Sunitha Kaiser
Associate Professor
+1 415 476-5001

Biography

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 3 grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as well as private foundation grants. I also help steer the AAP's Value in Inpatient Pediatrics Network and the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network.

Education and Training

MSc, 2014 Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto
MD, 2008 School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
BA, 2004 Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Publications

Masonbrink AR, Harris M, Hall M, Kaiser S, Hogan AH, Parikh K, Clark NA, Rangel S. Safety Events in Children's Hospitals During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 May 06.
Kerns E, McCulloh R, Fouquet S, McDaniel C, Ken L, Liu P, Kaiser S. 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.
Nordstrom M, Landman G, Pfaff N, Kaiser SV. Improving Isotonic Maintenance Intravenous Fluid Use at a Tertiary Children's Hospital. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 Apr; 11(4):374-379.
Pfaff N, DaSilva A, Ozer E, Kaiser S. Adolescent Risk Behavior Screening and Interventions in Hospital Settings: A Scoping Review. Pediatrics. 2021 Mar 30.
Schechter SB, Pantell MS, Parikh K, Nkoy F, McCulloh R, Fassl B, Kaiser SV. Impact of a National Quality Collaborative on Pediatric Asthma Care Quality by Insurance Status. Acad Pediatr. 2021 Feb 17.
Pfaff N, Pantell MS, Kaiser SV. High-risk Behavior Screening and Interventions in Hospitalized Adolescents. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 Mar; 11(3):293-297.
Schechter S, Jaladanki S, Rodean J, Jennings B, Genies M, Cabana MD, Kaiser SV. Sustainability of paediatric asthma care quality in community hospitals after ending a national quality improvement collaborative. BMJ Qual Saf. 2021 Jan 19.
Kaiser SV, Kornblith AE, Richardson T, Pantell MS, Fleegler EW, Fritz CQ, Parikh K, Zagel A, Sills MR, De Souza HG, Goyal MK, Hogan AH, Heller KR, DeLaroche AM, Cooper JN, Puls HT. Emergency Visits and Hospitalizations for Child Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2020 Dec 30.
Kaiser S, Gupta N, Mendoza J, Azzarone G, Parikh K, Nazif J, Cattamanchi A. Predictors of Quality Improvement in Pediatric Asthma Care. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 Dec; 10(12):1114-1119.
Desai M, Caldwell K, Gupta N, Bekmezian A, Cabana MD, Auerbach AD, Kaiser SV. Effectiveness of Pediatric Asthma Pathways in Community Hospitals: A Multisite Quality Improvement Study. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2020 Nov-Dec; 5(6):e355.
Kaiser SV, Johnson MD, Walls TA, Teach SJ, Sampayo EM, Dudley NC, Zorc JJ. 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, Jennings B, Rodean J, Cabana MD, Garber MD, Ralston SL, Fassl B, Quinonez R, Mendoza JC, McCulloch CE, Parikh K. Pathways for Improving Inpatient Pediatric Asthma Care (PIPA): A Multicenter, National Study. Pediatrics. 2020 06; 145(6).
Gupta N, Cattamanchi A, Cabana MD, Jennings B, Parikh K, Kaiser SV. Implementing pediatric inpatient asthma pathways. J Asthma. 2020 Mar 18; 1-10.
Ravid NL, Zamora K, Rehm R, Okumura M, Takayama J, Kaiser S. Implementation of a multidisciplinary discharge videoconference for children with medical complexity: a pilot study. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2020; 6:27.
Pantell MS, Kaiser SV, Torres JM, Gottlieb LM, Adler NE. Associations Between Social Factor Documentation and Hospital Length of Stay and Readmission Among Children. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 01; 10(1):12-19.
Kaiser SV, Shadman KA, Biondi EA, McCulloh RJ. Feasible Strategies for Sustaining Guideline Adherence: Cross-sectional Analysis of a National Collaborative. Hosp Pediatr. 2019 11; 9(11):903-908.
McDaniel CE, Jeske M, Sampayo EM, Liu P, Walls TA, Kaiser SV. Implementing Pediatric Asthma Pathways in Community Hospitals: A National Qualitative Study. J Hosp Med. 2020 01 01; 15(1):35-41.
Kaiser SV, Lam R, Cabana MD, Bekmezian A, Bardach NS, Auerbach A, Rehm RS. Best practices in implementing inpatient pediatric asthma pathways: a qualitative study. J Asthma. 2020 Jul; 57(7):744-754.
Kaiser SV, Lam R, Joseph GB, McCulloch C, Hsia RY, Cabana MD, Bardach NS. Limitations of Using Pediatric Respiratory Illness Readmissions to Compare Hospital Performance. J Hosp Med. 2018 11; 13(11):737-742.
Kaiser SV, Garber MD. Using Quality Improvement to Tackle Unwarranted Practice Variation. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 06; 8(6):375-377.
Kaiser SV, Rodean J, Bekmezian A, Hall M, Shah SS, Mahant S, Parikh K, Auerbach AD, Morse R, Puls HT, McCulloch CE, Cabana MD. 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, Morse R, Puls H, Cabana MD, . Rising utilization of inpatient pediatric asthma pathways. J Asthma. 2018 02; 55(2):196-207.
Kaiser SV, 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.
Kaiser SV, Huynh T, Bacharier LB, Rosenthal JL, Bakel LA, Parkin PC, Cabana MD. Preventing Exacerbations in Preschoolers With Recurrent Wheeze: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2016 06; 137(6).
Rosenthal JL, Hilton JF, Teufel RJ, Romano PS, Kaiser SV, Okumura MJ. Profiling Interfacility Transfers for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Jun; 6(6):345-53.
Morgan MC, Kumar GS, Kaiser SV, 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.
Kaiser SV, 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.
Kaiser SV, 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.
Morgan MC, Ruel TD, Kumar GS, Sabnis AJ, Kaiser SV. . Predictors of Neonatal Sepsis in Rural Karnataka, India. Asian Journal of Clinical Pediatrics and Neonatology. 2013; 1(4):73-76.
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.