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Faculty Highlights

Dr. James | Dr. Reinertsen | Dr. Morris | Dr. Thomas |Dr. Patterson | Dr. Fischer | Sherry Martin | Edna Cruz | Angela Myatt | Dr. Aung | Dr. Lapiz-Bluhm

Dr. James Dr. Brent James is the executive director of Intermountain Healthcare's Institute for Health Care (IHC) Delivery Research and vice president of medical research. He is a national leader in applying quality management principles to reduce costs by improving health-care delivery. Dr. James is at the forefront of quality effort, adding a strong emphasis on patient care, clinical medicine, and the scientific method to IHC's management strategy. He has been instrumental in showing that quality improvement is a natural extension of clinical research and medicine's long-standing commitment to patient care. Dr. James received his M.D. (1978) from the University of Utah School of Medicine, followed by residency training in general surgery. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and holds a visiting lectureship in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Brent C. James, M.D., M.Stat.
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Dr. Reinertsen  Dr. James Reinertsen heads The Reinertsen Group, an independent consulting and teaching practice helping health-care leaders create organizational environments in which the work of nurses and doctors can thrive. Dr. Reinertsen is senior fellow at the Institute for Health Care Improvement, heading IHI’s leadership development sector. Dr. Reinertsen has authored more than 40 articles in many peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Reinertsen received his M.D(1973) from Harvard Medical School, and a residency at the University of California Hospital( 1976).
James L. Reinertsen, M.D.
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Dr. Morris Dr. Alan H. Morris is professor of medicine and adjunct professor of medical informatics at the University of Utah, and director of research and associate medical director of the Pulmonary Function and Blood Gas Laboratories at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has experience in the conduct of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) multi-center randomized clinical trials of treatments. He is principal investigator of the four-hospital Utah Critical Care Treatment Group (CCTG).
Alan H. Morris, M.D.
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Dr. Thomas Dr. Eric Thomas is an associate professor of medicine at The University of Texas Houston Medical School and a general internist at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Since 1992, he has conducted research on patient safety, and his work was cited numerous times in the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on medical error. He has collaborated closely with Dr. Robert Helmreich and numerous other colleagues throughout the UT System to translate safety practices from aviation to healthcare. Dr. Thomas attended The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed his internal medicine residency at UT Southwestern affiliated hospitals. In 1994, he completed a general internal medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and received a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H.
Eric Thomas, MD
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Dr PattersonJan E. Patterson, MD, MS Dr. Patterson is Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases and Pathology, and Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, completed her Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Yale University School of Medicine. She has also received a Masters of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard School of  Public Health. She is active in the field of hospital epidemiology and infectious diseases, and served as Medical Director of Infection Control at the University Health System and South Texas Veterans Health Care System for 14 years. Dr. Patterson is currently the Vice President for Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. She is the author of more than 100 publications and has given more than 100 regional, national, and international presentations. She has had an active research program in the fields of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance, and her current interests include quality improvement and interprofessional education.
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Dr. FischerWayne G. Fischer, Ph.D. Dr. Wayne Fischer graduated from Purdue University with MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering – courses and theses on systems analysis, modeling, simulation, and optimization. 18 years in industrial research and development in three major corporations – applying, consulting, teaching graphical and statistical data analysis; Design of Experiments; Statistical Process Control (SPC); process modeling / simulation / optimization; and continuous quality improvement. 6 years in major industrial business group (manufacturing, sales & marketing, and supply & distribution) leading implementation of team-based Total Quality Management – involving teaching, leading, and facilitating over 100 project Teams, product Teams, and organizational re-design Teams…at all levels of the organization….including data analysis, SPC. 11 years in healthcare applying, teaching, consulting with individuals and Teams on continuous quality improvement concepts, principles, and methods…at all levels of the organization, in all functional areas…including modeling and statistical data analysis, SPC, Regression Analysis, ANOVA, Monte Carlo simulation, Linear Programming optimization.
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Sherry MartinSharon (Sherry) Martin, M.Ed, MT(ASCP)SC Sherry Martin retired in 2007 as the Vice President, Process Improvement and Chief Quality Office at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She is now an independent consultant, providing healthcare organizations consultative support in the development of quality management, educational, self-assessment and effective teamwork programs. She currently chairs the Nevada Cancer Institute Board Quality and Patient Safety Committee. Ms. Martin has over forty years of experience in healthcare administration and educational program oversight. In 2005, she established the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Program, a quality improvement training program for clinicians, built upon Dr. Brent James’ model. The program was so successful that the University of Texas Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Dr. Ken Shine, appointed Ms. Martin as the Vice Chancellor’s Health Fellow in Clinical Safety and Effectiveness, requesting her to lead the expansion of the training program to all healthcare components in the UT System. This expansion is almost complete. She received a master’s degree in educational design from the University of Houston, a certificate in healthcare administration from Baylor College of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Utah.
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Edna Cruz Edna J. Cruz, MS, RN, CPHQ Quality Management Clinician – Performance Improvement, is a 30+ year veteran of the health care industry and is presently improving processes within the Veterans Administration. She earned her masters degree from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, and studied Health Economics, Delivery Systems and Quality of Life Tools at Oxford University, England. Ms. Cruz chairs the Quality Improvement Committee for the Epilepsy Foundation of Central & South Texas where Quality of Life Tools are being piloted in this patient population. She began her career as a bedside nurse and is certified as a Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN), Case Manager (CCM) and a Professional in Health Care Quality (CPHQ). She founded the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, and has managed her own Health Outcomes company. She served her country as a flight nurse through the U.S. Air Force Reserve and presently works at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, in San Antonio, Texas.
Edna J. Cruz, MS, RN, CPHQ
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Angela Myatt Angela Myatt, M.Sc is Curriculum Liaison Librarian at the Briscoe Library, the University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). She joined the Health Sciences Center in January 2009. Previously, at the University of Cincinnati, Angela was a member of the working group charged with integrating EBM into the medical school curriculum. She has extensive experience teaching evidence based principles and practice to faculty, residents and students in many different settings. Since she has been at the Health Sciences Center, Angela has continued her interest in integrating EBM into the curriculum, pioneering instruction on the principles of EBM and literature searching for second year medical students. Angela's research interests include Problem Based Learning, MeSH database searching, integration of EBM into medical school curricula and the efficacy of point-of-care searching tools. She has been an advocate of EBM since her days as a Clinical Medical Librarian in the Dept of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati. Angela received her B.Sc. Biology (Hons) from Queen Elizabeth College, University of London and her M.Sc. Information Science from The City University, London.
Angela Myatt, M.Sc
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Koko Aung, MD Koko Aung is an Associate Professor of Medicine in UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He received medical degree in 1990. He received master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his internal medicine residency training in Temple University/St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he served as a chief medical resident. He is board-certified and re-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Baylor College of Medicine before joining the faculty of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Koko Aung, MD
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M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, PhD, RN Dr. Lapiz-Bluhm is currently an Assistant Professor/Research at the School of Nursing (SON), UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing cum laude degree from Cebu State College, Philippines and her Bachelor of Science undergraduate and postgraduate Honours Degree in Anatomical Sciences (Neuroscience) from University of Queensland, Australia. Following training at the Department of Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, she undertook her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nottingham, England while she also worked as a registered nurse. Her postdoctoral stints include H. Lundbeck A/S, Denmark and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, Pharmacology Department, prior to her joining the SON faculty. She is the Faculty Advisor of International Nursing Students Association (INSA). She is the Course Director of the undergraduate nursing research course, and the graduate pharmacotherapeutics course. The former has been utilized as an avenue to promote interest in research and evidence-based practice translation. This has also been used as an avenue to establish an interprofessional quality improvement patient safety curriculum, in collaboration with the Medical School Faculty. She received training from the Patient Safety Solutions Center, Department of Defense, as a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer as well as the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) Development Institute.
M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, PhD, RN