Karen Wilson, MD, MPH

PRIS Chair

Dr. Wilson is the Debra and Leon Black Division Chief of General Pediatrics, and the Vice-Chair for Clinical and Translational Research for the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University, and a Master’s in Public Health, and medical degree with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester.  She completed her Pediatric Residency and Academic General Pediatric fellowship also at the University of Rochester.  Her primary research interests are in understanding the relationship between secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and severity of illness in children hospitalized for respiratory illness, and how to improve outcomes in hospitalized children.  Dr. Wilson has an R01 from NCI to study an inpatient parent smoking cessation intervention, and she is one of the Principal Investigators and on the Speaker’s Bureau of the AAP/Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, which is dedicated to eliminating children’s exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke.  In addition, she is the Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Research Committee, and sits on their Board of Directors.  Dr. Wilson is also the Chair Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network Executive Council, and Deputy Editor of Hospital Pediatrics.  

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Samir Shah, MD, MSCE

PRIS Vice Chair

Dr. Shah is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician. He is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is also Director of the Division of Hospital Medicine and holds the James M. Ewell Endowed Chair at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.


Dr. Shah's research focuses on improving the efficiency of care for hospitalized children with a focus on common serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis. Ongoing projects include developing novel databases to conduct comparative effectiveness research, including merging clinical data with the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS+) and merging the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Database with the Pediatric Health Information System (STS-PHIS). His current research support includes funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Children's Hospital Association. Dr. Shah was Associate Chair of the National Pneumonia Guidelines Committee, jointly sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He is a Senior Deputy Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the Clinical Reviews and Education Editor at JAMA Pediatrics. In addition, he is editor or co-editor of 12 books in the fields of pediatrics and infectious diseases including The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Essentials for Practice – a textbook for the pediatric generalist-, and Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Shah has received several prestigious research awards, including the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Young Investigator Award, the Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award, and the Academic Pediatric Association Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award.


Raj Srivastava, MD, MPH

Executive Council Member

Raj Srivastava, MD, FRCP(C), MPH, is the Assistant Vice President of Research at Intermountain Healthcare, a system-wide role, and the Medical Director of the Office of Research. He is also currently serving as the Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center, Intermountain Healthcare. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah in the Division of Inpatient Medicine. He trained at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where he was an Associate Chief Resident, and completed a Fellowship in Health Services Research at Children’s Hospital, Boston, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Srivastava is a practicing hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. In addition, he is the past-Chair of the only funded hospitalist network, Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS). PRIS is a > 100 hospital research and implementation network conducting several large multi-center studies that are important to the field of Hospital Medicine – including prioritizing high priority pediatric conditions that are costly, prevalent and demonstrate high inter-hospital variation in cost per admission; building data infrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER); performing pediatric CER studies; and studying system-level interventions using quality improvement methods to improve patient safety.


Chris Landrigan, MD, MPH

Executive Council Member

Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH is Research Director of the Inpatient Pediatrics Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, Director of the Sleep and Patient Safety Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Chris did his internship, residency, and fellowship at Boston Children’s from 1995-2000, and has been working at Boston Children’s Hospital ever since, as a pediatric hospitalist and patient safety researcher.  In addition, Chris was the founding chair and is currently an Executive Council Member of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network. 
Chris has led numerous landmark studies on the epidemiology of medical errors and adverse events, and interventions designed to reduce their incidence.   His most important work has been focused on developing reliable patient safety measurement tools, and improving the organization of residency programs and academic medical centers.  His work on the relationship between resident work hours, sleep, and patient safety contributed to national changes in resident work hour standards.  More recently, concerned with improving communication in hospitals, he led the development of I-PASS, a multi-faceted teamwork and handoff improvement program.  He has authored over 100 publications in the medical literature, including more than a dozen in the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA.  He has received numerous awards for his research, teaching, leadership, and innovation.


Sanjay Mahant, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Executive Council Member

Dr. Mahant is a Staff Pediatrician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto and Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto. He completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto and pediatric residency at SickKids. He received his MSc in health research methods at McMaster University, Canada and is a member of the Paediatric Outcomes Research Team (PORT) in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at SickKids. His clinical focus is primarily in the care of hospitalized children and children with complex chronic conditions. His research and scholarly interests have focused on (1) the study of families and children with chronic complex conditions and specifically around feeding interventions in neurologically impaired children (2) the study of common conditions (diagnosis, treatment, outcomes) seen on the inpatient unit including urinary tract infections and complicated pneumonia (3) and quality improvement and clinical excellence.


Chris Bonafide, MD, MSCE

Executive Council Member

Dr. Bonafide is a pediatric hospitalist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on discovering the best ways to identify deteriorating patients in the hospital, and the best mechanisms to respond to those patients. He is also interested in identifying unintended consequences of interventions intended to improve patient safety. Dr. Bonafide has investigated these areas using a wide range of study designs and methods. He is currently funded by a Career Development Award from NHLBI focused on measuring alarm fatigue— a significant barrier to promptly recognizing clinical deterioration— from physiologic monitoring devices. He also holds a Young Investigator Award from the Academic Pediatric Association focused on evaluating an intervention to reduce unnecessary monitor alarms in hospitalized children. In addition, Dr. Bonafide co-directs a pediatric hospital medicine research fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia funded by NICHD, the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Training (PHEOT) Program. In addition to his publications in journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and Pediatrics, his work has recently been featured on National Public Radio and in The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Bonafide serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine and is an Editorial Board Member of a new journal, Pediatric Quality and Safety.

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Pat Brady, MD, MSc

Executive Council Member

Patrick Brady, MD, MSc is Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and an attending physician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is a hospital-based pediatrician, improvement scientist and health services researcher with a focus on designing and evaluating a highly reliable system to predict, identify, and intervene on hospitalized patients at risk of clinical deterioration. Specifically he uses situation awareness and other high-reliability strategies to leverage the expertise of patients, and families and front-line clinicians as well as big data to improve communication, shared understanding and the safety of care. He has completed fellowship training in clinical research and improvement science. In recent work, Dr. Brady and his team have developed, tested, and implemented standardized communication and huddles (short and structured briefings between nurses and physicians) to discuss high-risk patients. This has led to a significant and sustained reduction in unrecognized clinical deterioration and serious safety events among hospitalized children at our hospital. He has experience with quantitative methods using machine-learning methods to predict clinical deterioration and qualitative methods, including previous funded and published work where nurses, respiratory therapists, and resident physicians identified the enablers and barriers to situation awareness. With Dr. Chris Bonafide, he co-chairs the Pediatric Committee of the iSRRS. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications. He has a K08 career development award from AHRQ which aims to understand how families of hospitalized children identify a worsening condition or illness and communicate their concerns to the healthcare team, and then to partner with families and clinicians to co-design and test communication tools to improve shared understanding and reduce medical errors.


Derek Williams, MD, MPH

Executive Council Member

Derek Williams, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  Dr. Williams received his B.S. in Biology with High Honors from the University of Georgia in 2001 and completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in 2005.  He completed his pediatric residency training at the University of Virginia in 2008, followed by a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics and receipt of a Master of Public Health degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Williams’ research program centers on improving outcomes and care delivery for children with pneumonia and other acute respiratory illnesses. He has been continuously funded since 2008 with multiple grants and awards from institutional and federal sources.

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JoAnna Leyenaar, MD, PhD, MPH

Executive Council Member

JoAnna Leyenaar, MD, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College. Her main areas of research interest include: care coordination for children with chronic illnesses, hospital-to-home transitions following hospital discharge, engaging community hospitals in research, and improving the efficiency and patient-centeredness of hospital-based care. She is currently receiving funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of direct admission to hospital as an alternative to admission through emergency departments. Leyenaar received her MD from McMaster University (Canada), her MPH from Harvard University, and her PhD from Tufts University.

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Katherine Auger, MD, MSc

Associate Executive Council Member

Dr. Auger is the Associate Chair for Outcomes at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a member of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Auger’s research focuses on understanding patterns in pediatric hospital utilization, in particular readmission. Her research is funded through a K08 award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She completed fellowship training in pediatric hospital medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  She also completed the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, which included completing a Master of Science degree in Health and Healthcare Research. She has more than 35 peer reviewed publications, including first authored works on identifying unplanned readmission and highlighting the work of the Seamless Transitions and (Re)admissions network.  She serves an editorial board member of Pediatrics.  She is the only pediatrician on the National Quality Forum’s All Cause Admission and Readmission standing expert committee. Dr. Auger has received several prestigious research awards including the Nemours child Health Services Research Award and the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Outstanding Research Award.


Sunitha Kaiser, MD, MSc

Associate Executive Council Member

Dr. Suni Kaiser is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed her pediatric residency at UCSF, a fellowship in academic general pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children, and a Masters in Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the University of Toronto. Her research is focused on improving quality of care for hospitalized children by accelerating use of evidence-based guidelines in clinical practice. Her current work involves identifying, testing, and disseminating best practices for clinical pathway implementation, and she is currently leading a national QI collaborative for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Kavita Parikh, MD, MSHS

Associate Executive Council Member

Kavita Parikh is a Board-certified Pediatrician, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University and Children’s National Health System in Washington DC.  She is committed to developing a career as an independent researcher in patient-centered outcomes research, and is currently funded through a career training award (K08) through the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality.


Her academic career has focused on using health services research methodologies to understand pediatric respiratory diseases, and she has several publications in leading pediatric journals using these methodologies. She has published articles in Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics, and Journal of Pediatrics among others, and has given national presentations and led national workshops.  Dr. Parikh was awarded a Young Investigator Award from the Academic Pediatric Association for a project focusing on the impact of national practice guidelines on the management of bronchiolitis.


She has a national presence in the pediatric hospitalist community, and served as an educational liaison for the Section of Hospital Medicine Executive Committee to promote hospitalist faculty at the National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) of the AAP, and now is a member of the planning committee for the NCE, a distinct honor in the AAP.  She serves on the editorial board of Hospital Pediatrics, as well as the steering committee for the Value in Inpatient Pediatrics (VIP) Network. She was also elected to the prestigious Society of Pediatric Research.


Dr. Parikh completed her undergraduate education at Brown University, medical education at Cornell University Medical College, and clinical residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her Hospitalist Fellowship at Children’s National Health System in Washington DC, and completed her Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research from George Washington University.


Joanna Thomson, MD, MPH

Associate Executive Council Member

Joanna Thomson, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine a at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). She completed a four-year combined Hospital Medicine and NRSA General Academic Pediatrics Research fellowship. With a passion for caring for and improving the health outcomes of children with medical complexity, Dr. Thomson’s clinical effort includes time with the inpatient complex care team at Cincinnati Children’s. Her research focuses on identification, implementation, and dissemination of best management practices for hospitalized children with neurologic impairment. Dr. Thomson is currently partnering with PRIS Network sites in the execution of her AHRQ K08 award. In this project, she seeks to identify management practices (e.g., airway clearance strategies) associated with better hospital outcomes and to then develop and implement care recommendations for the hospital management of acute respiratory infections in children with NI. Recommendations for hospital management of acute respiratory infections in children with NI will allow for standardization of care and optimization of patient outcomes. Such standardization for otherwise healthy children has resulted in decreased unwarranted testing and therapies while improving patient outcomes and decreasing cost of care.


Mike Tchou, MD

Social Media Director

Associate Executive Council Member 

Dr. Tchou is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus.  He completed a Pediatric Hospital Medicine research fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research degree at the University of Cincinnati.  He has also completed training in improvement science as a Quality Scholar through the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence and a research fellowship at the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes and Research and Delivery Science at the University of Colorado-Denver.  Dr. Tchou has an interest in studying the topic of high-value care, i.e. the ways we can improve the quality of healthcare while maintaining or reducing overall health systems costs.  His current research is focused on understanding the overuse of medical resources related to diagnostic testing and identifying best practices and conceptual frameworks for value improvement projects. He is also interested in better understanding how best to tap into the potentials of social media to help both aspiring and established researchers learn, find support, develop proposals, and publicize research results in his role as Social Media Director for PRIS.  


Eric Coon, MD

Associate Executive Council Member 

Eric Coon is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Utah. His research focuses on identifying areas of pediatric medical overuse, including overtreatment and overdiagnosis. Dr. Coon’s research has demonstrated that commonly utilized pediatric interventions, including prolonged intravenous antibiotic therapy, high-flow nasal cannula, and video fluoroscopic swallow studies, do not benefit large portions of the patients to whom they are applied. His work has also uncovered new potential examples of pediatric overdiagnosis, including coronary artery abnormalities, head bleeds, and skull fractures. Dr. Coon and colleagues recently completed a randomized clinical trial (NCT03354325) which examined the value of routine post-hospitalization follow-up in the setting of bronchiolitis.