National Workshop on Quality for Medical Education

Baltimore, MD
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Below are the biographies of selected workshop speakers:

Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM is a practicing anesthesiologist and critical care physician and a professor in the departments of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Surgery and Health Policy and Management who is dedicated to finding ways to make hospitals and health care safer for patients. In June 2011, he was named director of the new Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins, as well as Johns Hopkins Medicine’s senior vice president for patient safety and quality.
     Pronovost has developed a scientifically proven method for reducing the deadly infections associated with central line catheters. His simple but effective checklist protocol virtually eliminated these infections, saving 1,500 lives and $100 million annually across the State of Michigan. These results have been sustained for several years. Moreover, the checklist protocol is now being implemented across the United States, state by state, and several other countries. The New Yorker magazine says that Pronovost’s “work has already saved more lives than that of any laboratory scientist in the past decade.”
     Pronovost has chronicled his work helping improve patient safety in his book, Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out. In addition, he has written more than 400 articles and chapters related to patient safety and the measurement and evaluation of safety efforts. He serves in an advisory capacity to the World Health Organizations’ World Alliance for Patient Safety.
     The winner of several national awards, including the 2004 John Eisenberg Patient Safety Research Award and a coveted MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, known popularly as the “genius grant.” Pronovost was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 “most influential people” in the world for his work in patient safety. He regularly addresses Congress on the importance of patient safety, prompting a report by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform strongly endorsing his ICU infection prevention program.

Leo Anthony Celi, MD, MPH, MS is an internist, intensivist and infectious disease specialist who has practiced medicine in three continents, giving him broad perspectives in health care delivery. In addition, he pursued a master’s degree in biomedical informatics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a master’s degree in public health at Harvard University. He founded and directs Sana ( at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. His research interests are in the field of clinical data mining, health information systems and quality improvement. He currently holds a faculty position at Harvard Medical School as an intensivist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is the clinical research director for the Laboratory of Computational Physiology at MIT ( Finally, he is one of the course directors for HST.936 at MIT - health information systems to improve quality of care in resource-poor settings (

Adam S. Evans, MD, MBA is a board-certified critical care physician and cardiac anesthesiologist.  He currently serves on the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology.   His involvement in quality, patient safety, and hospital administration started from his first year of medical school at Jefferson Medical College in 2001.  He worked as a medical student fellow in the Department of Health Policy at Jefferson Medical College (now the Jefferson School of Population Health) under the esteemed tutelage of nationally recognized quality and safety expert Dr. David Nash, Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health.  During his residency at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical College, he served as the first Chief Resident Patient Safety Officer for the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System-downtown campus as well as co-chair of the Housestaff Quality Council working to engage residents in quality and patient safety at the institution.  He has presented locally and nationally on engaging housestaff in quality and patient safety and worked with many institutions to create a formal housestaff quality council.

Peter M. Fleischut, MD
is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. He serves as the Deputy Quality and Patient Safety Officer for the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, leading the upgrade of the hospital’s Medical Event Reporting System. He is one of the founding members of the Housestaff Quality Council©, working to engage residents in quality and patient safety at the institution.  
    As a member of the Department of Anesthesiology Quality and Patient Safety Committee, Dr. Fleischut is participating in various quality, patient safety, and performance improvements projects to analyze trends in quality measures, aimed at improving clinical care. During his residency, he was awarded the Anesthesiology Research Scholarship, which facilitated his clinical research. In addition, he is conducting outcomes research, analyzing the use of electronic medical records. He is also a member of the liver transplant team, working with an interdisciplinary group to develop this new clinical program.
    Dr. Fleischut has published abstracts, peer reviewed articles, and book chapters.  He has made presentations at the ACGME, AAMC, AMSA, the David Roger’s Health Policy Colloquium, the Harvard Quality Colloquium and to the New York State Health Commissioner and has lectured at several academic institutions throughout the country.  In addition, Dr. Fleischut serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Medical Quality.   
    Prior to beginning residency, Dr. Fleischut graduated from Jefferson Medical College and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Program for Working Professionals.  While at Jefferson Medical College, he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.  During his time as a medical student, he worked on various projects related to patient safety and quality improvement in the Department of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson Medical College.

Peter C. Lee, MD, MPH is GE Global Occupational Health & Wellness Program Leader. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. After a general surgery internship, Peter followed his passion for health care quality improvement and became Emory Healthcare’s first Office of Quality Fellow; working directly with the Chief Quality Officer to create systems-based changes. The goal was to drive improvements in patient safety, clinical outcome, and quality for this Atlanta based Academic Medical Center. He was responsible for creating Emory’s new Center for Critical Care Medicine model which provides round-the-clock Intensivist coverage as well as cross-specialty clinical and teaching services. He was also part of the employee vaccination strategy team that increased the influenza vaccination rates from 38% to 67% in 2007. Having experienced the impact that employers can make in health and productivity, Peter returned to Boston and completed his residency at the Harvard Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency program; where he also served as Chief Resident.
      Peter has been recognized for his contribution to occupational medicine and healthcare quality improvement. In 2008, his research on influenza vaccination won the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Resident Research Award. In addition, Peter was the recipient of the 2008 National Quality Scholars Program Award from the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ), which recognizes excellent physicians in training who have demonstrated leadership in improving our health care system. Subsequently, he was elected as the President of the ACMQ Student and Resident Section and currently serves as a Board Member.
     Prior to GE, Peter served as Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Medical Director of a Boston-based occupational medicine delivery and consulting firm. At General Electric, Peter leads global occupational health programs, supports HealthAhead (Company’s culture of health initiative), and ensures population health programs are evidence based and globally responsive.

Paul G. Nagy, PhD, FSIIM is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine (Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology) and the Bloomberg School of Public Health (Division of Health Science Informatics).   He earned his Doctorate’s degree in diagnostic medical physics from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
     His research interests include studying the use of information technology to improve the quality of care.  At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Nagy serves as the director of quality in the Department of Radiology and the director of informatics for the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.
     Dr. Nagy is the author of more than 65 articles in the fields of clinical informatics, imaging informatics, and quality in Radiology.  He serves as the program director for a multidisciplinary fellowship for patient safety and quality under the Armstrong Institute.  Dr. Nagy served the National Quality Forum on their Patient Safety Steering Committee as well as the American Medical Association on their Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.
     From 2010-2012 he served as the chair of the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII).  He participates on national standard-setting bodies (DICOM and IHE) as well as informatics committees for RSNA, ACR, AAPM, and SIIM.  Dr. Nagy is currently the associate editor for the Journal of Digital Imaging, an assistant editor for the American Journal of Roentgenology, and writes a column on quality and safety in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Nathan J. Neufeld. D.O. is a Clinical Pain Medicine Fellow in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine 2012‐2013. He was Chief Resident in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and graduated from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate of Osteopathy (D.O.).
     He was awarded the National Quality Scholarship (2011-2012) and served as the National President (2011-2012) of the Student and Resident Section for the American College of Medical Quality. Additionally, he has been awarded the 2011 Hopkins Healer Award for exemplary patient care and was a Patient Safety and Quality Fellow (2012) at the  Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Dr. Neufeld has presented his research internationally on behavior change and physician engagement, and is continuing work in the translation of quality improvement models in health care for improved use of outcome measures and optimization of patient care process re‐design in controlling patients’ pain.

Julius Cuong Pham, MD, PHD is a practicing emergency physician, practicing critical care physician, educator, and patient safety research at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.  His cross-training in two clinical disciplines provides a unique perspective on the presentation and progression of patient illness.  As a researcher, Dr. Pham has a PhD in clinical investigation.  His area of research involves evaluating the quality and safety of healthcare.  Recent publications involve studying ambulance diversion, ED pain management, rapid response teams, error reporting systems, and prevention of healthcare-associated infections.  Current work involves studying culture of safety, root cause event analysis, adverse event reporting system analysis, and medical device safety. 

Albert W. Wu, M.D., M.P.H. is a practicing internist and Professor of Health Policy and Management and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Service and Outcomes Research and director of the AHRQ-funded Hopkins DEcIDE center for comparative effectiveness research.  He received BA and MD degrees from Cornell University, and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital and UC San Diego. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCSF and received an MPH from UC Berkeley. His research and teaching focus on patient outcomes and quality of care.  He has studied the handling of medical errors since 1998, and has published influential papers including “Do house officers learn from their mistakes” in JAMA in 1991, and “Medical error: the second victim” in the BMJ. He has over 300 published papers and developed an award-winning educational video on disclosure “Removing insult from injury: disclosing adverse events.” He was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee on identifying and preventing medication errors, and was Senior Adviser for Patient Safety to WHO in Geneva. He is editor of the 2011 book published by the Joint Commission “The Value of Close Calls in Improving Patient Safety,” and is a  member of the National Quality Forum's new Patient- Reported Outcomes Expert Panel. He teaches a series of courses on measurement, quality of care and patient safety.

Hanan Aboumatar, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and core faculty at the Armstrong Institute for Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Aboumatar is dually trained in Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health with expertise in health care safety and quality, health communications, and teamwork. Dr. Aboumatar uses her background and experience to design, implement, and evaluate system-based interventions that address safety and quality of care via improving transitions of care and communication among healthcare professionals, patients and family members.
     Dr. Aboumatar has conducted multiple educational interventions and evaluations; served as co-investigator on two systematic reviews studying health information technology solutions’ impact on patient outcomes and patient-centered care delivery; developed multimodal interventions for delivery of education, promotional messaging, and tailored performance feedback to healthcare providers of multiple disciplines; and researched system-based interventions to improve  health care safety and quality.
Dr. Aboumatar’s research focus is in the areas of  health care improvement, patient-centered care, and patient activation. Examples of Dr. Aboumatar’s current research work include development and evaluation of a computer-based intervention to deliver communication skills training on medication adherence issues, an assessment of impact of a multimodal quality improvement intervention on patient activation and experiences in care in the primary care setting, and a mixed methods study on variation of patient experiences within the acute care setting.

Jessica A. White, MD, CMQ graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience with work experience including Pharmaceutical R&D at both GlaxoSmithKline and Gillette. She was then awarded a post-graduate NCAA lacrosse scholarship for medical school and subsequently enrolled at Penn State College of Medicine. She was fortunate to have had research experience in both neuro-trauma and anesthesia at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, she began residency in Internal Medicine at Christiana Care Health System (CCHS), Newark Del.
     During her time at CCHS, she has been the Physician Leader of the IHI Open School Chapter for 2010-12 and have served numerous roles on a variety of clinical and education committees. Clinically, she has been involved in a robust inpatient medicine care coordination initiative, which hired three full-time staff for the professional position that was successfully created.  She has also helped to develop an RRT Simulation training program for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Recently, she worked with the Department of Medicine to design and complete an Administrative Fellowship in Quality and Patient Safety.  During Fellowship, she pursued a project to evaluate and redesign the use of flexible cardiac monitoring, the next phase of which is actively being implemented into the electronic ordering system.  Within the Internal Medicine residency program, she led a program to integrate daily quality/safety discussion into the medical morning conference. She has presented on behalf of her institution at multiple national conferences, some of which included the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Institute for Healthcare improvement and the Alliance for Independent Academic Medical Centers. Currently, she is serving on the Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Quality, in addition to her role as hospitalist faculty and Assistant Medical Director for Quality and Patient Safety. Her interests are in quality/safety education, leadership training, performance improvement and health care delivery. 


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