Christopher Bonafide, MD

Christopher P. Bonafide, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Bonafide is a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on discovering the best ways to identify deteriorating patients in the hospital, and the best mechanisms to respond to those patients to improve outcomes. He is also interested in identifying unintended consequences of interventions intended to improve patient safety. Dr. Bonafide has investigated these areas using a wide range of study designs and methods. He is currently funded by a Career Development Award from NHLBI focused on measuring alarm fatigue— a significant barrier to promptly recognizing clinical deterioration— from physiologic monitoring devices. In addition, Dr. Bonafide co-directs a pediatric hospital medicine research fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia funded by NICHD, the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Training (PHEOT) Program. He serves on the Executive Council of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network, which sets the agenda for pediatric hospital medicine research nationally. In addition to his publications in journals such as JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and Pediatrics, his work has recently been featured on National Public Radio and in The Washington Post. Dr. Bonafide serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine and is an Editorial Board Member of a new journal, Pediatric Quality and Safety. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife (an anesthesiologist at Penn) and children.

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