Dr. Elissa Z Faro, PhD is the Assistant Director of Pediatric Quality at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Faro’s research focuses on the role of culture in health and health outcomes, as well as the use of quality improvement methods and theories to improve the quality of care delivered to children in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings.
Dr. Faro is the quality improvement advisor on two projects with the American Academy of Pediatrics; one focused on improving and promoting surveillance, screening, and referral for developmental concerns at primary care clinics funded by the CDC and one designed to address the need for the integration of genetics and genomic medicine in the pediatric primary care setting funded by MCHB/HRSA.
Dr. Faro is also a Co-Investigator and the Project Director for a new study that is part of the NIH-funded Environmental Influences on Children Health Outcomes (ECHO) project: the Developmental Impact of NICU Exposures (DINE) study, which will capitalize on the infrastructure, biorepositories, and extensive clinical databases of four existing preterm infant study cohorts to examine the sources and impact of NICU-based phthalate and other potentially harmful exposures on their neurodevelopment, lung health, growth and pubertal development in childhood.
Dr. Faro received her Doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology along with a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Faro taught at Brown University and Dartmouth College before going to NICHQ to work on federally-funded national quality improvement and research projects to improve health for children and their families.