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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.

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...

Heng-Fu Bu

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

My research mainly focuses on mucosal immunology, pathogenesis of intestinal injury, intestinal epithelial biology, probiotics and immunity. We are now working on the identification of some novel targets for protection against tissue injury. MFG-E8, a macrophage-derived protein, is necessary for maintenance of the intestinal epithelial homeostasis and mediates the protection against intestinal mucosa injury. LZMPC, lysozyme-modified probiotic components, benefits the protection against CLP induced sepsis. The luminal propria peptidoglycan transcytosis through intestinal barrier mechanism is al...

Dana Aronson Schinasi

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

My primary clinical and academic interests align in the development, implementation, and assessment of Telehealth programs at Lurie Children's Hospital. My additional research interests lie in medical education and simulation, specifically in using immersive simulation to train health care providers for difficult conversations encountered during clinical care.

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.

Marisa S Klein-Gitelman

Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology)

Dr. Marisa Klein-Gitelman has been the division head in pediatric rheumatology since 2002. She has expertise in pediatric lupus, vasculitis, uveitis and neuro inflammatory diseases. She has published/co-authored over 100 journal articles, case reports and reviews, 107 abstracts, 10 chapters in textbooks, and has received over 3500 citations. Her roles as a team member, consensus builder and division head have led to leadership positions and the opportunity to mentor others. She has served in leadership positions both regionally and nationally, and is a current board member of the American Coll...

Peter R Koenig

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

I am a clinician educator. My interests are to continue clinical practice with lifelong refinements. My expertise is in echocardiography and exercise cardiology along with outpatient pediatric cardiology. My goal is to combine my clinical interests and expertise with my interest in education (teaching of trainees, and improving education methods).

Preethi L Raghupatruni

Instructor of Pediatrics (Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care)

I am general pediatrician who has a deep focus in preventative medicine, specifically in obesity and mental health. I strive to create a strong medical home and advocate for all my patients.

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.

Deirdre I De Ranieri

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology)

Dr. De Ranieri’s clinical interests are diverse. She sees children with a broad range of systemic autoimmune diseases, such as childhood lupus, dermatomyositis, periodic fevers, juvenile arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. De Ranieri uses Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK US) in her practice to help accurately diagnose, monitor and treat (via guided intervention) joint and tendon disease in children with JIA. She has served on the Examination Development Committee for the Rheumatology MSK US Certification Exam, and she has taught both beginning and advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound courses at natio...

Anna Fishbein

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Allergy and Immunology)

Children with atopic (allergic) diseases often worsen at night and suffer from sleep disturbances. The extent to which children with allergies have problems sleeping is not well known. Our research team is uncovering the reason eczema worsens at night. Ultimately we plan to develop new approaches in treating allergic disease, while focusing on outcomes important to our patients and their families. We welcome collaborators and families who are interested in participating in our research studies.

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