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Dr. Kevin J. O'Leary

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

John T. Clarke Professor of Medicine Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine
Associate Chair for Quality, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director for Quality Northwestern Memorial Hospital


Areas of Focus

  • Healthcare quality
  • Hospital medicine
  • Patient safety
  • Interprofessional teamwork


  • Performs system redesign to improve interprofessional teamwork
  • Uses technology to improve communication in healthcare
  • Characterizes the work of hospitalists and the impact on patient outcomes
  • Teaches quality improvement methods to healthcare professionals


O'Leary is the founding Director of the Northwestern Medicine Academy for Quality and Safety Improvement (NM AQSI), a professional development program to train leaders in quality improvement. AQSI received the Leape Ahead Award in 2015 and the John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality in 2020. O'Leary also is deputy editor of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.