Executive Team

Pierre Barker Pierre M. Barker, MD, MBChB, Chief Scientific Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), leads IHI’s commitment to use effective improvement science methods to achieve its mission of improving health and health care worldwide. Dr. Barker oversees IHI’s cutting-edge innovation, design, and learning activities, ensuring that we maximize the opportunities for impact and that practical improvement methods and tools are accessible to all who seek to improve health and health care. He has extensive experience in designing effective health improvement interventions across a variety of health systems and economies, and has worked closely with the World Health Organization to help develop a global implementation strategy to improve quality of care for mothers and newborns. He attended medical school in South Africa and has practiced pediatrics for more than 30 years in South Africa, UK, and US. Before joining IHI, Dr. Barker was Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of University of North Carolina (UNC) Children’s Hospital clinics. He has extensive experience in basic, clinical, and implementation science research and is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Maternal and Child Health Department at Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.
Amy Hosford-Swan Amy Hosford-Swan, CPA, MS, MBA, Chief Financial and Administration Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), has held progressively responsible finance and administration positions in a wide variety of environments, from fast growing not-for-profits to small and large company corporate environments, including the global accounting firm, KPMG Peat Marwick. She joined IHI in 2007 from her most recent role as a senior consultant at Accounting Management Solutions. Prior to that, Ms. Hosford-Swan was Vice President of Finance and Administration of Jumpstart For Young Children, Inc., where she helped lead the organization's growth from four to 44 sites. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and received her master’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Mate_Kedar_thumb.jpgKedar Mate, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), President of the IHI Lucian Leape Institute, and a member of the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. His scholarly work has focused on health system design, health care quality, strategies for achieving large-scale change, and approaches to improving value. Previously Dr. Mate worked at Partners In Health, the World Health Organization, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and served as IHI’s Chief Innovation and Education Officer. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and white papers and has received multiple honors, including serving as a Soros Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, Zetema Panelist, and an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow. Dr. Mate graduated from Brown University with a degree in American History and from Harvard Medical School with a medical degree. You can follow him on Twitter at @KedarMate
Panagides-Busch_Melissa_thumb.jpgMelissa Panagides-Busch, MPH, Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for developing and executing IHI's operational plan, ensuring operational excellence across IHI and overseeing key business lines, including business development, marketing, and communications. She previously served as a Managing Director for BDO USA and has held progressively responsible programmatic and operational positions in a variety of professional service nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including FHI 360 and the American Institutes for Research. She has experience managing research and evaluation projects and programs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Center for Education Statistics. Her program experience also includes management of technical assistance contracts, including the support of American Indian Alaskan Native (AIAN) and Migrant Head Start grantees through the US Department of Health and Human Services. She has worked internationally for the World Bank and USAID and has expertise in strategic planning, process improvement, project and program management, and change management. She is a trustee of The Phillips Programs for Children and Families, a 50-year-old private nonprofit organization serving individuals with emotional and behavioral needs through education, family support services, and advocacy. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Sociology and has a master’s degree from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Twum-Danso_Nana_thumb.jpgNana Twum-Danso, MD, MPH, FACPM, ​Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), leads all global strategy and client development, with top-line revenue responsibility. Previously she was Managing Director for Health at The Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing a strategy designed to transform the practice of public health through data science. She is a public health and preventive medicine physician with 20 years of experience in health policy, practice, strategy, monitoring, learning, evaluation, research, and philanthropy at local, national, and international levels. Dr. Twum-Danso is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She worked at the Task Force for Global Health in Atlanta, Georgia; was Director of IHI’s nationwide CQI initiative in Ghana; Senior Program Officer in the MNCH Department at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; independent consultant; and Founder and CEO of MAZA, a social enterprise that provided on-demand health care transportation for pregnant women and sick infants in remote areas of Ghana. She also served on technical advisory committees for the World Health Organization, the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the Canadian International Development Research Centre. Dr. Twum-Danso received her undergraduate and medical education from Harvard University and her public health and preventive medicine residency training from Emory University. She has been a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine since 2006 and a member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care since 2010.

Management Team​

Karen Baldoza Karen Baldoza, MSW, Vice President, Improvement and Innovation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), leads IHI’s innovation, design, and learning system to bring practical improvement science and methods to improve and sustain performance in health and health systems worldwide. Additionally, Ms. Baldoza teaches in IHI’s programs aimed at building individual and organizational capability for improvement, and serves as an Improvement Advisor in IHI’s projects and initiatives such as the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative. Previously, she led IHI’s improvement science and methods portfolio of work and served as Operations Director for the continuum of care portfolio. Ms. Baldoza has managed relationships with strategic partners and several large strategic initiatives such as Pursuing Perfection. Prior to joining IHI in 2000, she worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Assistant Director in the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and in public health prevention and policy efforts. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Boston College, focusing on community organizing, social policy and planning, and not-for-profit administration.
Camille Burnett, PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, BScN, RN, DSW, FAAN, CGNC, Vice President, Health Equity, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), has extensive professional health care experience within the US and Canada in the areas of public health, health equity, research and administration, academia, and as an independent consultant. Her experience includes clinical practice and provincial public health administrator leadership positions in Canada, as well as academic administrator leadership positions in the US. Prior to joining IHI, she served as Associate Vice President, Education and Health Equity, at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she had appointments as a tenured Professor at VCU School of Nursing, Associate Executive Director of the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation, and is an affiliate with VCU Institute for Women’s Health, School of Medicine. Previously Dr. Burnett was at the University of Kentucky, where she was Assistant Dean for Equity, Outreach and Social Justice, Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, the Cralle-Day Endowed Professor in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, and Co-Director for Integrated Special Populations in the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. Prior to this while at the University of Virginia, her roles included Academic Director for Community Engagement and Partnerships, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, and co-founder of the University of Virginia Equity Center. Dr. Burnett has served on numerous boards with appointments locally, nationally, and internationally. Her program of research amplifies structural inequities that influence disparate outcomes to identify solutions that drive structural justice to redress inequity. She is a registered nurse, a certified Global Nurse Consultant, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a member of both the American Nursing Association and the American Public Health Association.
David Coletta, Executive Director, Alliance Development, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is responsible for developing organizational alliances designed to advance IHI’s mission, enhancing avenues of partner engagement across programs and quality and safety imperatives, and managing and evolving these relationships. Prior to joining IHI, he spent nine years at the National Patient Safety Foundation as a member of the executive team, engaged in strategic partner, operational, financial, and marketing priorities. His past experience includes diverse relationship management, business development, marketing, communications, and program design activities in start-up, mid-size, and large organizations.
Delgado_Pedro_thumb.jpg Pedro Delgado, MSc, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), oversees IHI’s portfolio of work in three regions (Latin America, Europe, and Australasia) and the IHI Open School. Based in the United Kingdom, he has been a driving force in IHI’s global expansion. From work on reducing C-sections and healthcare-acquired infections in Brazil and several Latin American countries, to improving early years education in Chile, to improving patient safety in Portugal and mental health in London, Mr. Delgado has led the key senior relationships and design and implementation of large-scale health system improvement efforts and networks globally. He coaches senior leaders and teams, and lectures extensively worldwide on large-scale change, patient safety, and quality improvement. He is an Instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Associate Editor of BMJ Leader. Prior to joining IHI in 2010, he held roles in hospital management and large-scale improvement leadership in the UK, and accumulated experience working in mental health in Venezuela and the UK.
Cathleen Duffy Cathleen Duffy, Vice President, Finance, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), oversees the organization’s financial operations and the financial planning and reporting processes, including annual audits, budgeting, forecasting, and all financial analysis and reporting for the organization. She serves as a critical member of the operational planning team responsible for implementing IHI’s strategic plan. Ms. Duffy works with the Regional Leads and Executive Team to achieve program and financial results within their areas of responsibility by effectively managing their resources while understanding the financials of the organization as a whole. She also serves as the point person for all IHI programs within developing countries and works directly with the sub-grantees in Africa, serving as a mentor and supervising staff as needed. She joined IHI in 1997 as a Staff Accountant and during her tenure she has led various internal improvement efforts. Ms. Duffy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Stonehill College.
Jill Duncan Jill Duncan, RN, MS, MPH, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), oversees IHI’s portfolio of strategic networks. She leads IHI’s US-based Leadership Alliance and is accountable to the success of global teams in catalyzing and accelerating improvement knowledge exchange through robust relationship-based networks across IHI communities. Ms. Duncan is an active partner, facilitator, and advisor to large-scale efforts focused on leadership, workforce well-being, clinical quality improvement, and the development of dynamic learning networks. Her previous IHI responsibilities include daily operations and strategic planning for the IHI Open School, leadership for a number of results-oriented initiatives, and the design and development of workforce development programming. Ms. Duncan draws from her learning as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, quality leader, nurse educator, and frontline care provider. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Georgetown University and her Master of Science and Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois Chicago.
Jennifer Lenoci-EdwardsJennifer Lenoci-Edwards, RN, MPH, CPPS, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), leads a team responsible for the development and execution of regional priorities in service of achieving IHI’s mission. Her team works in partnership with others at IHI to cultivate collaborative relationships, support new business development, and design large-scale initiatives that help organizations meet their aims and aspirations. Ms. Lenoci-Edwards began her career in health care as a Registered Nurse in 1999, working in a variety of emergency departments over 15 years. In 2004, she went on to implement a statewide immunization registry at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Back in Boston at Partners Healthcare, she supported the development of standards for timely reporting and escalation of lab and radiology results across the Partners system, started an ambulatory patient safety workgroup, represented patient safety concerns in the Epic electronic health record rollout, and worked with primary care teams as consultant to Partners’ Patient Centered Medical Home effort. Since joining IHI in 2015, she has led teams and contributed to IHI’s knowledge base for reducing diagnostic error, patient safety reporting systems, ambulatory patient safety, and improved care in nursing homes. As the lead for IHI’s Strategic Partnership with the Military Health System, Ms. Lenoci-Edwards oversees the overall strategy for the partnership. She has also led several North America-based safety and quality diagnostics for partnering organizations.
Ninon Lewis Niñon Lewis, MS, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), oversees IHI’s portfolio of US-based work in population health, well-being, and equity, and serves as an advisor to IHI’s work in these areas around the globe. As part of this leadership role at IHI, she designs and leads results-oriented initiatives and is an active public speaker, teacher, facilitator, and advisor to large-scale change efforts focused on population health and equity, the Triple Aim, and community-wide improvement. Throughout her time at IHI, Ms. Lewis has worked on the development and dissemination of the IHI Triple Aim framework since its inception, led strategic initiatives such as the IHI Triple Aim Initiative and the Scotland Early Years Collaborative, and served on the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative leadership team. Additionally, she has overseen IHI's structure for managing subject matter areas of strategic importance globally and led IHI’s Business Development team. Prior to joining IHI in 2008, Ms. Lewis developed and implemented national direct-to-patient education programs, and managed a national initiative launched by the Office of the US Surgeon General in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics to identify community-driven solutions to the nation’s childhood obesity crisis.
Robert Lloyd Robert Lloyd, PhD, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), provides leadership in the areas of performance improvement strategies, building capacity and capability for improvement, statistical process control methods, and development of strategic dashboards. He also serves as faculty for various IHI initiatives and demonstration projects in the US and abroad. Before joining IHI, Dr. Lloyd served as the Corporate Director of Quality Resource Services for Advocate Health Care (Oakbrook, IL), Director of Quality Measurement for Lutheran General Health System, Senior Director at the Hospital Research and Educational Trust of AHA, and spent ten years with the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania in various leadership roles. He is author of numerous articles, reports, and books.​
McGaffigan_Patricia_thumb.jpg Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is IHI’s senior sponsor for the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety and President, Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety. She is the former Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Safety Programs at the National Patient Safety Foundation. Ms. McGaffigan is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), a graduate of the AHA-NPSF Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship Program, and a member of the Joint Commission National Patient Safety Committee, the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Editorial Advisory Board, and the Advisory Committee of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis. She serves as a Board Member of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and on Planetree’s Person-Centered Certification Committee. Ms. McGaffigan represents IHI on numerous committees, taskforces, and professional panels and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences. A recipient of the Lifetime Member Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, she received her BS in Nursing from Boston College and her MS in Nursing from Boston University.
Lisa McKenzieLisa McKenzie, BPhysio(Hons), MHA, GAICD, Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), supports organizations in the region to accelerate the pace of improvement and achieve impactful results. She oversees multi-year partnerships with Safer Care Victoria (Australia) and the Singapore Ministry of Health to deliver transformative changes for the populations they serve. Ms. McKenzie advises leaders on strategies to advance the quality of health systems and presents programs internationally to build improvement science capability. She has worked for more than 20 years in the health sector and has extensive experience in the co-design, delivery, and spread of large-scale improvement programs. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. McKenzie was in various leadership roles, including Chief of Staff and Director of Transformation and Quality, at Melbourne Health, one of Australia’s major tertiary health services. She has a Masters of Health Administration, a clinical background in physiotherapy, has completed IHI’s onsite Fellowship Program, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Pelton_Leslie_thumb.jpgLeslie Pelton, MPA, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is an outcome-oriented leader who catalyzes innovation in health systems and transforms passion into impactful action. Throughout her 24-year career, she has brought these talents to the improvement of health and health care of adults of all ages in community, health care practice, hospital, and nursing home-based care. She listens deeply to the challenges that executives and frontline teams face, and collaboratively designs responses and leads the application of improvement science to build on will and drive improved outcomes. Ms. Pelton is a nationally recognized leader in the Age-Friendly Health Systems movement to improve the health and health care of older adults across the US. With funders, national partners, leading health systems, and the IHI team, she designed the campaign that has resulted in improved care of older adults in 1,000 places of care across the US. Throughout her career, Ms. Pelton has consulted with major academic medical centers, including building new models of integrating research, clinical care, and policy, resulting in improved outcomes. She built and led her own consulting firm and served as IHI faculty prior to joining the staff. She also built a practice at Deloitte Consulting, addressing the human factors associated with strategy and operational innovations.
Salvon-Harman_Jeff_thumb.jpgJeff Salvon-Harman, MD, CPE, CPPS, Vice President, Safety, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is a Certified Physician Executive, Certified Professional in Patient Safety, and IHI Fellow who is resolute about creating safety and belonging for patients and the health care workforce. He provides strategic leadership in safety, with deep operational expertise in implementing change initiatives and applying quality improvement methods. Dr. Salvon-Harman is a recognized subject matter expert in high reliability, patient and workforce safety, human factors application to root cause analysis, and system-level management of quality and safety. Previously, he was the Chief Patient Safety Officer/VP, Quality Institute and Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control for Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico. He is retired from the US Public Health Service, where he dedicated 20 years to the Indian Health Service and the US Coast Guard in roles ranging from clinical service delivery to management and leadership. Dr. Salvon-Harman completed his residency in Family Medicine at Carilion Health System in Roanoke, VA, after graduating from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.
Schummers_Dan_thumb.jpg Dan Schummers, Chief of Staff, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), previously served as Special Assistant to the CEO. He is responsible for ensuring the execution of IHI’s strategic priorities and managing the relationship between the executive leadership team and IHI’s Board of Directors. He oversees both strategic and operational planning for the Institute, and provides guidance to projects of strategic importance. Mr. Schummers serves on IHI’s senior executive team, and acts as an interface between senior leaders and staff. He has authored or co-authored several publications on topics such as leadership, governance, and improvement ideas. Mr. Schummers has worked closely with IHI’s senior executives since he joined IHI in 2004. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, MD Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, MD, MPH, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), provides strategic technical and relationship guidance for IHI’s work in Africa while also securing new business opportunities in the region. Prior to this role, he was IHI’s Senior Technical Director, Africa, leading Project Fives Alive! in Ghana to deliver a large-scale quality improvement project in more than 80 percent of public sector hospitals and 30 percent of Ghanaian sub-districts, contributing to a 34 percent reduction in facility-based child deaths. He also supported the design of a large-scale improvement initiative in Ethiopia. Additionally, he is leading IHI’s ongoing support to the Liberian Health Ministry’s health system rebuilding efforts post Ebola. A public health physician, Quality Improvement Advisor, and a Fellow of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, Dr. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey also has years of clinical and management experience in frontline district medical practice. Before joining IHI, he conducted high-level trainings and short-term consultancies in quality improvement with organizations in Saudi Arabia, India, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, and the US. He serves on the governing board of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority and the Council of the University of Health and Allied Sciences.
Valerie SpaldingValerie Spalding, MBA, MSc, Vice President, Business Development and Operations, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), provides leadership in developing and executing on IHI’s business strategy, creates and develops new business opportunities, and provides expertise on business and relationship development, project design, translation of customer needs, and operational planning. Prior to joining IHI in 2014, she led operational planning for an international non-governmental organization and worked in product marketing for a US-based global software company. She received her undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Canada, her MSc from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and her MBA from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
Walker_Jennifer_thumb.jpgJennifer Walker, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Human Resources, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), works to ensure that our most valued resource at IHI — our people — feel appreciated and supported in meaningful ways. She is responsible for developing and executing IHI’s human resource strategy in support of the overall mission and strategic direction of the Institute, specifically in the areas of organizational equity, joy in work, employee well-being, continuous workforce improvement and planning, talent acquisition, change management, performance management, succession planning, training and development, total rewards, and policy development and compliance. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. Walker served as Vice President, Administration, at the National Patient Safety Foundation, leading HR as a “team of one,” administering organization-wide systems, and managing the Lucian Leape Institute. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Illinois State University.