Joseph J. Zorc, MD, MSCE

Joseph J. Zorc, MD, MSCE

Joseph J. Zorc, MD, MSCE, is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Director of Emergency Information Systems, and holder of the Mark Fishman Endowed Chair in Genomics and Computational Science at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Asthma, Bronchiolitis, Clinical Informatics, Clinical trials
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

Internship

Pediatrics - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Residency

Pediatrics - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Fellowship

Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Additional Training

Advanced Training Program - Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Salt Lake City, UT

Board Certification

Clinical Informatics
Emergency Medicine
Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MS in Clinical Epidemiology - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine

Director, Emergency Information System

Mark Fishman Endowed Chair in Genomics and Computational Science

Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2016

Silber J, Rosenbaum P, Wang W, Calhoun S, Guevara J, Zorc JJ, Evan-Shoshan O: Practice patterns in Medicaid and non-Medicaid asthma admissions. Pediatrics. 2016 Aug;138(2).

Freeman B, Mayne S, Localio AR, Luberti A, Zorc JJ, Fiks AG: Using video from mobile phones to improve pediatric phone triage in an underserved population: A feasibility study. Telemed J E Health. 2016 Jun 21.

2015

Sampayo EM, McLoughlin RJ, Tsevdos D, Alam S, Zorc JJ: Pediatricians support initiation of asthma controller medications in the emergency department: A national survey. Pediatric Emergency Care 31: 545-50, August 2015.

Kenyon CC, Rubin DM, Zorc JJ, Mohamad Z, Faerber JA, Feudtner C: Childhood asthma hospital discharge medication fills and risk of subsequent readmission. Journal of Pediatrics 166: 1121-7, May 2015.

Florin TA, Byczkowski T, Ruddy RM, Zorc JJ, Test M, Shah SS: Utilization of nebulized 3% saline in infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis. Journal of Pediatrics 166(5): 1168-74, May 2015.

2014

Florin TA, Byczkowski T, Test M, Ruddy R, Zorc JJ, Shah SS: Variation in the management of infants hospitalized for bronchiolitis persists after the 2006 AAP bronchiolitis guidelines. Journal of Pediatrics 165(4): 786-792.e1, October 2014.

Kenyon C, Fieldston Evan, Luan X, Keren R, Zorc JJ: Safety and effectiveness of continuous aerosolized albuterol in the non-intensive care setting. Pediatrics 134: e976-82, September 2014.

Florin TA, Shaw KN, Kittick M, Yakscoe S, Zorc JJ: Nebulized hypertonic saline for bronchiolitis in the emergency department: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics 168(7): 664-70, July 2014.

Abstracts

2016

Kenyon CC, Dunn M, Seifrit RJ, McCloskey M, Nayar V, Moxey E, Winston M, Bryant-Stephens T, Zorc JJ: Second order QI: Audit and improvement of a high volume inpatient asthma pathway. Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Baltimore, Maryland May 2016.

Esposito J, Fein J, Marshall J, Zorc JJ: Improving communication of behavioral health concerns from the pediatric emergency department to primary care providers. Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Baltimore, Maryland May 2016.

Balamuth F, Funari MK, Hayes K, Chilutti M, Ostapenko S, Fesnak S, Lavelle J, Alpern ER, Zorc JJ : Clinician judgment vs. an electronic alert in prospective screening for sepsis in a pediatric emergency department. Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Baltimore, Maryland May 2016.

Books

2013

Zorc JJ: Schwartz's Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics, 5th Ed. Schwartz's Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics, 5th Ed. Zorc JJ, Alpern ER, Brown LW, Loomes KM, Marino BS, Mollen CM, Raffini LJ, Eds. (eds.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.

2008

Schwartz’s Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics, 4th Ed. Zorc JJ, Alpern ER, Brown L, Clark BJ, Marino BS, Mollen CM, Eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008.

2003

Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics, 3rd Ed. Schwartz MW, Brown L, Clark BJ, Manno CS, Schulman SJ, Zorc JJ Eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2003.

2005

Farah MM, Zorc JJ. Behavioral Emergencies. (Chapter 131) In: Fleisher GR, Ludwig S. Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 5th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2005, pp.1851-7.

2004

Daly L, Zorc JJ. A 12-month-old girl with altered mental status. (Chapter 78) In: Baren J, Alpern E. Emergency Medicine Pearls. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 2004, pp 228-230.

Zorc JJ. 5-year-old girl with wheezing and dyspnea. (Chapter 18) In: Baren J, Alpern E. Emergency Medicine Pearls. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 2004, pp 52-53.

Chapters

2016

Zorc JJ: Commentary on: Children's emergency department use for asthma, 2001-10. Yearbook of Pediatrics. Cabana MD, Goldstein AM, De Gialluly PS, Schroeder AR. (eds.). Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, PA. Page: 414-6, 2016.

2015

Zorc JJ, Rodio B, Tyler L, Dooley S.: Emergency department pathway for evaluation and treatment of children with bronchiolitis. Fleisher and Ludwig's Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 7th Edition. Shaw KN, Bachur RG (eds.). Wolters Kluwer, 2015.

Zorc JJ, Reardon AM, Frankenberger W.: Emergency department pathway for evaluation and treatment of children with asthma. Fleisher and Ludwig's Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 7th Edition. Shaw KN, Bachur RG (eds.). Wolters Kluwer, 2015.

2013

Zorc JJ: Obtaining and presenting a patient history. Schwartz's Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics, 5th Ed. Zorc JJ, Alpern ER, Brown LW, Loomes KM, Marino BS, Mollen CJ, Raffini LJ, Eds. (eds.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.

Zorc JJ: Bronchiolitis. Decision Support in Medicine: Pediatrics. McMillan J, Barrett D, Boney C, Jones MD. (eds.). 2013.

2012

Zorc JJ. Obtaining and presenting a patient history. Schwartz’s Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics, 5th Ed. Zorc JJ, Alpern ER, Brown L, Clark BJ, Marino BS, Mollen CM, Eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2012.

2008

Zorc JJ: Altered Mental Status. Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Baren J, Brennan JA, Brown L, Rothrock SG. (eds.). Elsevier, 2008.

2005

Farah MM, Zorc JJ: Behavioral Emergencies. Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Fleisher GR, Ludwig S. (eds.). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 5th edition.: 1851-7, 2005.

2004

Capecci R, Zorc JJ: Asthma and the Healthcare System. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Asthma Handbook. Allen J, Pawlowski N, Bryant-Stephens T (eds.). 2004.

Zorc JJ: 5 year-old girl with wheezing and dyspnea. Baren J, Alpern E. Emergency Medicine Pearls. Baren J, Alpern E (eds.). Page: 52-53, 2004.

2001

Zorc JJ, Duhaime A-C. Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Evaluation. (Chapter 5) In: Goepp J, Hostetler, M. Procedures for Primary Care Pediatricians. St. Louis: Mosby, 2001, pp. 56-64.

Zorc JJ. Lumbar Puncture. (Chapter 4) In: Goepp J, Hostetler, M. Procedures for Primary Care Pediatricians. St. Louis: Mosby, 2001, pp.48-55.

1999

Farah MM, Zorc JJ. Behavioral Emergencies. (Chapter 131) In: Fleisher GR, Ludwig S. Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 4th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 1999, pp. 1757-1762.

Posters and Presentations

2015

Zorc JJ, Abaya R, Delgado E, Scarfone R: Using a web-based clinical pathway and computerized order set to improve efficiency of care for asthma in a pediatric emergency department. Presented at the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, San Francisco CA November 2015.

Zorc JJ, Abaya R, Delgado E, Reardon AM, Rodio B, Simpkins D, Moxey E, Nayar V, Scarfone R: Increasing treatment with metered dose inhaler to improve efficiency of care for mild-moderate asthma in the pediatric emergency department: A quality improvement initiative. Presented at the Section of Emergency Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Washington, DC October 2015.

Utidjian LH, Desai B, Haecker T, Winston M, Zorc J, Grundmeier R: Improving inpatient asthma care plan compliance rates through informatics optimization interventions. Presented at the 2015 Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, San Diego, CA May 2015.

Mittal MK, Taylor A, Botos C, Tanzer LD, Zorc JJ, Shaw K: Use of funnel plots to display clinical performance measures for physicians. Presented at the 2015 Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, San Diego, CA May 2015.

Marchese RF, Heuer GG, Huh JW, Zorc J, Bell LM, Lavelle JM, Hagono R, Schwartz ES.: Multi-disciplinary pathway to reduce radiation and cost for suspected ventricular shunt obstruction or infection. Presented at the 2015 Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, San Diego, CA May 2015.

Balamuth F, Funari MK, Hayes K, Schast A, Lavelle J, Fitzgerald JC, Weiss SL, Alpern ER, Zorc JJ: Improved emergency department recognition of pediatric severe sepsis/septic shock with an electronic sepsis alert. Presented at the 2015 Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, San Diego, CA May 2015.

2014

Vinograd AM, Zorc JJ, Funari MK, Cutler B, Chen AE: Survival and complication rates of ultrasound guided peripheral intravenous catheters (USGPIV) placed by a pediatric emergency ultrasound program Presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Vancouver, CA May 2014.

Russell EA, Woodford AL, Zorc JJ: Intravenous magnesium for status asthmaticus in the emergency department: Incidence of hypotension and other adverse events. Presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Vancouver, CA May 2014.

Kenyon CC, Fieldston ES, Luan X, Keren R, Zorc JJ: Safety and efficacy of continuous albuterol in the non-intensive care setting. Presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Vancouver, CA May 2014.

Florin TA, Byczkowski T, Test M, Ruddy R, Zorc JJ, Shah SS: Utilization of nebulized 3% saline in infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis: A multicenter study. Presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Vancouver, CA May 2014.

Invited Lectures

2016

The Role of the Emergency Department in the Chronic Care of Asthma, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group, Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2016.

IT in the ED:Practical Applications of Information Technology, Asthma 2016, Syncope, Altered Mental Status; Pediatric Emergency Medicine Conference at Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida, February 2016.

Bronchiolitis: Update on Management 2016. Pediatric Grand Rounds, Inspira Woodbury Medical Center, January 2016.

2015

Bronchiolitis: Evidence and Guidelines. Atlanticare Health Pediatric Rounds, Absecon, New Jersey, December 2015.

Bronchiolitis: Evidence and Guidelines, Technology Assisted Child, Respiratory Cases, Quality Improvement Methods; Diplomado in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Santiago, Chiel, December 2015.

Acute Asthma Management 2015: Beyond Asthma Guidelines; Intensive Course in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2015.

Leveraging Evidence-based Electronic Clinical Pathways to Support High Value Care, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Department of Biomedical Informatics Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Informatics Symposium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2015.

Implementing Evidence-based Recommendations at the Bedside Using Clinical Pathways and the EHR, Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Health Care, New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY, August 2015.

Pathways to Progress: Using Epic Tools to Support ED Clinical Pathways. Epic Systems Expert Group Meeting, Verona, Wisconsin, March 2015.

Bronchiolitis: Evidence and Guidelines Holy Cross Hospital Pediatric Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds Silver Spring MD, February 2015.

2014

IT in the ED: Practical applications of information technology. Intensive Course in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, November 2014.

An Approach to Altered Mental Status in Children and Adolescents, York Hospital Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, York, PA, January 2014.

Awards and Honors

2015, CHOP Nursing Department Physician Partnering Award
2015, Best Quality Improvement Abstract, Section on Emergency Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Conference and Exhibition, Washington, DC
2012, Best Abstract in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PI: Todd Florin, mentee), Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Orleans, LA
2008, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Outstanding Reviewer
2007, Best Abstract Award in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting given by American Academy of Pediatrics / Ambulatory Pediatric Association Emergency Medicine Section
2006, Faculty Mentorship Award from Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows, CHOP
2005, Telly Award finalist, Health and Wellness Category, Entertainment industry award for Controlling Asthma educational video produced as part of NIH K23 Award
2003-2008, K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
1999-2006, Jean A. Cortner Divisional Teaching Award for "Divisional Excellence in and Commitment to Resident Teaching", CHOP
1992, Alpha Omega Alpha, Columbia University
1988, Magna cum Laude, Harvard University Scholarship

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial

2013-present, Information Technology in the Emergency Department, Pediatric Emergency Care, section editor
2008-present, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, reviewer
2008-present,New England Journal of Medicine, reviewer
2008-present,Journal of Hospital Medicine, reviewer
2007-present, JAMA, reviewer
2005-present, Canadian Thoracic Society, external reviewer
2005-present, Academic Emergency Medicine, reviewer
2004-present, Journal of Pediatrics, reviewer
2003-present, Respiratory Care, reviewer
2002-present, Pediatrics, reviewer
2002-present, American Journal of Respiratory Medicine,
2002-present, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, external reviewer
2002-present, Annals of Emergency Medicine, reviewer
2001-present, Drugs, reviewer
2000-present, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, reviewer
1998-present, Pediatric Emergency Care, reviewer

Academic Committees at University of Pennsylvania and Affiliated Hospitals

2009 -   Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia IS Clinical Governance Team

2008 -   Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia CHOPLink Clinical Champions

2005 -   Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Sunrise Clinical Manager Advisory Committee

2000 -   The Children’s Hospital Medical Staff Information Systems Committee, Co-chair 2008-present

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2009, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease
 - Clinical Trials Review Panel
2006-present, Society for Pediatric Research
1998-present, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
1998-present, Academic Pediatric Association
1992-present, American Academy of Pediatrics (fellow)
 - 2011-present  - Committee on Quality Transformation
 - 2011-present - Subcommittee on Quality Collaboratives, chair
 - 2006-present, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee
 - 2006-present, Protocol Review Committee, Steering Committee
 - 2004-present, Subcommittee on Diagnosis and Management of Bronchiolitis