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Steven Choi, MD, FAAP

Chief Quality Officer & Associate Dean for Clinical Quality; Vice President & Chief Quality Officer, Yale New Haven Health System; Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine


Steven Choi, MD, is the inaugural Chief Quality Officer for Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Health System. He is responsible for developing and executing a single, unified strategy to deliver the highest quality and safest care across all inpatient and ambulatory clinical practice sites for Yale New Haven Health System and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Choi and his team are responsible for preventing all hospital acquired infections, preventing all patient harm, and improving clinical outcomes.

He spent the first two decades of his career caring for critically ill children, serving as the medical director of several pediatric cardiac intensive care units, before transitioning to health care quality leadership. Dr. Choi has trained over 200 healthcare quality leaders; many of whom have become chief quality officers and directors at other academic institutions.

A pediatric cardiac critical care specialist, Dr. Choi joined Yale from Montefiore Health System in New York, where he served as the Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care & Inpatient Cardiac Services at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Assistant Vice President and Director of Montefiore Network Performance Improvement. He was instrumental in the development of an integrated performance improvement plan for the Montefiore Health System and improved performance against publicly reported quality indicators.

Prior to that, Dr. Choi was the Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care and Medical Director of the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) at the Scott and Laura Eller Congenital Heart Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ; now located at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Dr. Choi is a seasoned healthcare quality and safety leader, having completed formal training with Intermountain Healthcare Delivery Improvement, University of Michigan Lean Healthcare and Kata Coaching, Lockheed Martin Six Sigma, and Northwestern University Organizational Leadership programs. Dr. Choi obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers University. He completed his pediatric internship and residency training at Columbia University/Babies and Children’s Hospital of New York, and a critical care fellowship at University of Southern California School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship
    Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, University of Southern California School of Medicine (2003)
  • Residency
    Babies and Children's Hospital, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons (2000)
  • Internship
    Babies and Children's Hospital, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons (1998)
  • MD
    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers University (1997)
  • BA
    University of Pennsylvania, Biological Basis of Behavior (1993)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Best Doctors of America2007-20192007
Arizona Top DoctorsRanking Arizona & Arizona Woman Magazine, 2007-20102007

Professional Service

Harvard Business Review (HBR)Member of HBR Advisory Council2014 - 2018
Pediatric Emergency Medicine PracticeQuality Editor2014 - 2018
PediatricsQuality Reports, Peer Reviewer2014 - 2018