Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chief, Division of General Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, Senior Investigator in the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. Dr. Mangione-Smith’s goal as a researcher is to help narrow the quality gap that exists in pediatric care. More specifically, through her research program, she designs and conducts studies that facilitate assessment of healthcare quality as well as the development and testing of interventions aimed at improving pediatric care. Her current extramurally funded research focuses on the development of quality assessment tools for the inpatient setting and evaluation of interventions aimed at improving antibiotic prescribing in outpatient primary care. Dr. Mangione-Smith is also Director of the Outcomes Assessment Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital which focuses on routinely assessing caregiver and patient-reported outcomes during and after admission to the hospital. She also devotes time to the mentorship of several trainees and junior faculty on the conduct of rigorous QI research in her role as Quality of Care Research Fellowship Director at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.