John B. Chessare, MD, MPH, FACHE
is President and CEO of Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He is board certified in Pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Chessare completed his pediatrics residency at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts, a fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Boston, his Medical degree from the University of Rome School of Medicine, his Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College. As Chief Medical Officer at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Chessare led a team of clinicians and support staff that significantly improved patient throughput by redesigning many core processes, including the scheduling of elective surgery patients to reduce artificial variability in demand for inpatient beds. Dr. Chessare has served in numerous local and national leadership roles, including as the co-chair of a federal government sponsored initiative that has significantly increased organ donation. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Hospital Association and on the Board of Directors of Quincy Medical Center. Dr. Chessare is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Organ Bank.
Ellis M. Knight, MD
received a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University in 1976, an MD with honors from the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1980 and an MBA from UMass Amherst in 2006. He is a board certified internist and in 2009 was named by the Society of Hospital Medicine as one of 500 inaugural Fellows in Hospital Medicine in recognition of his pioneering work as a practicing hospitalist over the past ten years. Since 2001 he has held a number of administrative positions at Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC. Currently, Dr. Knight is the Senior Vice-President for Ambulatory Services at Palmetto Health and maintains an intense interest in using modern operations management science to optimize healthcare quality and efficiency. Over the last few years, Dr. Knight has been Palmetto Richland's executive champion for the deployment of IHO Variability MethodologyTM services to improve patient flow in collaboration with IHO faculty.
Uma Kotagal, MD
serves as Senior Vice President for Quality and Transformation at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and is responsible for executing the strategic plan related to Transforming the Delivery System. Dr. Kotagal led the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pursuing Perfection initiative at CCHMC, a result of the IOM Quality Report, which is focused on raising the bar for health care delivery. Dr. Kotagal is the Director of the Division for Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness, which focuses on the development, implementation, and study of interventions focused on improving the health of children, as well as, informing national policy. A Health Services Researcher by training and a neonatologist, Dr. Kotagal has been a pioneer in the application of industrial sciences to health care to dramatically change medical and quality of life outcomes, patient and family experience and value. Dr. Kotagal was born in Bombay, India, where she received her undergraduate degree and MBBS from the University of Bombay. She did a rotating internship at the University of Bombay from 1970-1971 and another rotating internship at Detroit General Hospital from 1971-1972. Dr. Kotagal did her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan from 1972-1974, went on to do a fellowship in Neonatology at Children's Hospital of Michigan from 1974-1975, and a fellowship in neonatal physiology at the University of Cincinnati from 1975-1977. Dr. Kotagal is board-certified from the American Academy of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She is a also a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, Midwest Society for Pediatric Research, Ohio Perinatal Society, Ohio Perinatal Association, and the Cincinnati Pediatric Society.
Thomas M. Krummel, MD
is currently the Emile Holman Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery at Stanford University and the first Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Krummel has served in leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the American Surgical, the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Surgery. He has mentored over 100 students, residents and post docs.
Throughout his career, Tom has been a pioneer and an innovator.
Dr. Krummel has lectured throughout the world and is author or co-author of over 200 publications, chapters and books. He has served as a frequent consultant to the medical device industry.
Peter I. Lachman, MD, MPH, MBBCh, FRCPCH, FCP (SA)
leads on the transformation program at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London as Associate Medical Director. Peter was a 2005- 2006 Quality Improvement Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge Massachusetts, sponsored by the Health Foundation. On his return at the Royal Free Hospital developed a model of care to decrease variability with 24/7 consultant delivered care, and at Great Ormond Street introduced and developed the transformation program.
Marilyn Rudolph, RN, BSN, MBA
serves as Vice President, Performance Improvement for VHA Pennsylvania, Inc. In this role, she supports organizations in their efforts to improve healthcare quality, and clinical and operational performance in wide variety of healthcare initiatives. Prior to joining VHA, Ms. Rudolph was Director of the Outpatient Surgery and Endoscopy Departments at Sewickley Valley Hospital, Sewickley, Pennsylvania. In addition to her leadership and performance improvement roles, her clinical background includes over 20 years as a registered nurse with focus on ambulatory, emergency, critical care, and perioperative nursing.
Ms. Rudolph led hospital efforts to improve perioperative patient flow and serves as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Flow Innovation Community and Reengineering the Operating Room programs. In addition to her expertise in patient flow, Ms. Rudolph has delivered numerous presentations and workshops on clinical and operational improvement, as well as co-authored several articles for national healthcare journals related to healthcare and perioperative improvement. Ms. Rudolph serves as faculty for Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and has served as adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ms. Rudolph received a BSN from Slippery Rock University and MBA from Point Park University.
Frederick C. Ryckman, MD
graduated from Michigan State University in Biology/Zoology and from the University of Michigan Medical School with high honors in 1973. He completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Florida in1982 and thereafter a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He has remained a practicing surgeon at the University of Cincinnati / Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since 1984, where he is presently a Professor of Surgery. He has been the Surgical Director of solid organ transplantation leading the liver, small intestine, and multi-visceral transplant services since 1985. His other practice interests include long-term heart/lung bypass (ECMO) and hepatobiliary surgery in infants and children. He is the Clinical Director of the Pediatric Surgery Department and Director of the Pediatric Surgical Fellowship program.
Dr. Ryckman’s interest in OR management led to a collaboration with the Program for the Management of Variability in Health Care Delivery (now the Institute for Healthcare Optimization) to re-engineer flow management in the Operating Room at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Application of this methodology led to substantial improvements in access, utilization and safety. Ongoing efforts include use of the principals of decreasing variability and matching demand and capacity to better manage and enhance hospital wide flow. These initiatives use many of the management techniques emphasized by Dr. Eugene Litvak’s work. Dr. Ryckman's role as the Vice President of System Capacity and Perioperative Operations places him at the crossroads of patient safety, hospital wide patient flow, and daily operations management in the complex operating room environment of Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
C. Daniel Smith, MD
is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and was trained in general and gastrointestinal surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After additional training in advanced laparoscopic surgery in Montreal, Canada, Dr Smith joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine where he was the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and founded the Cincinnati Institute of Videoscopic Surgery. In 1996 he was recruited to Emory University and soon after joining the Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery, he served as the Chief of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery and Director of the Emory Endosurgery Unit and Emory Simulation, Training and Robotics Center (ESTAR). He was also appointed as the W. Dean Warren Distinguished Professor of Surgery.
Dr. Smith is currently the Chair of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Mayo Clinic Florida. He maintains a very busy clinical practice focusing on the management of esophageal and gastric diseases and laparoscopic surgery. Dr Smith is also active in research in each of these areas and has authored or co-authored over 100 articles and 25 book chapters. He currently is the Editor-in-Chief or the Journal for Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques, a peer-reviewed medical journal. In addition he is a leader in developing virtual reality simulation for surgeons in training. He is a contributing member of leading surgical societies and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He serves on the Board of Governors and is the President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Fellowship Council, the organization that oversees non-ACGME accredited fellowships in GI, bariatric, minimally invasive and hepatopancreatobiliary fellowships, and serves on the American College of Surgeons committees for Education Institute Accreditation and Bariatric Centers Accreditation.