Health Care Quality & Safety Faculty

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP
Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery, Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment Innovation
Medicine (GIM)
Interests and Roles: Patient safety during care transitions and communication during handoffs, measuring and improving quality of care for hospitalized patients, teaching QI and safety techniques to trainees.

Thomas Best
PhD Student in Management Science and Operations Management
Booth School of Business
Interests and Roles: Operations and quality improvement in acute care; emphasis on using appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods to inform local decisions.

Laura Botwinick
Director of Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy
School of Social Service Administration, Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy
Interests and Roles: Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, Health Policy, Governance; formerly with the Joint Commission; Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH
Professor, Associate Chief
Medicine (GIM)
Interests and Roles: Improving diabetes care in vulnerable populations and reducing health care disparities.

Christopher Clardy, MD
Associate Professor, Section Chief, Pediatric Nephrology
Interests and Roles: Specialist in pediatric nephrology and pediatric critical care, past physician Director of UCH Center for Quality.

Krista Currell, RN, JD
VP Risk Management, Patient Safety & Compliance, University of Chicago Hospitals (UCH)

Andrew Davis, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Director of Quality, Medicine (GIM)
Interests and Roles: Assessing and improving the quality of care in chronic diseases, particularly diabetes, certified as Patient Safety Officer, and in Health Care Quality Improvement.

Nicole DeHoratius
Adjunct Associate Professor, Operations Management
Booth School of Business
Interests and Roles: Empirical research on issues relevant to the effective management of supply chains, particularly drug dispensing supply chains and the role of dispensing as a contributor to poor process quality.

Dana Edelson, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Hospital Medicine
Interests and Roles: Measuring CPR quality during actual resuscitations and using feedback and debriefing to improve rescuer performance and patient outcomes. Prediction tools and prevention strategies for in-hospital cardiac arrest.

Daniel S. Gaylin, MPA
President, Chief Executive Officer
Interests and Roles: Co-Director of National HITRC, previously served as senior advisor for research & planning, Office of Health Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

David Glick, MD
Associate Professor
Anesthesia & Critical Care
Interests and Roles: Emergency airway management; management of the difficult airway and awake fiberoptic intubation; facilitation of emergence from anesthesia in non-English-speaking patients.

Elbert Huang, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Medicine (GIM)
Interests and Roles: Improving the quality of medical decisions for elderly diabetes patients.  Quantifying the cost-effectiveness and financial impact of quality improvement in chronic disease management.

David Meltzer, MD, PhD
Professor, Section Chief of Hospital Medicine, Director of Center for Health and the Social Sciences
Medicine, Economics, Harris School of Public Policy
Interests and Roles: Effect of physician specialization, particularly hospitalists, on the quality of care in the inpatient setting.  Measuring and affecting the quality of vulnerable elders in the inpatient setting.

Doriane Miller, MD
Associate Professor, Director for Center for Community Health and Vitality
Medicine (GIM)
Interests and Roles: National Program Director for a RWJF funded program called New Health Partnerships:  Improving Care by Engaging Patients

Mark Nunnally, MD
Associate Professor, Anesthesia & Critical Care
Interests and Roles: Critical care, liver transplants, airway management.

Julie Oyler, MD
Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director
Medicine (GIM)
Interests and Roles: Teaching Quality Improvement to residents using ABIM PIM, Pritzker: Track leader, Quality Improvement Track.

Monica Peek, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Medicine (GIM)
Interests and Roles: Health disparities, particularly as related to chronic disease management and preventive health care. Specifically diabetes and breast cancer screening.

Louis Portugal, MD
Associate Professor,
Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
Interests and Roles: Improving SCIP measures.

Rita Rossi-Foulkes, MD, FAAP, MS, FACP
Associate Professor, Program Director
Medicine (GIM)
Interests and Roles: Primary care for adults and children, for persons with diabetes, for patients with chronic illnesses, and for persons with childhood diseases as they transition to adult health care providers; quality improvement in primary care medicine and pediatrics and ambulatory education.

Stephen Small, MD
Associate Professor, Director of Simulation
Anesthesia and Critical Care
Interests and Roles: Safety in health care scholarship and improvement with an emphasis on systems, cultures, and training applications. Focus on immersive simulation.

Avery Tung, MD
Anesthesia & Critical Care
Interests and Roles: Sedation and sleep in critical care; perioperative mechanical ventilation and anesthesia equipment.

Lisa Vinci, MD
Associate Professor, Director of Primary Care Group
Medicine (GIM)
Interests and Roles: Interests in chronic disease management, care management for high risk sub-population, and development of team based care. Co-director, Quality Assessment and Improvement Curriculum. Pritzker: Track leader, Quality Improvement Track.

Stephen Weber, MD
Associate Professor, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness
Infectious Disease and Global Health
Interests and Roles: Healthcare-associated infections, particularly those caused by multi-drug resistant organisms among hospitalized patients.

Eric Yablonka
Vice President, Chief Information Officer
University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago Biomedicine Information Services (CBIS)
Interests and Roles: Directly responsible for implementation of new EMR in which patient safety is one of key measures of success.