Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Carolyn C Foster, MD, MSHS

Carolyn C Foster, MD, MSHS

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care)

Focus of Work

Bio

My career interest is to improve patient health outcomes and family-care experiences for children with medical complexity. I use health services research to inform health care policy and to better integrate health care services for children with medical complexity across different settings, from specialty hospital systems to community, home, and school-based care. Evaluation of the impact of complex chronic disease on patients' primary caregiver, siblings, and overall family wellbeing is an impo...[Read full text]My career interest is to improve patient health outcomes and family-care experiences for children with medical complexity. I use health services research to inform health care policy and to better integrate health care services for children with medical complexity across different settings, from specialty hospital systems to community, home, and school-based care. Evaluation of the impact of complex chronic disease on patients' primary caregiver, siblings, and overall family wellbeing is an important component of my work. I am particularly interested in evaluating the access to and quality of home health care for children including direct clinical services (e.g. private duty nursing, attendant care) as well as supplies and equipment needed for safe, independent, and vibrant life at home.[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

Children with Special Health Care Needs, Children with Medical Complexity, Home Health Care, Health Policy, Health Services Research, Health Insurance, Health Care Access, Participation and Disability Advocacy

Clinical Focus

General Pediatrics, Children with Special Health Care Needs, Children with Medical Complexity

Education and Certification

  • MD: Harvard Medical School (2011)
  • MSHS: University of Washington, Public Health (2017)
  • Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine, Chief Medical Resident (2015)
  • Fellowship: University of Washington School of Medicine, Health Services and Quality of Care Research (2017)

Contact

Administrative office: 312-227-2665

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Box 16
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611