Clinical Quality Fellowship Program

Class of 2012-2013

Kerin Adelson, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Asif Ansari, MD, Montefiore Medical Center

Eric Appelbaum, DO, St. Barnabas Hospital

Seth Blacksburg, MD, MBA, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Christine Cunningham, RN, NYU Langone Medical Center

Charles Gonder, RN, MBA, RRT, New York Organ Donor Network

Christopher Governo, RN, BSN, Staten Island University Hospital

Meenu Heda-Maheshwari, MD, Southside Hospital-Brentwood Family Health Center

Douglas Hirshon, DO, R.Ph., North Central Bronx Hospital

Joanne Iolonardi, RN, MSN, Lutheran Medical Center

Hassan Khouli, MD, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center

Brenda Natal, MD, MPH, RN, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School (formerly at Kings County Hospital Center)

Maria Lyn Quintos-Alagheband, MD, Winthrop University Hospital

Anupama Subramony, MD, MBA, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center

Amit Singh Tibb, MD, Jacobi Medical Center

Michael Timoney, MD, Lutheran Medical Center

Rafael Torres, MD, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Yonkers

Ming Chih Tsai, MD, Bellevue Hospital/NYU School of Medicine

Cynthia Wong, MD, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
 

Capstone Projects

One of the signature elements of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program is the capstone project. Working with an interdisciplinary team, fellows conceptualize, design, and lead projects, endorsed by their hospital leadership, to advance a patient safety or quality improvement goal in their own hospital. The projects of the fellows who make up the 2012-2013 Class are briefly described below.


Kerin Adelson, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center, worked to implement standardized criteria for consultation of palliative care for patients admitted to the solid tumor service.

Asif Ansari, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, developed a uniform workflow aimed at safely transitioning a high-risk population from the emergency department back into the ambulatory care setting.

Eric Appelbaum, DO, St. Barnabas Hospital, worked to improve the critical value reporting time for the hospital’s laboratory and clinical departments.

Seth Blacksburg, MD, MBA, Mount Sinai Medical Center, used an electronic checklist to decrease the rate of “no shows” for patients undergoing simulation for radiation.

Christine Cunningham, RN, NYU Langone Medical Center, worked to reduce variability in AHRQ patient safety indicators through better documentation and more accurate coding.

Charles Gonder, RN, MBA, RRT, New York Organ Donor Network, analyzed the time and steps involved in transplant coordinators sending HLA information one consent for organ donation had been obtained, looking for ways to reduce delays in the process.

Christopher Governo, RN, BSN, Staten Island University Hospital, sought to reduce the number of unnecessary interruptions occurring during routine medication administration.

Meenu Heda-Maheshwari, MD, Southside Hospital-Brentwood Family Health Center, worked to remove barriers to on-site HIV testing and to improve the overall process for providing HIV tests to patients.

Douglas Hirshon, DO, R.Ph., North Central Bronx Hospital, worked to develop and implement a telephone-based medication renewal process.

Joanne Iolonardi, RN, MSN, Lutheran Medical Center, used evidence-based assessment tools to reduce patient falls and related injuries.

Hassan Khouli, MD, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, worked to develop a new enteral feed protocol and process for mechanically ventilated ICU patients.

Brenda Natal, MD, MPH, RN, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School (formerly at Kings County Hospital Center), focused on Central line-associated bloodstream infections, seeking to improve compliance with the process of central line bundle and checklist use and documentation.

Maria Lyn Quintos-Alagheband, MD, Winthrop University Hospital, promoted the practice of evidence-based guidelines in management of hospitalized pediatric patients with respiratory syncytial virus.

Anupama Subramony, MD, MBA, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, had the goals of reducing the average length of stay for pediatric patients with a primary diagnosis of asthma exacerbation and decreasing readmission rates for children with asthma.

Amit Singh Tibb, MD, Jacobi Medical Center, used a multidisciplinary team approach in working to implement a palliative care bundle in the care of critically ill patients in the ICU.

Michael Timoney, MD, Lutheran Medical Center, used the medication reconciliation process in electronic medical records to more accurately capture information on medical problems and medications of geriatric trauma patients.

Rafael Torres, MD, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Yonkers, worked to reduce the door-to-care time of patients arriving in the emergency department.

Ming Chih Tsai, MD, Bellevue Hospital/NYU School of Medicine, focused on the timely discharge of clinically eligible patients in the postpartum unit.

Cynthia Wong, MD, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, used an interdisciplinary approach to improve patient safety and increase patient satisfaction by reducing emergency department hold times.

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