The Department of Pediatrics, Quality Review Board (QRB) recently welcomed Carolyn Avery, MD, MHS and Kamlesh Athavale, MD, MBBS to its membership.
Avery is assistant professor of pediatrics and internal medicine; medical director of the Med-Peds House Officer Continuity Clinic and Faculty Practice; and, associate medical director for Duke Children’s Primary Care at the Roxboro Street Clinic. Her quality improvement (QI) interests began during her Med-Peds residency where she focused on reducing wasteful spending on unnecessary labs and imaging through provider education. She has since served as a faculty QI mentor for residents and a physician lead for a number of QI projects in the ambulatory care setting, including maternal depression screening, pediatric hypertension documentation, social determinants of health screening, MyChart enrollment, and the accuracy of the EPIC PCP field.
Athavale is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology. He is also the medical director of the Special Care Nursery, Duke Regional Hospital (DRH). He was the founding medical director of the Special Care Nursery at Nash General Hospital--a Duke Medicine affiliate at the time, where he helped advance the nursery from a level 1 to a level 2 designation. Athavale’s recent QI efforts include the introduction of transcutaneous bilirubin at DRH and reducing antibiotic use in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) at Duke University Hospital. He is also interested in implementing glucose gel for newborns at risk for developing hypoglycemia, and reducing blood utilization and lab draws in the NICU.
In addition to Avery and Athavale, the QRB includes Chair Heather S. McLean, MD, vice-chair for quality, Mike Camitta, MD; Katy Bartlett, MD; David Tanaka, MD; Sameer Kamath, MD; Emily Sterrett, MD; Nancy McGreal, MD; Lisa Parnell, MD; Thomas R. Kinney, MD; Jane Trinh, MD; with staff support from Carol Stanley and Jazmine Staton.