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    • Neurological Surgery
    Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery, President of the American Association of...
    • Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern
    Dr. Batjer, holder of the Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern, is recognized internationally as a leading cerebrovascular surgeon and specialist in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, along with being an authority on treating brain tumors. Additionally, he is at the forefront of groundbreaking work to improve the understanding and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Batjer’s academic pursuits and research include more than 350 publications, nine books, 38 endowed lectureships, and visiting professorships at 56 medical institutions worldwide. Prior to joining UT Southwestern, he served as Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the first Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a past president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the current President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
    • Complex General Surgical Oncology
    Surgical Oncologist and Health Services Researcher at Northwestern University
    Surgical Oncologist and Health Services Researcher at Northwestern University
    • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology; Member of Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center at the Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Dr. Yang is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a member of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern. He has a secondary appointment in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Yang is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended medical school at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained in general surgery at Northwestern and then went on to complete research and clinlcat fellowships in surgical oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. His clinical interests are in pancreatic, hepatobiliary, and endocrine surgery. Dr. Yang's research interests are in the area of health services and clinical outcomes research, specifically in practical implementation of best practices and improving healthcare quality measurement. He is currently involved in many healthcare quality improvement projects and research endeavors, the most prominent of which is the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC). Dr. Yang is the current director of the statewide quality improvement projects for the 55 hospitals in ISQIC, and is the surgeon lead of the ISQIC site visit team. He is also the co-director of the resident quality improvement curriculum in the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University, which teaches surgical residents process improvement principles through a formal curriculum and a year-long mentored quality improvement project. Dr. Yang has personally led multiple quality improvement projects at the hospital level, most notably a successful project to decrease catheter-associated urinary tract infections in surgical patients using novel interventions. He is also a co-Investlgator on the Flexibility In duty hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial, a national randomized trial with the goal of determining whether more flexible work hour requirements for surgical residents is associated with any difference in postoperative outcomes compared to current resident work hours requirements. He has published over 30 peer reviewed articles and will also complete his Master's Degree in Healthcare Quality and Safety in July of 2016.

    • Vascular Surgery
    • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Medical Education
    • Leading teams
    • Health Care Administration
    • Graduate Training/Residency
    • Chief Executive Officer at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

    Julie A. Freischlag joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes Wake Forest Baptist Health, a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network, the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Wake Forest Innovations, its technology transfer, commercialization enterprise. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5B. On February 1, 2018, Freischlag became the Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Previously, Freischlag was Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis. Freischlag has helped to drive change in academic medicine with a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more than 15 years, she has led education and training programs at top medical schools in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Freischlag also has more than 30 years of experience leading patient-care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery at nationally ranked hospitals. She served as professor, chair of the surgery department and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program and enhance academic career paths for faculty. Her national leadership includes serving as a former governor and secretary of the Board of Governors and a regent and past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is the past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation, and past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Chairs. Freischlag was the editor of JAMA Surgery for ten years (2005-2014) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and British Journal of Surgery. She has published more than 250 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, primarily addressing the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease utilizing outcome data and clinical trials; additionally, she has published on burnout and work-life balance. Freischlag is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome which can require a specialized surgical procedure. Her present research involves completing assessment of a prospective randomized trial that tracks more than 800 patients from 34 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country to compare outcomes in patients who received either open or endovascular repair of their abdominal aortic aneurysm. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards, an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She was selected to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America, as well as a Triad Power Player in 2017 by the Triad Business Journal. She has mentored students, residents and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership and work-life balance to women succeeding in health professions. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader and a national voice for improving health and health care.

    • Pediatrics
    • Hospital Medicine (Hospitalist)
    • Patient Safety Programme
    Professor of Pediatrics, Hospitalist, and Patient Safety Researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    Professor of Pediatrics, Hospitalist, and Patient Safety Researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women's...
    • Professor at Boston Children's Hospital / Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School

    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.

    • Vascular Surgery
    • Chief Executive Officer at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

    Julie A. Freischlag joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes Wake Forest Baptist Health, a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network, the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Wake Forest Innovations, its technology transfer, commercialization enterprise. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5B. On February 1, 2018, Freischlag became the Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Previously, Freischlag was Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis. Freischlag has helped to drive change in academic medicine with a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more than 15 years, she has led education and training programs at top medical schools in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Freischlag also has more than 30 years of experience leading patient-care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery at nationally ranked hospitals. She served as professor, chair of the surgery department and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program and enhance academic career paths for faculty. Her national leadership includes serving as a former governor and secretary of the Board of Governors and a regent and past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is the past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation, and past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Chairs. Freischlag was the editor of JAMA Surgery for ten years (2005-2014) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and British Journal of Surgery. She has published more than 250 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, primarily addressing the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease utilizing outcome data and clinical trials; additionally, she has published on burnout and work-life balance. Freischlag is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome which can require a specialized surgical procedure. Her present research involves completing assessment of a prospective randomized trial that tracks more than 800 patients from 34 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country to compare outcomes in patients who received either open or endovascular repair of their abdominal aortic aneurysm. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards, an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She was selected to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America, as well as a Triad Power Player in 2017 by the Triad Business Journal. She has mentored students, residents and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership and work-life balance to women succeeding in health professions. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader and a national voice for improving health and health care.