Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Kevin J O'Leary, MD, MS

Kevin J O'Leary, MD, MS

Associate Vice Chair for Quality, Department of Medicine
Chief of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine

Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Focus of Work

Bio

Kevin J. O’Leary, MD, MS, is Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, Associate Chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine, and Key Medical Director for the general medicine services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He also serves as the Capstone Co-director for the Northwestern University Master’s degree program in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. He is the founding Director of the Northwestern Medicine Academy for Quality and Safety Improvement (NM AQSI), a professional develop...[Read full text]Kevin J. O’Leary, MD, MS, is Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, Associate Chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine, and Key Medical Director for the general medicine services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He also serves as the Capstone Co-director for the Northwestern University Master’s degree program in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. 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.[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

Kevin is the author of peer reviewed publications related to hospital medicine, medical education, healthcare quality, and patient safety. His primary research interest is interprofessional collaboration and teamwork. He is an Associate 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 project, a study funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ...[Read full text]Kevin is the author of peer reviewed publications related to hospital medicine, medical education, healthcare quality, and patient safety. His primary research interest is interprofessional collaboration and teamwork. He is an Associate 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 project, a study funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) which provides mentored implementation to help sites redesign clinical microsystems to improve patient outcomes.[Shorten text]

Clinical Focus

Kevin is an internal medicine physician who helped establish 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-leaders...[Read full text]Kevin is an internal medicine physician who helped establish 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.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • MD: University of Illinois - Chicago (1997)
  • MS: Northwestern University (2009)
  • Residency: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) (2000)
  • Board Certification: Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine