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Session Faculty

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.​


Expert Faculty

Bates.jpgDavid W. Bates, MD, MSc, is Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Bates is an internationally renowned expert in using information technology to improve clinical decision making, patient safety, quality of care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice. He led a seminal study on the epidemiology of drug-related injuries, demonstrating that the most effective way to prevent serious medication errors is to focus on improving the systems. He also performed many studies on how computerized, evidence-based guidelines can improve quality and efficiency. Dr. Bates also serves as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health, Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partner's Healthcare Systems, and he is an external program lead for research in the World Health Organization's Global Alliance for Patient Safety. He has published over 600 peer-reviewed articles and is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Patient Safety.

Healy_Gerry.jpgGerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, FRCS(h), FRCSI(h
), Emeritus Gerald B. Healy Chair in Otolaryngology, Children's Hospital, Boston, is former Surgeon-in-Chief at Children's and currently Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. He has served as president of several associations and societies, including the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, among others. Dr. Healy was previously Secretary and President of the American Laryngological Association, and Chairman of the Board of Regents and Past-president of the American College of Surgeons. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in both Ireland and England. An active scholar and lecturer, Dr. Healy publishes extensively in professional journals and books, and he lectures internationally on health care reform, patient safety, the need to restructure medical education, and international medical collaboration. As a Senior Fellow at IHI, Dr. Healy is focusing on surgical safety, peer-review, and quality and safety programming for department chairs.

LutherKathy_2012.jpgKatharine Luther, RN, MPM, Vice President – North America, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is responsible for furthering IHI's work to help hospital leaders and staff achieve bold aims. Key to this work is developing strategic partnerships that leverage innovation, pilot testing, implementation, and continuous learning across organizations, systems, professional societies, and entire countries. Previously, she served as Executive Director at IHI, designing new programs to impact cost and health care quality. Ms. Luther has over 25 years of experience in clinical and process improvement, focusing on large-scale change projects and program development, system improvement, 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. Prior to joining IHI, she held leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center. She has experience in Lean and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Sahney_Vin.jpgVinod K. Sahney, PhD, retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in April 2010 after serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for four years. As a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), he is assisting in the strategic planning and development of IHI's leadership programming. Dr. Sahney was a founding member and previous Chair of the IHI Board of Directors. Prior to joining Blue Cross, he served as Senior Vice President at Henry Ford Health System for 25 years, including responsibilities for Strategic Planning, Marketing, Government Relations, Public Relations, Community Affairs, Quality Resource Group, Special Events, Management Services, Information Services, New Enterprise Development Corporation, the Center for Health Services Research, and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. In 2010, Dr. Sahney received the Gilbreth award, a lifetime achievement honor from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He is an elected member of The Institute of Medicine and The National Academy of Engineering.

Richard Shannon MD-1.jpgRichard P. Shannon, MD, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Virginia, is responsible for aligning the University of Virginia Health System’s key components to achieve the goal of becoming a top-decile academic medical center. His pioneering work in patient safety is chronicled in the chapter “First, Do No Harm” in the book, The Best Practice: How the New Quality Movement is Transforming Medicine. Dr. Shannon’s innovative work also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, on CNN and CNBC news segments and ABC's "20/20," and was a centerpiece for the PBS report "Remaking American Medicine." Prior to joining the University of Virginia, he served as the Frank Wister Thomas Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and previously served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is an elected member of honorary organizations, serves on several editorial boards, and is faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Shannon currently serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, and he was a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephen Swensen.jpgStephen Swensen, MD, MMM, FACR, Director for Quality, Mayo Clinic, is also Professor of Radiology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He leads the Value Creation Program as Associate Dean for Value, serves as a member of the Mayo Clinic Management Team and the Clinical Practice Committee, and is on the Luther Midelfort Medical Center-Mayo Health System Board of Directors. Previously, he was Chair of the Department of Radiology and Education Program Director. He is past President of the Society of Thoracic Radiology and the Fleischner Society and has been Principal Investigator on three National Institutes of Health grants.
Mark L. Zeidel, MD, is Herrman L. Blumgart Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. He is known as a productive and highly original scientist, an innovative educator, a leader in improving the quality of health care, and an effective chair of medicine. Dr. Zeidel is responsible for BIDMC’s achievement of outstanding clinical outcomes, recognized by the American Hospital Association, Society for Critical Care Medicine, the Leapfrog Group, and HHS. He has led the BIDMC medicine department to develop a highly innovative curriculum in quality improvement for its residents and fellows; this serves as a template for all the training programs in the hospital, and a national model for helping residents achieve the competency in practice based learning and improvement and system based practice.  He has pioneered the provision of highly reliable, cost-effective care, both at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and BIDMC, and he has helped make quality care a major priority of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. Prior to joining BIDMC, Dr. Zeidel had a 12-year tenure at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, serving as Chief of the Renal and Electrolyte Division of the Department of Medicine, and then as Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.
Please note that faculty are subject to change.

Program Advisory Council 

David Bates, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Director, Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Richard Davis, PhD, EdM
Vice President Innovation and Patient Safety, John Hopkins Medicine
Francesca Kayser Enneking, MD 
Professor and Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, Shands Hospital and University of Florida Board Quality Committee
John Fallon, MD 
Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Gary Kaplan, MD
Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Donald Moorman, MD 
Chairman, Department of Surgery, West Penn Allegheny Health System
Richard Shannon, MD 
Chairman, Department of Medicine and Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Stephen Swenson, MD, MMM, FACR
Director for Quality and Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Chair of Radiology 1998-2006); Associate Dean for Value, Value Creation Program, Mayo Clinic
Eric Thomas, MD, MPH
Director, UT Houston-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety and Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Medical School at Houston