pediatrics. His interests include leadership, innovative systems for providing inpatient care, and medical informatics.

Meghan E O'Neill

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)

Dr. O'Neill completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and pre-professional studies at the University of Notre Dame, her medical school degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a general pediatrics residency at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, and a neurodevelopmental disabilities combined residency/fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology. She enjoys practicing medicine in a multidisciplinary environment whe...

Michelle L Macy

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

I am a pediatric emergency physician and health services researcher with interests in improving care delivery at the intersection of the emergency department, office, and hospital and optimizing healthcare decisions made by parents and providers. I co-lead the research efforts in the Telehealth Program at Lurie Children’s and am involved in the Lurie Children’s Health Partners Clinically Integrated Network’s efforts to reduce emergency department visits. I completed a combined pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric health services research fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2009. ...

Tina Q Tan

Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Tan is Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and a Pediatric Infectious Diseases attending; Medical Director of the International Patient Services Program (IPS); co-Director of the Pediatric Travel Medicine Clinic; and Director of the International Adoptee Clinic at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Tan received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her resid...

Arika G Gupta

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

I completed by fellowship in Neonatology at Northwestern and have been an attending at both Lurie Children's and Prentice Women's Hospital since graduating in 2015. I have a passion for simulation-based education and am part of the faculty in the kidSTAR Medical Education Program at Lurie Children's. I am also actively involved in the Society for Simulation In Healthcare and have recently served on the planning committee for their yearly international meeting.

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, ...

Justyna Grothaus

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My academic interests are primarily focused on improving neonatal care and neonatal patient safety through quality improvement efforts. My current projects involve reducing unplanned extubations and reducing length of stay related to neonatal abstinence syndrome. I am a member of the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative Advisory Board (ILPQC), through which I help develop and implement initiatives to improve care for both infants and mothers.

Paul T Schumacker

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Cell and Developmental Biology and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Our lab is interested in the effects of oxygen on cell metabolism, and in the molecular mechanisms underlying cellular oxygen sensing. The signaling pathways activated by hypoxia, and their regulation of transcriptional and post-translational responses in diverse cell types are also of major interest. Current studies focus on the role of mitochondrial redox signaling in the development of pulmonary hypertension. Other current studies focus on cardiomyocyte regeneration in the heart and molecular factors that regulate hypertrophic and hyperplastic remodeling responses.

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