• Meet the Asthma Lab

    Our team is comprised of a physician, nurse, statistician, research coordinator, social worker, quality-improvement consultant, self-management coach and parent representatives. They are passionate about providing the best quality of care to improve child health. They also embrace change and innovation.

  • Received her MD from the University of Virginia and her MPH in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. Completed her residency in medicine and pediatrics at University of North Carolina Hospitals and was chief resident of pediatrics at UNC Hospitals. Honored as a clinical scholar as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program. Named to “2004 Best Doctors” and “2005 Best Doctors.” Works as an associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Adolescent Medicine Division. Special interests include chronic illnesses in adolescents, healthcare quality, quality of life of adolescents with chronic diseases and healthcare preferences of adolescents with chronic diseases. She is the backbone of the Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care and leads the Asthma Innovation team. She is a critical source of knowledge, experience, insight and guidance for the center and the Asthma Innovation Lab.

    Earned her master’s in nursing from Georgia State University after graduating from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s in nursing. Works as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Adolescent Medicine Division. Passion for caring for adolescents with chronic diseases and interest in integrative medicine complement the Asthma Innovation Lab. Cares about how her patients are dealing with daily challenges related to their asthma. Explores possibilities and builds relationships with patients to make their journey an easier one to manage.

    The parent of a chronically ill child and has been a member of the Cincinnati Children’s Family Advisory Council since 2006. A member of the Chronic Care Steering Committee, she is working with others to develop a Parent to Parent Matching Program that will be translated and adopted by other divisions and clinics as additional program offerings to families. A parent coordinator and part of the Asthma Innovation Lab, she serves to enhance communication and track critical information gathered from the lab. Insights as a team member and parent help to bring a different perspective to the team, encouraging innovative ideas that parents can relate to and find beneficial.

    Received a bachelor’s degree in English from Xavier University. A parent of a child with multiple chronic illnesses, she is involved in many quality-improvement teams where she is able to see things from the eyes of a Cincinnati Children’s staff member and a patient’s family. These teams include the Peri-Operative Family-Centered Care Team, A7 Neuroscience Family-Centered Care Team, Chronic Care Steering Committee and Online Community Committee. Role on the Asthma Innovation Lab team is to develop and test ideas and implement, monitor and track research studies. She leads the “Who We Are” branding initiative, which serves to understand what “innovation” means to teens and how to effectively communicate what we do and who we are to teens. She is also a parent adviser to the team.

    Earned her PhD in quantitative analysis from the University of Cincinnati and her MBA from SUNY at Buffalo. Expertise includes statistical process control, survey methods, experimental design and measurement for quality improvement. She is particularly interested in the use of control charts and experimental design in healthcare quality-improvement work and the measurement of patient experiences to improve family satisfaction with care. The assistant vice president of data systems for quality improvement, she manages a group of analysts, data managers and data collectors who support the hospital’s performance-improvement initiatives. Provides consultation and guidance in tracking and monitoring outcome measures. Encourages the Asthma Innovation Lab team members to analytically look at innovations to track improvements and progress.

    Received her bachelor’s in psychology at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, and earned her master’s in social work at the University of Cincinnati.  Experience in working with chronically mentally ill patients throughout her 11-year career as a licensed clinical social worker includes case management services; outpatient individual, family and group therapy services; and inpatient acute psychiatric therapy and case management services for children with dually diagnosed mental health and developmental disabilities.  Works in the lab as a self-management coach and works with patients through our Neurology Division as a medical social worker.

    Graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s in geography.  With over 30 years of operations and project management experience, helps the Asthma Innovation Lab team identify, prioritize and stay focused on key improvement initiatives.  He challenges the team to identify goals and expected outcomes and helps organize the weekly testing of improvement efforts.

    Earned a master’s in mathematics with a concentration in statistics from Georgia State University. Joined Cincinnati Children’s in 2009 and has supported improvement teams for home health care, the Heart Institute and the Perinatal Institute.  He provides ad hoc support for infant mortality studies and is the acting data manager for the Solutions for Patient Safety collaborative.  

    Primary role is to provide administrative support to Maria Britto and the team. She is the parent of a child who, as a result of injury, has a chronic condition. With that experience, as well as varied career and volunteer child-centered experiences, she provides perspective and shares her knowledge with the team in an effort toward continued improvement in quality of care.