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    • Internal Medicine
    • Health Policy
    • Information Management
    • Health Care Management
    • Medical Ethics
    Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    David Asch is the executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation and the director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He is professor of medicine and professor of medical ethics and health policy at the Perelman School of Medicine and professor of health care management and professor of operations, information, and decisions at the Wharton School - all at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a physician at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. David's research aims to understand and improve how physicians and patients make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies, the purchase of health or life insurance, and personal health behaviors. His research combines elements of economic analysis with moral and psychological theory and marketing. David received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his medical degree from Weill-Cornell Medical College, and his MBA in health care management and decision sciences from the Wharton School. He was a resident in internal medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
    • Primary Care
    Dr. Jillian Catalanotti is a primary care physician who joined the faculty of The George Washington University in 2008 with dual appointments in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Health Policy Management. She became the Internal Medicine residency program director in 2013. In her time at GW, Dr. Catalanotti has designed and taught two public health courses for college students, taught in the medical school’s Practice of Medicine course, served as Assistant Director of the Primary Care clerkship, and served as the Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) Course Director. She has dedicated the majority of her career to training Internal Medicine residents, including co-designing GW’s Underserved Medicine and Public Health (UMPH) concentration before becoming the residency program director. Dr. Catalanotti serves on the Education Committee of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) and chairs its subcommittee on Service Versus Education. She has explored innovative schedules for residency training and led the GW IM residency program’s transition to a 4+1 schedule in 2014. Dr. Catalanotti and her program’s residents are current participants in the iCOMPARE study, in which they were randomized to the study’s flexible hours arm. Dr. Catalanotti was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Yale University. She subsequently obtained her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health with a concentration in Family and Community Health. Dr. Catalanotti completed her Internal Medicine residency training in the primary care track at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she was awarded the Elmer Hinton Award and the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Award for delivering compassionate patient care. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society by GW medical students in 2013, was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha in 2015, and has been selected as a Washingtonian Top Doctor three times. Dr. Catalanotti considers it her professional mission to train physicians who deliver high-quality, systems-based care to patients with an understanding of and reflection on public health principles.
    • General Surgery
    • Surgical Oncology
    • James R. Hines Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Dr. David Mahvi joined the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2008 as the James R. Hines Professor of Surgery, chief division of gastrointestinal and oncologic surgery, and vice chair for clinical affairs. He served as President of Northwestern Medical Group from 2013 until September of this year. As President, Dr. Mahvi oversaw the ambulatory operations of Northwestern and directed an organization of over 1,100 physicians and 2,200 staff charged with providing care to more than 700,000 patients a year. Dr. Mahvi led the Northwestern Medical Group during the integration of Northwestern Physicians Group and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation into Northwestern Medicine. Before joining Northwestern, Dr. Mahvi served for 19 years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison ultimately as Chief of Surgical Oncology and Director of the General Surgery Residency Program. He lead a research laboratory in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering. The American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for surgeons elected Dr. Mahvi as Chair for 2014 – 2015. During his tenure, he developed national policy on the education and management of the surgical workforce. Dr. Mahvi joined the ABS in 2007 as a representative of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), where he also served as President. A native of Oklahoma, Dr. Mahvi completed his undergraduate work in microbiology and pre-medicine at the University of Oklahoma and went on to obtain his MD at the Medical University of South Carolina. He then served his residency and completed a research fellowship in immunology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Mahvi's research interests have focused on the development of new biomedical devices in the treatment of liver cancer—he is a national and international authority in the field of hepatobiliary cancer, and has previously developed, manufactured, and performed clinical trials of novel biologics. Dr. Mahvi has authored/ co-authored 100+ peer reviewed research articles, has presented both nationally and internationally on cancer-related topics, and has been a national speaker on the design of health care systems. His work has led to collaborations with the engineering school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and subsequently with the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. Dr. Mahvi has also collaborated in creating joint educational programs for engineers and clinical trainees.
    • Internal Medicine
    Director Internal Medicine Residency Programs, Baystate Medical Center
    Michael was born and raised on New York’s Upper Westside and spent his youth playing on the local sidewalks and in Central Park. His path to medicine was a circuitous one that included work as a security guard, bike messenger, assistant handyman in a psychiatric hospital and vendor at Madison Square Garden. Following graduation from Hobart College in 1985 with a degree in Anthropology-Sociology and a minor in Psychology he toiled for the National Hockey League front office as a “jack of all trades.” He had always dreamed of being a Paramedic and loved the show Emergency as a child which led him to his first taste of medicine in 1987. After training as an EMT he was hired by the NYC Emergency Medical Service where he became a Paramedic and spent 9 exciting years racing around Harlem and Times Square while dealing with thousands of medical emergencies. Michael returned to school at Columbia/Fordham Universities to complete his pre-medical requirements. He ultimately was accepted at Albany Medical College where he developed a love for internal medicine and met his future wife. Michael completed residency and chief residency at Baystate Medical Center in internal medicine. Michael was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006. In 2006 he spent the year as a Hartford Faculty Scholar in the Boston University Center of Excellence for Geriatrics. He has presented abstracts and workshops at numerous regional, national and international conferences. Michael was the Co-Chair for Innovations in Medical Education for the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) National Conference in 2013 and is a founding member of the SGIM TEACH certificate program. He was recently named Chair for the SGIM Education Committee and is the Secretary/Treasurer for the New England Region. Michael is currently the Director of Internal Medicine Programs at Baystate/Tufts and is responsible for the education and training of the physician workforce of the future. He is also the Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Baystate Health as well as a member of the Education Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Michael’s interests include development and implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), radical office redesign, and innovations in graduate and undergraduate medical education aligned with quality and patient safety. He sees his patients at Baystate High Street Health Center-Adult Medicine and precepts residents there as well. He would be happy to discuss these interests with whoever is interested.
  • Dr. Bellini obtained her medical degree from the University of Alabama in 1990. She came to Penn to pursue her Internal Medicine residency training followed by a year as a Chief Medical Resident. She subsequently completed a Pulmonary Fellowship and joined the faculty in 1996. Dr. Bellini currently serves as the Vice Chair of Education and Inpatient Services for the Department of Medicine. In that role, she is responsible for education in the Department of Medicine as well as the department’s inpatient bed complement. As Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency since 1996, she directly oversees 154 residents in one of the nation’s best training programs and is indirectly responsible for the training of an additional 150 subspecialty fellows. From 2005-2008, she was the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official for University of Pennsylvania Health System. In that role, she had operational responsibility for all policies and procedures related to the training of residents and fellows in all 68 UPHS sponsored training programs as well as to insure that all programs were operating in substantial compliance with the ACGME institutional and program requirements. In 2008, she assumed the role of Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs for the Perelman School of Medicine. In that role, she has oversight faculty policies and procedures Perelman School of Medicine at the University Pennsylvania. On a national level, Dr. Bellini is an active member of the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) where she served as inaugural Chair of the Board. AAIM is a consortium of five academically focused specialty organizations representing departments of internal medicine at medical schools and teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada. It represents department chairs and chiefs; clerkship, residency, and fellowship program directors; division chiefs; and academic and business administrators as well as other faculty and staff in departments of internal medicine and their divisions. Previously, she has held the positions of Treasurer and President of the Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine. Currently she chairs the AAIM Innovations Committee. She also chairs the Committee on Faculty Identity for the AAMC and is a member of their national GME task force. Additionally, she has served on several key committees for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, using much of her research and administrative experience to influence national policy regarding graduate medical education. She was also a member of the Institute of Medicine's committee on Conflict of Interest, which has had a major impact on professional conduct within the academic community. Dr Bellini has won numerous teaching awards including the Penn Pearls Teaching Award, the Maurice Attie and Donna McCurdy Teaching Awards, as well as the Robert Dunning Dripps Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education and the University-wide Lindback award for excellence in teaching. Her research focuses on medical education, including the health and well-being of residents and faculty as well as the effects of fatigue and sleep deprivation on patient outcomes and the learning environment.
    • General Surgery
    • Quality Improvement
    Director, Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC), Northwestern
    • Associate Professor in Surgery-Surgical Oncology and Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist and a health services and quality improvement researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery. His clinical practice is focused on melanoma and sarcoma. He was recently listed by Becker’s as one of the “Top 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” in the U.S. Dr. Bilimoria is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University (SOQIC), a center of 30 faculty and staff focused on national, regional, and local quality improvement research and practical initiatives. Dr. Bilimoria’s research agenda focuses on improving healthcare quality and delivery by (1) developing better ways to provide hospitals with comparative data, (2) providing hospitals with the tools use their data to undertake internal hospital quality improvement efforts, (3) providing patients with better comparative data through public reporting which can assist them in selecting the best hospital for their surgical care, and (4) performing evaluations of policies that impact the healthcare quality. He has a particular interest in large, pragmatic cluster-randomized trials examining hospital quality initiatives and healthcare policies. He is the Director of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) and Principal Investigator of the FIRST Trial, and he is a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons. He has published more than 200 scientific articles, with more than seven in JAMA in the last two years. Dr. Bilimoria’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Surgery, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the California Health Care Foundation, and the Health Care Services Corporation. He is currently the President of the Surgical Outcomes Club. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bilimoria serves as the Medical Director of Surgical Quality and is the Chair of the Surgical Oversight and Quality Committee. He leads several practical quality and process improvement initiatives for the hospital and the healthcare system. Dr. Bilimoria obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He obtained his Master’s degree in outcomes research from Northwestern. Dr. Bilimoria was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and then at the American College of Surgeons. He completed his General Surgery residency training at Northwestern and then went on to a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
    • General Surgery
    • Quality System
    • Quality Improvement
    Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, UPenn
    Rachel R. Kelz, MD MSCE FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board certified general surgeon (2005, 2015) with an active endocrine surgery practice and formal training in health services research. She serves as an Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program and the Director of the Center for Surgery and Health Economics in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Kelz serves as the surgeon champion for the ACS NSQIP at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kelz is the recipient of the Gordon P. Buzby Award for leadership and the Mentorship Award from the Department of Surgery. She was awarded the Christian R. and the Mary F. Lindback Award for distinguished teaching from the Provost’s office at the University of Pennsylvania. The Lindback is the most prominent educational award given by the University. Dr. Kelz leads the Quality In-Training Initiative (QITI) of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Improvement Program. The QITI is a national collaborative of teaching hospitals designed to integrate outcomes and quality improvement into surgical education. Dr. Kelz has focused her research interests on the improvement of surgical outcomes through the use of innovative investigation and the development of novel education techniques. She has received private and public grant support for her research and has authored numerous chapters and more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She is currently funded by a grant entitled, “Using Patient Outcomes to Inform Surgical Education” (NIH-NIA 1R01AG049757-01A1*). Dr. Kelz received a BS in Mathematics from Union College in Schenectady, NY, her MD from Yale University in New Haven, CT and an MS in Clinical Epidemiology and Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania. *The opinions that she will share are her own and may not reflect the views of the NIA.
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Pulmonary Disease
    Director, Osler Medical Training Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Sanjay Desai is the Director of their Osler Medical Training Program and a specialist in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He is an active clinician and investigator, serving as attending physician in the hospital’s medical intensive care unit, and as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Business. His research focuses on graduate medical education and on clinical outcomes in survivors of critical illness. He currently chairs the Executive Committee of a large, multi-center, randomized study of duty hour regulations in graduate medical education. Sanjay is also the Vice Chair for Education, in which he oversees all educational programs in the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine. He has appointments in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, General Internal Medicine and the Carey School of Business. Sanjay serves on multiple national committees including in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American College of Physicians and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. He also a Director of the Osler Leadership Academy which performs professional development for leaders in a variety of non-healthcare industries throughout North America, Europe and Africa. Previously, Sanjay was Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Washington Hospital Center and Chair of the hospital’s Critical Care Committee. He also served as an Associate Director for the Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center Internal Medicine and the Pulmonary and Critical Care training programs. Sanjay has been recognized for his skills as an educator with numerous teaching and leadership awards, has published widely on medical education and critical care, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Sanjay grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science in bioengineering and a bachelor of economics in healthcare management. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his medical residency and subspecialty fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where is also served as a Chief Resident. During his training, he spent two years as a consultant for McKinsey & Company working in a variety of industries both in the US and in South East Asia. Sanjay lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and twin boys.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    Dr. Zaas is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and Chief Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and her infectious diseases fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She has been the Program Director of the Duke Internal Medicine Residency for five years.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Hospital Medicine (Hospitalist)
    Director, Internal Medicine Residency St. Agnes Hospital Baltimore
    • Clincial Assistant Professor of Medicine at Director, Internal Medicine Residency
    Dr. Kuehl is an experienced internist and clinician educator with a broad range of skills in hospital medicine, primary care, quality and patient safety as well as institutional operations. She actively involved in the American College of Physicians at the state level in Maryland for over a decade as a member of the Governor’s Council and has held multiple leadership positions within the ACP at the state level. She is the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency program, at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and clinical assistant professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has been a member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine since 2004 and has been very involved at the national level within the organziation. She is one of the administrators for the Community Hospital Education and Research Network (CHERN) and is a board member and reviewer for the online journal “Journal of Community Hospitals Internal Medicine Perspectives”. Dr. Kuehl is board certified in Internal Medicine and received her undergraduate degree in Biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University, and MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical System. She has worked as a hospitalist and been in private practice before moving full time into graduate medical education. She is married, has two children and enjoys painting in acrylics and gardening.
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