Meet the people who support the Center's mission and vision.

Executive Committee

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Thomas H. Gallagher, MD

Co-Director
Professor of Medicine, Bioethics and Humanities
Director, UW Program in Hospital Medicine
Interest Areas:
Quality of Care, Patient Safety, Error Disclosure, Accountability, Patient-Centered Care, Ethics, Precision Medicine, Health Policy

Paula Minton-Foltz

Paula Minton-Foltz, MSN, RN

Co-Director
Chief Nursing Officer, Harborview Medical Center
Senior Associate for Patient Care Services, Harborview Medical Center
Interest Areas:
Quality, Patient Safety, Clinical Continuing Education, Re-admissions and Care Transitions.
Email: pfoltz@uw.edu

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Anneliese Schleyer, MD

Co-Director
Associate Medical Director Hospital Quality and Patient Safety, HMC
Interest Areas:
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Frontline Engagement in Quality and Safety, Venous Thromboembolism Prevention and Anticoagulation Safety, Hospital Medicine

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Joshua M. Liao, MD, MSc

Director of Value and Systems Science
Associate Medical Director of Contracting and Value Based Care
Research Interests:
Value-Based Care Delivery, Systems and Provider Behavior, Pharmaceutical Drug Policy

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Russ Migita, MD

Co-Director of Education
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Research Interests:
Lean Quality Improvement, Implementation Science, Clinical Standardization, Emergency Department Flow, Healthcare Facility Design, Diagnostic Error

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Thomas Payne, MD

Co-Director of Research
Professor, Medicine
Research Interests:
Electronic Health Records, Computerized Practitioner Order Entry, Exchange of Health Information, Computerized Clinical Decision Support, Natural Language Processing, Notes in Computer-Based Medical Records, Clinical Computing
Email: tpayne@uw.edu

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Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD

Chair, Center Internal Advisory Committee
Special Senior Advisor
Professor, Department of Surgery
Research Interests:
Inflammatory bowel disease, simulation based training, process of care, and performance improvement 
Email: mssurg@uw.edu

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Andrew White, MD

Co-Director of Education
Associate Professor of Medicine
UW Medical Center Hospitalist Group Director
Research Interests:
Communication After Adverse Events, Clinican Support After Adverse Events, Informatics, Error Disclosure, Team Communication, Interhospital Transfers, Inpatient Medicine, Electronic Decision Support

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Douglas F. Zatick, MD

Co-Director of Research
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Interests:
Information Technology, Vulnerable Populations, Trauma, Multiple Chronic Conditions, Care Transitions, Mental 

Additional Leadership

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Nick Meo, MD

Advisor for Quality Improvement Training
Director, GME Quality and Safety, UW
Director, Quality and Safety, Hospital and Specialty Medicine, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System
Research Interests:
Quality Improvement Education and Training, Veteran Health, Patient Safety, Performance Measurement, Inpatient Flow, Hospital Medicine
Email: nmeo@uw.edu

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Somnath Mookherjee, MD

Faculty Development Lead
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Faculty Development Program, Division of General Internal Medicine
Research Interests:
Faculty Development, Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Case Reporting, Physical Examination Education, Quality Improvement Education, Peer Observation and Feedback, Educational Feedback
Email: smookh@uw.edu

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Rashmi Sharma, MD

Physician Scientist
Research Interests:
Patient-Physician Communication, End-of-Life Care, Disparities, Decision Making