Wallis (Ty) Muhly, MD is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Dr. Muhly is interested in clinical outcomes research related to pediatric surgery and using quality improvement (QI) methodologies to improve outcomes following complex pediatric surgical procedures. Recent work has included a leadership role in the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Improvement Network, which, having completed initial analysis of a 2-year prospective multi-institutional observational database, will generate unique insight into the management and outcomes of children undergoing chest wall reconstruction surgery. Additionally, working with a multidisciplinary QI team at CHOP that included surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapist and pharmacists, Dr. Muhly led the development of a standardized recovery protocol for patients undergoing posterior spinal fusion for idiopathic scoliosis which resulted in earlier functional recovery, improved pain control, and shorter length of stay. Dr. Muhly was also part of team that used the QI framework to design and implement a dedicated spine surgery team at CHOP which has produced sustained improvement in intraoperative efficiency. Currently, Dr. Muhly is developing patient-centered qualitative investigations to better understand the factors that matter to children and parents following surgery with the goal of developing a composite recovery score for assessing outcomes following pediatric surgery.
Dr. Muhly is a Senior Scholar at the the University of Pennsylvania Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation (CPORT). He is a founding member of the INQUIRE (Informatics, Quality Improvement, and Research) group at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, whose mission is to determine core pediatric clinical perioperative outcomes using bioinformatics, research and quality improvement methodologies, and to develop diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to improve them. The identification of core perioperative outcomes in pediatrics will inform research and quality improvement efforts and serve as a tool for optimizing healthcare delivery and costs in pediatric surgical populations.