Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Research Faculty

Kevin J. O’Leary, MD, MS is Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine for Quality. Most of his professional activities involve leading, teaching, and/or researching quality improvement. He also serves as Senior Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

 Dr. O’Leary is the author of peer reviewed publications related to hospital medicine, medical education, and healthcare quality, patient safety, and patient-centered care. His primary research interest is inter-professional teamwork. He served as principal investigator of the INTERdisciplinary Approaches to Communication and Teamwork (INTERACT) project, a study funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to evaluate the effect of a multifaceted intervention to enhance teamwork on hospital care units. In 2013, the INTERACT project team received the SHM Award for Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement. 

 Dr. O’Leary is currently conducting studies evaluating innovative strategies to engage patients and family members in the hospital plan of care. Examples include novel rounding strategies to bring professional teams to the bedside and the use of tablet computers with patient portals and other tools to provide information to patients and family members. 

Jeffrey H. Barsuk, MD, MS is Associate Program Director in the internal medicine residency program. Dr. Barsuk’s research focuses on optimizing physicians’ procedure performance using simulation technology. These efforts have been based on the mastery learning theoretical framework, and his research team uses rigorous, validated standards for physician training. His team has published over 50 articles on this topic and demonstrated how this approach to procedure training improves patient care and outcomes. Dr. Barsuk currently serves as the Director of Simulation and Patient Safety at Feinberg School of Medicine.

Additionally, Dr. Barsuk is recognized nationally as a medical educator. He has been given national awards for medical education from the Society of Hospital Medicine, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He was also named a top ten hospitalist in 2011 by the American College of Physicians. Dr. Barsuk served on the Society of Hospital Medicine’s education committee and has written curricula for procedure training for physicians nationally. He has lectured internationally on the use of simulation-based medical education to improve patient safety.

Eytan Szmuilowicz, MD is the Principal Investigator of the PACT program. He practices palliative care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is Director of the Section of Palliative Medicine. After completing Palliative Medicine fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, and prior to moving to Chicago with his family in 2008, he practiced both palliative and primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. He has developed and studied palliative care curricula for hospitalists, residents, nurses, and medical students, with particular focus on teaching challenging patient-clinician communication skills. He has received numerous teaching awards and in 2010 received a Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award for excellence in end-of-life care.