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UW Pediatrics

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Univ. of Washington Box 356320
1959 NE Pacific St, RR542A HSB
Seattle, WA 98195-6320

206.543.3200 (phone)
206.543.8926 (fax)

Kirti Upadhyay, MD

Associated with Fellowship(s)
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship
Professional Bio

Clinical Interest: Passionate about providing evidence‐based care to critically sick and high‐risk newborns. Special interests include quality improvement, value-based care, neonatal infections, host‐pathogen interactions, neonatal resuscitation, care of ELBW infants and antibiotic stewardship.

Scholarly focus: Dr. Upadhyay has a keen focus on improving the overall quality and value‐based care at institutional level and beyond. He is a proponent of achieving the highest quality of clinical care by continuous improvements and standardization across the health system by meticulously incorporating potentially better practices. As a part of QI scholar Program funded by UW Pediatrics; his most recent project is focused on reducing the air leak syndromes in newborns.

Research Funding:

2020-2022      Prevention of pneumothorax across Regional NICU network-Quality Improvement Scholarship,  University of Washington, $16,500

2021-2023      Institute of Healthcare Improvement Fellow, $28,500

2022- 2023     Improving use of RSI (rapid sequence intubation) process to reduce adverse events during tracheal intubations; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality $2500  

2022- 2023     Physician Leadership Development, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State Medical Association $24,000             

Administration/Education roles: Dr. Upadhyay is serving as Medical Director of NICU at University of Washington Medical Center. He is also serving as Director of Quality for Division of Neonatology. He is also the Clerkship Director for UWMC NICU. He is involved in various divisional clinical and administrative committees focused on fellowship, education, faculty recruitment and QI. He is also a member of AAP subcommittee for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Section of Early Career Physician Leadership Workgroup.