I’m a pediatric hospital medicine and pediatric infectious disease physician. I am board-certified in pediatrics, pediatric hospital medicine and pediatric infectious diseases. My research focuses on improving the efficiency and quality of care of children — particularly those hospitalized with common, serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis. My goal is to conduct and promote research that makes the world a better place for children.
Over time, my research interests have evolved from focusing on specific diseases, such as pneumonia, to influencing how we can improve care systems to produce better outcomes for our patients. I’m trying to generate evidence to show physicians how to provide better care at a lower cost and develop methods to help health systems do the same. My ongoing projects include identifying benchmarks of care to help hospitals improve patient outcomes and eliminate unnecessary tests and treatments.
I’m honored to have received numerous prestigious awards for my research and leadership, including:
In addition to my clinical and research roles, I serve as chair of the National Pneumonia Guidelines Committee, jointly sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. I am also vice-chair of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network — a hospital-based research network with more than 120 hospital members and over $28 million in extramural research funding over the past eight years.
I am the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Previously, I served as the clinical review and education editor for JAMA Pediatrics and as a founding associate editor of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. In addition, I have served as editor or co-editor of 12 books in the fields of pediatrics and infectious diseases, including The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics, Symptom-Based Diagnosis in Pediatrics, Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Essentials for Practice — all published by McGraw-Hill Education, as well as Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 21st edition, published by Elsevier, Inc.
BA: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1993.
MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1998.
Residency: Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.
Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005; Academic General Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.
MSCE: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2007.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2001, 2008; Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 2005.
Pediatric infectious diseases; pediatric hospital medicine; community-acquired pneumonia; bacterial meningitis; observational study designs; administrative data sources
Infectious Diseases, Hospital Medicine
Put away the shoe polish: Strengthen a learning culture by embracing vulnerability. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2023; 18:775-776.
Advancing pediatric medication safety using real-world data: Current problems and potential solutions. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2023; 18:865-869.
Social media as a catalyst to improve (personal) health. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2023; 18:659-660.
Variation in Inhaled Medication Use for Infants With Congenital Heart Disease and Bronchiolitis. Hospital Pediatrics. 2023; 13:710-717.
Viral Detection Is Associated With Severe Disease in Children With Suspected Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2023; 39:465-469.
Polypharmacy among medicaid-insured children with and without documented obesity. Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy. 2023; 43:588-595.
Ambulatory follow-up among publicly insured children discharged from the emergency department. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2023; 30:721-730.
Impact of Adjunct Corticosteroid Therapy on Quality of Life for Children With Suspected Pneumonia. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2023; 39:482-487.
Mission-driven chutzpah and other life lessons. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2023; 18:565-567.
Notes from the Field: Update on Pediatric Intracranial Infections - 19 States and the District of Columbia, January 2016-March 2023. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2023; 72:608-610.
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