Rita Mangione-Smith, M.D., M.P.H., was appointed Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington and Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in August 2019. She is also a Professor in the Department of Health System Science at Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Before joining Kaiser Permanente Washington, Dr. Mangione-Smith served as Professor and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine in the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics and as an Investigator in the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Chief.

As a Senior Investigator at KPWHRI, Dr. Mangione-Smith’s research primarily focuses on assessing pediatric quality of care and then developing, evaluating, and implementing quality improvement interventions in areas such as transitions between sites of care and hospital-based care for respiratory illness and mental health. She has also conducted extensive research on doctor-parent communication, studying how interactions influence the decision to prescribe antibiotics for acute respiratory illness in pediatric outpatient settings. Based on this work, she has developed a multifaceted quality improvement intervention for outpatient providers called Dialogue Around Respiratory Illness treatment (DART).

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