Kevin John O'Leary

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Research Interests

Kevin is Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, Associate Chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine, and Medical Director for Quality for Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is the founding Director of the Northwestern Medicine Academy for Quality and Safety Improvement (NM AQSI), a professional development program to train leaders in quality improvement. In 2015, AQSI received the Leape Ahead Award from the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Kevin is the author of peer reviewed publications related to hospital medicine, medical education, healthcare quality, and patient safety. He is a Deputy Editor for the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. He also serves as principal investigator of the Redesigning Systems to Improve Quality for Hospitalized Patients (RESET) project, an AHRQ funded study which provides mentored implementation to help sites redesign clinical microsystems to improve patient outcomes.

Kevin helped develop Northwestern's hospitalist program, now one of the largest such programs in the nation. Hospitalists are experts in hospital-based patient care, providing general medical care to inpatients and coordinating the management of their complex medical issues. Northwestern’s inpatient medical services are well known for innovative features designed to improve patient care, including unit-based physician teams, unit nurse-physician co-leadership, and structured interdisciplinary rounds.

Certifications and Licenses

Internal Medicine
Hospital Medicine

Training Experience

2000Residency, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)

Education/Academic qualification

MS, Northwestern University

… → 2009

MD, University of Illinois - Chicago

… → 1997

Research interests

  • Healthcare Quality
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Patient Safety

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Grants 2003 2022

Quality Improvement
Guideline Adherence
Lung Neoplasms
Quality of Health Care

Research Output 2001 2019

Characteristics of Syncope Admissions among Hospitals of Varying Teaching Intensity

Ellenbogen, M. I., Brotman, D. J., Lee, J., Koloms, K. & O'Leary, K. J., Mar 1 2019, In : Southern Medical Journal. 112, 3, p. 143-146 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Teaching Hospitals
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
4 Citations (Scopus)

Immediate and long-term effects of a team-based quality improvement training programme

O'Leary, K. J., Fant, A. L., Thurk, J., Bilimoria, K. Y., Didwania, A. K., Gleason, K. M., Groth, M., Holl, J. L., Knoten, C. A., Martin, G. J., O'sullivan, P., Schumacher, M. & Woods, D., May 1 2019, In : BMJ Quality and Safety. 28, 5, p. 366-373 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quality Improvement
Clinical Decision Support Systems
Erythrocyte Transfusion
Open Access
Patient Participation
3 Citations (Scopus)

The ACCOuNT Consortium: A Model for the Discovery, Translation, and Implementation of Precision Medicine in African Americans

Friedman, P. N., Shaazuddin, M., Gong, L., Grossman, R. L., Harralson, A. F., Klein, T. E., Lee, N. H., Miller, D. C., Nutescu, E. A., O'Brien, T. J., O'Donnell, P. H., O'Leary, K. J., Tuck, M., Meltzer, D. O. & Perera, M. A., May 2019, In : Clinical and Translational Science. 12, 3, p. 209-217 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Precision Medicine
African Americans