The goal of the Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is to foster multidisciplinary and innovative research that will positively impact childhood and lifelong health. Efforts in four key research focus areas (genes and biology, physical environment, social and economic factors, and health and behavior needs) will inform prevention, risk screening, and treatment, as well as provide training opportunities for the next generation of pediatrician-scientists to learn from Duke’s cadre of experts. As part of our goal of fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, the CHDI is holding seminar/brainstorming sessions, which we’ve termed “Great Minds Think for Kids”. These lunchtime sessions will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from a guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership.
Details about the August seminar/brainstorming session follow:
Date: August 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location: Trent Semans Center, Room 4067
Seminar Title: "Building a collaborative quality improvement and research network”
Speaker: Alexander Allori, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine
Alexander Allori, MD, MPH is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery. His clinical work and research are focused on the provision of care for children with cleft lip and/or palate, one of the most common birth defects worldwide. Care for patients with cleft lip and/or palate is complex and provided at stages throughout childhood, from birth to young adulthood. Due to its complexity, this care is best coordinated by a multidisciplinary cleft team. However, many factors, that are as yet poorly understood, may negatively impact patient outcomes. Dr. Allori’s goal is to improve care for these children by developing “metrics that matter” – standardized methods to assess outcomes that are meaningful to patients. Integration of these outcome and process metrics into the clinical workflow of multidisciplinary teams will ultimately help improve communication and coordination, resulting in improved outcomes for children with cleft lip and/or palate.