Leora I. Horwitz MD, MHS

Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Medicine (General Medicine)

Biographical Info

Leora Horwitz, MD is a general internist who studied social science as an undergraduate and is now a clinician researcher focused on quality and safety in healthcare. In particular, she focuses on systems and practices intended to bridge gaps or discontinuities in care. She has studied shift-to-shift transfers among physicians and among nurses, transfers from the emergency department to inpatient units, and the transition from the hospital to home. Her current work is focused primarily on the transition from hospital to home. These studies range from a prospective cohort study of older patients discharged home from Yale to a large administrative dataset study of national readmission rates. Dr. Horwitz founded and chairs the Transfers and Handoffs Interest Group at the Society of General Internal Medicine and has advised the Hospital to Home (H2H) Excellence in Transitions program. Finally, as a member of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Performance Management group and co-chair of Yale-New Haven Hospital's Readmission Committee and Handoff Committee, she has direct operational responsibility for improving handoffs throughout the institution.

YCCI 2008 Scholar

Project: 09/01/08 - 08/31/10

Assessing the quality of the discharge process and its impact on clinical outcomes

Education & Training

Harvard University (1996)
Harvard Medical School (2000)
Yale School of Medicine (2006)
Mount Sinai Hospital, Internal Medicine (2001 - 2003)
Chief Resident
Mount Sinai Hospital, Internal Medicine (2003 - 2004)
Yale University School of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (2004 - 2007)

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