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Dr. Carolyn Gould is a Medical Epidemiologist in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. After joining the faculty at Emory University in 2003, she served as Associate Hospital Epidemiologist and Co-Director of the Antimicrobial Management Program at Emory Crawford Long Hospital. Dr. Gould joined the CDC and the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service in December 2006. Her primary roles involve responding to and preventing healthcare-associated infectious diseases. She is the primary author of the updated 2009 CDC/HICPAC Guideline for Prevention of Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections and is involved in a number of C. difficile prevention initiatives.
Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, is the Chief of Medicine at the VA Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System and the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on preventing healthcare-associated infection, implementation science, and medical decision-making. He is an editorial board member of the Annals of Internal Medicine, and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). He recently co-authored a book published by Oxford University Press entitled: “Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions.” He received the 2016 Mark Wolcott Award for Clinical Excellence from the Department of Veterans Affairs as the National VA Physician of the Year.
He received his Medical Doctorate from UCLA, completed a medical residency and chief residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and obtained a Masters in Public Health (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a visiting professor at over 60 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Australia, and Thailand.
Karen E. Fowler, MPH is a Research Health Science Specialist at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Center for Clinical Management Research and is a member of the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP). Karen has 15 years of experience as a project manager for health services research and quality improvement projects. Her current research focus is healthcare-associated infection prevention, including promoting hand hygiene and reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Karen graduated with a BS from Oakland University in Rochester MI and has a masters degree in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Sarah Krein, PhD, RN is a Research Career Scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research and a Research Professor of Internal Medicine with an adjunct appointment in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan. Her research includes the use of mixed-methods and implementation science approaches with a focus on patient safety and management of complex chronic conditions. This includes studies that involve large-scale implementation of patient safety practices, mixed-methods studies of disease transmission, provider communication and hospital resuscitation care, as well as trials of novel approaches for managing chronic pain.
Mohamad Fakih, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Medicine (FTA) at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan. He is board certified in Infectious Diseases, and carries an executive Masters degree in Health Management and Policy from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. His interest focuses on processes to improve patient safety, particularly methods to optimize antimicrobial stewardship and prevent healthcare-associated infections. Dr. Fakih is the senior medical director of the Center of Excellence for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention at Ascension Health. In his role, he leads antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention efforts in the largest nonprofit health system in the United States. His main research focus is reducing risk of patient harm through evidence-based practice; with a focus on indwelling urinary and vascular catheters.
Dr. Fakih’s contributions include the creation of comprehensive toolkits to promote the appropriate utilization urinary catheters in the hospital setting, and the emergency department; preventing Clostridium difficile infection; and appropriate antimicrobial use and culturing/testing stewardship. Previously, he served as one of the two key national faculty members of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality “On the CUSP STOP CAUTI” initiative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the 50 States for four years. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and more than a 100 published abstracts.
Dr. M. Todd Greene is a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, a faculty Research Investigator in the University of Michigan, Division of General Medicine and the Program Manager for the Ann Arbor VA /University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program (www.med.umich.edu/psep). He earned PhD and MPH degrees in epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Greene’s research interests include epidemiologic methods, healthcare-associated infection prevention, and patient safety and quality of care enhancement. Dr. Greene has authored or co-authored 30 peer-reviewed publications, mostly focused on the prevention of healthcare-associated infection and venous thromboembolism. He has also presented regionally and nationally on infection prevention topics, including an invited presentation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Greene has served as a primary data consultant and leadership committee member for a number of projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focused on reducing inappropriate urinary catheters and catheter-associated urinary tract infection in both acute care and long-term care settings. Dr. Greene is a principle investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded R21 focused on reducing inappropriate urinary catheter use in the emergency department setting and has served as co-investigator on numerous other NIH funded studies.
Ms. Edson is a VP, Clinical Quality at Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. She serves in a leadership role for several large national projects to improve HAI prevention and safety culture.
Prior to coming to HRET Ms. Edson worked at the NC Quality Center where she led state level initiatives to improve quality and safety in the areas of infection prevention, medication reconciliation, teamwork and communication, surgical safety, improvement of heart failure indicators and promotion of a fair and just culture.
Ms. Edson had extensive experience in pediatric nursing and in hospital leadership positions and prior to coming to HRET to lead national programs.
She is a Master TeamSTEPPS trainer and has been a state Baldrige examiner. She has a BSN from Marquette University, an MBA/MHA from Pfeiffer University, and has completed Patient Safety Officer training at IHI and obtained Just Culture Certification from Outcome Engenuity. She has co-authored several articles on safety, quality and infection prevention. Ms. Edson serves on the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Avisors.
Ms. Edson works to combine her interest in quality, safety and organizational culture to improve patient outcomes.
Dr. Battles joined the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Rockville, Maryland in November 2000 as Social Science Analyst for Patient Safety where he is senior content specialist in patient safety for AHRQ’s patient safety initiative. He leads AHRQ’s efforts in the assessment of patient safety culture and improving team work (TeamSTEPPS®) in collaboration with the Department of Defense.
Dr. Battles is AHRQ project officer for the national implementation of a CUSP for CLABSI and CAUTI, CAUTI Long Term Care, Surgical Safety and AHRQ Program for Ambulatory Surgery. He also leads AHRQ Patient Safety and Medical liability Initiative. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of patient safety having authored numerous articles and book chapters in the past several years. Prior to coming to AHRQ he was Professor of Medical Education at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Battles is a retired Captain in the United States Navy where he specialized in surface warfare, strategic planning and systems design. He now contents himself by sailing on the Chesapeake Bay as often as he can. Outside of work he also has an interest in genealogy and is currently the Governor of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Maryland