Pierre Barker, MD, MBChB

Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Pierre Barker is responsible for Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Strategic Partnerships across the globe and for IHI’s programming in countries around the world outside North America. In addition to advising governments and large organizations on quality strategies, IHI uses the science of improvement to promote improved outcomes in health and health care. Dr Barker also leads IHI’s extensive global programming in maternal and child health. In that capacity, he is working with the WHO to help develop a global implementation strategy to improve quality of care for mothers and newborns. He attended medical school in South Africa and trained in pediatrics in the UK and US. Before joining IHI, he was Medical Director of University of North Carolina (UNC) Children’s Hospital clinics and was responsible for leading health-system-wide initiatives on improving access to care and chronic disease management. He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Maternal and Child Health Department at Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.


Scott Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP

President and CEO, National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ); Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Clinical Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown School of Public Health; Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, The Progeria Research Foundation

Scott Berns has extensive experience working to enhance the health of children and families across academic, clinical, nonprofit, and public health settings. The President and CEO at NICHQ, Berns provides strategic direction and leadership over a growing portfolio of initiatives aimed at driving change to improve children’s health. He serves as the principal investigator on two NICHQ-led Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Networks and the national coordinating center for sickle cell disease. Prior to joining NICHQ, Berns worked as Senior Vice President of Chapter Programs and Deputy Medical Officer for the March of Dimes National Office where he provided direction in education and community services to all state-based chapters. He has also completed a one-year White House Fellowship where he has served a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.


Mary Brindle, MD, MPH

Associate Department Head of Surgery, University of Calgary; Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Calgary; Director, EQuIS

Mary Brindle is a Canadian Health Systems researcher and runs a quality and safety research platform at The University of Calgary. She was a visiting scholar at Ariadne Labs and member of the Safe Surgery research group. She continues to collaborate closely with Ariadne, working to develop a pediatric-specific surgical checklist in partnership with the Pediatric Surgical Chiefs of Canada. Dr. Brindle is working with the surgical safety group to re-examine the performance of the surgical safety checklist in high-income countries to determine aspects that may need to be updated for best performance including an exploration of how debriefing can be used to improve system function within high performing environments.


Robyn Churchill, CNM, MSN

Senior Advisor, Maternal/Newborn Health (MNH) and Family Planning (FP), Clinton Health Access Initiative; Senior Advisor, Human Resources for Health (HRH), Clinton Health Access Initiative

Robyn Churchill provides strategic guidance to Clinton Health Access Initiative’s MNH, FP, and HRH initiatives in multiple countries, in order to strengthen national health care systems. She is collaborating with Ariadne Labs Safe Childbirth Checklist team on a Zambian pilot program, integrating the Safe Childbirth Checklist into a systems mentoring program in rural health facilities. The objective is to see if mentoring on systems processes as well as checklist use will increase uptake of checklist behaviors.


Jonathan Clarke, MA (Cantab), MB BChir, MRCS, MPH, FRSA

Centre for Health Policy/Centre for Mathematics of Precision Healthcare, Imperial College London; Visiting Fellow, Onnela Lab, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jonathan Clarke’s research centers on the application of network analysis to high-dimensional routinely collected health care data. He investigates the interdependence of health care providers and predicts the safety and equity implications of changes in the structure and funding of health systems. He aims to understand the relationship between hospitals and communities, and in doing so facilitate the delivery of high quality specialist care at a local level.


Stijn Willem de Jonge, MD, PhD candidate ‘18

Clinical Research Fellow Department, Surgery and Anaesthesiology, University of Amsterdam; Technical team WHO SSI prevention guideline, World Health Organization; Education committee member, Surgical Infections Society Europe

Stijn de Jonge was an active participant of the Ariadne Labs’ Innovation meeting during his training as clinical epidemiologist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He recently returned to the University of Amsterdam to continue his research on infection prevention in close collaboration with the World Health Organization. He currently explores opportunities for future collaborations with Ariadne Labs on projects relating to safe surgery and infection prevention.


Joyce K Edmonds, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College; Nurse Scientist, Munn Center for Nursing Research, Massachusetts General Hospital

Joyce Edmonds collaborates on the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs led by Dr. Neel Shah to design and test scalable health system interventions to safely reduce cesarean delivery rates. Dr. Edmonds works on understanding the influence of labor and delivery nurses on birth outcomes and the factors that shape their practice patterns. Dr. Edmonds also collaborates with Emily George and the Implementation Platform to highlight and consider the valuable perspective of nurses who are using Ariadne Labs’ tools and interventions.


Utibe Essien, MD

Assistant Professor, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College; Nurse Scientist, Munn Center for Nursing Research, Massachusetts General Hospital

Utibe Essien’s research is focused on studying the impact of non-physician models of care on social determinants of health and how they reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in chronic disease. He is interested in using the ideas learned here to work with Ariadne Labs to continue to improve primary health care in low to middle-income communities within the United States and abroad.


Esteban Gershanik, MD, MPH, MSc

Chief Information Officer, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; Director, Bureau of Health Informatics, Louisiana Office of Public Health; Medical Consultant, Louisiana Office of Public Health; Hospitalist, Boston Children’s Hospital; Medical Director of Hospital Medical Units, Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Faculty, Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Esteban Gershanik is the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Chief Information Officer and Director of its Bureau of Health Informatics. In this role, Dr. Gershanik has been assigned the responsibility of building a vision and strategy for Health Information Technology (HIT) in partnership with the Office of Public Health, Medicaid, and healthcare delivery members from around the state of Louisiana and across the country. Previously, Dr. Gershanik served as the Process Care Redesign Clinician for Partners Healthcare, Medical Director of the Hospital Medicine Units at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and core member of the AHRQ-funded Patient Safety Learning Lab leading efforts in HIT tools and process solutions for the optimization of EHRs and broader health care delivery initiatives around process care redesign, patient experience and quality and safety. Throughout his career, Dr. Gershanik has served on various hospital-wide HIT and Quality Committees and has been involved with several nationally and locally funded research grants around HIT tools and innovation and their impact on health care delivery initiatives.


Jennifer Goldsmith, MS, MEd

Director of Administration, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Jennifer Goldsmith is responsible for overseeing research, education, programs, and administration within the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity. In this role, she collaborates with faculty from Partners In Health and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School to expand programs and grant support related to the Division’s mission of reducing disparities in disease burden and improving care both domestically and globally.


Nance Goldstein, MSc, PhD, ACC

Resident Scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University; Founder/Principal, Working Wisely Group

A leadership coach and trainer, Nance Goldstein enables physicians to become leaders. This takes time, practice, mistakes, and support. Now, leaders need more self-awareness and tolerance for conflict, confusion, and complexity than previously. She aims to create scalable ways to gain deep competence.

Her programs (Massachusetts Medical Society, AMWA, etc.) and her eBooks offer accessible strategies to solve current challenges. Leading the Change You Want to See identifies critical elements for leading innovation. Also Choose Different: Physicians Reduce Burnout Symptoms to Enjoy Medicine Again and How to Make your 20somethings Happier, So You All Pull Together. In her podcast Finding Me in Medicine Again seasoned doctors talk about navigating the competing demands of practice and family.


Alexander Hannenberg, MD*

Chief Quality Officer, American Society of Anesthesiologists; Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Tufts University School of Medicine; Founding Board Member, Lifebox USA

Alex Hannenberg plays a key role in the Safe Surgery Program at Ariadne Labs.  He works on a safe surgery project with CRICO and serves as a co-investigator on a project seeking to create a toolkit to accelerate dissemination and effective implementation of operating room crisis checklists. Dr. Hannenberg is a past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists where he led the development of physician quality measures in anesthesiology and critical care for the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.


Margje Haverkamp, MD, PhD

Visiting Fellow, Commonwealth Fund

Margje Haverkamp works on the reduction of low-value health care to enhance the quality of care and the financial sustainability of the health care system. In 2015-2016, she was the Dutch Harkness fellow with a research assignment at the Department of Health, Policy, and Management of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (mentors: Tom Sequist and Meredith Rosenthal). After her fellowship, she continued to work at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a Research Associate on the elimination of wasteful medical services – among others by commercial health plans – and the promotion of evidence-based health care in Accountable Care Organizations. Currently, she is a Visiting Fellow at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City where, among others, she is the Dutch country correspondent for International Health News Brief.


Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH*

Professor, Departments of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Lisa Hirschhorn is an expert in implementation and improvement science methods which she uses to study and improve implementation of interventions targeting inequities in quality and outcomes of care.   Her current work includes monitoring and evaluation and studying interventions  to improve access, utilization, quality and outcomes of prevention and care in the United States and internationally.


Leonard Kabongo, MD, MPH, MscGH

Senior Medical Officer at Gobabis District Hospital, Ministry of Health, Namibia

Leonard Kabongo coordinates all quality improvement projects in anesthesia, surgery, obstetric, and primary health care in Gobabis District, Namibia. Dr. Kabongo collaborates with Ariadne Labs on the implementation of the Better Birth program at the Gobabis District Hospital and the national rollout to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care in Namibia. This collaboration has led to a paper being published in the British Medical Journal. Ariadne Labs facilitated the link to safe surgery and anesthesia with Lifebox foundation. Over 40 pulse oximeters were distributed in Namibia after we conducted a training on safe anesthesia, the use of pulse oximeter and the surgical safety checklist. He collaborated with Ariadne Labs on the establishment of a Research Centre at Gobabis, Namibia. This Research Centre will be a pillar for developing health care system innovations and designs and test their effectiveness in Gobabis and beyond.


Hakim Lakhani, MS, BE

Director of Process Improvement, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Hakim Lakhani is the Director of Process Improvement at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is an Industrial and Management Engineer with a focus on health systems improvement. Mr. Lakhani is passionate about quality and process improvement in health care and has worked in Canada and the US, in the areas of strategy development and implementation, quality and process improvement and analytics and reporting. Mr. Lakhani has worked in acute care academic health sciences centers, rehabilitation, long term care, outpatient and community care, government agencies as well as in management consulting organizations. At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he is leading the team focusing on Systems Improvement through the application of  System Safety, Human Factors, and Process Improvement principles. Mr. Lakhani is passionate about application of systems engineering, analytics, and human factors approaches to solve patient safety and efficiency problems within health care organizations.


Sarah Bliss Matousek, PhD, MPH

Consultant, Day Health Strategies; Adjunct Faculty Member, Metropolitan College, Boston University

Sarah Bliss Matousek joined Day Health Strategies (DHS) in late 2014 where she has led the development and launch of a private exchange advisory service, building on DHS’s expertise in health insurance exchanges.  She has also developed a maturity model to evaluate the capabilities of health insurance exchanges – she is currently using this to aid with sustainability planning for a public exchange.  Other client work includes supporting strategic planning and using a change management framework to help implement a large-scale transformation at a provider organization. Dr. Matousek holds an adjunct faculty position at Boston University’s Metropolitan College teaching graduate level courses with a focus on the US health care system and current health reform issues. In addition, she co-leads ongoing global health research with a Boston-based team working remotely on a surgical navigation and outcomes program in rural Haiti.  


Marcus McKinney, D.Min, LPC

Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, Trinity Health New England; Director, Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Marcus McKinney collaborates with the Ariadne Labs to expand knowledge and best practices of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide to Spanish speaking families at St. Francis Hospital. This work includes focus groups, guide development, and training for providers in a diverse urban acute care clinic. In his role as Director of Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity, Mr. McKinney helps bring together programs and initiatives that impact health equity across the hospital system.


Kelsey McRichards, MS, MBA

Director of Operations and Strategy, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Kelsey McRichards is the Administrative Director for the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Boston Medical Center. In her role, she provides strategic, operational, and financial oversight for the inpatient, outpatient, surgical, and research activities of these specialties. Ms. McRichards’ primary academic interest is in how management practices, physician-administrator partnerships, efficient operational design, and technology can enable consistent delivery of high quality patient care, particularly in the context of reducing barriers for the clinicians responsible for providing that care.


Michael Murphy, M. Arch.

Executive Director, MASS Design Group; Adjunct Faculty, Planning and Preservation, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture; Adjunct Faculty, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Michael Murphy is the executive director and co-founder of MASS Design Group, an architecture and design collaborative based in Boston and Kigali. His work investigates how environments shape behavior. Mr. Murphy collaborated with Ariadne Labs on The Impact of Design on Clinical Care in Childbirth. Mr. Murphy has taught at Columbia’s Graduate School of Preservation and Planning, and the Harvard Graduate school of Design. His theoretical essays on architecture have been widely published. MASS was the recipient of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and the Zumbtobel Group Prize. Murphy recently gave a TED talk at the 2016 Annual TED Conference.


Monica Adhiambo Onyango, MS, PhD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Monica Adhiambo Onyango has over 25 years experience in health care delivery and management. At the Department of International Health, she teaches courses in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, and sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings. Her experience includes Kenya Ministry of Health for ten years as a nursing officer in management positions at two hospitals and as a lecturer at the Nairobi’s Medical Training College, School of Nursing. Monica is also a registered nurse by Massachusetts Board of Nursing. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Onyango worked as a health team leader with international non-governmental organizations in relief and development in South Sudan, Angola, and a refugee camp in Kenya. In South Sudan and Angola, she facilitated the design and implementation of community based health services where there had been no services for several years. At Kakuma refugee camp in North Western Kenya, she helped design the maternal and child health programs for over 20,000 refugees. Dr. Onyango has also participated in providing training for South Sudanese health workers on emergency obstetrics and neonatal care. In 2011, she co-founded the global nursing caucus at Boston University School of Public Health with a mission to advance the role of nursing in global health practice, education and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement, and research. Her current research interests focus on reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, health care among populations affected by disasters, and the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally.


Hilary Placzek, PhD, MPH

Director of Evaluation Partnerships, Health Leads

Hilary Placzek is a research epidemiologist by training and currently holds the Director of Evaluation Partnerships position at Health Leads, based in Boston, MA. There, Dr. Placzek is the principal investigator of work which integrates social determinants of health data into the evaluation portfolio. The goal of this work is to confirm the value case that addressing social resource needs in addition to medical needs is crucial to improving a patient’s health status. Dr. Placzek has a PhD in Clinical and Population Health Research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, a MPH in Global Health/Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health, and a BA in French and Chemistry from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.


Nancy Scott, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor of Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health; Faculty Member, Center for Global Health and Development

Nancy Scott has over 12 years of experience in global public health program design, implementation and mixed-method process and impact evaluation. Her research interests lie in evaluating public health programs and translating that evidence into programmatic and policy relevant products in the areas of maternal and child health, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and social support for orphans and vulnerable children. Dr. Scott teaches a course in monitoring and evaluating global public health programs that is grounded in the realities of implementing and evaluating complex programs in extremely resource-constrained environments and teaches similar short courses in evaluation for public health practitioners in South Africa and Tanzania. She serves as the head of the monitoring and evaluation emphasis area for the Global Health concentration. She spent five years resident in Zambia managing the Center for Global Health and Development’s research and service delivery portfolio and continues her work throughout sub-Saharan Africa primarily in Ethiopia, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.


Sara Singer, PhD, MBA

Implementation Research Director of Safe Surgery 2015, Ariadne Labs; Professor of Health Care Management and Policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Sara Singer serves as the Implementation Research Director for Ariadne Labs’ Safe Surgery 2015 program. She works as a co-investigator with collaborators to develop and analyze measurement and monitoring instruments for several projects including Safe Surgery 2015, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery, and Does Better Management Save Lives?


Karthik Sivashanker, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Staff Consultation-liaison Psychiatrist, VA Boston Healthcare

Karthik Sivashanker has conducted public health research in HIV-AIDS, including a one-year Fulbright Fellowship in Venezuela studying the vertical transmission of HIV-AIDS in rural mountain communities. He has written or published on topics, including: opioid use disorders, prodromal schizophrenia, sexual identity, cyberbullying, and the role of online social networks in suicide. His current research interests include quality and systems improvement, neuropsychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and educational innovation. He currently serves on regional and national Veterans Affairs committees to address opioid use in the acute and sub-acute medical settings, to enhance interfacility transfer processes, to establish mental health support for heart and lung transplant services, and to develop a novel interventional psychiatry program to administer ketamine for treatment refractory depression.


Kris Torgeson, MA, MPH

Global CEO, Lifebox Foundation

Kris Torgeson is a former Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) International. She collaborates with Ariadne Labs on issues related to improving the safety of surgery and anesthesia in low and middle income countries. At Ariadne, she works closely with Lifebox’s founder and president, Atul Gawande, as well as Lifebox board members William Berry, Alexander Hannenberg, and affiliated member Alex Haynes. Ms. Torgeson also partners with Ariadne Labs on monitoring and evaluation of Lifebox’s equipment, education, and the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist programs worldwide.


Jay Want, MD

Executive Director, Peterson Center on Health Care

Jay Want is the Executive Director of the Peterson Center on Health Care.  In this capacity, Dr. Want leads the Center’s expanding portfolio of initiatives and grants to identify high-performance models of health care, validate their impact on quality and cost, and facilitate their adoption on a national scale.   He was formerly Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care in Colorado, a nonprofit organization that administers the state’s All Payer Claims Database, and a private consultant on payment and delivery system reform.


Thomas Weiser, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center

Thomas Weiser’s research focuses on evaluating the role of surgical care in the delivery of health services in resource poor settings, particularly low and middle income countries. He is interested in quality and cost effectiveness of care and strategies for improving the safety and reliability of surgical delivery in resource poor settings. Dr. Weiser was also a part of the WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives program with Ariadne Labs’ Executive Director, Dr. Atul Gawande, and Ariadne Labs’ Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bill Berry, where they created, implemented, evaluated and promoted the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. He currently leads Clean Cut, a surgical infection prevention program he’s developing with Lifebox, a charity devoted to improving surgical safety worldwide.