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Mina Sedrak, MDMina Sedrak, MD, CHIPS Fellow 2014-2016

Dr. Sedrak is a fellow in the division of hematology/oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interests are head/neck and thoracic cancer and his scholarly focus has been in health services research, quality improvement and medical education. His research projects leverage concepts from behavioral economics to design and evaluate interventions that change physician behavior to reduce low value services and increase high value care. He is a former co-chair of the HAP Quality Council at Penn, where he applied his training to help lead the council’s work.


Heather Wolfe, MDHeather Wolfe, MD, CHIPS Fellow 2014-2016

Heather Wolfe, MD is an attending physician in pediatric critical care medicine at The Children's Hopsital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus Ohio and a residency in Pediatric anesthesiology at CHOP.




Stephanie Clark headshotStephanie Clark, MD, MPH CHIPS Fellow 2013-2015

Dr. Clark is a research fellow in the pediatric nephrology division at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine with a combined MD/MPH and completed pediatric residency training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and where she served as a chief resident from 2011-12. She has been appointed Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology at CHOP. Dr. Clark’s research interests include improving the quality of health care delivery and safety for pediatric dialysis patients and improving quality of life in this at-risk population. Her current QI work aims to improve the process of tacrolimus drug monitoring for nephrology patients. She is also engaged in research exploring physical activity and screen time in adolescents with chronic kidney disease as modifiable risk factor for future cardiovascular disease risk. Her other research interests include health policy, advocacy, and value-based care. Her other research interests include health policy, advocacy, and value-based care. She served as a John E. Lewy Foundation Advocacy Scholar for 2013-15.

Relevant Publications:

Clark SL, Taylor A, Shaw KN, Copelovitch C. Making Every Drop Count for Pediatric Kidney Transplant Patients. Hospital Pediatrics. 2015;5(5):287-89.

Clark SL, Denberg MR, Furth SL. Self-Reported Physical Activity and Screen Time in Adolescents in the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKID) Cohort. Pediatric Nephrology. 2015


Nirav Shah headshotNirav Shah, MD CHIPS Fellow 2013-2015

Dr. Shah is a fellow in the department of hematology/oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from medical school with honors and AOA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and then completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Upon completion of his residency he spent one year working as an Instructor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL in the division of hospitalist medicine. Dr. Shah enrolled in the combined Masters in Health Policy Research and CHIPS fellowship program to focus on health services research and quality improvement. His research includes evaluating patient outcomes by provider type and working on process improvement for the safe prescription of oral chemotherapy. He plans to pursue an academic career in hematologic malignancies with a focus in health services and quality improvement.

Relevant Publications:

Shah N, Casella E, Capozzi D, McGettigan S, Gangadhar TC, Schuchter L, Myers JS. Improving the Safety of Oral Chemotherapy at an Academic Medical Center. Journal of Oncology Practice. Jan 2016.

Shah N, Kucharczuk C, Mitra N, Hirsh R, Svoboda J, Porter D, Loren A, Frey N, Schapira MM. Implementation of an Advanced Practice Provider Service on an Allogenic Stem Cell Transplant Unit: Impact on Patient Outcomes. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 21:1692-8, Sept 2015.


Katherine Bates, MDKatherine Bates, MD, MSHP CHIPS Fellow 2012-2014

Dr. Bates graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2005 and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Michigan in 2008 where she served as chief resident in 2009. She completed a pediatric cardiology clinical fellowship at CHOP in 2012 and a research fellowship in the pediatric cardiology division funded by the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Training grant in 2014.

Dr. Bates' research interests focus on understanding and improving handoffs between care providers as they change shifts.  During her CHIPS fellowship she was actively involved in CHOP’s Interstage Single Ventricle Monitoring Program, part of a nationwide collaborative to improve quality of care for a particularly vulnerable group of infants with congenital heart disease.

Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan where she expects to  continue her research on teamwork and communication and plans to work on quality improvement issues in the Michigan Congenital Heart Center.

Relevant Publication:

Bates KE, Bird GL, Shea JA, Apkon M, Shaddy RE, and Metlay JP. A tool to measure shared clinical understanding following handoffs to help evaluate handoff quality. J Hosp Med 2014; Mar 9(3):142-7.


Ilona Lorincz, MDIlona Lorinz, MD Fellow 2012-2014

Ilona Lorinz, MD graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2008 and completed her internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 where she was a member of the healthcare leadership in quality track.   In 2014, she completed a CHIPS fellowship and a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lorincz's research interest is improving healthcare delivery for patients with diabetes, especially in evaluating strategies to optimize collaboration between primary care physicians and specialists. She is also interested in issues of quality of care for diabetic inpatients, particularly in improving glycemic control during transitions of care and the prevention of readmissions.

Dr. Lorincz is now Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Diabetes and Metabolism at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine where she is continuing to work on quality improvement and patient safety issues relating to diabetes care.

Relevant publication:

Lorincz IS, Lawson BC, Long JA. Provider and patient directed financial incentives to improve care and outcomes for patients with diabetes. Curr Diab Rep. 2013 Apr;13(2):188-95.


Sara Keller, MDSara Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP CHIPS Fellow 2011-2013

Sara Keller, MD, MPH graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 2007 and received an MPH in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. She completed her internal medicine residency training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine. She completed her CHIPS fellowship and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

As a CHIPS Fellow, Dr. Keller's research interests included patient safety and infection control pertaining to rates of healthcare acquired infections across the healthcare system and throughout Pennsylvania. She was also interested in issues of quality of care for HIV positive patients.

She is currently a Clinical Associate in Infectious Disease where she sees patients at Johns Hopkins Greenspring Station and attends on the inpatient infectious disease consult service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Relevant publications:

Keller SC, Linkin DR, Fishman NO, Lautenbach E. Variations in identification of healthcare-associated infections. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2013;34(7):678-86.

Keller SC, Ciuffetelli D, Bilker W, Norris A, Timko D, Rosen A, Myers J, Hines J, Metlay J. The impact of an infectious diseases transitions service on the care of patients on outpatients on parenteral antimicrobial therapy. Journal of Pharmacy Technology. 2013;29(5):205.


MeghanMeghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP CHIPS Fellow 2011-2013

Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP is a 2006 graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in anesthesiology in 2010 and a critical care medicine fellowship in 2011 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include processes of care in critically ill patients and advancement of quality improvement research in the perioperative stetting. She is particularly focused on communication and teamwork in the intensive care unit and adequacy of documentation in the operating room.

Currently Assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Clinician-Educator track, at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lane-Fall's research continues to focus on teamwork and communication in the critical care and perioperative settings. Her clinical practice involves caring for critically ill patients in the surgical intensive care unit as well as patients receiving surgical anesthesia. In this role she also teaches and mentors medical students and residents and participates in advancing health system quality improvement initiatives.

Relevant publications:

Lane-Fall MB, Brooks AK, Wilkins SA, Davis JJ, Riesenberg L. Addressing the Mandate for Handoff Education: A Focused Review and Recommendations for Anesthesia Residents Curriculum Development and Evaluation. Anesthesiology. 120(1): 218-29, Jan 2014.

Lane-Fall MB, Collard ML, Turnbull A, Halpern SD, Shea JA. ICU attending handoff practices explained: results from a national survey of academic intensivists. Critical Care Medicine 2016.


CarolineCaroline Reinke, MD, MSPH CHIPS Fellow 2010-2012

Prior to graduating from Duke University School of Medicine in 2007,  Dr. Reinke earned an MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Her research focuses on the intersection of surgical education, patient safety, and surgical outcomes.

As a CHIPS Fellow her research interests included discharge summary quality, surgical readmissions in the elderly obese patient and characterization of anastomotic leak rate by comparison of administrative data sets and patient factors to define and standardize classification and causation.  During her time in the MSHP program, Dr. Reinke’s leadership positions included Co-chair of the Housestaff Quality and Safety Council (2012-2013), Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator (2011-2012), Resident Education Task Force member (2011), Resident Executive Committee member (class representative, 2010-present), and Mortality Committee member (2010-present). She was also the recipient of the ASCRS General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grant Award (2011-2012).

Dr. Reinke is currently a fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Duke University.

Relevant Publications:

Reinke CE, Drebin J, Kreider S, Kean C, Resnick A, Raper S, Kelz RR. Timing of Pre-operative Pharmacoprophylaxis for Pancreatic Surgery Patients: A Venous Thromboembolism Reduction Initiative. Annals of Surgical Oncology. July 2011.

Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Baillie CA, Norris A, Schmidt S, Wingate N, Myers JS. Timeliness and quality of surgical discharge summaries after the implementation of an electronic format. Am J Surg. 2014 Jan;207(1):7-16


JimJames Reilly, MD, MSPH, FACP CHIPS Fellow 2009-2011

James Reilly, MD, Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Allegheny General Hospital - West Penn Hospital Educational Consortium.

Dr. Reilly is a 2005 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.  His research focuses on transitions of care for dialysis patients at hospital discharge, more specifically on the process of discharge communication between hospital and outpatient dialysis providers and the prevention of readmissions. 

As a CHIPS Fellow, he combined his interests in patient safety and medical education by helping to implement and evaluate a curriculum on cognitive bias and diagnostic error within Penn’s internal medicine residency.  Dr. Reilly’s training with CHIPS prepared him to develop novel approaches to improve patient safety in the vulnerable Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) populations and to more formally integrate principles of quality improvement and patient safety into curriculum at all levels of medical education.

Relevant Publications:

Reilly JB, Marcotte LM, Berns JS, Shea JA. Handoff Communication Between Hospital and Outpatient Dialysis Units at Patient Discharge: A Qualitative Study. Joint Commission Journal for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 39(2): 70-76, February 2013.

Reilly JB, Ogdie AR, Feldt JM, Myers JS. Teaching About How Doctors Think: A Longitudinal Curriculum in Cognitive Bias and Diagnostic Error for Residents. BMJ Quality and Safety 22(12): 1044-50. December 2013.