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Sunitha Kaiser

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentPediatrics
Address550 16th. Street
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-476-5001
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    Johns Hopkins UniversityBA2004Public Health Studies
    Washington University in St. LouisMD2008School of Medicine
    University of TorontoMSc2014Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation

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    Dr. Kaiser's goal is to improve quality of care for hospitalized children by accelerating use of evidence-based guidelines in clinical practice. She is currently supported by a Career Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Her objective is to identify, test, and disseminate best practices for clinical pathway implementation to improve quality of care for children hospitalized with respiratory illnesses.

    Her approach, based on the concept of “positive deviance,” is that identification and examination of hospitals that demonstrate exceptional performance with pathway implementation can facilitate the discovery and wide dissemination of strategies to improve care. Steps in this mixed-methods approach include: 1) identify hospitals where pathway implementation led to the largest gains in performance, 2) study these hospitals using qualitative methods to identify best practices associated with high performance, and 3) test these best practices with rigorous design. The rationale is that high-performing hospitals will have replicable pathway implementation practices that will be critical to widespread national uptake, ultimately leading to consistent delivery of evidence-based practices and higher quality of care.

    She has collaborated closely with PRIS, the largest national research network in pediatric hospital medicine, for steps 1 and 2 of this approach. In Fall 2017, she will lead efforts by the AAP and the Value in Inpatient Pediatrics Networks to implement and study a clinical pathway intervention bundle at 50 community hospitals across the country.


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    The PIPA (Pediatric Inpatient Patient Pathways for Asthma) Study: Optimizing Quality of Hospital Care for Children with Asthma
    AHRQ K08HS024592Mar 1, 2016 - Feb 28, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Kaiser S, Sundaram V, Cohen E, Shulman R, Guan J, Sanders L, Guttmann A. Health care for children with diabetes mellitus from low-income families in Ontario and California: a population-based cohort study. CMAJ Open. 2016 Oct-Dec; 4(4):E729-E736. PMID: 28018888.
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    2. Kaiser S, Huynh T, Bacharier LB, Rosenthal JL, Bakel LA, Parkin PC, Cabana MD. Preventing Exacerbations in Preschoolers With Recurrent Wheeze: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2016 Jun; 137(6). PMID: 27230765.
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    3. Rosenthal JL, Hilton JF, Teufel RJ, Romano PS, Kaiser S, Okumura MJ. Profiling Interfacility Transfers for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Jun; 6(6):345-53. PMID: 27150111.
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    4. Morgan MC, Kumar GS, Kaiser S, Seetharam S, Ruel TD. Implementation of a neonatal transcutaneous bilirubin screening programme in rural India. Paediatr Int Child Health. 2016 May; 36(2):122-6. PMID: 25844503.
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    5. Kaiser S, Bakel LA, Okumura MJ, Auerbach AD, Rosenthal J, Cabana MD. Risk Factors for Prolonged Length of Stay or Complications During Pediatric Respiratory Hospitalizations. Hosp Pediatr. 2015 Sep; 5(9):461-73. PMID: 26330245.
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    6. Kaiser S, Asteria-Penaloza R, Vittinghoff E, Rosenbluth G, Cabana MD, Bardach NS. National patterns of codeine prescriptions for children in the emergency department. Pediatrics. 2014 May; 133(5):e1139-47. PMID: 24753533; PMCID: PMC4006438.
    7. Morgan MC, Ruel TD, Kumar GS, Sabnis AJ, Kaiser S . Predictors of Neonatal Sepsis in Rural Karnataka, India. Asian Journal of Clinical Pediatrics and Neonatology. 2013; 1(4):73-76.
    8. Vemula S, Kerr S, Pancharoen C, Siripong A, Kosalaraksa P, Engchanil C, Chuamchaitrakool A, Intasan J, Lumbiganond P, Phanuphak P, Ananworanich J. Incidence and risk factors for non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI)-related rash in Thai children with HIV infection. J Med Assoc Thai. 2007 Nov; 90(11):2437-41. PMID: 18181332.
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