Member of the Faculty of Pediatrics
Boston Children's Hospital
Main 11 South Medical Critical Care
300 Longwood Ave
Boston MA 02115
|University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines||MD||05/2002|
|University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital, Manila, Philippines||12/2005||Pediatric Residency|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland||06/2011||Pediatric Residency|
|Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland||06/2014||Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship|
|University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa||MS||05/2017||Translational Biomedicine|
Dr. Cifra is a health services researcher in the field of diagnostic excellence in critical care. She completed pediatric critical care fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and received formal quality improvement training at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. She completed her MS degree in Translational Biomedicine at the University of Iowa. Dr. Cifra has published foundational studies on diagnostic error in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and has proposed a unified research agenda for diagnostic excellence in critical medicine. She is currently studying diagnostic error epidemiology and the role of diagnostic uncertainty in the assessment of critically ill children on PICU admission and is conducting ethnographic work in the PICU to delineate the role of referral communication in the PICU diagnostic process. She is also leading innovative work on standardizing referral communication for interfacility transfers to the PICU and improving feedback to PICU-referring clinicians.
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