Clinical Quality Fellowship Program

Class of 2016-2017

Chinyere Anyaogu, MD, NYC Health + Hospitals, North Central Bronx Hospital

Natalie Bell, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, OCN, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Bernard Biviano, MD, FACS, FACP, Mount Sinai Queens

Yvette Calderon, MD, MS, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Ilseung Cho, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center

Diana N. Contreras, MD, MPH, NYU Lutheran

Tracy L. Dowlat, RN, MA, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

Francois Dufresne, MD, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

Janine Liza Duran, RN, MS, CEN, AGNP-c, SBH Health System/St. Barnabas Hospital

David Hirschwerk, MD, Northwell Health, North Shore University Hospital

Sarah Kaplan, MSN, RN-BC, NYU Lutheran

Bethany Kranitzky, MD, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Matthew Lambiase, BSEE, RN, CPNP, The Mount Sinai Hospital

Theresa Madaline, MD, Montefiore Medical Center

Denise May, MS, RN, APRN-BC, ANPc, NYU Winthrop Hospital

John McMenamy, MD, CMQ, NYC Health + Hospitals, Bellevue Hospital Center

Stephanie Muylaert, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Kathy Navid, MD, Mount Sinai Queens

Michael Redlener, MD, FAEMS, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

Prashant Sinha, MD, MEng, FACS, NYU Langone Medical Center

Kevin A. Slavin, MD, FAAP, Hackensack University Medical Center

Tuyet-Trinh Truong, MD, The Mount Sinai Hospital

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 home institution. The projects of the 2015-16 fellows are briefly described below.
Chinyere Anyaogu, MD, worked with a team to improve the response process for postpartum hemorrhage.


Natalie Bell, RN, ACNP-BC, OCN, chose to standardize the lab drawing process in order to prevent delays in patient care and potential adverse events.

Bernard Biviano, MD, FACS, FACP, focused on averting OR delays by addressing the reasons for missed 8:00 am start times.

Yvette Calderon, MD, MS, sought to decrease the length of stay for patients being admitted to the floor from the ED by improving nursing handoff communication, using a written SBAR tool.

Ilseung Cho, MD, worked with an interdisciplinary team to develop institutional guidelines for the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for stress ulcer prophylaxis, to address overuse of those drugs.

Diana Contreras, MD, MPH, focused on improving the quality of the prenatal charts of OB patients being admitted to the hospital.

Tracy Dowlat, RN, MA, addressed her organization’s achievement on the HCAHPS survey to improve performance on a 45-bed medical-surgical unit.

Francois Dufresne, MD, developed a chest pain clinical pathway for the observation unit, to ensure the delivery of standardized and effective care.

Janine Liza Duran, RN, MS, CEN, AGNP-c, worked with a team to improve handoff communication in the ED by instituting use of an SBAR tool.

David Hirschwerk, MD, developed a smartphone app to improve inpatient-to-outpatient transitions for patients on home intravenous antimicrobial therapy.

Sarah Kaplan, MSN, RN-BC, implemented a variety of interventions to decrease falls in the high-risk acute rehabilitation setting.

Bethany Kranitzky, MD, worked with a multidisciplinary team to decrease the rate of hospital-onset C. difficile on a 32-bed nursing unit for complex patients.

Matthew Lambiase, BSEE, RN, CPNP, focused on improving the suitability of newborn screening specimens in the NICU and newborn nursery, by retraining staff and implementing a triple-check process.

Theresa Madaline, MD, addressed timely intervention for patients presenting to the emergency department with severe sepsis and septic shock, focusing on barriers to the implementation of the sepsis protocol.

Denise May, MS, RN, APRN-BC, ANPc, worked with her team to optimize multidisciplinary rounds with the goal of decreasing time to discharge on the neuroscience unit.

John McMennamy, MD, CMQ, focused on decreasing the amount of time from an inpatient MRI being ordered to issuance of the final report, to improve patient throughput and satisfaction.

Stephanie Muylaert, MD, applied lean methodology principles to improve patient experience and outcomes, and provider satisfaction, in an academic glaucoma practice.

Kathy Navid, MD, focused her project on reducing readmissions for CHF patients by improving transitions of care.

Michael Redlener, MD, FAEMS, worked with the stroke and ED leadership to improve the treatment of stroke patients by  implementing  a “direct to CT” process upon arrival to the hospital. 

Prashant Sinha, MD, MEng, FACS, developed a dashboard and process for concurrent review of cases to supplement the organization’s quality review process.

Kevin Slavin, MD, FAAP, implemented a safety huddle on a general pediatric unit, to improve safety for patients, family members, guests, and staff, promote communication and transparency, and support the key traits of a high-reliability organization.

Tuyet-Trinh Truong, MD, developed a palliative screening tool specifically for patients with sepsis. 


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