Meeting Faculty

Susan Bostwick, MD, MEd, MBA
Dr. Bostwick is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College where she serves as the Executive Vice Chair for Education and Administration and the Division Chief of General Academic Pediatrics. Previously, Dr. Bostwick served more than 10 years as the Pediatric Program Director at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell where she also served as the Physician Liaison to Information Technology. Dr. Bostwick is on the board of the Academic Pediatric Association and is the PAS Workshop Chair. She also is the current Chair of the Leadership in Educational Academic Development (LEAD) Council of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.

Latha Chandran MD, MPH
Dr. Chandran is the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and the Founding Director of the Academy of Clinical and Educational Scholars (ACES) at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York. She serves as Professor of Pediatrics in the Educator Scholar Tenure track. Latha Chandran has served in numerous leadership roles at Stony Brook: Division Chief of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Vice Chair for Education, Interim Department Chair, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs as well as Program Director for Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Program. She currently serves as faculty in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program and as the Co-Director of the Educational Scholars Program of the Academic Pediatric Association. After leading the school through a successful LCME accreditation site visit, Dr. Chandran has most recently launched a transformative new four year medical school curriculum at Stony Brook.

Vincent Chiang, MD
Dr. Chiang is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and serves as an administrator, educator and clinician at Boston Children's Hospital. He is the Chief of Inpatient Services for the Department of Medicine (DOM), Associate Chief for Inpatient Medicine in the Division of General Pediatrics and the Vice Chair for Finance for the DOM. He directs the Core and Advanced Clerkships in Pediatrics at Children's for Harvard Medical School and is an Associate Program Director for the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. Clinically, he works as both a hospitalist and in the Emergency Department. He and his wife Susanne live in Dedham with their three children Molly, Grace and Aidan.

Maryellen E. Gusic, MD
Chief Medical Education Officer, Dr. Gusic leads AAMC efforts to advance medical education and inspire learners to serve the public, promote health, and improve care. In this role, Dr. Gusic and her team focus on initiatives to advance competency-based medical education, inter-professional education across the continuum, and programs that support learners, educators, and educational leaders and administrators. Prior to joining the AAMC, Dr. Gusic was the executive associate dean for educational affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine, in addition to serving as the Dolores and John Read Professor of Medical Education and a professor of pediatrics. On the national level, Dr. Gusic has served on various committees of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. A leader in her specialty, Dr. Gusic is president-elect of the Academic Pediatric Association. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Gusic is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania - School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Boston Children's Hospital.

David Keller, MD
Dr. Keller is Professor and the First, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Clinical Transformation of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Colorado - School of Medicine and Colorado Children's Hospital. In this newly created position, Dr. Keller is responsible for leading initiatives to improve practice efficiency and effectiveness while developing the capacity of the faculty to provide high-quality care targeting population health environments along with developing innovative collaborations to improve the health of children in a rapidly changing health care system. Prior to moving to Colorado, Dr. Keller spent 23 years on the faculty of UMass Medical School, where he practiced primary care pediatrics, developed new curricula in child advocacy and cultural competence and worked within State and Federal agencies to implement value-based payment models to support transformed models of practice. He is Immediate Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association and Chair of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations.

Vineeta Mittal, MD
Dr. Mittal is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Mittal is the Co-Chair, Special Interest Group of Hospital Medicine (SIG) at the Academic Pediatrics Association (APA) and a former graduate of the APA's Educational Scholar's Program. Vineeta Mittal co-founded the Family-Centered Care SIG of the APA. Dr. Mittal is Co-Chair the annual PHM 2015 Meeting, is a voting member of the Joint Council of the PHM (JCPHM), and is involved in the Certification group for PHM sub-board certification. Dr. Mittal is currently pursuing her healthcare executive MBA at UTSW-UTD combined program.

Ricardo Quinonez, MD
Dr. Quinonez completed his medical training at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City and Pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is currently an Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine in the Children's Hospital of San Antonio - Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Quinonez serves as a leader or member of various national organizations that represent pediatric hospitalists and is the current Chair of the Executive Committee for the Section of Hospital Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Co-Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association's Quality Improvement Committee. Dr. Quinonez is a frequent invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences where he speaks about various clinical topics, the pediatric hospital medicine movement and his own research and academic publications.

Michele Saysana, MD
Dr. Saysana is the Medical Director for Quality and Safety at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, has practiced as a pediatric hospitalist for 9 years, after 3 years in community practice. She served as the director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Riley for 5 years. In her current role, Dr. Saysana provides direction and strategy for pediatric quality and safety initiatives across IU Health, and has brought national quality and safety collaboratives such as the Children's Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety and the Children's Hospitals Association (CHA) to Riley at IU Health. She serves on the Children's Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety Clinical Steering Committee, the American Academy of Pediatrics Value in Inpatient Pediatrics Network Steering Committee, as well as the CHA Quality and Safety Leaders Forum Steering Committee and was recently appointed as the Board Chair of the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety.

Jeffrey Simmons, MD, MSc
Dr. Simmons is an Associate Division Director for Operations and Quality, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Associate Safety Officer, James Anderson Center for Quality and Transformation, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and has practiced as a pediatric hospitalist for 11 years. During the past decade of transformation at Cincinnati Children's, Dr. Simmons has been a frontline leader for many key transformational including family-centered rounds, rapid adoption of evidence-based practice, population health for children with asthma, and most recently improved inpatient patient safety through improved situation awareness. As Associate Safety Officer, Dr. Simmons serves as a Safety Officer of Day-the physician lead for day-to-day patient safety issues, running inpatient and system-wide daily operations and safety huddles, as well as a physician lead for key system-wide safety initiatives including the Serious Harm Collaborative, a multidisciplinary effort to eliminate harm from healthcare acquired conditions.

Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH
Dr. Simon is a pediatric hospitalist with a research focus on improving the quality of evidence in the inpatient care we provide to pediatric medical and surgical patients, in particular, the vulnerable child with medically complexity. An alumna of Colgate University, the US Peace Corps, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Dr. Simon completed a pediatrics residency and a master's degree and research fellowship at the University of Colorado/ Children's Hospital Denver. During her first four years as faculty at the University of Utah/ Primary Children's Medical Center, she obtained a career development award from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke focused on conduct of multi-center studies of cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections. In July 2010, she moved to her current position in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Washington/ Seattle Children's Hospital. She has been an active investigator in both the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network since 2007 and Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Executive Council from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Simon currently serves as the 2015 APA Leadership meeting Co-Chair.

Geeta Singhal, MD, MEd
Dr. Singhal is a pediatric hospitalist with an educational focus. She has many interests including family-centered rounding, patient safety, diagnostic errors and faculty development. She completed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and her Master's of Education at University of Houston. Throughout her career, she has been a community hospitalist, an academic hospitalist, a fellowship director and a division director. She currently serves as the Director of Faculty Development for Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Singhal still is a practicing hospitalist at Texas Children's Hospital. She is the winner of numerous teaching awards, locally and nationally, and has a passion for working with faculty. She has co-directed a national educator conference, was a planning committee member for a diagnostic errors conference and is currently serving on the PHM 2015 conference planning committee. Dr. Singhal is a member of the AAP Section of Hospital Medicine Executive Council.

Karen Smith, MD, MEd
Dr. Smith is the chief of the hospitalist medicine division at Children's National Health System. Dr. Smith began her career as a nurse in the army prior to attending medical school at the George Washington University. She completed her pediatric residency at Children's National Medical Center and began a career in hospital medicine. Dr. Smith's experience working with children and adults with complex medical needs led to her position as the Chief Medical Officer at The HSC Pediatric Center, a pediatric and rehabilitation hospital, in Washington, DC. During this time she served as the chair for the District of Columbia Pediatric Palliative Care Collaborative and the District of Columbia CSHCN Advisory Board. Then, she was promoted to the chief of hospitalist medicine at Children's National. Under her leadership the hospitalist program has grown to care for a third of all children admitted to Children's National which covers five community hospitals.




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