Milestone for Quality Leadership Program

The tenth class of the UHF/Greater New York Hospital Association Clinical Quality Fellowship Program started its intensive training as quality improvement experts and champions with retreats in January and March. With this largest class yet—23 doctors and 6 nurses from 22 metropolitan-area health care facilities—the 15-month program continues its mission of building Fellows' ability to plan, implement, and sustain systematic quality improvement efforts.

To date the program has enrolled 206 Fellows. Many alumni have gone on to assume leadership positions in their home facilities, and several serve as mentors to new classes of Fellows.

This year's selection process was the most competitive to date, with 50 applications from clinicians in diverse settings: academic medical centers, community hospitals, and outpatient clinics, and specialties including trauma surgery, psychiatry, neonatology, OB/GYN, and primary care.

Each cycle of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program, which was launched in 2009, features two retreats, webinars, learning sessions, mentoring by expert faculty, and the program's signature capstone project—an opportunity for each Fellow to develop and lead a major quality improvement effort.

At the latest retreat, held at the IBM Center in Armonk, NY, Fellows spent two days in seminars and formal training sessions covering a broad range of topics, such as patient safety and human error, building a culture of safety, and the intersection of quality measurement and health policy; they also presented a group root cause analysis and discussed their proposed capstone projects.


Alpna Aggarwal, DO • Northwell Health, Cohen Children's Medical Center

Amanda Anderson, MSN, MPA, RN, CCRN • Mount Sinai Hospital

Lisa Barbarotta, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCNS • Yale New Haven Health System, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Jenna Blitz, MD • NYU Langone Medical Center

Ana Cepin, MD • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center

Jed Cutler, MD • NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

Patricia Dharapak, MD • Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Karim El Hachem, MD • Mount Sinai St. Luke's

Emilie Fitzmaurice Rosner, MS, CNM, WHNP-BC • SBH Health System

Adam Goodman, MD • NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn

Sayyed Hamidi, MD, MPH, MBA • John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

D'Andrea Joseph, MD, FACS • NYU Winthrop Hospital

Marina Keller, MD • Orange Regional Medical Center

Carisa Kymissis, MD • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center

Susan Lerner, MD • The Mount Sinai Hospital

Liana Leung, MD, FACP • NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens Hospital Center

Konstantin Millerman, MD • NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Neil Pasco, MD • NYU Langone Family Health Centers

Catherine Petchprapa, MD • NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

Andrea Porrovecchio, MD • Montefiore Medical Center

Adriana Quinones-Garcia, MD • NYU Langone Medical Center

Praveen Reddy, MD, MPH • Stamford Hospital

Faye Reiff-Pasarew, MD • The Mount Sinai Hospital

Deanna Ripley, MS, BSN, RN • NYU Winthrop

Nermica Sarcevic, MD • NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Medical Center

Lisa Schmutter, RN, BSN, MPA • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center

Mangalore Shenoy, MBBS • Mount Sinai West

Daniella Stephen, MPH, MSN, RN, CPHQ • Mount Sinai Queens

Dean Straff, MD • White Plains Hospital

April 18, 2018
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