Suni Kaiser, MD, MSc

Title(s)Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th Street, #5774
San Francisco CA 94158
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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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    University of California, San Francisco2020FLAG Fellowship Mentoring Award
    American Academy of Pediatrics2019National Pediatric Hospital Medicine Quality and Safety Award
    American Lung Association2019Innovation Award
    Society for Pediatric Research2017Society for Pediatric Research Inductee
    Academic Pediatric Association2016Young Investigator Award
    American Academy of Pediatrics2009Resident Research Award
    Washington University in St. Louis2008Alpha Omega Alpha
    The Johns Hopkins University2004Phi Beta Kappa

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    The goal of my research program is to improve care quality and health outcomes for hospitalized children. Our focus areas include: 1) growing and synthesizing the evidence base around care of common diagnoses among hospitalized children, 2) accelerating the pace at which evidence is broadly implemented into care, and 3) better leveraging quality improvement efforts to advance health equity. I am currently supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and private foundations. I also help steer the AAP's Value in Inpatient Pediatrics Network and the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network.

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    The SIP Study: Simultaneously Implementing Pathways for Improving Asthma, Pneumonia, and Bronchiolitis Care for Hospitalized Children
    NIH R61HL157804Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Optimizing Care for Hospitalized Children during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality K08 HS024592-05S1Jan 1, 2021 - Dec 31, 2021
    Role: PI
    Description: This proposal's objectives are to identify changes in healthcare delivery for hospitalized children during the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned from these changes, and potential implications of these changes on quality and safety.
    The SHAKE Study: Sustaining High-quality Asthma care for Kids Everywhere
    NIH R03HS027041Apr 1, 2020 - Mar 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: The aims of the proposed research are to identify strategies for promoting sustained delivery of high-quality care for children hospitalized with asthma.
    The PIPA (Pediatric Inpatient Patient Pathways for Asthma) Study: Optimizing Quality of Hospital Care for Children with Asthma
    NIH K08HS024592Mar 1, 2016 - Dec 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: The aims of the proposed research are to identify, test, and disseminate best practices for asthma pathway implementation in order to accelerate use of evidence-based guidelines in clinical practice for children hospitalized with asthma.

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    1. Disparities in Racial, Ethnic, and Payer Groups for Pediatric Safety Events in US Hospitals. Pediatrics. 2024 Mar 01; 153(3). Parikh K, Hall M, Tieder JS, Dixon G, Ward MC, Hinds PS, Goyal MK, Rangel SJ, Flores G, Kaiser SV. PMID: 38343330.
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    2. Child Opportunity Index and Rehospitalization for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions at US Children's Hospitals. Hosp Pediatr. 2023 11 01; 13(11):1028-1037. Parikh K, Lopez MA, Hall M, Bettenhausen J, Sills MR, Hoffmann J, Morse R, Shah SS, Noelke C, Kaiser SV. PMID: 37823239.
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    3. Barriers and Facilitators of High-Efficiency Clinical Pathway Implementation in Community Hospitals. Hosp Pediatr. 2023 Oct 01; 13(10):931-939. Outram SM, Rooholamini SN, Desai M, Edwards Y, Ja C, Morton K, Vaughan JH, Shaw JS, Gonzales R, Kaiser SV. PMID: 37697946; PMCID: PMC10520265.
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    4. Pediatric Respiratory Illnesses: An Update on Achievable Benchmarks of Care. Pediatrics. 2023 08 01; 152(2). Reyes MA, Etinger V, Hronek C, Hall M, Davidson A, Mangione-Smith R, Kaiser SV, Parikh K. PMID: 37403624.
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    5. Characterization of Birth Hospitalizations in the United States. Hosp Pediatr. 2023 05 01; 13(5):426-439. Ding L, Rodean J, Leyenaar JK, Coon ER, Mahant S, Gill PJ, Cabana MD, Kaiser SV. PMID: 37013702.
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    6. Neighborhood Child Opportunity and Emergency Department Utilization. Pediatrics. 2022 10 01; 150(4). Kaiser SV, Hall M, Bettenhausen JL, Sills MR, Hoffmann JA, Noelke C, Morse RB, Lopez MA, Parikh K. PMID: 36052604.
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    7. HEROIC Trials to Answer Pragmatic Questions for Hospitalized Children. Hosp Pediatr. 2022 09 01; 12(9):e312-e318. Coon ER, Bonafide C, Cohen E, Heath A, McDaniel CE, Schroeder AR, Kaiser SV. PMID: 35989332.
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    8. Child Opportunity Index and Changes in Pediatric Acute Care Utilization in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2022 05 01; 149(5). Fritz CQ, Fleegler EW, DeSouza H, Richardson T, Kaiser SV, Sills MR, Cooper JN, Parikh K, Puls HT, DeLaroche AM, Hogan AH, Pantell MS, Kornblith AE, Heller KR, Bigham MT, Goyal M. PMID: 35233618.
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    9. Hospital's observed specific standard practice: A novel measure of variation in care for common inpatient pediatric conditions. J Hosp Med. 2022 06; 17(6):417-426. Bakel LA, Richardson T, De Souza HG, Kaiser SV, Mahant S, Treasure JD, Waynik IY, Winer JC, Bajaj L. PMID: 35535935.
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    10. Common Diagnoses and Costs in Pediatric Hospitalization in the US. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 03 01; 176(3):316-318. Kaiser SV, Rodean J, Coon ER, Mahant S, Gill PJ, Leyenaar JK. PMID: 34962555; PMCID: PMC8715384.
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    11. Pediatric Hospital Medicine Needs More Randomized Controlled Trials. Hosp Pediatr. 2022 03 01; 12(3):e116-e118. Kaiser SV, Schroeder AR, Coon ER. PMID: 35190804.
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    12. Effect of a Quality Improvement Bundle to Standardize the Use of Intravenous Fluids for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients: A Stepped-Wedge, Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 01 01; 176(1):26-33. Rooholamini SN, Jennings B, Zhou C, Kaiser SV, Garber MD, Tchou MJ, Ralston SL. PMID: 34779837; PMCID: PMC8593833.
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    13. Quality and Safety in Hospital Pediatrics During COVID-19: A National Qualitative Study. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 Dec 22. De Angulo NR, Penwill N, Pathak PR, Ja C, Elster MJ, Hochreiter D, Newton JM, Wilson KM, Kaiser SV. PMID: 34939112.
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    14. Changes in pediatric hospital care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a national qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 09 11; 21(1):953. Penwill NY, Roessler De Angulo N, Pathak PR, Ja C, Elster MJ, Hochreiter D, Newton JM, Wilson KM, Kaiser SV. PMID: 34511079; PMCID: PMC8435183.
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    15. Strategies for sustaining high-quality pediatric asthma care in community hospitals. Health Serv Res. 2022 02; 57(1):125-136. Jaladanki S, Schechter SB, Genies MC, Cabana MD, Rehm RS, Howell E, Kaiser SV. PMID: 34382224; PMCID: PMC8763281.
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    16. Does being a coach benefit clinician-educators? A mixed methods study of faculty self-efficacy, job satisfaction and burnout. Perspect Med Educ. 2022 01; 11(1):45-52. Elster MJ, O'Sullivan PS, Muller-Juge V, Sheu L, Kaiser SV, Hauer KE. PMID: 34406613; PMCID: PMC8371581.
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    17. Development of a Health Disparities Index: Proof of Concept with Chest Radiography in Asthma. J Pediatr. 2021 11; 238:290-295.e1. Parikh K, Hall M, Kaiser SV, Hogan AH, Bettenhausen JL, Lopez MA, Sills MR. PMID: 34284032.
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    18. Identifying Conditions With High Prevalence, Cost, and Variation in Cost in US Children's Hospitals. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 07 01; 4(7):e2117816. Gill PJ, Anwar MR, Thavam T, Hall M, Rodean J, Kaiser SV, Srivastava R, Keren R, Mahant S, Pediatric Research in Inpatient Setting (PRIS) Network. PMID: 34309667; PMCID: PMC8314139.
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    19. Preventing COVID-19 Transmission in Education Settings. Pediatrics. 2021 09; 148(3). Kaiser SV, Watson A, Dogan B, Karmur A, Warren K, Wang P, Camano Sosa M, Olarte A, Dorsey S, Su M, Brown L, Sachdev D, Bardach NS. PMID: 34112660.
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    20. Safety Events in Children's Hospitals During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 06; 11(6):e95-e100. Masonbrink AR, Harris M, Hall M, Kaiser S, Hogan AH, Parikh K, Clark NA, Rangel S. PMID: 33958441.
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    21. Utilization and effects of mobile electronic clinical decision support on pediatric asthma care quality in the emergency department and inpatient setting. JAMIA Open. 2021 Apr; 4(2):ooab019. Kerns E, McCulloh R, Fouquet S, McDaniel C, Ken L, Liu P, Kaiser S. PMID: 33898935; PMCID: PMC8054033.
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    22. Improving Isotonic Maintenance Intravenous Fluid Use at a Tertiary Children's Hospital. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 04; 11(4):374-379. Nordstrom M, Landman G, Pfaff N, Kaiser SV. PMID: 33785518.
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    23. Impact of a National Quality Collaborative on Pediatric Asthma Care Quality by Insurance Status. Acad Pediatr. 2021 08; 21(6):1018-1024. Schechter SB, Pantell MS, Parikh K, Nkoy F, McCulloh R, Fassl B, Kaiser SV. PMID: 33607330.
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    24. High-risk Behavior Screening and Interventions in Hospitalized Adolescents. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 03; 11(3):293-297. Pfaff N, Pantell MS, Kaiser SV. PMID: 33568420.
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    25. Sustainability of paediatric asthma care quality in community hospitals after ending a national quality improvement collaborative. BMJ Qual Saf. 2021 11; 30(11):876-883. Schechter S, Jaladanki S, Rodean J, Jennings B, Genies M, Cabana MD, Kaiser SV. PMID: 33468549.
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    26. Emergency Visits and Hospitalizations for Child Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2021 04; 147(4). Kaiser SV, Kornblith AE, Richardson T, Pantell MS, Fleegler EW, Fritz CQ, Parikh K, Zagel A, Sills MR, Souza HG, Goyal MK, Hogan AH, Heller KR, DeLaroche AM, Cooper JN, Puls HT. PMID: 33380432.
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    27. Predictors of Quality Improvement in Pediatric Asthma Care. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 12; 10(12):1114-1119. Kaiser S, Gupta N, Mendoza J, Azzarone G, Parikh K, Nazif J, Cattamanchi A. PMID: 33257318.
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    28. Effectiveness of Pediatric Asthma Pathways in Community Hospitals: A Multisite Quality Improvement Study. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2020 Nov-Dec; 5(6):e355. Desai M, Caldwell K, Gupta N, Bekmezian A, Cabana MD, Auerbach AD, Kaiser SV. PMID: 33134758; PMCID: PMC7591126.
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    29. Pathways to Improve Pediatric Asthma Care: A Multisite, National Study of Emergency Department Asthma Pathway Implementation. J Pediatr. 2020 08; 223:100-107.e2. Kaiser SV, Johnson MD, Walls TA, Teach SJ, Sampayo EM, Dudley NC, Zorc JJ. PMID: 32409021.
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    30. Pathways for Improving Inpatient Pediatric Asthma Care (PIPA): A Multicenter, National Study. Pediatrics. 2020 06; 145(6). Kaiser SV, Jennings B, Rodean J, Cabana MD, Garber MD, Ralston SL, Fassl B, Quinonez R, Mendoza JC, McCulloch CE, Parikh K. PMID: 32376727.
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    31. Implementing pediatric inpatient asthma pathways. J Asthma. 2021 07; 58(7):893-902. Gupta N, Cattamanchi A, Cabana MD, Jennings B, Parikh K, Kaiser SV. PMID: 32160068.
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    32. Implementation of a multidisciplinary discharge videoconference for children with medical complexity: a pilot study. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2020; 6:27. Ravid NL, Zamora K, Rehm R, Okumura M, Takayama J, Kaiser S. PMID: 32099662; PMCID: PMC7027051.
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    33. Associations Between Social Factor Documentation and Hospital Length of Stay and Readmission Among Children. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 01; 10(1):12-19. Pantell MS, Kaiser SV, Torres JM, Gottlieb LM, Adler NE. PMID: 31888952.
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    34. Feasible Strategies for Sustaining Guideline Adherence: Cross-sectional Analysis of a National Collaborative. Hosp Pediatr. 2019 11; 9(11):903-908. Kaiser SV, Shadman KA, Biondi EA, McCulloh RJ. PMID: 31604794.
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    35. Implementing Pediatric Asthma Pathways in Community Hospitals: A National Qualitative Study. J Hosp Med. 2020 01 01; 15(1):35-41. McDaniel CE, Jeske M, Sampayo EM, Liu P, Walls TA, Kaiser SV. PMID: 31532746.
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    36. Best practices in implementing inpatient pediatric asthma pathways: a qualitative study. J Asthma. 2020 07; 57(7):744-754. Kaiser SV, Lam R, Cabana MD, Bekmezian A, Bardach NS, Auerbach A, Rehm RS, Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network. PMID: 31020879.
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    37. Limitations of Using Pediatric Respiratory Illness Readmissions to Compare Hospital Performance. J Hosp Med. 2018 11; 13(11):737-742. Kaiser SV, Lam R, Joseph GB, McCulloch C, Hsia RY, Cabana MD, Bardach NS. PMID: 30484778.
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    38. Using Quality Improvement to Tackle Unwarranted Practice Variation. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 06; 8(6):375-377. Kaiser SV, Garber MD. PMID: 29764910.
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    39. Effectiveness of Pediatric Asthma Pathways for Hospitalized Children: A Multicenter, National Analysis. J Pediatr. 2018 06; 197:165-171.e2. Kaiser SV, Rodean J, Bekmezian A, Hall M, Shah SS, Mahant S, Parikh K, Auerbach AD, Morse R, Puls HT, McCulloch CE, Cabana MD, Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network. PMID: 29571931.
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    40. Rising utilization of inpatient pediatric asthma pathways. J Asthma. 2018 02; 55(2):196-207. Kaiser SV, Rodean J, Bekmezian A, Hall M, Shah SS, Mahant S, Parikh K, Morse R, Puls H, Cabana MD, Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network. PMID: 28521558.
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    41. 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. Kaiser SV, Sundaram V, Cohen E, Shulman R, Guan J, Sanders L, Guttmann A. PMID: 28018888; PMCID: PMC5173459.
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    42. Preventing Exacerbations in Preschoolers With Recurrent Wheeze: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2016 06; 137(6). Kaiser SV, Huynh T, Bacharier LB, Rosenthal JL, Bakel LA, Parkin PC, Cabana MD. PMID: 27230765.
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    43. Profiling Interfacility Transfers for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Jun; 6(6):345-53. Rosenthal JL, Hilton JF, Teufel RJ, Romano PS, Kaiser SV, Okumura MJ. PMID: 27150111.
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    44. Implementation of a neonatal transcutaneous bilirubin screening programme in rural India. Paediatr Int Child Health. 2016 May; 36(2):122-6. Morgan MC, Kumar GS, Kaiser SV, Seetharam S, Ruel TD. PMID: 25844503.
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    45. Risk Factors for Prolonged Length of Stay or Complications During Pediatric Respiratory Hospitalizations. Hosp Pediatr. 2015 Sep; 5(9):461-73. Kaiser SV, Bakel LA, Okumura MJ, Auerbach AD, Rosenthal J, Cabana MD. PMID: 26330245.
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    46. National patterns of codeine prescriptions for children in the emergency department. Pediatrics. 2014 May; 133(5):e1139-47. Kaiser SV, Asteria-Penaloza R, Vittinghoff E, Rosenbluth G, Cabana MD, Bardach NS. PMID: 24753533; PMCID: PMC4006438.
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    47. Predictors of Neonatal Sepsis in Rural Karnataka, India. Asian Journal of Clinical Pediatrics and Neonatology. 2013; 1(4):73-76. Morgan MC, Ruel TD, Kumar GS, Sabnis AJ, Kaiser SV.
    48. 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. Vemula S, Kerr S, Pancharoen C, Siripong A, Kosalaraksa P, Engchanil C, Chuamchaitrakool A, Intasan J, Lumbiganond P, Phanuphak P, Ananworanich J. PMID: 18181332.
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