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Sunitha Kaiser

Title(s)Associate Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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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    Washington University in St. Louis2008Alpha Omega Alpha
    American Academy of Pediatrics2009Resident Research Award
    Academic Pediatric Association2016Young Investigator Award

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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 SHAKE Study: Sustaining High-quality Asthma care for Kids Everywhere
    AHRQ R03HS027041Apr 1, 2020 - Mar 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    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. Pathways to Improve Pediatric Asthma Care: A Multisite, National Study of Emergency Department Asthma Pathway Implementation. J Pediatr. 2020 Aug; 223:100-107.e2. Kaiser SV, Johnson MD, Walls TA, Teach SJ, Sampayo EM, Dudley NC, Zorc JJ. PMID: 32409021.
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    2. 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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    3. Implementing pediatric inpatient asthma pathways. J Asthma. 2020 Mar 18; 1-10. Gupta N, Cattamanchi A, Cabana MD, Jennings B, Parikh K, Kaiser SV. PMID: 32160068.
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    4. 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.
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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Best practices in implementing inpatient pediatric asthma pathways: a qualitative study. J Asthma. 2020 Jul; 57(7):744-754. Kaiser SV, Lam R, Cabana MD, Bekmezian A, Bardach NS, Auerbach A, Rehm RS. PMID: 31020879.
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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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. PMID: 29571931.
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    12. 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. PMID: 28521558.
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    13. 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.
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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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.
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    19. 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..
    20. 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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