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Kathy Shaw, MD, MSCE
Kathy Shaw
Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Shaw is an emergency medicine physician, clinical epidemiologist, and national leader in the fields of pediatric emergency medicine and quality and patient safety. She is most noted for her research in the diagnosis and management of acute pediatric illness and injuries, most notably UTI,
dehydration, and bronchiolitis.



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Dr. Shaw, a national leader in the fields of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and healthcare quality and patient safety, serves as the Department of Pediatrics’ associate chair for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. At the University of Pennsylvania, she is co-director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety. Dr. Shaw also is a senior epidemiologist for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).

She has devoted much of her career to the academic development of faculty in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, having served as chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine for 19 years. During that time, she mentored and built an academic faculty of 50 physicians and PhDs and 12 fellows.

Currently, as associate chair for the Department of Pediatrics, she is a leader and mentor to many faculty and fellows across multiple specialties and areas of research. In her role, she is also responsible for improving and monitoring the quality and safety of clinical care of more than 400 physicians and in promoting their academic development.

Dr. Shaw has actively helped promote faculty development at the University of Pennsylvania and served on the Committee on Appointments and Promotions and the Gender Equity Committee. Nationally, she has served as a senior epidemiologist and mentor for the PECARN Protocol Review and Development Committee for investigators, in addition to speaking at national leadership conferences on faculty and academic career development.

Education and Training

BS, Union College (Biology), 1978

MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1982

MSCE, University of Pennsylvania (Epidemiology), 1987

Titles and Academic Titles

Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Co-Director, Advance Skills in Quality and Patient Safety Residency Track

Associate Chair for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

Attending Physician

Nicholas Crognale Endowed Chair in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, 1985-

American College of Emergency Physicians, 1987-

Ambulatory Pediatric Association, 1987-

American Medical Association, 1987-

Association of Women Faculty and Administrators, 1987-

Society for Medical Decision Making, 1989-

American Public Health Association, 1989-

Society for Pediatric Research, 2000-

Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, 2002-

Professional Awards

The Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2006

The Jean A. Cortner Divisional Teaching Award for Excellence in and Commitment to Resident Education (Emergency Medicine), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2007

FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine, The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2011

Faculty Mentor Award, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2012

National Emergency Medicine Director of the Year Award, American College of Emergency Physician, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, and Blue Jay Consultants, 2015

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