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Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist and a health services, quality improvement, and health policy researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is the Vice President for Quality for the Northwestern Medicine system. He is also the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery and the John B. Murphy Professor of Surgery. His clinical practice is focused on melanoma and sarcoma. Dr. Bilimoria is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University (SOQIC), a center of 35 faculty and staff focused on national, regional, and local quality improvement research and practical initiatives. He is the Director of the 56-hospital Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) and Principal Investigator of the 151-hospital FIRST Trial. He is a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons. He has published more than 300 scientific articles, including numerous publications in JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Bilimoria’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Care Services Corporation, and numerous others, totaling over $25,000,000. He was recently listed by Becker’s as one of the “Top 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” in the U.S.
Dr. Landrigan is Research Director of the Inpatient Pediatrics Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, Director of the Sleep and Patient Safety Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He has been working as a pediatric hospitalist and patient safety researcher for 20 years. Dr. Landrigan has led numerous studies regarding: the effects of physician sleep deprivation on patient safety; quality and efficiency in pediatric hospitalist vs. traditional care systems; variation in the use of evidence-based therapies; the performance of adverse event surveillance systems in hospitals; statewide temporal trends in rates of adverse events; the effects of the ACGME duty hour standards on safety, education, and resident physician quality of life; the effects of computerized order entry systems on patient safety; the relationship between house staff depression, burn out, and patient safety; and the effects of handoff and communication improvements (I-PASS) on patient safety. From this research, Dr. Landrigan has authored or co-authored over 100 articles in the medical literature, including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, BMJ, Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics, and other leading journals. In addition, Dr. Landrigan was the founding chair and is currently an Executive Council Member of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network, a collaboration of over 100 pediatric hospitals studying quality and variation in the care of hospitalized children, with the goal of developing and disseminating improvements.
Kim J. Burchiel, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the John Raaf Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Burchiel attended undergraduate school at the University of California Davis and completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington in 1982. He remained on the faculty there from 1982 through 1988, when he moved to OHSU to head up, what was at that time, the Division of Neurosurgery. Dr. Burchiel is past Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain, past-President of the American Board of Pain Medicine, past-President the Society of University Neurosurgeons, and past-President of the Western Neurosurgical Society. He has been a Director and Vice-Chairman of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, he is Past-Secretary and President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, and he is a member and current Chairman of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from both the Society of University Neurosurgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgery. In September 2015, he was the Honored Guest of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual meeting in New Orleans, and in 2016 he will be Honored Guest of the American Association for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.
Dr. Burchiel is Head of the Division of Functional Neurosurgery at OHSU, and also directs the Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery fellowship program that encompasses the surgical treatment of pain, movement disorders, and epilepsy. Beginning in 1994, he has now trained over 40 fellows in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery. His major clinical interests are in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders and other conditions, and the surgical treatment of pain, particularly trigeminal neuralgia. His research interests are concerned with the physiology of nociception and neuropathic pains, including trigeminal neuralgia, the neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders, epilepsy surgery, image-guided neurosurgery, and the application of DBS to the problem of obesity. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and his five published textbooks include the Surgical Management of Pain (1st and 2nd editions), Spinal Cord Injury Pain: Assessment, Mechanisms, Management, and Microelectrode Recording in Movement Disorder Surgery. He and his wife, Debra, have three children, and live in Portland, Oregon.
Rowen K. Zetterman, MD is an internist, gastroenterologist, and hepatologist and a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) where he is the Director of Faculty Mentorship Programs and Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning.. He is Dean Emeritus, Creighton University School of Medicine and a former Chief of Staff for the Nebraska-Western Iowa VA Health Care System. Dr. Zetterman has served in leadership positions as President of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), Chair of both the Board of Governors and the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP), as President of the Metropolitan Omaha Medical Society (MOMS), and as President of the Nebraska Medical Association (NMA). He is a recipient of the Alfred Stengel Award for Outstanding Service (ACP), the Berk-Fise Clinical Achievement Award (ACG), the Distinguished Service to Medicine Award (NMA), and the Chapter Centennial Legacy Award (Nebraska ACP Chapter). He is currently Chair of the Board of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and an ACP delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) where he is a past-chair of the AMA Council on Legislation.