Editorial Team

Robert M. Wachter, MD, Editor, AHRQ WebM&M/PSNet


Robert M. Wachter is Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF, where he also directs the Division of Hospital Medicine. Author of 250 articles and 6 books, he coined the term "hospitalist" in 1996 and is generally considered the "father" of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine (1999–2000) and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine (2012–2013). In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation's top honor in patient safety. In 2015, Modern Healthcare magazine ranked him as the most influential physician-executive in the United States, his eight consecutive year in the top 50; he is the only academic physician to receive this recognition. His new book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age, was published in April 2015 and was a New York Times bestseller.

Sumant Ranji, MD, Associate Editor, AHRQ WebM&M/AHRQ PSNet


Sumant Ranji is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and is an Associate Program Director for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program. Sumant’s academic work centers around the intersection of graduate medical education and improving the quality and safety of care for hospitalized patients. He has conducted research and quality improvement projects that the relationship between residency training and patient safety, worked on developing novel methods of assessing resident performance, and developed curricula to integrate residents into hospital- and clinic-based quality improvement and patient safety activities. Sumant is also actively engaged in patient safety and quality improvement projects at UCSF Medical Center, primarily in the areas of care transitions at hospital discharge. His clinical responsibilities include caring for hospitalized patients on the medicine ward and consult services at UCSF Medical Center.

Kaveh Shojania, MD, Deputy Editor, AHRQ PSNet
Consulting Editor, AHRQ WebM&M


Kaveh Shojania is Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety and Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS) at the University of Toronto, where he also sees patients as a hospital-based general internist. Kaveh's research focuses on identifying evidence-based patient safety interventions and effective strategies for translating evidence into practice. He has published more than 100 peer review articles, including in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He has lectured widely on issues related to the scholarly advancement of patient safety and quality improvement, including twice delivering invited lectures to the Institute of Medicine.

Before moving back to Canada in 2004, Kaveh was on the faculty at UCSF, where he was one of the founding editors of AHRQ WebM&M. He was also lead editor (and authored six chapters) of Making Healthcare Safer, the evidence report produced for AHRQ following the publication of the Institute of Medicine report, To Err Is Human. While at UCSF, Kaveh coauthored a book (with Dr. Wachter) on patient safety for a general audience that received excellent reviews in the New York Times and many other media and has sold approximately 50,000 copies. In 2004, Kaveh and Bob Wachter received one of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards from The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Quality Forum for work in patient safety that has had an impact at a national level.

Kaveh received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba and completed his residency training at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital. After a hospital medicine fellowship at UCSF, he joined the faculty there for several years before returning to Canada. He held a Canada Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement from 2004–2013.

Christopher Moriates, MD, Associate Editor, AHRQ PSNet


Chris Moriates is an Assistant Professor at UCSF. Chris concentrates his academic work on health care value, quality improvement, medical education, and patient safety. During residency training he co-designed and implemented a successful cost awareness curriculum for Internal Medicine residents. He has also helped develop curricula for medical trainees pertaining to patient safety and quality improvement. Chris is currently the Director of the UCSF "Caring Wisely" program and a member of the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value. He coauthored the McGraw-Hill textbook, Understanding Value-Based Care, published in 2015. He is an attending physician on the teaching and nonteaching medicine services, the hospitalist procedures and quality improvement service, and the medicine consultation service. Chris received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at UCSF.

Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH, Associate Editor, AHRQ PSNet


Urmimala Sarkar is Associate Professor at UCSF, in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Urmimala's research focuses on ambulatory patient safety, including missed and delayed diagnosis, adverse drug events, and monitoring failures for outpatients with chronic diseases, particularly those with social vulnerabilities. She directs the San Francisco Ambulatory Safety Center for Innovation (ASCENT), a patient safety learning laboratory funded by AHRQ. Her interests include the role of communication in patient safety as well as health information technology interventions. Urmimala also leads the AHRQ-funded California Public Healthcare system Evidence Network and Innovations eXchange (PHoENIX), an effort to promote and study clinical innovations across safety-net health systems. She codirects the longitudinal quality improvement/patient safety curriculum for the UCSF–San Francisco General Hospital internal medicine residency program. Urmimala practices general internal medicine at the Richard H. Fine People's Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital.

Urmimala received her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, and her master's in public health in epidemiology from UC Berkeley. She completed her internal medicine residency and research fellowship at UCSF prior to joining the faculty in 2008.

Audrey Lyndon, PhD, Associate Editor, AHRQ PSNet


Audrey Lyndon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at UCSF School of Nursing. Audrey's research focuses on patient safety and quality in maternal and newborn care with an emphasis on how communication and teamwork contribute to safety and quality, and on preventing maternal morbidity and mortality. Audrey teaches research methods and implementation science at UCSF, and is the Co-Director of Continuous Process Improvement Training for UCSF Health. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative and a project director for the AHRQ-funded Safety Learning Laboratory at Stanford. Audrey received her nursing degree from the UCSF. She also holds a master's degree in nursing and a PhD in nursing from UCSF.

Russ Cucina, MD, MS, Informatics Consultant, AHRQ PSNet


Russ Cucina is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. His research is in clinical human-computer interaction science with an emphasis on human factors and patient safety, decision support systems and automated clinical inference, sociotechnical aspects of clinical information systems, information storage and retrieval methods, and knowledge representation and management.

Prior to his work with AHRQ Patient Safety Network, Russ participated in knowledge management projects with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as on information storage and retrieval projects at Stanford Medical Informatics and with a number of medical publishing houses. He attends regularly on the inpatient Medicine Service, on the Medical Consultation Service, and in the Screening and Acute Care Clinic, all at UCSF Medical Center. Operationally, Russ works with UCSF Medical Center's information services department on the enterprise clinical information systems and was previously the physician lead for Stanford Hospital & Clinic's computerized provider order entry and multidisciplinary electronic documentation projects. He consults for a number of clinical software and technology vendors, community hospitals, and academic centers regionally and nationally.

Russ received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis. He was resident and chief resident in Internal Medicine at Stanford University. Russ also holds a master's degree in biomedical informatics from Stanford University.

Kiran Gupta, MD, MPH, Associate Editor, AHRQ WebM&M


Kiran Gupta is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Her academic work focuses on patient safety issues including adverse events, mortality review, transfers and transitions of care and teaching on patient safety. She has conducted quality improvement projects on identifying preventable inpatient deaths through the use of electronic data capture, patient transfers and patient satisfaction. Her clinical responsibilities include caring for hospitalized patients on the medicine services at UCSF Medical Center.

Kiran is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and earned an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she stayed on to pursue a two-year fellowship in patient safety and quality improvement prior to joining the faculty at UCSF.

Bradley Sharpe, MD, SFHM, FACP, Associate Editor, AHRQ WebM&M


Brad Sharpe received his bachelor degree in chemistry from Stanford University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF. He currently is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and hospitalist and maintains clinical, administrative, and educational roles.

Clinically, Brad serves as an attending on the inpatient service at Moffitt-Long Hospital 3-4 months a year, working closely with housestaff and students. Administratively, he acts as the Associate Division Chief for the Division of Hospital Medicine and the Associate Chief of the Medical Service at Moffitt-Long Hospital. In these roles, he helps manage the day-to-day operations of the Division and the inpatient services.

Educationally, Brad is the Associate Program Director for Inpatient Affairs for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency. Brad lectures to the residents on topics including community-acquired pneumonia, effective signout, and updates in the medical literature. Brad is involved in medical student education – he lectures on patient interviewing, oral case presentations, and clinical topics such as hyponatremia and COPD exacerbations. Brad also graduated from the Stanford Faculty Development Clinical Teaching course and now teaches the class to UCSF faculty and Internal Medicine residents. He has given numerous presentations on improving clinical teaching both regionally and nationally. He has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards.

His research focuses on improving the field of hospital medicine and on medical education. He has published articles on faculty development, mentorship, housestaff supervision, oral case presentations, and community-acquired pneumonia.

In addition, Brad has multiple national roles in academic hospital medicine. He has served on multiple committees for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), including the Academic Committee. He is the former co-chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Academic Hospitalist Taskforce. He is also a co-director of the Academic Hospitalist Academy, an annual 4-day “boot camp” for junior academic hospitalists.

Linda S. Franck, RN, PhD, Associate Editor, AHRQ WebM&M


Dr. Franck is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing.

Linda has over 25 years experience in leading interdisciplinary teams to conduct clinical research to improve the quality and safety of hospital care for children, and has over 160 peer-reviewed publications on related topics. She has particular expertise in research regarding the patient and family experience of health care and has pioneered interventions to engage parents and children as partners in pain management and in research to improve quality of care and quality of life.

Linda received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco and her master’s degree and PhD in nursing from UCSF. She rejoined the UCSF faculty 2010 after a decade at the University College London, Institute of Child Health where she was the first Chair of Children’s Nursing Research in the UK.

Sheri VanOsdol, PharmD, Associate Editor, AHRQ WebM&M


Sheri VanOsdol is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Medication Outcomes Center at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist who completed advanced training in the field of drug information and now specializes in medication safety. Sheri has a leadership role in the medication safety team at the UCSF Medical Center in which she oversees the organization's annual Medication Error Reduction Plan and the review of medication-related safety events. Her teaching and mentoring activities focus on patient safety concepts and quality improvement strategies among pharmacy trainees and interprofessional colleagues. Sheri is actively involved in quality improvement projects focused on optimal use of drugs in the inpatient setting including best practices with use of high alert medications and evaluation of technology's impact on medication error reduction.

Other Editors

Erin Hartman, MS, Project Director & Editorial Director
Tiffany Lee, Project Analyst
Vida Lynum, Project Analyst
Lorri Zipperer, MA, Development Editor

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