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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.

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...

Ankur Datta

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My work focuses on the use of local, regional, and national databases to analyze neonatal outcomes and provide disease specific counseling for neonatal care to families.

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.

Mina K Dulcan

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) and Pediatrics

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, child psychiatric epidemiology

Nicolas F Porta

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

I am interested in the impact of pulmonary vascular disease in pediatric patients. Through clinical and research efforts, I have been studying the role of pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vascular disease in neonatal patients with lung diseases (including bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)) by evaluating for interactions between the respiratory and circulatory dysfunction. Collaborations with other researchers and clinicians has led to the development of programmatic approaches for these patients.

Cynthia J Mears

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care)

Chrinic fatigue symdrome and chlamydia and adolescentimmunizations ,especially flu

Mehul V Raval

Professor of Surgery (Pediatric General Surgery) and Pediatrics

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS grew up in a small town in North Carolina. From a young age he was mesmerized by science and medicine. Dr. Raval completed is undergraduate studies as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his medical education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. During medical school he participated in a one-year Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship. Dr. Raval trained in General Surgery at Northwestern University where he completed a 2-year American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar program during which he also earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Invest...

Shuai (Steve) Xu

Assistant Professor of Dermatology (Translational Dermatology Research), McCormick School of Engineering and Pediatrics (Dermatology)

As a physician-engineer, Dr. Xu is interested in the translation of breakthrough electrical engineering, materials science, and health information technology towards addressing major unmet clinical needs. As Medical Director of the Center of Bio-Integrated Electronics, he has expertise within flexible device platforms, specifically phototherapy systems, addressing a wide range of dermatological and non-dermatological clinical needs. Previously, he has developed several medical device technologies across multiple medical fields including dermatology, orthopedics, cardiology and patient non-adhe...

Cynthia E Castiglioni

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Cynthia Castiglioni completed her undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame and received her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh. After completing her pediatric residency at Children's Memorial Hospital, she joined the Division of Hospital Based Medicine in 2009. She is the Medical Director for Floor 21 at the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago as well as the Clinical Practice Director for the hospitalist group.

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