Founding Institutions

Founding Members

Andrew Auerbach MD, MPH

Andrew Auerbach MD, MPH

Director of Research Division of Hospital Medicine, UCSF

Andrew Auerbach MD MPH is Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, in the Division of Hospital Medicine, where he is Director of Research for the Division, co-directs the Research Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, and is the Chair of the Clinical Content Oversight Committee for UCSF Medical Center. He has received the Mack Lipkin Award for Outstanding research as a fellow, and the Western Society for Clinical Investigation Outstanding Investigator award.
Dr. Auerbach’s research has been published in prominent journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Archives of Internal Medicine. He has had continuous funding from the National Institute of Health for more than a decade, and has also developed industry and health system partnerships that will provide substantial ongoing support for healthsystem innovation.
Dr. Auerbach is a widely recognized leader in Hospital Medicine, having authored or co-authored the seminal research describing effects of hospital medicine systems on patient outcomes, costs, and care quality. He leads a 13-hospital research collaborative focused on new discoveries in healthcare delivery models in acute care settings, and continues an active research mentoring program at UCSF. Dr. Auerbach’s leadership extends to his role in the Maintenance of Certification Committee at the American Board of Internal Medicine, where he and colleagues work to refine board certification examinations applied to all practicing hospitalists. In addition, Dr. Auerbach serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the flagship peer-reviewed publication for the field of Hospital Medicine.

Peter K. Lindenauer MD, MSc

Peter K. Lindenauer MD, MSc

Director at Center for Quality of Care Research & Baystate Medical Center, Professor of Medicine and Quantitative Health Sciences University of Massachusetts Medical School

Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc, FACP, is Director of the Center for Quality of Care Research at Baystate Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine. A board-certified internist and practicing hospitalist, and founding Board member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Dr. Lindenauer's research focuses on measuring the quality and outcomes of hospital care for patients with common medical conditions, evaluating the effectiveness of acute treatments and care strategies, and the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions to improve care delivery. Dr Lindenauer is a graduate of the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM

Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM

Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Kripalani serves as Director of the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research and Co-Director of the Center for Effective Health Communication. He previously founded and served as Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Kripalani’s research concerns hospital-based communication and implementation science, with a focus on transitions of care, health literacy, and medication management. In 2005, he received the SHM Young Investigator Award of Excellence. In 2009, he was inducted in the inaugural class of Fellows in Hospital Medicine, and in 2010, the inaugural class of Senior Fellows in Hospital Medicine. Dr. Kripalani previously served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, and now serves on its Editorial Board.

Gregory W. Ruhnke, MD, MS, MPH

Gregory W. Ruhnke, MD, MS, MPH

Assistant Professor Department of Medicine at University of Chicago

I am a clinician-investigator focused on health services research. Much of my work has focused on the measurement of outcomes, quality, and resource utilization among community-acquired pneumonia patients. I have also studied the clinical predictors of ICU admission and readmission among hospitalized pneumonia patients. I have done research using multiple data sources to investigate the impact of patient-centered attributes of care on patient-reported outcomes, decision-making, and utilization. Also, I led the effort to recruitment 2000 patients into the CMMI-funded Comprehensive Care Physician RCT. In addition, I am studying the impact of poor dental hygiene on the risk of aspiration pneumonia among hospitalized patients. Currently, I am designing research methods and analyzing data to determine the value of accrediting facilities that perform cardiology and radiology procedures.

Shoshana J. Herzig, MD, MPH

Shoshana J. Herzig, MD, MPH

Director of Hospital Medicine Research within the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Shoshana J. Herzig, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Hospital Medicine Research in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She completed her residency training at BIDMC in 2007, followed by a General Medicine Fellowship through Harvard Medical School and a Master’s Degree in Public Health through Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the interplay between medication decisions and adverse outcomes in the hospital setting. Dr. Herzig is a Senior Deputy Editor at the Journal of Hospital Medicine. She has practiced clinically as a hospitalist at BIDMC for the last decade, with active involvement in resident and medical student education.

Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM

Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM

Professor & Vice-Chair at Department of Internal Medicine at University of Kentucky

Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM serves as Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Williams established the first hospitalist program for a public hospital in 1998 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and built two of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the U.S. at Emory (1998-2007) and Northwestern (2007-2013) Universities. Currently, he is Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at UK HealthCare. A Past President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, he actively promotes the role of hospitalists as leaders in delivery of health care to hospitalized patients. With a history of more than $29 million in grants and contracts as principal or co-principal investigator and 130+ peer-reviewed publications including in journals such as JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Williams’ research focuses on quality improvement, care transitions, teamwork and the role of health literacy in the delivery of health care.

Scott Flanders, MD

Scott Flanders, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Michigan Hospital Medicine Program, Director at Hospital Medicine Program, Associate Chief at Division of General Medicine, Associate Chair for Quality and Innovation at Department of Internal Medicine

Scott A. Flanders, M.D. is currently Professor in the Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan, where he serves as Associate Chair for Quality and Innovation for the Department of Internal Medicine. He is the Director of the University of Michigan’s Hospitalist Program, which has grown to include over 130 faculty members and staff. Dr. Flanders was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and is a Past-President of SHM. In 2013, Dr. Flanders was awarded the designation of Master in Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Flanders has helped develop and lead two statewide, hospitalist-focused quality collaboratives; the Hospital Medicine Safety (HMS) consortium, focused on preventing adverse events in hospitalized patients, and the Integrated Michigan Patient-Aligned Care Transitions (I-MPACT) collaborative, which strives to improve the hospital discharge process. He has authored over 120 journal articles and book chapters, and has edited two textbooks and a book series in the field of Hospital Medicine.

S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA, FHM

S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA, FHM

Associate Chief of Internal Medicine and Senior Fellow at Leonard Davis Institute University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

I am a hospitalist with training in social sciences and health outcomes research focused on outcomes of care and interventions to maximize post-discharge independence for hospitalized older adults. The overall goal of my research is to catalyze health system changes by developing, testing, and disseminating novel approaches to patient care focused on the needs of vulnerable, hospitalized elders. My current NIH-funded research focuses on understanding the health, functional status, and independence of elders by studying care transitions between the hospital and home. I also launched an inpatient cohort (ARCHES - Acute-to-Recovery Care for Hospitalized Elders Study: www.arches-cohort.org) which examines the effects of patient-centered factors such as sleep, function, mobility, nutrition, engagement, and social support in the hospital and effects on “post-hospitalization syndrome” and long-term outcomes of hospital care. In the near future, I hope to expand ARCHES to other HOMERuN sites and develop interventional studies using patient-centered technologies such as wearable mobility sensors to promote healthy levels of mobility during hospitalization and improve outcomes of care for hospitalized seniors.

Jennifer Susan Myers, MD

Jennifer Susan Myers, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Director at Center for Healthcare Improvement & Patient Safety, Director of Quality & Safety Education at Department of Medicine

Jennifer S. Myers, MD FHM FACP is an academic hospitalist and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she is the director for Quality and Safety Education in the Department of Medicine. She also directs a fellowship program at Penn for post-graduate fellows or junior faculty in the area of quality and safety research, policy, and administration. In 2012, she led the development of the “Quality and Safety Educators Academy” – the first national faculty development program designed to provide faculty with educational and professional development strategies to help fill the current unmet need for quality and safety educators in our nations’ medical schools and teaching hospitals. In 2010, she received the Clinical Excellence Award from the Society for Hospital Medicine, and in 2011 was named a Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar for her innovations in medical education. Dr. Myers has spoken and written nationally on patient safety issues in healthcare as well as the need for integration between graduate medical education and health care systems.

Melissa L.P. Mattison, MD, FACP, SFHM

Melissa L.P. Mattison, MD, FACP, SFHM

Chief of Hospital Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Melissa L.P. Mattison, MD, FACP, SFHM, is the chief of hospital medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Mattison graduated from Wellesley College and Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. She completed the Harvard Division on Aging fellowship in geriatrics and works clinically as a hospitalist and geriatrician. Dr. Mattison focuses her research and clinical innovation efforts on improving care for hospitalized elders.

Vernon L. Giang, MD

Vernon L. Giang, MD

Chief Medical Executive of California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)

Vernon Giang, MD is the Chief Medical Executive of California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He assumed this role in 2013. He was a hospitalist at CPMC from 1996 to 2013. Prior to his current role, Dr. Giang served in several key leadership roles, including Medical Director, President of the Pacific Inpatient Medical Group, providing inpatient care at all four of CPMC’s Hospitals, Treasurer of the CPMC Medical Staff, and Associate Vice Chair of Medicine. Dr. Giang is a graduate of UC Davis School of Medicine, and he completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at CPMC. While a resident, he was named the Francis Rigney Award as outstanding intern and the Dwight Wilbur Award as outstanding graduating resident.

David Meltzer, MD, PhD

David Meltzer, MD, PhD

Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences and the UChicago Urban Health Lab, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at The University of Chicago

Meltzer, MD, PhD, is Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences and the UChicago Urban Health Lab, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at The University of Chicago, where he is The Fanny L. Pritzker Professor in the Department of Medicine, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the Department of Economics. Meltzer’s research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care. He currently leads a CMMI Challenge award to study the effects of improved continuity in the doctor-patient relationship between the inpatient and outpatient setting on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients. He helped lead the CTSA-funded Chicago Learning Effectiveness Advancement Research Network (Chicago LEARN) and the PCORI-funded Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN). Meltzer completed his MD and PhD in economics at the University of Chicago and his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His awards include the Garfield Award from Research America, the AHRQ Eisenberg Excellence in Mentoring Award, and the AAMC Learning Healthcare System Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Jeffrey Schnipper, MD, MPH, FHM

Jeffrey Schnipper, MD, MPH, FHM

Director of Clinical Research, BWH Hospitalist Service Associate Physician, Division of General Medicine Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schnipper is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Director of Clinical Research for the Brigham and Women’s Hospitalist Service. His research interests focus on improving the quality of health care delivery for general medical patients. Subject areas include safe and effective medication use, transitions in care, and communication among health care providers and between patients and providers. The quality improvement interventions that he studies include innovations in health information technology, more effective use of hospital-based pharmacists, and process redesign using continuous quality improvement methods. Dr. Schnipper is a graduate of Harvard College. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1996. He completed a residency in internal medicine and primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2001, he completed a fellowship in general internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness.

Kevin J. O'Leary, MD, MS

Kevin J. O'Leary, MD, MS

Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine for Quality, and Medical Director of the General Medicine Inpatient Services

Kevin J. O’Leary, MD, MS is Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he serves as Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine for Quality, and Medical Director of the General Medicine Inpatient Services. Kevin enjoys leading, teaching, and researching quality improvement. He has authored peer reviewed publications related to hospital medicine, patient safety, healthcare quality, and medical education. His primary research interest focuses on improving the design of hospital systems to improve inter-professional collaboration and quality of care.

• O'Leary KJ, Ritter CD, Wheeler H, Szekendi MK, Brinton TS, Williams MV. Teamwork on inpatient medical units: assessing attitudes and barriers. Quality & Safety in Health Care. Apr 2010;19(2):117-121. PMID: 20351159
• O'Leary KJ, Buck R, Fligiel HM, et al. Structured interdisciplinary rounds in a medical teaching unit: improving patient safety. Archives of Internal Medicine. Apr 11 2011;171(7):678-684. PMID: 21482844
• O'Leary KJ, Kulkarni N, Landler MP, et al. Hospitalized patients' understanding of their plan of care. Mayo Clinic proceedings. Jan 2010;85(1):47-52. PMID 20042561; PMC2800283
• O’Leary KJ, Lohman ME, Culver E, Killarney A, Smith GR, Liebovitz DM. The effect of tablet computers with a mobile patinet portal application on hospitalized patients’ knowledge and activation. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Jan 2016;23(1):159-165. PMID: 26078412
• O’Leary KJ, Killarney A, Hansen LO, Jones S, Malladi M, Marks K, Shah HM. Effect of patient-centred rounds on hospitalised patients’ decision control, activation, and satisfaction with care. BMJ Quality & Safety. Dec 2016;25(12):921-928. PMID: 26628552

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