Tina Schade Willis, MD

Dr. Tina Schade Willis is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at North Carolina Children's Hospital. She is also the Co-Director of the North Carolina Children's Center for Clinical Excellence. She is currently the Principal Investigator for an AHRQ funded grant,Improving Patient Safety in a Pediatric Service Line. This project has two primary goals. The first goal was to implement a robust communication and teamwork foundation for the general care of the inpatient pediatric congenital heart disease service line using a tailored training program, TeamSTEPPS. The second goal was to design and implement Integrated Clinical Pathways (ICP) for two of the most common congenital heart disease diagnoses, using the specific teamwork tools of TeamSTEPPS and evidence‐based standardized care throughout the entire hospital stay. Under Dr. Schade Willis's leadership, the study team reached their goal of training more than 85% of the clinical personnel throughout the entire pediatric congenital heart disease service line in the methods of TeamSTEPPS. She has also served as the Principal Investigator of a pediatric sedation study that aimed to provide a coordinated approach to improving the quality and safety of pediatric sedations at UNC Hospitals. She is a previous recipient of the North Carolina Hospitals National Patient Safety Foundation Socius Award.