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Featured Speakers

​​​​​​​​Every year, the IHI Patient Safety Congress features speakers that engage you with their vision of how to shape safer care.​ Join leaders from across health care and leave energized to create a world free from harm.​​


Joia Adele Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG
Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative

Joia Adele Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG, is the Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative. Most recently, she addressed the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge a human rights framework to improve maternal mortality. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center and as the Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department where she was responsible for four facilities that provided health care for the homeless, pediatric, WIC, and gynecologic services within the New Orleans clinical service area. A proud recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Hero’s award, and the Maternal Health Task Force Maternal Health Visionary Award, Dr. Crear-Perry currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Community Catalyst, National Medical Association, and the New Orleans African American Museum. 


​Kaprice Welsh, CNM, MSN, MPH

Clinical Liason
Georgia OBGyn Society

Kaprice Welsh, CNM, MSN, MPH's passion for women's health began over 25 years ago. In pursuit of that dream, she attended Syracuse University graduating with her BS in Nursing, and 6 years later with her MSN, MPH, and Certificate in Midwifery from Columbia University.  As a Certified Nurse Midwife, she has been committed to not only providing women with high-quality care but to connecting with them in ways that they feel supported, safe, respected and empowered by their own abilities and strengths through pregnancy and birth.  Kaprice has served as faculty at Georgia State University as an Associate Professor and clinical instructor in the College of Nursing. She serves on numerous boards and committees statewide, including the March of Dimes Maternal and Child Health Committee, Ga. Affiliate of ACNM (former treasurer 2016-2018), Ga. Perinatal Association, former member of the Maternal Mortality Committee (2012-2019), Postpartum Support International advocacy committee and the Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative (GapQC) leadership board and former GapQC health equity committee chair. She is also a member of the Merck for Mothers/IHI Better Maternal Outcomes Initiative and a clinical expert for the Inner-light doula training program.


Trissa Torres, MD, MSPH, FACPM
Chief Population Health and Portfolio​​Development Officer
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Trissa Torres, MD, MSPH, FACPM, Chief Population Health and Portfolio Development Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), has extensive experience in clinical preventive medicine, population management, and public, community, and population health. A preventive medicine physician by training, she completed her residency at Meharry Medical College. Prior to joining IHI, she led population health initiatives at Genesys Health System in Flint, Michigan, guiding the organization in transforming care delivery to improve the health of its community, with particular emphasis on the underserved. Dr. Torres has been involved with IHI's Triple Aim strategy since its prototyping phase, serving initially as a champion for Genesys Health System, then as Triple Aim faculty, and now as an IHI senior leader in support of Triple Aim initiatives. Dr. Torres also serves as senior sponsor for numerous IHI initiatives, including work focused on improving population health and equity.

Clare Morrison, FRPharmS, MBE
National Near Me Lead
Scottish Government​​
Clare Morrison, FRPharmS, MBE is National Near Me Lead at the Scottish Government. NHS Near Me is a video consulting service that Clare developed in NHS Highland, Scotland, which won the 2019 Institute for Healthcare Improvement Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture & Technology Innovator Award. Clare is a Scottish Quality & Safety Fellow and a graduate of the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in quality improvement. By profession, Clare is a pharmacist with extensive experience in developing new pharmacy services and improving medicines safety in NHS Highland and NHS Scotland. This has included leading the Scottish Patient Safety Programme's pharmacy pilot in NHS Highland and co-creating the Medicine Sick Day Rules cards, both of which have been spread across Scotland. She is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and was awarded an MBE for services to healthcare in 2018.


Drum Caf​é USA
Interactive teambuilding, training, and fun

Drum Cafe USA, has been performing live events all over the world for the past two decades, bringing people together in a direct experience of inclusion, breaking barriers, unlocking potential and effecting change. Through group drumming, Drum Cafe uses the universal language of rhythm to energize audiences, inspire change, and build relationships. ​


Gary S. Kaplan, MD

Chairman and CEO
Virginia Mason Health System​​
Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, has served as chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle since 2000. He is also a practicing internal medicine physician at Virginia Mason. Dr. Kaplan received a degree in medicine from the University of Michigan and is board certified in internal medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Virginia Mason and served as chief resident in 1980 and 1981. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) and the American College of Physician Executives (FACPE). He is recognized as one of the most influential physician executives in health care. Dr. Kaplan is chair of the National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute and immediate past chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors.


oanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor ad Honorem
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor ad Honorem at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Starting her career as a staff nurse in cardiovascular intensive care, Dr. Disch has held senior leadership roles in almost every type of national organization, e.g., as chief nurse executive at two major medical centers; interim dean at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing; president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Academy of Nursing; board member for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership; and board member and chair of the national board of AARP. Currently, she is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Chamberlain University. She was co-editor of Person and Family-Centered Care, an AJN Book of the Year. She has received a number of awards for her work, including recognition as a Living Legend from the American Academy of Nursing, nursing's highest honor; and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Wisconsin​.


Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS
Chief Safety and Transformation Officer
Press Ganey

Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, is the Chief Safety and Transformation Officer at Press Ganey. In this role, Dr. Gandhi is responsible for advancing the Zero Harm movement, improving patient and workforce safety, and developing innovative health care transformation strategies. Before joining Press Ganey, Dr. Gandhi served as Chief Clinical and Safety Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where she led programs focusing on improving patient and workforce safety. Prior to this, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Patient Safety Foundation and also served as President of the Lucian Leape Institute. Dr. Gandhi previously served as Executive Director of Quality and Safety at Brigham and Women's Hospital and as Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Partners Healthcare. In 2019, Dr. Gandhi was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine and also has received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award.


Steve Muething, MD
Chief Quality Officer​​, Co-Director
Cincinnati Children's Hosptial Medical Center

Dr. Stephen Muething, MD is the Chief Quality Officer and the Co-Director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.   Dr. Muething was awarded the Michael and Suzette Fisher Family Chair for Safety at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  He focuses on the strategic goals of Cincinnati Children's to improve all ​aspects of care including safety, outcomes, experience, and affordability.  His improvement work and research focus on high-reliability culture, situation awareness, managing by prediction and lean leadership.


Mary Beth Kingston, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Advocate Aurora Health

Mary Beth Kingston has been in the role of Chief Nursing Officer for Advocate Aurora Health since April 2018 following the merger of Advocate Health and Aurora Health Care. She joined Aurora Health Care in 2012. Prior, she was Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. Outside of Advocate Aurora Health, Mary Beth has served on a number of non-profit community boards and is currently serving on the board of the Milwaukee Urban League in Milwaukee. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow from 2009-2012 and a 2007 recipient of the Pennsylvania Nightingale Award for Nursing Administration. Mary Beth was elected to the board of the American Organization of Nurse Executives in 2014 and served as President in 2019. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing at West Chester University, a master's degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in health policy at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia​​.


Jeff Brady, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, ​ARHQ

Jeff Brady, MD, MPH, has served as the Director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety since 2014. He is a member of the AHRQ Senior Leadership Team and manages a part of the Agency that conducts several AHRQ programs, including patient safety research, prevention of health care-associated infections and other programs focused on improving health care quality for patients. Dr. Brady led the AHRQ Patient Safety Research Program from 2009 to 2014, and in a prior position, he led the team that produces the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, an annual report to Congress on the status of health care quality in the United States. ​ 

Presenters at the 2019 edition of the patient Safety Congress came from organizations such as:
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center​​
  • MedStar Health
  • Porter Adventist Hospital
  • Duke University
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Memorial Health System
  • Signature Healthcare
  • North York General Hospital
  • UCHealth
  • Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Vanderbilt University