CHIRAL Leadership

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Sarwat I Chaudhry, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Co-Director, National Clinician Scholars Program

Sarwat Chaudhry, MD, is a leader in research and quality improvement efforts designed to improve clinical outcomes and delivery of care in the hospital setting. A board-certified internist, Dr. Chaudhry has earned national honors for her work and authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the areas of care transitions, quality of care, geriatrics, and cardiovascular outcomes. In addition to her work on CHIRAL, Dr. Chaudhry is the Director of the Academic Hospitalist Program at the Yale...

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Beth Hodshon, JD, MPH, RN, PMP

Project Director

Beth Hodshon, JD, MPH, RN is the Project Director of the Yale Center for Healthcare Innovation, Redesign and Learning (CHIRAL). Ms. Hodshon has over twenty years of professional experience, including nine years as a hospital based Registered Nurse and fourteen years focused on management and operations. Prior to leading CHIRAL, she successfully led numerous projects at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) to include the Telemonitoring to Improve Heart Failure Outcomes...

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Principal Investigators

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Sarwat I Chaudhry, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Co-Director, National Clinician Scholars Program

Sarwat Chaudhry, MD is a board-certified internist who completed her clinical training at the University of Chicago. She came to Yale for the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and now holds a faculty position as Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of General Medicine. Her work focuses on improving the care and outcomes of hospitalized patients, with a focus on older patients hospitalized for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Chaudhry serves as Director of the Academic...

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Beth L. Emerson, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and of Emergency Medicine

Medical Director, Children's Emergency Department

Deputy Quality and Safety Officer, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

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Arjun Krishna Venkatesh, MD, MBA, MHS

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Scientist, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Director, ED Quality and Safety Research and Strategy

Co-Director, Emergency Department Administration Fellowship

Dr. Venkatesh's interest is in the development of performance measures designed to improve emergency department, hospital and health system outcomes. His research focuses on studying variation in emergency physician decision making on hospital admission from the Emergency Department. He is funded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Faculty Scholars Program, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study national trends in acute,...

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Investigators

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Charles Christian Matouk, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Chief, Neurovascular Surgery

Director, Neurovascular/Endovascular Fellowship

As Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, Dr. Matouk brings to the CHIRAL team a wealth of knowledge regarding neurosurgical interventions for patients with atraumatic intracranial hemorrhage. His expertise has been invaluable to our team’s approach to improving the safety and quality of care transitions for patients transferred to YNHH with atraumatic intracranial hemorrhage.

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Vivek Parwani, MD, FACEP

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Medical Director, Yale-New Haven Adult Emergency Department

As the Medical Director of the Yale-New Haven Adult Emergency Department, Dr. Parwani brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the operational nuances of navigating patient care transfers via the YNHH Emergency Department. This knowledge has been, and will continue to be a great asset to the CHIRAL team.

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Laura Pham, MD

Dr. Pham, Medical Director of Y-Access, YNHH’s patient transfer service, brings to the CHIRAL team an invaluable understanding of the process by which patients are transferred from outside hospitals to YNHH. This understanding has been instrumental in the formation of our team’s approach, and will inform our intervention roll-out and evaluation.

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John Earl Sather, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

With clinical experience in both Emergency Medicine and Surgical Critical Care, Dr. Sather brings a unique blend of clinical expertise to the CHIRAL team. In addition, Dr. Sather’s role as the Director of Quality Improvement within the Emergency Department at Yale New Haven Hospital, a position he has held since 2014, informs our team’s approach to improving the safety and quality of care transitions for patients transferred to YNHH with atraumatic intracranial hemorrhage.

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Kevin N Sheth, MD, FAHA, FCCM, FNCS, FAAN, FANA

Associate Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery

Associate Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Neurology

Division Chief, Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology

Director, Neuroscience ICU

Dr. Sheth, the founding Chief of the Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology at Yale New Haven Hospital, brings highly relevant clinical expertise to the CHIRAL team. His research, focused on care of patients with acute neurological injuries, especially those complicated by hemorrhage, has helped to shape our team’s approach to improving the safety and quality of care transitions for patients transferred to YNHH with atraumatic intracranial hemorrhage.

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Andrew Ulrich, MD

Professor of Emergency Medicine

Professor, Department of Emergency medicine

Vice Chair of Operations

Dr. Ulrich, Professor and the Vice Chair of Operations for the Yale Department of Emergency Medicine, brings to the CHIRAL team a wealth of expertise. In practice for nearly 30 years, Dr. Ulrich is highly respected for his understanding of, and improvements to, the delivery of high-quality care within emergency departments. His knowledge, especially regarding patient process and flow through the ED, is a valuable advantage for the CHIRAL team.

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Research Staff

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Meredith Campbell Britton, LMSW

Research Associate Internal Medicine General Medicine

Research Associate II

Meredith Campbell Britton is a social work researcher. Her areas of interest include qualitative research and working with vulnerable populations. Ms. Campbell Britton earned a master's degree in social work from Fordham University and bachelor's degree in psychology from Providence College. She is a licensed social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA).

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Renee Fekieta, PhD, MA

Research Associate 3, HSS

Research Associate III

Renee Fekieta has several years of professional experience on various analytical and quality improvement projects in the healthcare setting. Prior to joining CHIRAL, Renee worked at Yale New Haven Hospital as a data analyst for Quality Improvement/Epidemiology and also as a project leader for Quality in Perioperative Services. She is primarily interested in human factors and QI methods as a means to generate and implement healthcare work processes that positively impact the patient and clinical...

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Emily B. Finn, MPH

Research Associate 2

Research Associate II

Ms. Finn has significant professional experience in domestic and international public health, comprising both research and project management. Prior to joining the CHIRAL team, Ms. Finn coordinated several prominent research projects at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) and Massachusetts General Hospital, and conducted field work in Kenya, evaluating a government-run trachoma project. Her primary interest lies in using qualitative and quantitative methods to identify...

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Analytics and Data Management

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Thomas Zuraw

Staff Affiliate - YNHH

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Administrative & Operations, IT, and Simulation Cores

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Jessica M Ray, PhD

Simulation Learning Consultant

Jessica Ray is a simulation learning consultant for Yale New Haven Health System's SYN:APSE Simulation Center. Her current work has a strong focus on simulation-based systems analysis including consulting on new facility design/redesign, environmental and workflow analysis, and teamwork and communication training. Prior to joining the SYN:APSE team she spent over four years as a Consortium Research Fellow with the Army Research Institute’s Technology-Based Training Unit. Jessica holds a...

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Stephanie Sudikoff, MD

Director of Simulation, Yale New Haven Health

Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

As Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Simulation, SYN:APSE Center for Learning, Transformation, Innovation, I have a strong desire to improve patient safety throughout the Yale-New Haven Health System. The focus of my career is optimizing the patient safety environment through the use of immersive simulation as an inter-professional andragogical strategy to teach clinical skills, critical thinking, and healthcare teamwork and communication. I am currently the Director...

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CHIRAL Advisors

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Shelli L Feder, MSN, APRN

PhD Candidate

Shelli Feder is a PhD candidate at the Yale School of Nursing. Her current research evaluates factors associated with palliative care use in adults hospitalized for heart failure. Previously Mrs. Feder was involved in research activities that examined physician perceptions of risk stratification models in older adults with acute myocardial infarction, as well as perceptions of goals of care conversations in patients with advanced cancer. Mrs. Feder received her MSN from Yale University in 2010,...

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Samah Jamal Fodeh Jarad, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

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