Thursday, October 4

8:00am- 5:30pm

UChicago Medicine, Billings Auditorium (P-117), 860 E. 59th Street

Colleen Kraft

About Event:

This inaugural symposium at The University of Chicago aims to explore the spectrum of quality improvement and its impact in pediatrics, spanning the domains of Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable, and Patient-Centered (STEEEP) care.  In addition, speakers are asked to consider the impact QI can play in creating a healthier childhood.  Speakers will use their experience for improvement projects and research to inform the audience of the potential QI growth in pediatrics over the next decade.

Presenters will discuss:

  • Equity and efficiency in care delivery
  • Community care partnerships
  • Value and waste in pediatrics
  • Safety for children with complex care
  • Scholarship innovations

Keynote Speaker:

Colleen Kraft, MD, MBA FAAP is the 2018 President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her background includes work in primary care pediatrics, pediatric education, and health care financing. Dr. Kraft received her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and her M.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her MBA from the University of Cincinnati. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Kraft led a pediatric accountable care program at Cincinnati Children’s from 2014-2017. Her model incorporated payment to address social determinants of health, high risk care management for children with medical complexity, and improved payment for primary care services. Dr. Kraft’s work in early childhood and population health seeks to translate the goals of health equity into medical practice. As President of the AAP, Dr. Kraft’s focus is in Advancing Child Health through the practice of pediatrics.


  • The event is free and open to all healthcare providers. 
  • Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  
  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.



Time Title Speaker
8:00am Introduction to Pediatric Quality Ajanta Patel, MD, University of Chicago Medicine
8:30am Implementing High Quality Care across the Pediatric Community Alison Tothy, MD, President, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
9:15am Provider-level Data Analytics and Team Quality (Clinical Focus: Emergency Medicine Jim Chamberlain, MD, Children’s National Medical Center
10:00am Scholarship and Quality Outcomes Matt Davis, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital
10:45am Determining Value in Pediatric Care Kao-Ping Chua, MD, University of Michigan
12:00pm Keynote: Leadership in High Quality Care: Quality in Pediatric Networks and National Advocacy Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP President American Academy of Pediatrics
1:00pm Community Health and Quality Outcomes (Clinical Focus: Asthma) Anna Volerman, MD, University of Chicago Medicine
1:45pm Safety at Home for the Medically Complex Child Catherine Hart, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
2:30pm Developing a Multisite Collaboration to Improve Quality Outcomes (Clinical Focus: Tracheostomy Care) Eric Gantwerker, MD, Loyola University
3:30pm- 5:30pm Reception in Knapp Center (KCBD) Lobby — 3:30pm-4:30pm: Breakout Discussions with Speakers                                                                    900 E. 57th Street, Chicago

For more information contact:

Dr. Ajanta Patel