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Texas Medical Center

Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Phone: 832-824-5447
Fax: 832-825-0341


Feigin Center
1102 Bates Avenue, Suite 1860
Houston, TX 77030

Ricardo A. Quinonez, MD, FAAP, FHM

Chief, Pediatric Hospital Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Residency Pediatrics 2005
Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1997


I believe in the highest quality, evidence-based care for hospitalized children

Clinical  Interests: I am very interested in children with respiratory illnesses particularly with community acquired pneumonia, bronchiolitis and asthma that account for the vast majority of hospitalizations in the US

Research Interests: My main academic interest is in the issue of overuse of medical test and therapies in pediatrics. I led the first pediatric effort for the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely Campaign and have authored several publications on the issue of value in health care, overtreatment and overdiagnosis.  I have conducted numerous national and International presentations on this subject.


Organization Name Role
Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Executive Committee Member
Quality Improvement Special Interest Group – APA Chair
Section on Hospital Medicine AAP Immediate Past Chair
Value in Healthcare Special Interest Group - APA Chair
Value in Inpatient Pediatrics – AAP Steering Committee Member

Selected Publications

Mothner BA, Quinonez RA, Chasing the Latest Rabbit: High Flow Nasal Cannula and Bronchiolitis. Hospital Pediatrics 2017 Apr;7(4):247-248. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2017-0022. Epub 2017 Mar 14.

Coon ER, Young PC, Quinonez RA, Morgan DJ, Dhruva SS, Schroeder AR. Update on Pediatric Overuse. Pediatrics 2017 Feb;139(2).

Quinonez RA, Coon ER. Choosing Wrong. Pediatrics 2016 Dec;138(6).

Quinonez RA, Shen MW. Measuring Handoffs: Can We Improve the Transition of Hospitalized Children? Pediatrics 2016 Aug;138(2).

Wallace SS, Zhang W, Mahmood NF, Williams JL, Cruz AT, Macias CG, Quinonez RA, Orth RC. Renal Ultrasound for Infants Younger Than 2 Months With a Febrile Urinary Tract Infection. AJR American Journal of Roentgenology 2015 Oct;205(4):894-8.

Quinonez RA, Garber MD. Improvement Without Value. Pediatrics 2015, Aug;136(2):e549.

Wallace SS, Zhang W, Mahmood NF, Williams JL, Cruz AT, Macias CG, Quinonez RA, Orth RC. Renal Ultrasound for Infants Younger Than 2 Months With a Febrile Urinary Tract Infection. AJR American Journal of Roentgenology 2015 Oct;205(4):894-8. doi:10.2214/AJR.15.14424.

Wallace SS, Keller SL, Falco CN, Nead JA, Minard CG, Nag PK, Quinonez RA. An Examination of Physician-, Caregiver-, and Disease-Related Factors Associated With Readmission From a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Service. Hospital Pediatrics 2015 Nov;5(11):566-73.

Quinonez RA, Schroeder AR. Safely Doing Less and the New AAP Bronchiolitis Guideline. Pediatrics 2015 Apr 6. pii: peds.2014-3703. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25847807.

Rauch DA, Quinonez RA. Counting Hospitalists-Does it Matter? Hospital Pediatrics 2015 Apr;5(4):232-3. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2015-0043. PubMed PMID: 25832978

Coon ER, Quinonez RA, Moyer VA, Schroeder AR. Overdiagnosis: How Our Compulsion for Diagnosis May Be Harming Children. Pediatrics 2014 Oct 6. pii:peds.2014-1778. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25287462.

Roberts KB, Brown J, Quinonez RA, Percelay JM, What Makes a Hospitalist “Academic”, Hospital Pediatrics 2014, Sep;4(5): 326-327.

Quinonez RA, Garber MD, Schroeder AR, Alverson BK, Nickel W, Goldstein J,Bennett JS, Fine BR, Hartzog TH, McLean HS, Mittal V, Pappas RM, Percelay JM,Phillips SC, Shen M, Ralston SL. Choosing wisely in pediatric hospital medicine:Five opportunities for improved healthcare value. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2013, Sep;8(9):479-85.

O'Callaghan J, Quinonez R. Moving beyond administrative data sets and coding data. Hospital Pediatrics 2013 Oct;3(4):314-6. doi:10.1542/hpeds.2013-0064.

Ralston S, Garber M, Narang S, Shen M, Pate B, Pope J, Lossius M, Croland T,Bennett J, Jewell J, Krugman S, Robbins E, Nazif J, Liewehr S, Miller A, Marks M,Pappas R, Pardue J, Quinonez RA, Fine BR, Ryan M. Decreasing unnecessary utilization in acute bronchiolitis care: results from the value in inpatient pediatrics network. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2013 Jan;8(1):25-30. doi: 10.1002/jhm.1982. Epub 2012 Oct 9.

Maloney CG, Mendez SS, Quinonez RA, Bode RS, Brands CK, Eagle S, Osorio SN, Rauch D, Simon TD. The Strategic Planning Committee report: the first step in a journey to recognize pediatric hospital medicine as a distinct discipline. Hospital Pediatrics 2012 Oct;2(4):187-90.

Altobelli, M, Quinonez RA, When should DVT be suspected in children with osteomyelitis?" Hospital Pediatrics July 2012, (2)(3):167-172.

Wallace, S, Cruz, A, Quinonez RA, Caviness, AC, Risk Factors for Complicated Hospitalization in Well Appearing Young Infants with Pertussis, Hospital Pediatrics 2011 July, 1(1):16-22.

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