Charlotte Z. Woods-Hill, MD

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Charlotte Z. Woods-Hill, MD, is an attending physician in the Pediatric Sepsis Program and the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Dr. Woods-Hill graduated from the University of Miami with a double major in biology and religious studies, before attending the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She completed residency training in general pediatrics at Harvard University/Boston University’s Boston Combined Residency Program in 2013. After fellowship training in pediatric critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, including specialized certification from the Armstrong Patient Safety Institute’s Analytics Leadership in Patient Safety program, she joined the pediatric critical care medicine faculty at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2016. She is a leader in critical care sepsis quality improvement, working to improve sepsis recognition and standardize treatment algorithms through a combination of EMR-based alerts and multidisciplinary bedside huddles.

As the division’s physician champion for central-line associated bloodstream infection harm prevention, Dr. Woods-Hill is working to develop and pilot a predictive model to better identify high-risk patients and reduce infection rates. She is a co-investigator and site principal investigator on the AHRQ-funded Bright STAR Collaborative, a multicenter investigation into the impact of diagnostic stewardship for bloodstream infections in the PICU on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. Currently she is enrolled in the Masters of Science in Health Policy program at the University of Pennsylvania supported by an NIH T32 training grant, as well as an associate fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, where her focus is on translating health policy and health systems-based investigations into reductions in preventable patient harm in the critical care setting. 

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL


Pediatrics - Boston Combined Residency Program, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA


Pediatrics - Boston Combined Residency Program, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA


Pediatric Critical Care - Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore, MD

Board Certification

General Pediatrics
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Departments and Services




Xie A, Woods-Hill CZ, King AF, et al. Work system assessment to facilitate the dissemination of a quality improvement program for optimizing blood culture use: a case study using a human factors engineering approach. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2017. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/jpids/pix097

Woods-Hill CZ, Fackler J, McMillan KN, Ascenzi J, Martinez DA, Toerper MF, Voskertchian A, Colantuoni E, Klaus SA, Levin S, Milstone AM: Association of a clinical practice guideline with blood culture use in critically ill children. JAMA Pediatrics 171(2): 157-164, February 2017.



Woods-Hill C, Papili K, Nelson E, Watts S, Quinn D, Davis D, Priestley M.  Improving ICU physician engagement reduces pediatric central-line associated bloodstream infections. (Upcoming) Research Snapshot Presentation at 47th Critical Care Congress, February 2018, San Antonio, Texas.


Woods-Hill C, Papili K, Biedron L, Rigby V, Kaminsky S, Fitzgerald JC, Weiss SL. Electronically-Augmented “Sepsis Huddle” Decreased Time to  Antibiotics for Suspected Sepsis in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Hospital Association Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes workshop, December 2017, Dallas, Texas.

Awards and Honors

2016, Johns Hopkins Hospital High Value Research Symposium, 2nd place Best Trainee Abstract - Improving Blood Culture Utilization in Critically Ill Children, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Children's Center, Baltimore, MD

2013, Medical Student Teaching Award, Harvard Medical School Pediatric Clerkship

2013, Senior Resident Address, Boston Combined Residency Program graduation

2010,  Dean’s Award for Excellence, USF College of Medicine Valedictorian

2010,  Department of Pediatrics Award, USF College of Medicine

2010,  Christopher P. Phelps Award for Excellence in Anatomy

2010, Award for Excellence in Medical Neuroscience

2010,  Outstanding Student in Principles of Medical Immunology and Infectious Disease

2010, Outstanding Student in Molecular Medicine

2010, Award for Excellence in Pharmacology

2009,  Alpha Omega Alpha honor society

2009, Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society

2009, Don L. Smith Charter Class Scholarship, USF College of Medicine

2009, 2008, 2007, USF College of Medicine Merit Scholarship

2006, Theta Alpha Kappa Award for Outstanding Achievement in Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami 

2006, Best Senior Thesis, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Miami

2005, Phi Beta Kappa honor society, University of Miami

2005, Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Honor Society; Gamma Sigma Alpha Award, Highest New Member Scholarship

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

2016-present, PICU/PCU Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee, Department of Critical Care Medicine

2016-present, PICU Sepsis Quality Improvement

2016-present, Critical Care Physician Lead, Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections Committee