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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, 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.

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 a post-discharge infectious diseases transitions service on the care of patients on outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. J Pharm Technology. 2013;29(5):205.

Keller SC, Momplaisir F, Newcomb C, Liu Q, Radcliffe S, Lo Re V, Long J. Colorectal cancer incidence and screening rates in Medicaid patients with and without HIV. AIDS Care. 2013 Nov 5.

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

Meghan Lane-Fall, MD 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, Iwashyna TI, Cooke CR, Benson NM, Kahn JM: Insurance and racial differences in long-term acute care utilization after critical illness. Critical Care Medicine. 40(4):1143-1149, April 2012. PMID: 22020247.

Lane-Fall MB, Speck RM, Ibrahim SA, Shea JA, McCunn M, Bosk CL: Are attendings different? Intensivists explain their handoff ideals, perceptions and practices. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 11(3): 360-66, March 2014 Notes: Electronically published ahead of print Dec. 16, 2013.

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‚Äôs 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:

Reinle 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 of Surgery 10/2013.

Reinke CE, Showalter S, Mahmoud NN, Kelz RR. Comparison of anastomotic leak rate after colorectal surgery using different databases. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 5/2013; 56(5):638-44.

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.Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013 Feb;39(2):70-6.

Reilly JB, Ogdie AR, Feldt JM, Myers JS. Teaching about how doctors think: a lingitudinal curriculum in cognitive bias and diagnostic error for residents BMJ Qual Saf 2013:0:1-7.