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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​

Terry P. Clemmer, MD, Director of Critical Care Medicine, LDS Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare (IHC), is also Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is the Medical Lead over the Intermountain Medicine Clinical Program's Critical Care Team. Dr. Clemmer was Faculty Chair for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Reducing Sepsis Mortality Collaborative and he previously coached several IHI Adult ICU Breakthrough Series Collaboratives, the Ideal ICU Design Project, and the Improving Outcomes for High-Risk and Critically Ill Patients Learning and Innovation Community. He has been active with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and in the formulation of the Sepsis Bundles. An active researcher with numerous publications, he is a recognized speaker on critical care, medical informatics, telemedicine, standardization of care, and quality improvement.
E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, conducts patient-oriented, health services research. His research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of critically ill patients with severe sepsis and respiratory failure, with special emphasis on the problems facing older patients in the ICU. Dr. Ely is a subspecialist in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine with a focus in Geriatrics. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and serves as Associate Director of Aging Research for the VA Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center. As founder of the Vanderbilt ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group, he designs and leads studies and clinical trials seeking both better understanding and management of critically ill patients in the ICU. He has written or co-authored more than 150 articles, book chapters, and editorials.
Vicki J. Spuhler, RN, MS, Retired Nurse Manager, Intermountain Healthcare, Intermountain Medical Center, specializing in trauma and respiratory critical care. She has been a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement since 1994 and has participated in the Adult Critical Care Breakthrough Series Collaborative, as well as the ICU innovation work as part of the IMPACT network. She is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, having served as a past chair of the patient/family support committee. Ms. Spuhler has received awards from Intermountain Health Care, AACN, and the Honor Society for Nursing, Sima Theta Tau, for her accomplishments in management and clinical process improvement.
Heidi Engel, PT, DPT, has been a physical therapist for 25 years, working at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center for the past 24 years, while also working in private practice and in home health settings. She earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007 from Boston University, with an emphasis in Oncology and Integrative Medicine. She started her focus on patients in the ICU at UCSF in October 2008, with formation of the ICU Early Mobility Multi-disciplinary Group, and initiated full-time physical therapy in the Medical/Surgical ICU there in March 2010. She received the UCSF Colleague of Nursing Award in 2012. Currently, she works full time in the intensive care units and teaches at the School of Physical Therapy at UCSF.