Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network

Andrew D. Auerbach, MD, MPH

Andrew Auerbach MD MPH is Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, in the Division of Hospital Medicine, where he is Director of Research for the Division, co-directs the Research Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, and is the Chair of the Clinical Content Oversight Committee for UCSF Medical Center. He has received the Mack Lipkin Award for Outstanding research as a fellow, and the Western Society for Clinical Investigation Outstanding Investigator award.

Dr. Auerbach’s research has been published in prominent journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Archives of Internal Medicine. He has had continuous funding from the National Institute of Health for more than a decade, and has also developed industry and health system partnerships that will provide substantial ongoing support for healthsystem innovation. 

Dr. Auerbach is a widely recognized leader in Hospital Medicine, having authored or co-authored the seminal research describing effects of hospital medicine systems on patient outcomes, costs, and care quality.  He leads a 13-hospital research collaborative focused on new discoveries in healthcare delivery models in acute care settings, and continues an active research mentoring program at UCSF.  Dr. Auerbach’s leadership extends to his role in the Maintenance of Certification Committee at the American Board of Internal Medicine, where he and colleagues work to refine board certification examinations applied to all practicing hospitalists.  In addition, Dr. Auerbach serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the flagship peer-reviewed publication for the field of Hospital Medicine.

Benard P. Dreyer, MD

Dr. Dreyer is Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine and Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics there. He is President-Elect of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), after previously serving in the position of Chair of the Research Committee for the APA, Co-Chair of Region 2, and Chair of the Division Directors SIG. He is on the Program Committee for the annual Pediatric Academic Societies national meeting. He is also very active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), where he is Co-Chair of the AAP Health Literacy Program Advisory Committee and a Past President of the AAP NY Chapter 3. He has been a member of the AAP Council on Communications and Media (COCM) and a liaison member of the Committee on Pediatric Research (COPR).

His research interests include improving outcomes in early childhood development in young children, exploring the effects of media violence on child behavior, understanding the impact of the home environment on child development, determining the impact of media on the development and behavior of young children, and testing ways to improve health literacy and decrease medication errors. In recognition of his national reputation as a leader in efforts to improve health literacy in pediatrics, he was appointed to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy. His research with his collaborators has been instrumental in documenting the improved outcomes seen in children exposed to early literacy programs such as Reach-Out-And-Read, and has been on the forefront of studying ways to improve communications between providers and families with lower literacy/health literacy and limited English proficiency, and has received NIH and foundation funding for this research.

He is co-editor of the book, Plain Language Pediatrics: Health Literacy Strategies and Communication Resources for Common Pediatric Topics, which was recently published by the AAP, and is on the editorial board of the journal Academic Pediatrics. Dr. Dreyer has led workshops at three of the APA Leadership Conferences, and has presented on leadership at regional meetings and at the PAS. At his own institution, NYU, he leads the Curriculum Committee for the Medical School and is valued teacher and mentor. He has mentored many faculty who have gone on to become successful independent researchers. He is a national mentor in the New Century Scholars Program and the APA Young Investigator Award Program. He has been course director for the Physician, Patient and Society Course for many years and is now leading a major curriculum change within NYU School of Medicine. He received the Master Educator Award from NYU in recognition of his teaching and mentoring of students, residents, fellows, and faculty.

Matt Hall, PhD

Senior Statistician

Matt provides statistical support to all divisions of Child Health Corporation of America with a particular focus on Performance Improvement. His responsibilities include datamining CHCA's Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) to provide owner hospitals with prescriptive analytics, and to determine ways in which data residing at CHCA can be used to benefit owner hospitals. He also leads multiple collaborative groups of physicians from CHCA Owner hospitals in health services research using PHIS data.

Before joining CHCA, Matt was a biostatistician at The University of Kansas Medical Center where he performed study designs and analyses of clinical trials and basic research. He was also the lead statistician for the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, which was developed in collaboration with the American Nurses Association.

Matt has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Lipscomb University, Masters degrees in mathematics and statistics, and a PhD in mathematics from Florida State University. His interests lie in multi-level modeling, nonparametric statistics, and graphical representations of large datasets. Over the past five years, he has coauthored over thirty papers in peer reviewed medical and statistical journals.

Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH

Associate Executive Director
American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Klein is Associate Executive Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics and founding Director of the AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence. The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center is a national center dedicated to the elimination of children's exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke, funded by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute and the American Legacy Foundation. Dr. Klein is an expert in adolescent medicine and child and adolescent health services research. His research addresses tobacco prevention and control, access and quality of care, and child and adolescent preventive services.

Dr. Klein attended Brandeis University, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and a chief residency at the Boston Floating Hospital, New England Medical Center, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1992 where he was a professor of Pediatrics, Preventive and Community Medicine, and Family Medicine. He served as associate chair of Pediatrics for Community and Government Affairs from 2006 to 2009, and as Interim Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Klein became Associate Executive Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics in September 2009, and became Medical Director of AAP International Health activities in August, 2010.

Jacqueline Kueser, MHA

Vice President, Strategic Relations and R&D Projects,
Child Health Corporation of America

As Vice President of Strategic Relations and Research and Development Projects, Jacqueline Kueser provides oversight for multiple R&D initiatives at CHCA and develops relationships with strategic partners. Jacqueline conducts the annual R&D white paper designed to bring new knowledge to the field of pediatrics for hospital senior executives. In 2011, she focuses on: development of an order sets library across CHCA hospitals, profiling children's hospital efforts in the accountable care environment, and working with teams of hospital executives to create the future vision for pediatric health care. Jacqueline has direct responsibility for oversight of the relationship with the PRIS network to conduct comparative effectiveness analyses for the CHCA hospitals. Jacqueline began her career at CHCA in 1994 as the Director with The Child Health Institute, where her responsibilities included pediatric economic and strategic analysis. She has served roles in facilitating the academic cost analysis study, conducting an annual children's hospital environmental scan and overseeing the Strategy R&D Board Committee for CHCA. Prior to CHCA Jacqueline worked for the University of Kansas Medical Center in research roles and for several long-term care facilities in administration. Jacqueline has a Masters of Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. She is currently working on her PhD in Lifespan Human Development.