2019 Annual Quality Congress


Sanne Allermann Beck
Neonatalklinikken, Rigshospitalet
Copenhagen, Denmark

Lise Aunsholt, MD, PhD
Neonatalklinikken, Rigshospitalet
Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Lise Aunsholt works in the Department of neonatology at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Her work is focused on reducing the antibiotic utilization rate by engaging the entire staff as a part of their participance in the Vermont Oxford network – Choosing Antibiotics Wisely initiative.

RADM Wanda D. Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP
Assistant Surgeon General, US Public Health Service
Director, Division of Reproductive Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

RADM Wanda Barfield, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She also serves as Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. She received her medical and public health degrees from Harvard University and subsequently completed a pediatrics residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Harvard’s Joint Program in Neonatology (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, and Children’s Hospital, Boston). She is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Her research, which includes over 100 publications, focuses on maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, early child health services utilization, improving access to risk-appropriate perinatal services, and advancing the quality of women’s maternal and child health data for public health action. She is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and is the CDC liaison to the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics (SoPPe) and Committee on Fetus and Newborn (COFN). She continues to do clinical work in neonatology, providing care to critically ill newborns in Atlanta, Georgia.

Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD
Vice Chancellor
University of Global Health Equity
Kigali, Rwanda

Professor Agnes Binagwaho MD, M(Ped), PhD, is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners In Health focused on changing the way health care is delivered around the world by training the next generation of global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all.

She is a Rwandan pediatrician who completed her MD at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics MA at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Dartmouth College and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics. She worked for 20 years in the public health sector in Rwanda. From 2002 to 2016, she served the Rwandan Health Sector in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and then for five years as Minister of Health.

She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Global Health Equity. Professor Binagwaho serves as Senior Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization and, since 2016, she has been a member of the United States National Academy of Medicine and, since 2017, a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. Professor Binagwaho has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles.

Shimul Chowdhury, PhD, FACMG
Clinical Laboratory Director
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine
Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego, CA

Shimul Chowdhury PhD, FACMG serves as a clinical laboratory director at the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM). Prior to joining the RCIGM team, Dr. Chowdhury served as a Senior Scientist in the Illumina Clinical Services Laboratory in which he reviewed and analyzed patient genomes for rare and undiagnosed disease as well as healthy individuals. Dr. Chowdhury has also served as a clinical laboratory director at Quest Diagnostics. Dr. Chowdhury is licensed as a clinical laboratory director for molecular genetics by the state of California. He conducted his American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) clinical molecular genetics fellowship at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. He obtained his PhD in Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and his Bachelors of Science at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. He is an active member of the Association for Molecular Pathology and the American Society of Human Genetics.

Jocelyn Cornwell
Chief Executive
The Point of Care Foundation
London, UK

Jocelyn is the CEO and founder of The Point of Care Foundation. Jocelyn founded The Point of Care programme at The King’s Fund in 2007. She originally trained as a medical sociologist and ethnographer and is the author of “Hard-Earned Lives: accounts of health and illness from East London” (1984).

She has worked in academic research, as a senior manager in NHS community health services and in health regulation, first at the Audit Commission and then at the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) where she was responsible for the design of clinical governance review methods.

Jocelyn is the external lead for patient and public involvement for the NW London CLARHC, visiting professor in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London and a trustee of the Nuffield Trust.

Colby Day, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology
University of Florida, Jacksonville
TECaN Chair
Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
American Academy of Pediatrics
Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Colby Day is an Assistant Professor in Neonatology at the University of Florida, Jacksonville. Dr. Day is extensively involved in the American Academy of Pediatrics Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN) group, having served as a District Fellow Representative, Social Media and Communications Chair, and currently serving as the TECaN Chair. During her term as TECaN Chair, Dr. Day has worked to create a national presence for trainees and early career neonatologists in advocacy, to foster the creation of a global health community for members, and to actively involve membership in projects focused on fellowship education and career development. She has a strong interest in medical education and quality improvement, serving as an Editorial Fellow for NeoReviews and as an author for the ONTPD Flipped Classroom Initiative. As new faculty, she is beginning her involvement in quality improvement as an attending and has plans to enhance distance mentorship and collaboration in quality improvement initiatives as part of her new role as Fellow Liaison for VON.

Dmitry Dukhovny, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Dr. Dukhovny is a board-certified Pediatrician and Neonatologist and a Pediatric Health Services Researcher. His academic focus involves applying cost-effectiveness analysis and decision science to help optimize resource utilization and allocation in perinatal care, a critical issue given the current constraints on the health care system. Dr. Dukhovny also has a strong interest and focus in medical education and leadership. He is currently the program director of the Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). With his colleagues at OHSU, he developed an improvement science curriculum for the Neonatology fellows at OHSU, as well as continuing to expand educational opportunities in improvement science for all Neonatology nationally in his role as the Fellow liaison for Vermont Oxford Network (VON) in partnership with the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (2015-2018). Currently, he is co-leading the regional Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative in Oregon and Southwest Washington, involving all 11 NICUs in the region under the Northwest Neonatal Improvement Priority Alliance (NW IPA). He has presented and organized workshops at national conferences, including Pediatric Academic Societies, VON Annual Quality Congress, and AAP Perinatal Workshop.

Eric C. Eichenwald, MD
Chief, Division of Neonatology
Thomas Frederick McNair Scott Endowed Chair
Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Eichenwald graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1980 and received his training in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. After residency, he received training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in the Joint Program in Neonatology, based at Boston Children’s, Brigham and Women’s and the Beth Israel Hospitals. He joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 1990, and was a staff neonatologist at the Brigham and Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. He remained on the faculty at Harvard until 2006, when he became the Medical Director of the Newborn Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in 2010, where he was the David R. Park Professor of Pediatric Medicine, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Division Director of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Children’s Memorial Herman Hospital. In 2016, he relocated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he is Chief of the Division of Neonatology, and the Thomas Frederick McNair Scott Endowed Chair, Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include clinical trials, resource utilization in neonatal intensive care, inter-NICU variation in management and quality improvement in neonatology. He is currently a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, and the Sub-Board for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics, and a former member of the AAP Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering Committee, and the AAP Committee for Fetus and Newborn, He also is an Associate Editor of the Archives of Diseases in Children – Fetal and Neonatal Edition.

Bev Fitzsimons
Head of Improvement
The Point of Care Foundation
London, UK

Bev is responsible for development, design and oversight of patient-centred quality improvement initiatives. From 2009-2014, Bev was a Fellow in Health Policy at the King’s Fund, leading patient-centred quality improvement programmes within the Point of Care team. A social scientist by background, Bev spent 12 years working in healthcare audit and regulation at the Healthcare Commission, Commission for Healthcare Improvement, and the Audit Commission, with particular interest in the care of people with long term conditions and maternity care. Bev is a member of the founding cohort of the Health Foundation’s Q initiative, which is a community of practice for quality improvement. As well as her professional interest in quality improvement, she has also been a service user representative in her local community and was a lay board member of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health.

Victoria A. Flanagan, RN, MS
Perinatal Outreach Coordinator
Director of Operations,
Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth
Lebanon, NH

Victoria A. Flanagan RN, MS has been involved in international perinatal improvement initiatives since the 1990’s in Russia, Egypt, Croatia, Kosovo. In 2010, she was involved in the launch of “Helping Babies Breathe”, an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas. Since that launch, she has taught courses in the United States, Kenya and Sudan, Africa.

Linda S. Franck, RN, PhD, FRCPCH, FAAN
Jack and Elaine Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing
Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing
Co-PI, UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative
University of California
San Francisco, CA

Marybeth Fry, Med
Lead Family Advisor
VON NICQ Collaborative
NICU Family Care Coordinator
Akron Children’s Hospital
Akron, OH

The 2004 birth of Marybeth’s daughter at 28 weeks gestation and subsequent three month NICQ stay introduced her to a world she never knew existed and she wanted other NICU families to know they weren’t alone. In January of 2008, Marybeth became an Akron Children’s Hospital Parent Mentor and Volunteer and began visiting NICU families each week as a graduate parent. She also became involved in NICU FACT (Family Action Collaborative Team), a group of NICU graduate families and staff working together to support NICU families and promote family-centered care in the unit. Marybeth attended her first VON Conference with the Akron Children’s Team in spring of 2010 and has been fortunate enough to attend every meeting with the team.  In the fall of 2010, she became co-chair of NICU FACT and began working more closely with hospital staff on group’s initiatives. She began attending QuIP (Quality Improvement Council) meetings monthly and participated on NICQ8 conference calls weekly.

In January 2013, Marybeth secured a paid parent position at Akron Children’s Hospital as the NICU Family Care Coordinator. This amazing opportunity has allowed her to be even more actively involved in furthering family-centered care and to see many of her volunteer projects come to fruition.

Lourdes García, MD, FAAP
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine,
University Pediatric Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Dr. Lourdes García is Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and the Director of the Neonatology Division. She is the Director of the University Pediatric Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a 50-beds Regional NICU, the only one of its level in Puerto Rico. This unit has a full range of pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists and provides surgical repair of complex congenital and acquired conditions. Dr. García is a member of the Puerto Rico Department of Health: Perinatal Care Guidelines Review Committee and the Fetal-Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Committee where plans for improving care for high risk infants in the island are developed. She has been actively involved in initiatives to involve the community in Zika virus (ZIKV) prevention and treatment adherence strategies. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Indiana LEND ZIKV Project (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders). This group is providing interdisciplinary, leadership training and continuing education learning experiences for professionals in Puerto Rico providing care for children with ZIKV exposure and their families.

Munish Gupta, MD, MMSc
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Munish Gupta, MD, MMSc, is a staff neonatologist and the Director of Quality and Safety for the Department of Neonatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston MA.  He is also chair of the Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts.

Alan Guttmacher, MD
Pediatrician and Medical Geneticist
Former Director
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

Alan Guttmacher, MD, a pediatrician and medical geneticist, served as Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) from 2009 to 2015.  In that role, he championed the development of a scientific vision for the institute, reorganized much of the structure of NICHD, started the Human Placenta Project, a collaborative research initiative aimed at improving the understanding of the placenta and its role in health and disease and at developing approaches to assess placental function throughout gestation and launched PregSource, an effort to use crowd sourcing to better understand human pregnancy. Previously, Dr. Guttmacher served a number of roles at another part of the National Institutes of Health, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), including as Deputy Director from 2002 through 2010, and Acting Director from 2008 to 2009. In those roles, he oversaw that Institute’s efforts to advance genome research, integrate that research into health care, and explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genomics. He also served as co-editor for two series of articles in the New England Journal of Medicine about genetics and genomics.

Dr. Guttmacher served as director of the Vermont Regional Genetics Center at the University of Vermont College of Medicine from 1987 to 1999. While there, he launched a series of public health genetics programs, co-directed the Vermont Cancer Center’s Familial Cancer Program and the Vermont Newborn Screening Program, and founded Vermont’s only pediatric intensive care unit.

Dr. Guttmacher received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. After an internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston, Dr. Guttmacher earned a two-year National Research Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service as a fellow in medical genetics at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Timmy Ho, MD, MPH
Instructor in Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Timmy Ho is a neonatology attending at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the first graduate of a joint research fellowship between the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He explores mechanisms of improving the efficiency, work flow, and patient experience of healthcare delivery by applying fundamental skills in improvement science. An innovator, he has both participated in and mentored hackathons sponsored by the groups at MIT and Harvard, developed a mobile application to improve resident workflow, and hopes to lead multidisciplinary teams to transform how health care workers care for patients.

Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP
Professor of Population Health Science and Policy
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
System Vice-Chair of Research
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
Mount Sinai Health System
Associate Dean for Academic Development
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

In her quest to bring the finest in health care to all women, Dr. Howell has been a leader in the cause of women’s health care, especially for those who are currently underserved. She is a sought after speaker on areas ranging from infant mortality and postpartum depression to disparities in women’s health. She has conducted extensive research on maternal morbidity and mortality in New York City and the alarming racial and ethnic disparities that exist. Dr. Howell has a national reputation as an expert in quality of care, and racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health. Her track record of NIH research funding is extensive. She has served on several expert committees including Institute of Medicine committees on postpartum depression and LGBT health, Joint Commission panels, NIH expert panels, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists national committees, international external scientific advisory boards, NIH study sections, and editorial boards. Founding The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute is a natural extension of Dr. Howell’s broad and actionable research focus and her commitment to improving health outcomes. As she builds this unique Institute within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Howell will establish partnerships with research and clinical practice colleagues across the Mount Sinai Health System who share her goal to improve the health and well-being of women.

Erik Jensen, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Heather Kaplan, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Perinatal Institute and The James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Heather Kaplan MD, MSCE is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Perinatal Institute and the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).  Heather is a neonatologist and health services researcher interested in enhancing care delivery and studying how systems of care can be improved using innovative approaches.  She completed her neonatal-perinatal fellowship training, including earning a master’s degree of science in clinical epidemiology, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania.  She joined the faculty at CCHMC in August 2007. Heather’s early research focused on understanding variation in adoption of evidence-based practices in neonatal care and quality improvement as a strategy for implementing evidence in practice.  With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she studied the role of context in the success of quality improvement initiatives and developed a model, the Model for Understanding Success in Quality (MUSIQ).  MUSIQ is a tool for developing theories about which aspects of context help or hinder a specific project, and designing and implementing tests of changes to modify those aspects of context.  Her current work examines the way research and improvement networks (“learning networks”) can be used to improve care delivery and outcomes.  She is specifically interested in scaling improvement to reach entire populations of patients and the ways technology, quality improvement methods, and N-of-1 trial methods can be combined to create a personalized learning healthcare system for the individual. Heather also has extensive experience with front-line quality improvement in perinatal care.  Dr. Kaplan serves as the Improvement Advisor for the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC) neonatal improvement work.  She also serves as a faculty expert for the Vermont Oxford Network quality collaboratives and has been working with teams to improve their system of improvement by using MUSIQ to identify and modify key aspects of context that are affecting the success of the IQ projects and to help them engage with senior leadership around their improvement work.

Erin Keels, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
Director, Neonatal Practitioner Program
Neonatal Services
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, Ohio

Erin began her nursing career as a nursing assistant at Columbus Children’s Hospital, now Nationwide Children’s Hospital, graduating in 1988 from Ohio State University. Mentorship and dedicated preceptors encouraged Erin to become a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP), and in 1993 she graduated from the certificate program at Columbus Children’s Hospital and obtained a master’s degree from Ohio State University in 2003. Erin is now the director of the NNP Program at Nationwide, a program that includes 95 NNPs, 5 pediatric nurse practitioners, and 1 physician assistant. Erin says that it is her honor to work with intelligent, dedicated, compassionate, and authentic professionals. Erin is passionate about interprofessional team practice in the newborn intensive care unit. She is constantly impressed with the impact neonatal nurses and NNPs have on the short- and long-term outcomes of neonates in their care. The trust parents and families place in the neonatal care teams constantly humbles Erin. Families trust neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners not only to care for their baby but also to teach them to be confident and competent to care for their baby at discharge. In addition to technology challenges and the rapid changes to evidence-based practice that “keep her on her toes,” Erin finds enjoyment in the camaraderie of working closely with other disciplines, noting that it helps her to learn and grow in ways she could not have predicted.

Stephen F. Kingsmore, MB, ChB, BAO, DSc, FRCPath
President and CEO
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine
Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego, CA

Dr. Stephen F. Kingsmore is the President and CEO of the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, San Diego. Previously he was the Dee Lyons/Missouri Endowed Chair in Genomic Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, and Executive Director of Medical Panomics, and the founding Director of the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children’s Mercy – Kansas City. Prior to that Dr. Kingsmore was the President and CEO of the National Center for Genome Resources, COO of Molecular Staging Inc., Vice President of Research at CuraGen Corporation, founder of GatorGen, and Assistant Professor at the University of Florida’s School of Medicine. Dr. Kingsmore received MB ChB BAO and DSc degrees from the Queen’s University of Belfast. He trained in clinical immunology in Northern Ireland and did residency in internal medicine and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. He was a MedScape Physician of the year in 2012, and received the 2013 Scripps Genomic Medicine award and 2013 ILCHUN prize of the Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. TIME magazine ranked his rapid genome diagnosis method one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2012. In 2015 he received a Guinness World Record for the fastest genetic diagnosis.

Christopher Paul Landrigan, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Physician, General Pediatrics, Department of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston
Director, Sleep and Patient Safety Program, Sleep Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Landrigan is the Research Director of the Inpatient Pediatrics Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, Director of the Sleep and Patient Safety Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he is the founding chair and is currently an Executive Council Member of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network, a collaboration of over 100 pediatric hospitals, which has conducted a series of major multi-center research and improvement projects. His work has been focused on studying the epidemiology of medical errors and adverse events, and interventions designed to reduce their incidence.   His most important work has been focused on developing reliable patient safety measurement tools and improving the organization of residency programs and academic medical centers.  A major focus of this effort has been studying the relationship between resident work hours, sleep, and patient safety.

Elliott K. Main, MD
Medical Director, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

Elliott Main, MD is the Medical Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) and has led multiple state and national quality improvement projects. He is also the Chair of the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Committee since its inception in 2006. For 14 years, he was the Chair of the OB/GYN Department at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco (which has 5,500 annual births with 103 OB/GYN physicians). He is currently clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University. Dr. Main has been actively involved or chaired multiple national committees on maternal quality measurement including those sponsored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Medical Association (AMA), The Joint Commission, Leapfrog and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In addition, he helps direct a number of national quality initiatives with ACOG, the CDC and Maternal Child Health Bureau (HRSA) including the multi-state AIM project. In 2013, Dr. Main received the ACOG Distinguished Service Award for his work in quality improvement.

Marcia Mangiza
Neonatal Fellow
University of Cape Town
South Africa

Jeffrey M. Meyers, MD
Associate Professor
Medical Director of NICU
University of Rochester Medical Center
Golisano Children’s Hospital
Rochester, NY

Dr. Jeffrey Meyers is an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  He has served previously as the Associate Medical Director, is the Director of Newborn Quality Sciences, and was appointed Medical Director of the NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital in 2017.  He is an active participant in the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and has experience leading a regional quality improvement collaborative among several NICUs as well as many local quality improvement initiatives across Golisano Children’s Hospital and in the NICU.

Danny Miller
Parent Advisor
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine
San Diego, CA

Russell Nofsinger, PhD
Director of Business Development
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine
San Diego, CA

Dr. Russell Nofsinger is the Director of Business Development at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine.  Russell received his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in gene regulation and genomic analysis technologies at UC San Diego and the Salk Institute.  Following his academic training, Russell’s scientific acumen has brought synergy to his business roles in the genomics industry, enabling contributions to the development of clinical change in NICUs and PICUs.  As a leader, Russell has led successful partnerships with numerous healthcare organizations through the clinical implementation modern genomic analysis technologies in areas including oncology, pathogen detection, pharmacogenomics, blood typing, and rare disease.  At Rady Children’s, Russell and his colleagues have supported the clinical implementation of rapid Whole Genome Sequencing at more than 20 children’s hospitals, leading to better care for acutely-ill babies and children across the country.

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, FAAN
Assistant Professor
Director, Office of Global Health
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Baltimore, MD

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP, FAAN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore.  Dr. Ogbolu received her MS and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Baltimore with a goal of addressing health inequities.  She was awarded fellowships in Maternal Child Health (HRSA), Global Health (UMB), and the Fogarty Institute (NIH) while at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Ogbolu, a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, has over 20 years of clinical experience caring for critically ill newborns.  Her research interest focuses on improving the dissemination and implementation of health equity research and policy into clinical practice.  In 2009, as a legislative intern, Ogbolu collaborated with legislators and key stakeholders to develop policies to address health disparities and cultural competency.  Dr. Ogbolu continues to assist in building interdisciplinary linkages between health equity policy, research, academia, and practice by teaching a course on cultural competency to health professionals, serving on Maryland’s Infant Mortality Epidemiology Taskforce in 2011, and co-chairing a subcommittee on Maryland Cultural Competency Taskforce in 2013.  She has authored and co-authored in Neonatal Network, The World Health Organization Bulletin, the Journal of Nursing Research and Practice, and was an expert reviewer for the World Health Organization for implementation science in 2012.

Stephen W. Patrick, MD, MPH, MS
Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Attending Neonatologist
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

Stephen W. Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and an attending neonatologist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He also currently serves as an Adjunct Physician Policy Research at RAND Corporation and is a Guest Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, Florida State University College of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Patrick completed his training in pediatrics, neonatology and health services research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan. Dr. Patrick’s National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research focuses on improving outcomes for opioid-exposed infants and women with opioid use disorder and evaluating state and federal drug control policies. He previously served as Senior Science Policy Advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Dr. Patrick is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Use and Prevention and has been a voting member on several US Food and Drug Administration Advisory Boards focused on opioid use in children. He has testified about the impact of the opioid epidemic on pregnant women and infants before committees in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. Dr. Patrick’s awards include the American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, the Academic Pediatric Association Fellow Research Award, Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Early Career Physician of the Year, the Nemours Child Health Services Research Award and the Society for Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award. His research has been published in leading scientific journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Pediatrics and Health Affairs.

Daniel A. Pollock, MD
Surveillance Branch Chief
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Daniel Pollock is a medical epidemiologist and the Surveillance Branch Chief in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP).  Dr. Pollock joined CDC in 1984 and has worked in agency’s programs in infectious diseases, informatics, environmental health, and injury prevention and control.  In 2004 he moved to his current position as chief of the CDC branch that is responsible for national surveillance of healthcare-associated infections and other adverse events in healthcare.  He is an active member of the Health Level Seven (HL7) data standards organization, and he has worked on electronic reporting solutions for multiple CDC surveillance systems.  Dr. Pollock’s clinical background is in internal medicine and emergency medicine.  He worked part-time as an emergency physician at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta from 1986 through 2007 and served as a Clinical Associate Professor in Emory University’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

Michael A. Posencheg, MD
Medical Director, Intensive Care Nursery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Michael A. Posencheg, MD is an attending neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) where he is the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Nursery.   Michael is also the Associate Chief Medical Officer, Value Improvement for Penn Medicine, driving spread initiatives across the health system.   Regarding his quality improvement background, he has completed the Improvement Advisor (IA) and Graduate IA program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).  He has led multiple improvement projects over the past 8 years resulting in publication and health system awards.  He has also served as a Patient Safety Officer at HUP and was involved in the redesign of the Root Cause Analysis process across the health system.  Michael is on the contract faculty for the IHI as an Improvement Advisor and he regularly leads workshops on all aspects of the Model for Improvement, but specifically enjoys presenting on the display and analysis of data for quality.

DeWayne M. Pursley, MD, MPH
Neonatologist in Chief
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

DeWayne Pursley, MD, MPH, is chief of the Department of Neonatology and director of the Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and associate chief of the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Division of Newborn Medicine.

A graduate of Stanford University, HMS, and the Harvard School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management concentration), Dr. Pursley trained in Pediatrics at BCH, remaining for a fourth year as chief medical resident, and then completed a fellowship in Neonatal‐Perinatal Medicine at BIDMC, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and BCH. An elected member of the American Pediatric Society (APS), his interests include NICU quality improvement, resource allocation and utilization, and health equity in newborn care. Dr. Pursley is a member of the NIH Advisory Council for Child Health and Human Development and the board of directors of the American Board of Pediatrics where he was the past chair of its Neonatal‐Perinatal Medicine Sub‐board. He currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Nominating Committee, the steering committee of the AAP NICU Verification Program, and as immediate past chair of the AAP Massachusetts Chapter. Active in the APS, he serves on the Pediatric Policy Council and as liaison to the New Century Scholars Program.

Recently completing work as co‐chair of the AAP Board of Directors Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Dr. Pursley is past chair of the AAP Neonatal‐Perinatal Medicine Section, where he led a project on resource overuse in newborn medicine. He is a past member of the Maternal‐Child Health Governance Board of the American Hospital Association and recently served on the steering committee for the Vermont‐Oxford iNICQ antibiotic stewardship project. Dr. Pursley has served as a contributor to the NICHD “Disparities in Perinatal Medicine: Focus on Infant Mortality, Stillbirth and Preterm Birth” workshop; contributed to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Newborn Issues workgroup of the pandemic influenza workshop for pregnant women and newborns; served on the drug priorities expert panel for the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act; provided testimony to the Food and Drug Administration on the effect of critical drug shortages on children and the need for improved neonatal drug investigation; and was a member of the NIH Consensus Panel on Inhaled Nitric Oxide for Premature Infants. A recipient of the HMS Dean’s Community Service Award, Dr. Pursley has also been recognized with the March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award, the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the HMS Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, and the HMS Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award. He is chair of the HMS Financial Aid Committee and serves on the HMS Promotion and Review Board.

Asaph Rolnitsky, BSc Med, MSc(HQ), MD
Neonatologist, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety,
Aubrey and Marla Dan program for High Risk Mothers and Babies
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Assistant professor, PhD scholar, University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Asaph Rolnitsky is a neonatologist in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Co-chair of Toronto Centre for Neonatal Health, in Toronto, Ontario. After completing his paediatrics residency, he trained in perinatal-neonatal medicine in the University of Toronto, completed the VAQS fellowship and a MSc in healthcare quality. Believing that studying delays children-associated, sleep-deprivation dementia, he is now studying for a PhD, focusing on cost of care for, and resource utilization by, extremely preterm infants. Always optimistic, his QI work targets reduction of NEC, ROP, and IVH, and he is part of the antimicrobial stewardship project and the Small Baby Team.

Asaph loves QI methods and measurements and teaches in UofT and in Queen’s University MSc in healthcare quality.

Richard Rothstein
Distinguished Fellow
Economic Policy Institute

Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow, emeritus, at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers. The book recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation.

Lisa Salz, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine
Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego, CA

Lisa Mullen Salz has been a genetic counselor in San Diego for over 20 years.  At UC San Diego and Scripps Clinic, she worked with perinatologists, medical geneticists, and radiologists in high-risk maternal fetal medicine.  Following time off as a stay-at-home parent, she returned to UC San Diego as a case coordinator for the California Prenatal Screening Program.  She has also been a product specialist for GeneDx, a commercial genetic testing company, with an emphasis on educating non-genetics providers about inherited cardiovascular disorders, neurologic and mitochondrial disease, and familial cancer syndromes.   She currently works as a genetic counselor at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) which is focused on rapid genomic diagnosis for acutely ill children.  Lisa is interested in the interpretation of complex genetic information and how it is applied, both in research and in the clinic.  She believes that genomics education will play a key role in smoothly integrating precision medicine into the care of children with rare genetic disorders.  Lisa graduated from Stanford University in Human Biology and obtained her master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of California, Irvine.  She is ABGC board-certified and licensed as a genetic counselor in California.

Elizabeth Schierholz, NNP-BC
University of Colorado Denver

Nathaly M. Sweeney, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
University of California San Diego
Clinician Scientist
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine
Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego, CA

Nathaly M. Sweeney, MD, MS, MPH, FAAP, is a clinical assistant professor in the neonatology division at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)/ Rady Children’s Hospital and an investigator with the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM). Dr. Sweeney is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. She earned her undergraduate degree from Springfield College, MA and her graduate degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso, TX and the Johns Hopkins University- Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. She obtained her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY, NY and completed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Sweeney completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital-Stanford University, CA. She subsequently completed a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at UCSD in 2017 and joined the division of neonatology in 2018. Dr. Sweeney is interested in the application of individualized medicine in the care of neonates with suspected genetic disease, especially those with congenital heart disease. Her research at RCIGM focuses on identifying genotypic differences via rapid genomic sequencing that may explain the observed phenotypes with the goal of offering prompt, directed, accurate, personalized care to patients in the intensive care unit and beyond.

Wendy Timpson

Rebecca J. Vartanian, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Department of Pediatrics and
Communicable Diseases
University of Michigan
Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services
S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Ann Arbor, MI

Rebecca Jane Vartanian, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine within the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her Pediatrics and Neonatology training at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Vartanian joined the faculty in 2010. Dr. Vartanian oversees and facilitates the quality improvement initiatives in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, including multi-center collaborations within Vermont Oxford Network. Her clinical interests include oxygen management in premature infants, optimization of neonatal nutrition, and the care of extremely low birth weight infants.

John A. F. Zupancic, MD, ScD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Associate Chief of Neonatology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Dr. Zupancic is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Associate Chief of Neonatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His research and consulting work seeks to improve the efficiency with which scarce resources are used in improving the health of children, and in particular, newborns. He has focused on performing and improving the validity of economic evaluations alongside neonatal clinical trials and on the use of computer modeling to determine best practice when evidence is currently lacking or where empirical studies are infeasible. He is also involved in various epidemiologic and health services investigations, including the Neonatology Canon Project, a large-scale systematic review of all randomized controlled trials in neonatology over a twenty-four year period.

Dr. Zupancic is the immediate past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and has served as leader of the Value Initiative for the Vermont Oxford Network’s Neonatal Intensive Care Quality Improvement Collaborative. His teaching and mentorship of fellows has been recognized locally through the Merton R. Bernfield Mentoring Award, awarded by the Harvard neonatology fellows, and nationally through the John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award, awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


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