Stephen Pearlman, M.D., MSHQS

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Stephen Pearlman, M.D., MSHQS

Stephen Pearlman, M.D., MSHQS

Clinical Effectiveness Officer

Expertise & Research Interests

  • Healthcare Quality and Safety
  • Communication and Resolution Programs
  • Neonatal Intensive Care


  • M.D., Medicine, University of Rome
  • BS, Biochemistry, Cornell University
  • Masters, Healthcare Quality and Safety, MSHQS, Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health

Stephen Pearlman, M.D., MSHQS

Clinical Effectiveness Officer

Dr. Stephen Pearlman, a neonatologist by training, is the quality and patient safety officer for Women and Children’s Services at ChristianaCare. Pearlman has led initiatives that have been spotlighted by the federal government as exemplars of how to improve safety at health systems. He has expertise in neonatology, intensive care, and pediatrics.


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Media Appearances

CANDOR Promotes Safety Reporting, Employee Support at Christiana Care Health System

1970-01-01 , Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Stephen Pearlman, M.D., quality and safety officer for Women and Children’s Services and physician lead for the CANDOR program at Christiana Care, said the increase in patient safety reporting includes some "near misses." Christiana Care commonly refers to these as "good catches" because staff are encouraged to report and correct unsafe conditions before they contribute to patient harm...

Honking horns wish ChristianaCare VP a happy retirement

2020-05-29 , Delaware Online
"She is really a ChristianaCare treasure," said Dr. Stephen Pearlman, who worked with Campbell. "She was foundational to creating the whole culture of safety within the organization" Pearlman added. "When a situation such as the COVID-19 arises a lot of things that she had put in place in terms of how we monitor patients' well being and processes, et cetera, is fundamental to how we deal with a crisis like this..."
Selected Papers and Publications

Why Quality Matters

2015-04-28 , Journal of Perinatology
In 1999 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued its seminal report ‘To Err is Human’ in which it stated that 44 000 to 98 000 patients die each year in US hospitals due to medical errors.1 Could this figure be an underestimate? The IOM further estimated the national cost of preventable adverse events between 17 and 29 billion dollars.

Perinatal aspects on the covid-19 pandemic: a practical resource for perinatal–neonatal specialists

2020-04-10 ,
Background - Little is known about the perinatal aspects of COVID-19.
Objective - To summarize available evidence and provide perinatologists/neonatologists with tools for managing their patients.
Methods - Analysis of available literature on COVID-19 using Medline and Google scholar.

A practical guide to publishing a quality improvement paper

2021-01-04 ,
Quality improvement (QI) is a relatively new and evolving field as it applies to healthcare. Hence, publishing a QI paper may present certain challenges as QI differs from standard types of scientific research. Some considerations in writing are inherent to all types of manuscripts submitted for publication, whereas others are unique to QI papers. This paper, the final in a series of eight papers related to QI in the neonatal setting, describes the best practices for writing and publishing QI manuscripts. Common pitfalls to avoid are also highlighted.

Quality Improvement to Reduce Neonatal CLABSI: The Journey to Zero
Neonatal infections, including those associated with central lines, continue to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality despite many other improvements in neonatal outcomes. Over the past decades, significant advances have been made to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) using quality improvement methodology.

Do quality improvement projects require IRB approval?

2021-03-23 ,
Journal of Perinatology (2021)

Creating a Highly Reliable Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Through Safer Systems of Care

2017-09-01 ,
- Creating a culture of safety is the key to making the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
- Incident reporting and analysis are critical to improving patient safety.
- A nonpunitive approach promotes staff engagement in safety activities.
- An interdisciplinary approach is fundamental to NICU safety efforts.
- Unplanned extubation is a NICU safety concern that can be addressed using quality improvement methodology.

Development of a single-center quality bundle to prevent sudden unexpected postnatal collapse

2019-05-14 ,
- Recent reports suggest a rising awareness of sudden unexpected postnatal collapse (SUPC).
Local problem
- Five SUPC events during a 17-month period.
- A multidisciplinary team used a quality-improvement approach to develop the intervention. The smart aim was to develop a bundled intervention to eliminate SUPC from occurring in the delivery room during skin-to-skin care.
External Service and Affiliations
  • American Board of Pediatrics