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F. Sessions Cole is the Chief Medical Officer at St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Children's Health, Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and Chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, where he oversees the 120-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Dr. Cole is a leading national advocate for prevention of premature birth and the importance of family partnerships in care for critically ill newborn infants. Dr. Cole has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, on ABC World News Tonight and has served as a contributing writer to ABC News Health. Dr. Cole's current research efforts focus on leveraging state of the art genomic sequencing and computational analysis strategies as well as high throughput model system screening methods to apply precision medicine to newborn infants. Using these approaches and extramural support from the NIH and the Children's Discovery Institute, he has contributed to the discovery of genomic variants associated with progressive respiratory failure in term and near term infants and with extreme, undiagnosed birth defect phenotypes.
Dr. Landrigan is Research Director of the Inpatient Pediatrics Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, Director of the Sleep and Patient Safety Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He has been working as a pediatric hospitalist and patient safety researcher for 20 years. Dr. Landrigan has led numerous studies regarding: the effects of physician sleep deprivation on patient safety; quality and efficiency in pediatric hospitalist vs. traditional care systems; variation in the use of evidence-based therapies; the performance of adverse event surveillance systems in hospitals; statewide temporal trends in rates of adverse events; the effects of the ACGME duty hour standards on safety, education, and resident physician quality of life; the effects of computerized order entry systems on patient safety; the relationship between house staff depression, burn out, and patient safety; and the effects of handoff and communication improvements (I-PASS) on patient safety. From this research, Dr. Landrigan has authored or co-authored over 100 articles in the medical literature, including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, BMJ, Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics, and other leading journals. In addition, Dr. Landrigan was the founding chair and is currently an Executive Council Member of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network, a collaboration of over 100 pediatric hospitals studying quality and variation in the care of hospitalized children, with the goal of developing and disseminating improvements.