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Derek Zhorne, MD

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Interim Chief Quality Officer, Clinical Associate Professor
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"I joined University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital for the opportunity to provide high-quality, compassionate pediatric care in a family-centered environment. Communicating with patients and their families to understand the outcome they want is very important to my job." — Derek Zhorne

Derek Zhorne, MD is currently the Associate Chief Quality Officer for Children’s and Women’s Services (CWS) and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (MD) and completed pediatric residency, chief residency, and a fellowship in Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Zhorne spends his clinical time in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital as a pediatric hospitalist and he has special interests in evidence-based clinical practice and caring for children with medical complexity. He has received collegiate and departmental teaching awards for his contributions to resident and medical student education. 

In his role as Associate Chief Quality Officer (ACQO) for CWS, he has provided leadership on the continual journey towards delivering safe, effective and evidence-based care for patients. Dr. Zhorne has worked to help standardize care processes and minimize unnecessary variation in care by supporting the creation and utilization of pediatric clinical care guidelines. He has led and supported multiple efforts to improve pediatric medication safety at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, including the implementation of critical dose warning alerts throughout the organization and reducing pediatric adverse drug events due to opioids by ~60% in the past fiscal year.




Pediatric Specialties

  • Hospitalist medicine



American Board of Pediatrics


MD, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa


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