Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Kevin J O'Leary, MD, MS

Kevin J O'Leary, MD, MS

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 is the founding Director of the Northwestern Medicine Academy for Quality and Safety Improvement (AQSI), a professional development program to train leaders in quality improvement.

Dr. O'Leary serves in national leadership roles for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM...[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 is the founding Director of the Northwestern Medicine Academy for Quality and Safety Improvement (AQSI), a professional development program to train leaders in quality improvement.

Dr. O'Leary serves in national leadership roles for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). He was Senior Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine and led the development of the SHM Hospital Quality and Patient Safety (HQPS) Online Academy, a set of Internet based modules to provide basic knowledge in healthcare quality to hospitalists and physicians in training. He serves as core faculty for the Quality and Safety Educators Academy (QSEA), jointly sponsored by SHM and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). In 2008, he received the SHM Award for Clinical Excellence.[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

Dr. O'Leary is the author of peer reviewed publications related to hospital medicine, medical education, and healthcare quality and patient safety. His primary research interest is interdisciplinary collaboration and 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 ...[Read full text]Dr. O'Leary is the author of peer reviewed publications related to hospital medicine, medical education, and healthcare quality and patient safety. His primary research interest is interdisciplinary collaboration and 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.[Shorten text]

Clinical Focus

Dr. O'Leary 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. Dr. O'Leary practices as a hospitalist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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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

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