Scott Berns

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

Scott Berns, MD, MPH, has a passion for improving children’s health, especially among vulnerable children. Prior to joining NICHQ, he 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 directed national initiatives such as family support and professional development in the newborn intensive care unit, mobile healthcare, and Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait®. Dr. Berns is Editor and Co-Author of Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy III:  Enhancing Perinatal Health Through Quality, Safety and Performance Initiatives. He also completed a one-year White House Fellowship where he served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.


Mary Brindle

Associate Department Head of Surgery at the University of Calgary. Director of EQuIS. Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Calgary.

Mary Brindle, MD, MPH,  is a visiting scholar on sabbatical at Ariadne Labs. She is a member of the Safe Surgery research group at Ariadne Labs studying the use of the surgical checklist in children in order to develop a pediatric-specific surgical checklist in partnership with the Pediatric Surgical Chiefs of Canada. Dr. Brindle is looking at how the current surgical checklist has performed in the United States and Canada and what aspects of it may need to be updated for best performance. In addition, Dr. Brindle is working with the safe surgery team to examine how debriefing can be used to improve system function within high performing environments.


Jonathan Clarke

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Surgery at the Imperial College of London.

Jonathan Clarke’s, MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, MRCS, MPH, research interests include how health systems behave during periods of organizational change. He examines the impact of organizational restructuring on the quality of care and patient movements through local and national healthcare networks. He uses routinely collected electronic healthcare data to dynamically analyze patterns of patient care at the interface between primary and secondary care.


Sheila Davis

Chief Nursing Officer at Partners in Health. Chief of Ebola Response at Partners in Health.

Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, in her role as Chief of Ebola Response for Partners in Health, led the Ebola response efforts in West Africa. She has been a nursing leader in the field of HIV/AIDS since its emergence in the mid-1980s and served on the National Board of the Association of Nurses AIDS Care. She entered the global health arena in 1999 responding to the global HIV pandemic and worked in a number of countries. She was the co-founder of a small NGO that worked in South Africa and Boston on health projects including a rural village nurse clinic.


Utibe Essien

Primary Care Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. General Internal Medicine Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

Utibe Essien’s, MD, 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.


Jennifer Goldsmith

Director of Administration for Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Jennifer Goldsmith, MS, MEd, is responsible for overseeing research, education, programs and administration within the Brigham and 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.


Lisa Hirschhorn

Professor of Medical Social Science, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH, is trained in Infectious Diseases and public health. She has worked for the last 25 years to study and support the implementation of the effective interventions and develop innovative approaches to measuring and improving quality of care care. Her work has spanned settings from urban Boston to Africa, Asia and The Caribbean including monitoring, evaluating, and improving access, utilization, and outcomes of care while building capacity for front line providers and researchers.


Meetali Kakad

Director of the Department for Technology and EHealth at South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority.

Meetali Kakad, MD, MPH, is a public health physician and director of EHealth in the Department for Technology and EHealth at South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority. Prior to this position, she worked at the United Nations World Health Organization, the National Health Service in the U.K., and in the hospital sector in Norway. She was also the youngest member of the third Norwegian Commission on Priority-Setting, convened by the Minister of Health in order to review criteria and mechanisms for prioritization within the Norwegian health system. Dr. Kakad was the 2015-16 Norwegian Harkness/Research Council of Norway Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. Her research focused on how predictive analytics can be successfully implemented to improve health outcomes and quality care.


Jane Liebschutz

Director of the General Internal Medicine-Family Medicine-Pediatrics Academic Fellowship at Boston Medical Center. Associate Chief of Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center. Associate Professor of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Jane Liebshutz, MD, MPH, research focuses on the intersection of substance use, violence, and mental health within the practice of general medical care. She has conducted observational and intervention studies on opioid prescribing for chronic pain in primary care. Dr. Liebshutz has also conducted randomized trials for treatment of opioid and injection drug use disorders in hospitalized patients and behavioral interventions to reduce medical complications.


John Loughnane

Medical Director of Life Choices Palliative Care Program at Commonwealth Care Alliance. Chief of Technology at Winter St. Ventures.

John Loughnane, MD, serves as the Medical Director for the Palliative Care Program at Commonwealth Care Alliance, a national leader in providing integrated care for dual eligible populations. The Life Choices Program has been at the cutting edge of reimagining community based end of life care embedded in a normative primary care model. In addition, Dr. Loughnane serves as the Chief of Technology for Winter St. Ventures leading the development of new technology solutions and care interventions to improve care delivery.


Kelsey McCarty

Director of Operations and Strategy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Medical Center

Kelsey McCarty, MS, MBA, in her role as director of operations and strategy, provides strategic, operational, and financial oversight for the divisions of Cardiology and Endocrinology. She is interested 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.


Marcus McKinney

Vice President of Community Health at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Vice President of Trinity Health New England. Director of Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at St. Francis Hospital. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Marcus McKinney, D.Min, LPC, 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, McKinney helps bring together programs and initiatives that impact health equity across the hospital system.  


Michael Murphy

Executive Director of MASS Design Group. Professor of Planning and Preservation at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture. Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Michael Murphy, M. Arch, founded MASS Design Group in 2010 and has since overseen the expansion of MASS into ten countries. Murphy’s work at the architecture firm leverages buildings as well as the design and construction process to become engines for health, economic growth, and long-term sustainability. MASS’s work has been recognized globally, most recently at the UN Solutions Summit, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and as winners of the 2015 Design Biennial Boston. They are recipients of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Award and the Zumbtobel award for sustainable architecture.


Hilary Placzek

Director of Evaluation Partnerships at Health Leads.

Hilary Placzek’s, PhD, MPH, work focuses on better understanding the impact of scalable clinical interventions among those with social needs through the use of both qualitative and quantitative outcomes. Placzek is an epidemiologist by training and has been involved in applied public health research for over ten years.


Jay Want

Owner of Want Healthcare, LLC. Chief Medical Officer of Center for Improving Value in Healthcare. Commissioner of Colorado Commission for Affordable Health Care.

Jay Want, MD, as the owner of Want Healthcare, LLC, consults for a wide variety of clients, including the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As the Chief Medical Officer for the nonprofit, Center for Improving Value in Health Care, Dr. Want works in a public-private partnership that houses data from the state’s All Payer Claims Database and supplies those data to the public and private entities to the benefit of the people of the state.


Thomas Weiser

Assistant Professor of Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.

Thomas Weiser’s, MD, 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.