Meet the Center Scholars, a collaborative group advancing quality and safety research.

Grant Fletcher, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine


Interest Areas: Health Information Technology



Jeff Foti, MD

Associate Medical Director/Consultant, Clinical Effectiveness, Hospitalist, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington


Interest Areas: Clinical Effectiveness, Quality Improvement, Value, Clinical Standard Work, Readmissions, Lean and Kaizen Culture



Chris Kim, MD

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Quality and Safety
Medical Director, Center for Clinical Excellence, University of Washington Medical Center


Interest Areas: Quality Improvement, Transitions of Care, Operational Improvement Methods, Lean Thinking for Healthcare, Medical Staff Leadership, Multi-Disciplinary Patient Care



Sara Kim, PhD

Associate Dean, Educational Quality Improvement
Research Professor, Department of Surgery
Director of Educational Innovations and Strategic Programs
Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies


Interest Areas: Healthcare Provider Communication Skills, Workplace Interpersonal Conflicts, Communication Interventions, Power Differentials in Healthcare



Leah Marcotte, MD

Physician and Clinical Innovator, Iora Health


Interest Areas: Quality Improvement, Primary Care Payment and Delivery Reform, Health Information Technology, Population Health Analytics, Provider Incentives



Somnath Mookherjee, MD

Faculty Development Lead
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Faculty Development Program, Division of General Internal Medicine


Interest Areas: Faculty Development, Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Case Reporting, Physical Examination Education, Quality Improvement Education, Peer Observation and Feedback, Educational Feedback



Sean Mooney, PhD

Professor and Chief Research Information Officer, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education


Interest Areas: Data Science Applications in Biomedicine, Molecular Causes of Genetic Disease and Cancer, Health Information Technology, Bioinformatics


Lori Rutman, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine


Interest Areas: Quality Improvement Research, Statistical Process Control, Lean, IHI Model for Improvement, Impact of Care Standardization



Amber Sabbatini, MD

Acting Instructor, Division of Emergency Medicine
AHRQ Patient Centered Outcomes Scholar


Interest Areas: Quality and Value of Emergency Care, Optimizing Admissions, Delivery Innovations in Emergency Medicine



Paul Sutton, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Associate Medical Director for Inpatient Systems, UW Medicine IT Services


Interest Areas: Clinical Decision Support, Health Information Technology, Hospital-Based Computing Operations, Quality and Safety of Medical Informatics



Erik Van Eaton, MD, FACS

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education


Interest Areas: Informatics Transfer, Communication Practices, Information Systems, Research to Practice, Healthcare Information Technology, Biomedical Health Informatics



Andrew White, MD

Faculty Advisor for Project Innovation
Associate Professor of Medicine
UW Medical Center Hospitalist Group Director


Interest Areas: Communication After Adverse Events, Clinican Support After Adverse Events, Informatics, Error Disclosure, Team Communication, Interhospital Transfers, Inpatient Medicine, Electronic Decision Support