Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD, MSCE

Dr. Alpern is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Division Head and Director of Research of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  She is a pediatric emergency physician and clinical epidemiologist with particular interest and experience in the use of large multi-site databases within research networks to improve the quality of care delivered to children in emergency departments. Dr. Alpern has studied the epidemiology of emergent presentation of infectious diseases in children and conducted important work to help facilitate the early identification and evaluation of sepsis in children in the emergency department. Dr. Alpern has been a member of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) from the network’s inception in 2001. She is the Principal Investigator for the PECARN Emergency Care Registry, the PECARN Core Data Project, and PEDScreen, a grant to establish the PECARN Sepsis Registry to derive a predictive model of pediatric sepsis in the emergency department.