The next person we would like to introduce is former National Advisory Committee member Gabriel J. Escobar, MD, FAAP.
Dr. Escobar is a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research and the director of the Division of Research Perinatal Research Unit. Dr. Escobar received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine; completed his pediatrics residency at University of California, San Francisco; and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Escobar practices clinical medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he works in the neonatal intensive care nursery and as a hospital-based pediatrician. Dr. Escobar’s research interests include the outcome of neonatal intensive care, the epidemiology of neonatal and perinatal care in general, severity of illness scoring, medical informatics, quantification of care processes in obstetrics, and electronic decision support for human-error reduction. He currently serves as a Research Scientist III in the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California and as a Staff Pediatrician in the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California.
We asked Dr. Escobar to discuss his view of the greatest challenges and opportunities related to health care and nursing: