Alexander Fiks, MD, MSCE is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Associate Medical Director for the Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC), CHOP's practice-based research network, and the Associate Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP’s) Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), a national research network. His research focuses on using health information technology to improve healthcare outcomes for children, using strategies such as clinical decision support, telephony, and social media. He is also interested in how technology can be used to improve family participation in clinical decision-making, foster shared decision-making between clinicians and families, and improve health outcomes.
Dr. Fiks was the principal investigator for a recent clinical trial involving over 20,000 adolescent girls which implemented clinical decision support targeted at both clinicians and families to improve HPV vaccination rates. This study found that decision support directed at both families and clinicians most effectively increased HPV vaccination rates. The study serves as a model for integrating decision support into health care delivery. He is also leading a study that aims to develop and test a novel intervention to promote healthy growth in infants using Facebook-based peer groups for low-income mothers. In addition, Dr. Fiks is the Co-Principal Investigator of a study involving the AAP and 4 health systems to investigate how to best use electronic health record data to improve medication effectiveness and safety in pediatrics.
Dr. Fiks received his medical degree from Harvard University, and received a Master's of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received additional training in clinical informatics.