Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Elizabeth R Alpern, MD

Elizabeth R Alpern, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

Focus of Work

Bio

Elizabeth Alpern is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Center for Healthcare Studies of the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is both a pediatric emergency physician and clinical epidemiologist and has particular interests and experience in the use of large databases within a research network and in improving the quality of care delivered to children in the Emergency Department (ED). Dr. Alpern has been a member of t...[Read full text]Elizabeth Alpern is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Center for Healthcare Studies of the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is both a pediatric emergency physician and clinical epidemiologist and has particular interests and experience in the use of large databases within a research network and in improving the quality of care delivered to children in the Emergency Department (ED). Dr. Alpern has been a member of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) from the network’s inception in 2001. She is the Principal Investigator for an AHRQ funded project to develop the multicenter PECARN Emergency Care Registry. The PECARN Registry directly imports electronic health record data and uses discrete data points and natural language processing to derive stakeholder-endorsed quality of care pediatric emergency medicine performance measures. The registry is used to establish benchmarks, report provider-level and site level performance, and assess changes in these of quality measures of pediatric care. Dr. Alpern also has an ongoing interest in the epidemiology of emergent presentation of infectious diseases in children including the evaluation of sepsis, occult infections, and skin and soft tissue infections.She is the Principal Investigator of an NIH funded study to expand and utilize the PECARN Registry data to study organ dysfunction related to pediatric sepsis and develop a prediction model of risk of sepsis in pediatric emergency department patients.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • MD: University of Michigan (1992)
  • Internship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics (1993)
  • Residency: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics (1995)
  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1998)

Contact

312-227-6080

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Box 62
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611