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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 economic 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. ​ ​

Luther_Kathy_thumb.jpgKatharine Luther, RN, MPM, is Director of Quality at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX. Prior to that she was Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), responsible for furthering IHI's work assisting healthcare leaders achieve bold aims and developing strategic partnerships that leverage innovation, pilot testing, implementation, and continuous learning across the organization. Previously, she served as Executive Director at IHI, designing new programs to impact cost and health care quality. Ms. Luther has more than 30 years of experience in clinical and process improvement, large-scale change projects, program development, rapid cycle change, developing and managing a portfolio of projects, and working with all levels of health care staff and leaders. Her clinical experience includes critical care, emergency room, trauma, and psychiatry. She has held quality and safety leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Medical Center. She is certified in Lean and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

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Kevin Rooney, MBChB, FRCA, FFICM, FRCP, Professor of Care Improvement, University of the West of Scotland, is also a consultant in intensive care and anesthesia at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, where he has served as Lead Clinician in Critical Care for the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board and pursues his interest in patient safety and health care quality improvement. As Clinical Lead for the Acute Adult Workstream of the Scottish Patient Safety Program for Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Dr. Rooney led its successful breakthrough series collaborative on sepsis. He is a Fellow of the Scottish Patient Safety Program and a Founding Member of the Q initiative for the Health Foundation and the National Health Service. As critical care faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, he has taught quality improvement in programs around the world. Recent awards include the 2015 Scottish Health Awards Doctor of the Year Award and an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman’s Gold Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice in 2014.​

Marc Neil 1.jpgMarc Neil, MEng, MSc, is Assistant Director of Unscheduled Care Operations at South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, in Northern Ireland.  Marc initially joined the NHS in 2010 through the prestigious NHS Graduate Management Scheme, and has held a number of roles, both inside the NHS and with NHS organisations in the field of improving urgent and emergency care services, using data and science, working with front line teams, senior management groups across organisations to deliver improvements in care.  In his current role he manages three Emergency Departments and has responsibility for managing and understanding flow through the urgent and emergency care pathway across the integrated care system.  He is responsible for managing flow through the system on a daily basis as well developing and delivering strategic direction for the services. Marc is a member of Q Community and Proud2bOps movements, and has a keen interest and passion for delivering improvement within the context of daily work, ensuring teams and front line staff and managers are equipped to test and try improvement using a QI approach.​​