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

Executive Committee

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Thomas H. Gallagher, MD, MACP

Co-Director
Professor and Associate Chair for Quality, Safety, and Value; Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities
Interest Areas:
Quality of Care, Patient Safety, Error Disclosure, Accountability, Patient-Centered Care, Ethics, Precision Medicine, Health Policy

Cindy Sayre

Cindy Sayre, PhD, RN

Co-Director
Chief Nursing Officer, Senior Associate Administrator, Patient Care Services, UWMC
Interest Areas:
Interest Areas: Fall Prevention, Resilience & Wellbeing for Healthcare Workers

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Anneliese Schleyer, MD

Co-Director
Associate Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine
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 Chair for Health Systems
Medical Director of Payment Strategy
Research Interests:
Value-Based Care Delivery, Systems and Provider Behavior

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Russell Migita, MD

Co-Director of Education
Professor, Pediatrics
Attending Physician, Seattle Children's Hospital Emergency Department
Research Interests:
Lean Quality Improvement, Implementation Science, Clinical Standardization, Emergency Department Flow, Healthcare Facility Design, Diagnostic Error

Lori Rutman

Lori E. Rutman, MD, MPH

Director of Research
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine
Research Interests:
Quality Improvement Methodologies, Pediatric Standards of Care, SQUIRE 2.0, Sepsis Outcomes, Quality Improvement in Emergency Medicine 

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Andrew White, MD

Co-Director of Education
Course Director of the Certificate Program in Patient Safety and Quality
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

Additional Leadership

Sara Kim

Sara Kim, PhD

Curriculum and Program Evaluation Specialist
Research Professor, Department of Surgery
Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement
Research Interests:
Conflict Management in Healthcare, Speaking Up and Listening Skills for Promoting Patient Safety, Patient-Centered Communication Skills

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Nick Meo, MD

Advisor for Quality Improvement Training
Associate Medical Director, Quality and Patient Safety, Harborview Medical Center
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
Associate Professor
Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, UW Medicine Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence
Research Interests:
Patient-Physician Communication, Palliative Care, Health Equity, Decision Making