Master of Science in Patient Safety Leadership
(or Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure)
College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
(or Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure)
Curriculum Development Faculty
David Mayer, MD
Dr. Mayer is Associate Dean for Curriculum, Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology, Co-Executive Director of the Institute for Patient Safety Excellence at UIC and Curriculum Director for the Masters in Patient Safety Leadership program. He has been active in patient safety and quality outcomes initiatives for almost 25 years. He led the implementation of national patient safety standards for surgical and anesthetic procedures performed in offices and clinics. Dr. Mayer founded the Telluride Roundtable on Patient Safety Curricula bringing together leaders from AMA, ANA, Joint Commission, NBME, ACGME, ABIM, Lucian Leape Institute together with patients, residents, and students. He is consultant to Australia's National Task Force addressing safety and quality in the Australian Health System.
Dr. Mayer has been an advisor for AMA's "Future of Medical Education" initiative and AMAs Education Consortium addressing "The Role of Medical Education in Quality Improvement, Safety and Reducing Medical Errors." Dr. Mayer is principle investigator on a number of patient safety educational grants, has been a keynote speaker at numerous international education meetings and has authored a number of patient safety articles. He was awarded University of Illinois' AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award for his commitment to teaching, service, patient advocacy and patient care and has been the undergraduate chair of the Central Group for Educational Affairs of the AAMC.
Timothy McDonald, MD, JD
Dr. McDonald is Associate Chief Medical Officer at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago (UIMCC), Chair of the UIMCC Medical Staff Review Board, Co-Executive Director for the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence (IPSE), and Professor of Anesthesiology at the UIC College of Medicine. He oversees several processes including the investigation of all Patient Occurrence Reports, Sentinel and Significant Patient Events, the Full Disclosure of Medical Error Program, the Patient Communication Consult Service, and litigation related to clinical operations of the Medical Center. The Review Board is charged with identifying those areas within the organization that can benefit the most from process improvement, error reduction and communication of adverse events to affected patients and their families.
Dr. McDonald played an integral part in the development and implementation of the Medical Error Full Disclosure program, at the Medical Center. His pioneering work has led to speaking engagements, publications and presentations, as well as the development of a patient safety elective, including full disclosure, delivered to senior health care professional students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. McDonald is a trainer for the full disclosure initiative at the UIMCC and an expert in patient safety and clinical health systems.
Anne Gunderson, EdD, GNP
Dr. Anne Gunderson is the Assistant Dean and Associate Professor for Medical Education at The University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She was formerly the Director for Patient Safety Leadership programs and Associate Director of Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine., Dr. Gunderson had previously served on the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in the Departments of Medical Education and Psychiatry, and at Florida State University College of Medicine, in the Department of Geriatrics.
She is the Primary Investigator for the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society Grant, co-Investigator for the U.S. Department of Education Grant for Patient Safety Curriculum Development in UGME, and has served as both Principal and co-Investigator for state and nationally funded grants, including a John A. Hartford Foundation Medical Education Grant. She has authored articles for Academic Medicine, Medical Education, Journal of Rural Health, and Quality Management in Health Care and serves as a journal reviewer. Dr. Gunderson was recently elected by the CGEA as Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education. She is an Invited Advisor to the American Medical Association (AMA) for the Medical Education Research Consortium on the Role of Education in Quality Improvement, Safety, and Reducing Medical Errors and for the Initiative for Transforming Medical Education.
Ara Tekian, PhD, MHPE
Ara Tekian received his PhD in neuroscience from the American University of Beirut, and his Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) from the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Medical Education (UIC-DME). Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Tekian established the Medical Education Unit at King Saud University in Riyadh, and was its Director from 1983-1990. He has served as a short-term consultant to the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (WHO-EMRO) for more than two decades and established a number of medical education departments/units in the Eastern Mediterranean countries. Dr. Tekian joined DME in 1992 and participates in teaching in the MHPE program particularly in curriculum and instruction/assessment areas. He is also the Director of International Programs at UIC-DME. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary degree by the Tashkent University in Uzbekistan. Dr. Tekian was the winner of the 1997 Teaching Recognition Program Award selected by the UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Tekian consults both nationally and internationally and has organized and conducted over 120 workshops in more than 35 countries and 55 cities. He is the senior author of the book "Innovative Simulations for Assessing Professional Competence: From Paper-and-Pencil to Virtual Reality" published in 1999. He is the Vice President (VP) elect for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division I - Education in the Professions. His current research interests include curriculum planning, student assessment and innovative testing methodologies (undergraduate and postgraduate levels), simulations and patient safety, and international health professions education.
Kelly Smith, PhD
Dr. Smith is a research fellow with the Institute for Patient Safety Excellence at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Clinical Kinesiologist and holds a PhD in clinical cardiovascular physiology from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Smith has a strong background in research methodology and health policy and program analysis, working as a consultant for the Government of Ontario and for several hospitals in Central South Ontario.
She has received personnel awards and fellowships for her research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. With her colleagues in the Institute for Patient Safety Excellence, she is developing a research and assessment program around medical error full disclosure and other process improvements related to patient safety and quality of care. Dr. Smith's publications include several articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Teaching and Learning in Medicine, International Journal of Cardiology, Heart & Lung, European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, Journal of the Canadian Medical Association and the ACGME Bulletin. She has presented at several national and international conferences.
Shirley E. Kellie, MD, MSc
Dr. Kellie, a physician epidemiologist, is currently an independent consultant in patient safety and healthcare quality. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. In this capacity she is actively involved in both research and in teaching medical and public health students.
Until June 2008, Dr. Kellie served as Senior Scientist in Clinical Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the American Medical Association (AMA). She designed and implemented a medical school collaborative, with the goal of facilitating efforts in designing and integrating patient safety learning experiences in undergraduate and graduate medical education programs. Prior to joining the AMA, Dr. Kellie served for six years as national lead for patient safety for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, she led the development of the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System, a national medical records-based surveillance system of adverse events, and the implementation of the national CMS Medicare Patient Safety Learning Pilot demonstration project in hospitals, in three states. In addition, Dr. Kellie has served as Senior Scientist at the Joint Commission where she worked in developing hospital performance measures, and as Associate Medical Director for the MEDSTAT Group, a clinical informatics group in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From 1987 to 1992, she served as Senior Scientist in the Office of Quality Assurance at the AMA, where she led national efforts in the design and development of practice guidelines, in collaboration with the RAND Corporation.
Her current interest is in designing learning experiences, environments and content that will support building healthcare professional competency and capability in patient safety practice. Dr. Kellie is a Diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, holds a Master of Science degree in Health Services Research, and completed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). She is co-author of a guidebook focused on uses of data in quality improvement, and has multiple publications in peer-reviewed literature.
Annette L. Valenta, DrPH
Dr. Valenta received her DrPH in Health Resources Management from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is a Professor and Associate Dean for Health Informatics and Technology in the Biomedical and Health Information Sciences in the College of Applied Health Science at UIC. She also holds a Certificate in On-Line Teaching and Learning from California State University and is devoted to developing, teaching, and managing UIC's graduate curriculum in health informatics.
Dr. Valenta has participated in grant work identifying and resolving barriers to successful participation in translational research and examining the role information systems can play in promoting patient safety, through analysis of one systems usability and efficacy. Her funding supported the transition, research and implementation of the UIC Informatics curriculum, from in-person to an online format. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Academic Medicine, JALN: Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Journal of Medical Systems and the Journal of Healthcare Information Management. She is also a Review Board Member for the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.
Dr. Valenta is a member of UIC's CTSA Biomedical Informatics Core and heads the informatics efforts of the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence.
Rachel Yudkowsky, MD, MHPE
Dr. Yudkowsky serves as Director of the Dr. Allen L. and Mary L. Graham Clinical Performance Center, where she develops standardized patient and simulation-based programs for the instruction and assessment of students, residents and staff. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education for the University of Illinois at Chicagos College of Medicine.
Dr. Yudkowsky has been active in faculty development, using standardized medical students to help faculty in the health professions acquire clinical teaching skills. Dr. Yudkowsky received her MD from Northwestern University Medical School and is Board Certified in Psychiatry. She served as Medical Student Psychiatry Clerkship Director, Psychiatry Residency Program Director and Director of Education for the Evanston Hospital Department of Psychiatry. Prior to joining the College of Medicine in 1999, she was Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Northwestern University Medical School.
She is Chair of the Research and Grants Committee of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators and serves on the Editorial Board of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Her areas of research include performance assessment, using standardized patients and other simulations especially for physical exam skills, communication skills and procedural skills and setting passing standards for performance exams.
Alan Schwartz, PhD
Dr. Schwartz is Associate Professor and Director of Research for the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He received his PhD in cognitive psychology and MS in organizational behavior and industrial relations from the University of California, Berkeley. His primary research area is medical decision making in patients and physicians, including the study of patient goals and preferences, risk perception and communication, and evidence-based medicine. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Medical Decision Making and Vice President-elect of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He has been the principal investigator on grants from the National Board of Medical Examiners, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other agencies. He has received the Ray E.Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education, the Society for Medical Decision Making Best Paper by a Young Investigator award and the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Julie K. Johnson, MSPH, PhD
Julie K. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and is visiting faculty in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of Amsterdam Academic Medical Center. Dr. Johnson's career interests involve building a series of collaborative relationships to improve the quality and safety of health care through teaching, research and clinical improvement. From 2004 to 2007, she was the Director of Research at the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), where she co-led a project to design and develop a web-based patient safety education and improvement module that is available to certified physicians from all twenty-four medical specialty boards. This project has become a nationally recognized learning module for patient safety. Dr. Johnson is Associate Editor of Quality and Safety in Health Care.
Dr. Johnson has a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth College. She was recently awarded a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study transitions of care from inpatient to outpatient settings.
Lisa Anderson-Shaw, DrPH, MA, MSN
Dr. Anderson-Shaw is the director of the Ethics Consult Service at the University of Illinois Medical Center (UIMC) in Chicago, which she helped to design and implement in 1998. Most of the clinical case consultations are conducted by her and she has also helped to develop a secured web-board for case consultation review by her peers. Dr. Anderson-Shaw currently serves as co-chair of the UIMC Ethics Committee and developed an orientation program for new members of the UIMC clinical ethics consult team. She is a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Institutional Review Board.
In 2003, Dr. Anderson-Shaw launched the UIMC sponsored "Illinois Health Care Ethics Committee," a virtual discussion board where she serves as moderator. She is a member of the Institute of Patient Safety Excellence at UIC, a group dedicated to issues that impact patient safety across the disciplines. Her work has been published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Journal of Clinical Ethics, The American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Nursing Administration's Healthcare Law, Ethics & Regulation and Bone Marrow Transplantation. She is also on the editorial board for CHART--Journal of Nursing in Illinois and reviews for Critical Care Medicine, Saunders Book Company and the American Nurses Association Publications. Her research relates to the identification of ethical issues in routine ambulatory care settings, ethics consultation in the emergency department, and the concept of a "donor advocate," related to living organ donation.
Bruce L. Lambert, PhD
Dr. Lambert is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Administration and the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication, at UIC. Dr. Lambert is a founding member of the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence. He is President of BLL Consulting, Inc. and Pharm I.R., Inc., specializing in problems that involve health, communication and technology. Dr. Lambert's research focuses on prescribing behavior, pharmacoepidemiology, patient safety and medication errors, pharmaceutical promotion, health outcomes associated with provider-patient communication and information retrieval. He is currently the principal investigator on a four-year center grant, funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, to study techniques for optimizing medication prescribing, monitoring and education.
Dr. Lambert's publications have appeared in Medical Care, The American Journal of Epidemiology, Drug Safety, The Journal of Medical Systems, Health Communication, Social Science & Medicine, The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and The Drug Information Journal, among others. He serves on the editorial board of the journal, Health Communication. For his work on predicting and preventing drug name confusion errors, Dr. Lambert received the Best Published Paper award from the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1997, a Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and a Center Director's Special Citation award from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.
John Gosbee, MD, MS
Dr. Gosbee is a Human Factors, Engineering and Healthcare Specialist, providing expertise for design of healthcare devices, software and architecture. He assists with integration of human factors engineering into product development process, as well as HFE program development. This includes personnel selection, test bed design, FDA mock survey and user-centered style guide creation.
Dr. Gosbee works to develop and implement human factors engineering and patient safety ideas, most notably, at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), where he leads the patient safety certification effort for all incoming UMHS residents. He has been a visiting professor and given grand rounds at several prestigious medical schools, such as Yale and Penn, and served as an advisory panel member and/or consultant to several patient safety programs, including Johns Hopkins, the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization.
Dr. Gosbee was guest editor of a 2004 series on patient safety and human factors engineering for the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety. In 2005, he was a contributor and editor of Using Human Factors Engineering to Improve Patient Safety. He received the Cheers Award for advancing medical device design in medication safety from the Institute for Safe Medication Practice (2005); and Career Achievement Award in medical device design from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (2002).
He received his MD from the University of Wisconsin, and an MS in Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering at Wright State University.