Practice Profiles

Empowering Our Pediatricians

As medical director of the Health Network at Cincinnati Children’s, Colleen Kraft, M.D., plays a key leadership role in an organization modeling innovative ways to deliver healthcare to kids. Now, she’s bringing her skills and expertise to her new role as president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ticking off the list of leadership roles Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP, has held puts into perspective just how well she knows the field of pediatrics. She served as senior medical officer for a Medicaid managed care organization. She founded and ran a pediatrics residency program. She’s currently helping to lead a major pediatric health network in Ohio that is taking a radically innovative approach to delivering care, one that relies on partnership between academia and independent practices. And at the beginning of her career — before taking on all of these varied roles — she worked for two decades in private practice, experience that has helped to shape her vision for the future of the field.

Now, she’s bringing all of that knowledge and understanding with her to her new role as president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kraft takes office as president of the 66,000-plus member organization in January of 2018.

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Vanderbilt University: Raising the Bar for Innovation in Pediatric EHRs

Build an intelligent, user-driven EHR; advocate for physicians at the national policy level; promote interoperability—these are just a few of the aspirations driving research and development in Vanderbilt’s Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Vanderbilt University boasts the largest Department of Biomedical Informatics in the world. Over the past decade, the institution has recruited programmers and physicians leading their fields in cutting-edge research. For example, Dr. Christoph Lehmann was recruited to Vanderbilt by his former mentor, Dr. Kevin Johnson. Lehmann spent seventeen years at Johns Hopkins University, where he undertook fellowships in Neonatology and Applied Informatics before joining Vanderbilt’s faculty. “In 2012, they made me an offer that was too good to refuse,” says Lehmann. “I have only one regret about the move to Vanderbilt, and it’s that I didn’t move earlier.”

Dr. Lehmann belongs to a group of people that some jokingly refer to as the “Vanderbilt Mafia,” an impressive group of innovative Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals. How did Vanderbilt attract its high powered team, and become a hub for pioneering HIT?

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Hold the Vision, Trust the Process

How to be a deliberate creator and achieve work-life balance.

What is balance? It is all relative, since you can only find balance when you know where your own center is.

Doctors, like those in many other professions, spend many years honing our craft. We log countless hours in training and then in “real life” practice we don’t just stop when the day is over—there are patients to follow up on, calls to take, human lives to care about and keep healthy. I have yet to meet a physician who hasn’t gone above and beyond on countless occasions for his or her patients.