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Quality & Saftey

Our investigators aim to improve the quality, safety and equity of healthcare delivery, experience and outcomes. Faculty within the center employ expertise across a variety of initiatives in developing and deploying risk assessment methods; the redesign of systems and processes of care to improve care safety reliability; quality and safety epidemiology; measures development; process improvement; leading quality collaboratives; and the development and analysis of process and outcome measures data collected through local, regional and national quality and safety databases and repositories. Faculty come from a variety of disciplines, including engineering, healthcare management and communications, and from a wide range of medical specialties and settings (including surgery, emergency medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics and endocrinology) as well as healthcare professions (physician medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.).

Faculty

Ackermann, Ronald T

Ackermann, Ronald T

Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Medical Social Sciences and Medicine (Endocrinology)

Bio

My work focuses on ways to improve health and healthcare through the efficient coordination of health promotion and disease prevention activities across healthcare and community settings. I am conside... [more]

Barber, Emma L

Barber, Emma L

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecologic Oncology)

Bio

Dr. Emma Barber is an Assistant Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at Northwestern University. Dr. Barber is an accomplished surgeon and researcher. She performs complex and innovative procedures f... [more]

Bilaver, Lucy Ann

Bilaver, Lucy Ann

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Bio

Dr. Bilaver is an applied health services researcher with expertise using administrative data for research purposes. Her research focuses on children with special health care needs including autism s... [more]

Borders, Ann E B

Borders, Ann E B

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences

Chu, David I-Wang

Chu, David I-Wang

Assistant Professor of Urology (Pediatric Urology)

Bio

I am a pediatric urologist with an overall interest in pediatric surgical quality improvement and health services. My clinical interests include spina bifida, robotics/MIS, nephrolithiasis, and congen... [more]

Dresden, Scott M

Dresden, Scott M

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Bio

I am the director of Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations (GEDI). My primary research interests are in improving emergency department care and care coordination for vulnerable patients, particu... [more]

French, Dustin D

French, Dustin D

Professor of Ophthalmology and Medical Social Sciences

Huang, Reiping

Huang, Reiping

Research Assistant Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology)

Johnson, Emilie K

Johnson, Emilie K

Associate Professor of Urology (Pediatric Urology)

Bio

I am a pediatric urologist with an academic focus in health services and outcomes research. My research interests and long-term goals are focused on improving outcomes for pediatric patients with both... [more]

Johnson, Julie K

Johnson, Julie K

Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology)

Bio

Dr. Johnson's career interests involve building a series of collaborative relationships to improve the quality and safety of health care through teaching, research, and clinical improvement. She has ... [more]

Kim, Howard S

Kim, Howard S

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Bio

My research focuses on optimizing the safety and effectiveness of acute pain management in the emergency department.

Lagu, Tara

Lagu, Tara

Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Medical Social Sciences

Lee King, Patricia

Lee King, Patricia

Research Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences

Lo, Alexander S

Lo, Alexander S

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

McCarthy, Danielle M

McCarthy, Danielle M

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Bio

My current research focuses on increasing patients' comprehension of their own medical care by examining multiple aspects of health communication in the hectic Emergency Department environment.

Merkow, Ryan P

Merkow, Ryan P

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology)

Bio

Dr. Ryan Merkow is a board certified surgical oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His clinical practice focuses on complex upper gastrointestinal malignancies including pancreas, liver, bili... [more]

Nadig, Nandita R

Nadig, Nandita R

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Naidech, Andrew M

Naidech, Andrew M

Professor of Neurology (Neurocritical Care), Anesthesiology, Medical Social Sciences, Neurological Surgery, Neurology (Stroke and Vascular Neurology) and Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics)

Bio

I am committed to using data to improve patient care and patient outcomes, particularly using machine learning and electronic health records. I am board-certified in clinical informatics, neurology,... [more]

O'Leary, Kevin J

O'Leary, Kevin J

Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Bio

Kevin is Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, Associate Chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine, and Medical Director for Quality for Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is the founding ... [more]

Odell, David D

Odell, David D

Associate Professor of Surgery (Thoracic Surgery)

Bio

Dr. Odell is a fellowship-trained general thoracic surgeon. His clinical practice is focused on thoracic oncology, dovetailing with his research interest in healthcare systems and quality improvement... [more]

Pruitt, Peter B

Pruitt, Peter B

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Bio

I am interested in improving healthcare quality and patient safety while reducing healthcare expenditures by creating pathways for streamlined, personalized patient care.

Raval, Mehul V

Raval, Mehul V

Professor of Surgery (Pediatric General Surgery) and Pediatrics

Bio

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 ... [more]

Schäfer, Willemijn

Schäfer, Willemijn

Research Assistant Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology)

Stey, Anne M

Stey, Anne M

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Trauma and Critical Care)

Tatebe, Leah Carey

Tatebe, Leah Carey

Associate Professor of Surgery (Trauma and Critical Care)

Toledo, Paloma

Toledo, Paloma

Adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Bio

I am an obstetric anesthesiologist and my research focuses on understanding and addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the use of epidural analgesia for labor pain relief. After completing my cli... [more]

Wallia, Amisha

Wallia, Amisha

Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

Bio

My clinical research is focused on the disease state of diabetes mellitus, with application to high risk populations such as solid organ transplant patients. My research portfolio includes retrospecti... [more]

Wong, Alex

Wong, Alex

Research Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Medical Social Sciences

Woods, Donna M

Woods, Donna M

Professor of Pediatrics

Bio

I have been the PI for several federal and foundation funded studies developing and evaluating the effectiveness of evidence-based approaches and system level healthcare delivery interventions spannin... [more]

Yang, Anthony D

Yang, Anthony D

Adjunct Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology)

Bio

CLINICAL: Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors, Biliary/Gallbladder Malignancies, Thyroid Cancer, Benign Thyroid Diseases, Thyroid Nodules<br> RESEARCH: Healthcare Quality Improvement,... [more]

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