Commissioned in 1997, Lieutenant Colonel Downing Lu is the Chief Quality Officer for the National Capital Region where she works to ensure a reliably safe, high quality and therapeutic care experience for each of the NCR’s nearly 250,000 patients.
Previously she was the Chief of Quality and Patient Safety for the Department of Pediatrics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) where she oversaw a comprehensive quality management and patient safety program. She has been a member of the WRNMMC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Quality Council, and Inpatient Pediatric Safety Huddle.
Past assignments include Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at WRNMMC and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC); and Medical Director for Pediatric Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and Pediatric Critical Care Air Transport Team (PCCAT) at Wilford Hall Medical Center.
Dr. Lu is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at the Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts New England Medical Center, and her critical care fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Lu is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and maintains a clinical practice as a staff pediatric intensivist at WRNMMC. She has published a number of publications on pediatric critical care and quality.