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Disclaimer: Consistent with the IHI’s policy, faculty for this program are expected to disclose at the beginning of their presentation(s) any econ​omic or other personal interests that create, or may be perceived as creating, a conflict related to the material discussed. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent a speaker with a significant financial or other relationship from making a presentation, but rather to provide listeners with information on which they can make their own judgments.

Unless otherwise noted below, each presenter provided full disclosure information, does not intend to discuss an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device, and has no significant financial relationship(s) to disclose. If unapproved uses of products are discussed, presenters are expected to disclose this to participants.​


Kate DeBartolo, National Field Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and The Conversation Project (TCP) designs and executes the national field operations for IHI’s hospital-based work and for The Conversation Project. In this role, Ms. DeBartolo manages and cultivates relationships with statewide organizations that provide support to hospitals across the country working to improve health care and patient safety. She built and manages a similar field structure to support the hundreds of regions and communities working on The Conversation Project as part of their end-of-life care efforts. She started at IHI in 2007 on the 5 Million Lives Campaign and has worked on many other IHI large-scale initiatives since. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. DeBartolo worked as a grant analyst at The California Endowment.

S-Salamon.jpgSuzanne Salamon, MD, is a geriatrician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), where she is the Associate Chief of Clinical Geriatrics. She is on the board of the Brookline Senior Center, where she writes a column for their monthly newsletter, and she is on the Board of Trustees at BIDMC. Dr. Salamon is board certified in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine and is an Assistant Professor at Tufts Medical School.  Before coming to BIDMC in 2004, she worked for many years at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Department of Public Health Hospital. She received the Public Health Leadership Award from the Friends of Brookline Public Health in 2012.

Labby.jpgRavi Parikh, MD, MPP, is a Resident in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with a vision of integrating advanced analytics to improve routine patient care, particularly for those with advanced or serious illness. He serves as Senior Clinical Advisor at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). He has served on leadership boards of the American College of Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, and Massachusetts Medical Society, and has advised for-profit and non-profit organizations including AARP Services, Inc. and the Healthy Living Center for Excellence. Ravi worked on accountable care organization implementation as a Rappaport Fellow in the Massachusetts State House in 2010; his legislative recommendations earned commendation from the Massachusetts Speaker of the House and were incorporated into landmark payment reform legislation passed in 2012. Ravi’s work on predictive analytics and advanced illness has been published in numerous national venues including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association and the Harvard Business Review.

MBJ.jpgFiona McCaughan, RN, MS, is a nurse leader in primary care at the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), based in Cambridge, MA.  She recently lead two primary care sites through Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) level 3 certification and PCMH Prime certification (integrating behavioral health into primary care). For the past three years Fiona has supported a multi-facility learning collaborative with the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care as a leader and as the nurse planner. Fiona is currently a Gold Foundation Innovation Fellow focused on co-producing healthcare improvements for people with diabetes. Her plan is to create a collaborative environment in primary care for patients to co-produce their plan of care. Successful chronic disease management and patient engagement are critical to improving health outcomes, reducing costs, improving the patient’s experience of care, and improving staff satisfaction and engagement.