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Leadership Academy Program Directors and Faculty

Julia Kim

Julia Kim, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy
Associate Vice Chair, Ambulatory Quality, Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Quality and Safety
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Julia Kim, MD, MPH is the Associate Vice Chair of Ambulatory Quality for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Her clinical and research interests focus on pediatric quality improvement (QI) and patient safety, patient engagement and medication safety, and improving preventive health services delivery to children in the primary care setting. Her work with pediatric QI and patient safety spans both outpatient and inpatient settings, including a Lean Sigma project on improving home medication reconciliation on hospital admission. Dr. Kim received her pediatric and chief residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She completed fellowship training in General Academic Pediatrics, Comparative Effectiveness Research, and Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She received QI and Patient Safety training from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute including her Lean Sigma Green Belt Certification. She served as the American Academy of Pediatrics Maryland Chapter Medical Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from 2014-2015 and led a pediatric obesity QI learning collaborative with primary care pediatricians throughout Maryland.

Samantha Pitts

Samantha Pitts, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy
Assistant Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Samantha Pitts, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and core faculty of the Armstrong Institute. Her research focuses on improving patient safety and the delivery of evidence-based care in ambulatory settings through implementation of team-based models of care, including the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), and the use of health information technology. She is the Champion of a CUSP team in General Internal Medicine and a former Scholar of the Patient Safety and Leadership Academy. Dr. Pitts completed her internal medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco, where she focused on primary care and evidence-based medicine. She subsequently received her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley and completed fellowship training in General Internal Medicine and Comparative Effectiveness Research at Johns Hopkins.

Program Manager:

Chardae Gilchrist


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