Biographies

Edward S. Ogata, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Sidra Medical and Research Center

​Edward S. Ogata, MD was appointed Chief Medical Officer of the Sidra Medical and Research Center in July 2012. In this capacity, Ogata is responsible for ensuring the quality, safety, efficacy, and efficiency of clinical services and professional performance in accordance with the mission, vision and guiding principles of Sidra. He leads the Sidra medical staff to provide the highest standard of medicine by implementing strong clinical governance systems and continuous quality improvement. Ogata is dedicated to achieving professional and industry recognized excellence and serving Sidra patients with the best treatment in every respect.

Ogata has had a distinguished clinical and academic career, which included a variety of senior management positions. Prior to joining Sidra, Ogata was Chief Medical Officer of the Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, an interdisciplinary research center and institute of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where Ogata was also a full-time faculty member. Children’s Hospital of Chicago cares for children from every state and more than 35 countries and is regionally ranked #1, based on volume, in all pediatric specialties. As Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Ogata was responsible for achieving sustained positive net operating income; establishing a successful outreach program to assure quality pediatric care and increase referrals; and developing a coordinated patient safety and risk management program which significantly reduced incidence of serious patient safety events. Based on this work, the institute received recognition from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer.

Before becoming Chief Medical Officer, Ogata held a broad range of leadership and clinical positions at Children’s Hospital of Chicago, serving as Associate Vice President of Patient Care Services, Associate Chief of Staff and Head of the Division of Neonatology. In addition, he has held numerous venerated professorships in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and neonatology at the Northwestern University Medical School. Ogata began his career in the U.S. Army Medical Corp.

In addition to his esteemed academic and clinical career, Ogata has served on numerous committees and boards, including the Dean’s Council of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, the Patient Safety and Steering Committee of the Illinois Hospital Association, the Review Board of the American Journal of Health Risk Management and the Medical Board at Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Ogata is involved with a wide variety of professional organizations in the pediatric, perinatal and diabetes fields and has been widely published. He has authored or co-authored clinical papers in more than 50 journals and contributed to nearly 100 additional studies published in clinical journals. He has also authored chapters in more than 25 published books. Until moving to Qatar, Ogata was Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and sat on the Oversight Committee for the Master’s Program Safety and Quality at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Ogata graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. He received a Medical Doctorate (M.D.) from Northwestern University Medical School and a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.), with distinction, from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development
Seattle Children's Research Institute

Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH graduated from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency and RWJ Clinical Scholarship at the University of Washington. Currently, he is the George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and an attending pediatrician at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. He is the author of over 180 original research articles and a textbook of pediatrics. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television work for your kids. (September 2006; Rodale).

Christakis is an international expert on how children’s early environment affects their cognitive, social, and emotional development. In 2010, Christakis received the Research Award from the Academic Pediatric Association (USA) in recognition of his significant contributions to pediatric research over his career. His research has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, & BBC news as well as all major national and international newspapers. He speaks frequently to national and international audiences of pediatricians, parents, policy makers, and educators about the effects of media on children of all ages. Christakis has been Chairman of Excellence in Paediatrics since 2010. He lives in Seattle WA with his wife who is also a pediatrician and his two children.

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