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Caroline M. Quill, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 486-0147

Administrative: (585) 275-6401

Office: (585) 276-4227

Fax: (585) 273-1058

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My inpatient focus is in critical care medicine, with a particular interest in the acute respiratory distress syndrome, critical illness during pregnancy, and the integration of primary palliative care into the care of seriously ill adults. On the outpatient side, I specialize in the care of patients with emphysema, COPD, and other smoking-related lung diseases. I am particularly interested in symptom management, prognostication, and the role of fear and anxiety in patients with advanced lung disease.


As a health services researcher, I am interested in improving the care of seriously ill patients, both in the ICU and outpatient settings. By combining "big data" analysis with survey data and qualitative "patient-level" research, I aim to use the wealth of data we have available through the electronic medical record to better understand patient experience. With my research team at the Rochester Center for Health Informatics, I am developing novel analytic techniques such as network analysis to evaluate the ways that patients move throughout the hospital and the implications for ICU readmissions, disease transmission, and end-of-life care.

I am also interested in provider-patient communication regarding difficult decisions at the end of life. Because of competing time interests, discussions regarding advance directives and "code status" are often rushed and lack tailored information regarding individual patient prognosis from an experienced provider. My prior work has looked at variations in DNR/DNI order writing among intensive care units in the United States. I am currently conducting survey and qualitative research regarding end-of-life discussions and advance directives among seriously ill outpatients. My hypothesis is that many patients have a limited understanding of the options available as well as the implications of the option they select. Ultimately, I plan to develop interventions to improve patient and surrogate understanding of the various treatment options near the end of life, including the use of default options in advance directives for seriously ill patients.



MD | University of Rochester

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/2009 - 02/24/2013
Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine GME

06/21/2007 - 08/31/2009
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine GME

06/20/2006 - 06/20/2007
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine GME

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Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Scholarship
Sponsor: AAMC
Location: Skamania, WA

Finalist, resident teaching award

Finalist, resident teaching award
Sponsor: URMC

ATS Travel Scholarship Award

Alpha Omega Alpha
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine

Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Location: For graduating first in medical school class

Gold Humanism Society
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine

Phi Beta Kappa
Sponsor: Carleton College

Sigma cum laude
Sponsor: Carleton College

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Journal Articles

Rosenberg A; Fucile C; Nelson LA; White RJ; Quill CM; Zand M. "Characterization and Visualization of Prescribing Patterns Identified in the 2013 Medicare Part D Data Set". 2017; .

Quill CM; Bush K; White RJ; Trayhan M; Pinto D; Ng P; Zand MS. "Journey isomorphism among patients admitted to an intensive care unit." 2017; .

Zand MS, Trayhan M, Farooq SA, Fucile C, Ghoshal G, White RJ, Quill CM, Rosenberg A, Barbosa HS, Bush K, Chafi H, Boudreau T. "Properties of healthcare teaming networks as a function of network construction algorithms." PloS one.. 2017 12(4):e0175876. Epub 2017 Apr 20.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Distinguishing innovative therapy from clinical research in the ICU.
Book Title: The Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care
Author List: Quill CM, Halpern SD
Edited By: Deutschman CS, Neligan P
Published By: Elsevier 2010