Aalok Agarwala

Assistant Division Chief of General Surgery Anesthesia, Associate Director of Anesthesia Quality and Safety, and Director of Operations and Quality of Clinical Affiliates at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Aalok Agarwala, MD, MBA, collaborates on the Operating Room Black Box project with Ariadne Labs to test new ways of gathering patient data and environmental information to reduce errors, improve quality, and better understand team dynamics in the operating room. This project will be piloted at MGH. Dr. Agarwala also collaborates with Ariadne Labs and the Emergency Manual Implementation Collaborative in the national effort to increase implementation of the Operating Room Crisis Checklist.


Dominique Arce

Anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Instructor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.

Dominique Arce’s, MD, research interests are related to the care of high-risk obstetrics patients, maternal-fetal outcomes, and delivery of safe anesthesia and analgesia in the obstetric population. Her current projects focus on intrapartum fever and its relationship to epidural analgesia for labor, along with the effect of intrapartum fever on neonatal adverse outcomes.


Stanley Ashley

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Frank Sawyer Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Stan Ashley, MD, serves as a member of a task force focused on reducing patient safety risk from health systems expansion. This task force is led by CRICO and convened by Ariadne Labs.


Michael Barnett

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michael Barnett, MD, is a primary care physician and health services researcher. His research focuses on the quality of health care delivery with particular interests in the primary-specialty care interface, low-value care, and innovations in health care delivery.  


Salma Batool-Anwar

Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Salma Batool-Anwar, MD, MPH, is trained in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine. Her research interests focus on collaboration between palliative care and critical care in medical intensive care units. In addition, Dr. Batool-Anwar is interested in epidemiology of sleep disorders and its impact on public health.


Amy Baughman

Hospitalist, Veteran Affairs at Boston Healthcare System. Lead for Quality Improvement of Veteran Affairs (Brockton campus). Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Amy Baughman, MD, MPH, in her role as lead for quality improvement at Veteran Affairs, utilizes her clinical research training in systems redesign and quality improvement to focus on patient flow, care transitions, and medication reconciliation between acute and sub-acute care facilities at the Veteran Affairs Boston. She seeks collaboration in the quality improvement space specifically and will help facilitate other collaborations between Ariadne Labs and the Veteran Affairs Boston.


Rebecca Berger

Hospitalist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Editorial Fellow at New England Journal of Medicine.

Rebecca Berger, MD, is a 2016-2017 Editorial Fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine and a hospitalist at MGH. Her interests include quality improvement, patient safety, process improvement, and medical education.


Rachelle Bernacki*

Associate Director for the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs. Director of Quality Initiatives for Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS, serves as the Project Director for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute randomized controlled trial and the integrated Care Management Program (iCMP) pilot project, which focuses on high-risk primary care patients. She plays a key role at Ariadne Labs in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a standardized approach for promoting clinicians to conduct discussions about end-of-life values and goals with seriously ill patients and their families.


William Berry**

Chief Medical Officer and Director of Safe Surgery Program at Ariadne Labs.

William Berry, MD, MPH, MPA, serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Ariadne Labs where he oversees the growth and development for all research work including the program teams and platforms: Safe Surgery, Childbirth, Serious Illness Care, Primary Healthcare, Informatics and Measurement, Implementation and Improvement Sciences, and Program Management. As the Director of the Safe Surgery Program, he oversees the specific research and execution of the program. Dr. Berry is also a Surgical Consultant to the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions and serves as the Boston Program Director of the “Safe Surgery Saves Lives” initiative with the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Program. For the last eight years, Dr. Berry has been a faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in collaborative projects focused on improving the safety of surgical patients. Prior to these roles, he spent seventeen years in practice as a cardiac surgeon. 


Amy Billet

Director of Safety and Quality at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Amy Billett, MD, is the Principal Investigator of a project through Ariadne Labs called “Making It Easier to Care for Your Central Line at Home: A Standardized Process to Reduce Ambulatory Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI).” This project is developing a model to decrease infection rates in pediatric hematology/oncology patients by ensuring that patients and their families develop the confidence and skills to perform best practice central line care at home correctly, every time with decreased distress.


Asaf Bitton*

Associate Director for the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative at Ariadne Labs. Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy at the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, plays a key role in the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a joint effort with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, The Results for Development Institute, and Ariadne Labs. Using both traditional and novel approaches, this project aims to measure primary care functions and performance within low and middle-income partner countries. The goal is to understand variation in performance and tailor improvement initiatives to address and narrow gaps. Dr. Bitton is also Senior Adviser for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in Washington, DC.


Susan Block**

Director of Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs. Co-Director of the Center for Palliative Care at Harvard Medical School. Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Susan Block, MD, serves as the Director of the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne labs where she oversees the research and execution of the program. Her research focuses on improving conversations between clinicians and seriously ill patients to give patients the opportunity to make choices that reflect their values, reduce suffering, enhance family well-being, and improve quality of life. Dr. Block is also a founding chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 


Richard Cash

Senior Lecturer on Global Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Richard Cash’s, MD, MPH, research interests include scaling health programs. He conducted clinical trials of oral rehydration therapy on adults and pediatric cholera patients and interventions to scale up programs especially in diarrhea management. Dr. Cash has also developed programs to assist low and middle income countries’ scientists in honing their research skills and directs a program and workshops on research ethics.


Avik Chatterjee

Medical Director of Southampton Street Shelter Clinic at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and Roxbury Prep Charter Schools. Associate Epidemiologist at the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Avik Chatterjee’s, MD, MPH, research interests include the impact of schools and education on health outcomes and cultural and linguistic competency in health care. He is looking forward to learning from colleagues at Ariadne Labs and building collaborations around addressing social determinants of health in low income communities in a systematic way.


Alyna Chien

Assistant Professor in the Department of General Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Assistant Professor of the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital.

Alyna Chien’s, MD, MS, area of research expertise is in the relationship between the structure of the health care system, the incentives and price information that doctors and patients face, and resulting health care quality and spending, particularly for vulnerable populations. Her work has shown that incentives can improve preventive and chronic disease care for adult and pediatric patients in mixed and low-income populations. Dr. Chien’s current projects include examining the structure of large healthcare organizations and the quality of pediatric health care they provide, understanding spending variation for “shoppable” conditions (childbirth, breast cancer and prostate cancer), understanding how medical providers respond to patient’s social needs, and describing care quality and spending among children with disabilities.


James Colbert

Internal Medicine Physician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Senior Medical Director for Population Health at Verisk Health. Web Editor at JAMA Internal Medicine. Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

James Colbert, MD, is lead author of the white paper, Adopting Accountable Care: An Implementation Guide for Physician Practices, and presented his work at Ariadne Labs’ Health Systems Innovation meeting, In 2015, he was named by MedTech Boston one of 40 Healthcare Innovators under age 40.


Zara Cooper*

Associate Surgeon of Division of Trauma, Burns, and Surgical Critical Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, is the Project Director for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital project examining the intersection of acute surgery and end-of-life care. She plays a key role in the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs to develop and evaluate a standardized approach for promoting clinicians to conduct discussions about end-of-life values and goals with seriously ill patients and their families.


Leonard D’Avolio

CEO and Co-Founder of Cyft. Assistant Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Leonard D’Avolio, PhD, is an advisor to Ariadne Labs and the Helmsley Charitable Trust Foundation, board member for Youth Development Organization, researcher, and writer. Dr. D’Avolio founded Ariadne Labs’ informatics team and lead their partnership strategy as well as the creation of a mobile phone-based system that uses real time data feedback to improve neonatal care in Uttar Pradesh, India as a part of the BetterBirth trial.


Ranu Dhillon

Hospitalist of Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Senior Health Advisor of Earth Institute at Columbia University. Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Ranu Dhillon, MD, is currently working on developing a project in India that utilizes technology and automation to standardize and make scalable the quality delivery of primary healthcare in poor communities. Prior to this, he served as Special Advisor to the President of Guinea on Ebola and helped lead the national response to the epidemic. He has worked on developing quality primary and community health systems in Rwanda, Nigeria, Liberia, and India, including architecting Nigeria’s national Village Health Workers program. At Ariadne Labs, he has advised the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) collaboration between the World Health Organization, World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Results for Development, and Ariadne Labs. He also presented a talk titled “Building the National Ebola Response in Guinea: Lessons and Challenges” at a recent Ariadne Labs research meeting. His writing on  health systems and Ebola have appeared in the New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, and other publications.


Angela Feraco

Attending Physician of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital.

Angela Feraco’s, MD, MMSc, primary research focus is on communication between providers and families during the initial months of treatment for childhood cancer. Informed by the work of the Serious Illness Care Program by Ariadne Labs, Dr. Feraco recently completed a needs assessment for the “Day 100 Talk,” a novel conversation targeting missing communication opportunities during the early cancer treatment period. Feraco’s broader interests are in graduate medical education and communication skills training.


Shira Fischer

Associate Physician Researcher at RAND Corporation.

Shira Fischer’s, MD, PhD, research for the RAND Corporation focuses on health information technology research and policy. Her current work includes evaluating innovative health interventions, analyzing big data sets to explore both impact and cost, and experimenting with new ways to display data. Prior to joining RAND, Fischer completed a clinical informatics fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.


Ishani Ganguli

Clinical Investigator of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Internist at Brigham and Women's Advanced Primary Care Associates in South Huntington. Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Ishani Ganguli, MD, MPH, is a clinician investigator at Brigham and Women’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care studying how patients and physicians make medical decisions in areas of uncertainty, particularly around care-seeking and utilization, and the contextual factors including culture, personality, media, and health systems that shape such behavior. Prior to this work, Dr. Ganguli led patient engagement initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital around video-based patient education and patient-reported outcome measures. In addition, she practices primary care and writes about health care for The Boston Globe, Reuters, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. She is a contributing editor at the Journal of General Internal Medicine and a reviewer for Health News Review.


Rajesh Garg

Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Rajesh Garg’s, MD, research interests include management of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia in hospitalized patients, clinical outcomes of diabetes patients undergoing elective surgery and the mechanisms of insulin resistance and cardiovascular complications in diabetes.


Atul Gawande**

Executive Director of Ariadne Labs. Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, in addition to his role as the Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, is a surgeon, professor, writer, and public health researcher.  He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002; Better, which was selected as one of the 10 best books of 2007 by Amazon.com; The Checklist Manifesto; and Being Mortal. Dr. Gawande has received numerous awards including two National Magazine Awards, Academy Health’s Impact Award for the highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Genius Award, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing and science.


Donald Goldmann

Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Don Goldmann, MD, works both internally and externally to deepen IHI’s profile, credibility, and influence in health care and health promotion. Dr. Goldmann supports IHI’s content leads in identifying innovative approaches, cutting-edge developments, and expert faculty in areas of strategic focus. In this capacity, he works with IHI colleagues, especially the Results and Evaluation Team, to ensure the rigor of IHI’s results-oriented work, and to disseminate these results in presentations at national meetings and peer-reviewed publications. He also serves as senior lead for the IHI Fellowship Program, and he continues to train and mentor emerging investigators at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is exploring new ways to teach and learn and is lead faculty for the Massive Open Online Course developed in collaboration with HarvardX and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Alexander Hannenberg*

Associate Chair of Anesthesiology at Newton-Wellesly Hospital. Board of Directors of Anesthesia Quality Institute. Founding Board Member of Lifebox USA. Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Alex Hannenberg, MD, 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 AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.


Joaquim Havens

Director of Emergency General Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Joaquim Havens, MD, is investigating the burden of emergency general surgery in the United States. He has developed and is currently testing the use of an Emergency General Surgery checklist and intra-operative huddle under a grant from CRICO in collaboration with Ariadne Labs’ Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bill Berry.


Margje Haverkamp

Research Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Margje Haverkamp, MD, PhD, a 2015-2016 Harkness fellow, works on the reduction of overuse in healthcare and relates much of her work to the Choosing Wisely campaign. This is a grassroots movement for physicians and patients that aims at enhancing the quality of care and the financial sustainability of the healthcare system by eliminating wasteful medical services. Dr. Haverkamp is particularly interested in ways in which commercial health plans can be involved in the elimination of waste and the Choosing Wisely campaign.


Alex Haynes*

Associate Director for the Safe Surgery Program at Ariadne Labs. Assistant Professor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Alex Haynes’, MD, MPH, research focuses on improving surgical care delivery through measurement and implementation of quality improvement initiatives. His work bridges environments as diverse as acute care hospitals in South Carolina, where he has been involved in the Safe Surgery 2015 collaborative, to ambulatory surgery centers across the country, as well as hospitals and health systems around the globe. In collaboration with colleagues from the Harvard Business School, Dr. Haynes is running a study to investigate the links between hospital management practices and ability to implement large-scale quality improvement projects, funded with a research grant from the Rx Foundation. He is also a practicing surgical oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. 


Daniel Henderson

Clinical Innovation Fellow and Primary Care Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dan Henderson, MD, MPH, is a generalist physician with a passion for leading system improvement. As a Clinical Innovation Fellow and primary care physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Henderson works on redesigning care processes and IT systems around high-risk moments, including transitions from hospital to home and medication prescribing.


Natalie Henrich*

Associate Director of Science & Technology Platform at Ariadne Labs.

Natalie Henrich, PhD, MPH, works on the implementation and evaluation of interventions developed at Ariadne Labs. Prior to joining Ariadne Labs, she was a research scientist and program evaluator at the Center for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences in Vancouver, Canada.


David Hepner

Associate Director of Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.

David Hepner, MD, MPH, is a co-investigator on the Ariadne Labs Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Crisis Checklist project.  He also serves on the Emergency Manuals Implementation Collaborative Steering Committee with Ariadne Labs.


Joseph Jacobson

Chief Quality Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Joseph Jacobson, MD, is a co-SPARK grantee of Ariadne Labs with Associate Faculty member Dr. Lipika Samal. They are researching how health information technology (HIT) could help oncologists improve diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients by closing the “knowing-doing gap.” Their team aims to design a HIT tool that will help oncologists to better use existing data when making decisions. The focus is on solid tumor cases where at least two specialties are involved in palliation or treatment planning.


Karen Joynt

Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Instructor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Karen Joynt, MD, MPH, is a cardiologist and health policy researcher, currently on leave from Harvard to serve as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  She recently gave a talk at an Ariadne Labs research meeting based on her work at HHS, entitled “The Future of Medicare’s Value-Based Payment Models and the Problem of Socioeconomic Status.” Dr. Joynt and Dr. Atul Gawande have co-written 4 papers together with other collaborators, including The Contribution of Preventable Acute-Care Spending to Total Spending for High-Cost Medicare Patients (JAMA, 2013).


Haytham Kaafarani

Director of Patient Safety and Quality, Trauma, and Emergency Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Haytham Kaafarani’s, MD, MPH, research focus is on improving surgical outcomes, patient safety and quality benchmarking of surgical care using health services methodologies. He previously investigated the validity of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Patient Safety Indicators. Dr. Kaafarani currently leads efforts on understanding intraoperative adverse events and their quality benchmarking implications.


Ramin Khorasani

Vice Chair of the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Distinguished Chair of Medical Informatics at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School.

Ramin Khorasani’s, MD, MPH, current research focuses on use of innovative health IT tools, quality improvement methodologies and change management strategies to improve quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare care. He published a paper with Associate Faculty member Dr. Karen Joynt and Dr. Atul Gawande titled “Use of Public Data to Target Variation in Providers’ Use of CT and MR Imaging among Medicare Beneficiaries.” He also presented a talk at an Ariadne Labs research meeting titled “Health IT enabled evidence-based practice: Gains, Gaps, and Opportunities.


Joshua Lakin*

Palliative Care Physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Joshua Lakin, MD, serves as the Clinical Lead for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital integrated Care Management Program pilot project for high-risk primary care patients. He plays a key role in the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs to develop and evaluate a standardized approach for promoting clinicians to conduct discussions about end-of-life values and goals with seriously ill patients and their families.


Daniela Lamas

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Daniela Lamas, MD, serves as the Clinical Lead for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital pilot project testing the acceptability and feasibility of the use of the Serious Illness Care Conversation Guide with chronically critically ill patients and their surrogates. She plays a key role in the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs to develop and evaluate a standardized approach for promoting clinicians to conduct discussions about end-of-life values and goals with seriously ill patients and their families.


Kimberlyn Leary

Executive Director of Policy Outreach at McLean Hospital. Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Kimberlyn Leary’s, PhD, MPA, research interests include delineating the components of effective leadership and the interpersonal exchanges that promote change and collaborative decision-making. She also studies the factors that improve health and life outcomes for women and girls, including women and girls of color.


Stuart Lipsitz*

Director of Biostatistical Services in Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Stuart Lipsitz, ScD, is a biostatistician at Ariadne Labs with deep involvement in virtually all programs and research at Ariadne Labs. His specialty is advanced statistical methods, and he is the originator of the most frequently used techniques for management of missing data.


Ernest Mandel*

Associate Program Director, Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospital Joint Nephrology Fellowship Program. Associate Physician in Division of Renal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Ernest Mandel, MD, SM, serves as the Clinical Lead for the DCI-Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital project studying the adaptability and feasibility of integrating the Serious Illness Care Program into a busy dialysis center. He plays a key role in the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs to develop and evaluate a standardized approach for promoting clinicians to conduct discussions about end-of-life values and goals with seriously ill patients and their families.


Kenneth Mandl

Director of Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children's Hospital. Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School.

Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, works at the intersection of population and individual health with a focus on biomedical informatics. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for pioneering real time biosurveillance, tracking infections and detecting outbreaks with diverse data. Dr. Mandl developed SMART, a widely adopted, highly influential approach, substitutable iPhone-like app that runs universally on health IT systems. He most recently presented his work titled “Beyond the vanilla EHR: co-opting the point of care with multi-flavored apps” at the Ariadne Labs research meeting.


Duncan Maru

Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, and Board Member of Possible. Staff Physician in Complex Care Service at Boston Children's Hospital. Associate Physician in Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Duncan Maru, MD, PhD, collaborates on grants and implementation research methodologies with Ariadne staff and faculty. He is currently the co-founder, chief strategy officer, and a board member of Possible, a non-profit healthcare company that delivers high-quality, affordable healthcare in rural Nepal on a public-private partnership model. Dr. Maru oversees the vision and execution of Possible’s work in government partnerships, impact evaluation, and implementation science. Possible has deployed an open-source electronic medical record (EMR) that integrates care from community healthcare workers to clinics and hospitals. Through this EMR, Possible aims to implement quality improvement practices, perform surveillance, and conduct rapid, low-cost randomized evaluations of delivery innovations.


Rose Molina

Global Women's Health Fellow in Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Faculty Physician in Obstetricians and Gynecologist at Dimock Health Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Rose Molina, MD, currently serves the local community in Chiapas, Mexico as a Women’s Health Advisor for a demonstration project with Partners In Health/Compañeros En Salud, an organization she has worked with since 2008. The project aims to increase facility-based births in an existing maternity center and district hospital through promoting high-quality, respectful care. Dr. Molina’s research has focused on a variety of women’s health challenges such as tuberculosis screening during prenatal care, cervical cancer screening in Guatemala, and physiologic predictors of peripartum maternal bacteremia. Her current advocacy interest is improving access to healthcare for undocumented immigrants in the United States.


Ziad Obermeyer

Emergency Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Ziad Obermeyer’s, MD, M.Phil, research applies traditional statistics and machine learning to study high-stakes clinical decisions, such as emergency diagnosis and mortality. He is a collaborator with the Serious Illness Care Program in developing predictive models to identify patients at highest risk of death. He recently gave an Ariadne Labs Health Systems Innovation talk with Prof. Sendhil Mullinaithan of Harvard Kennedy School titled “Are we over-testing? Using machine learning to understand doctors’ decisions.”


Kei Ouchi

Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Kei Ouchi, MD, MPH, as a practicing emergency physician, is passionate about providing goal-concordant care to older adults with serious illness in the emergency department. As an associate faculty a part of the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, he believes in the emergency department’s potential role to serve as the screening point for such patients and align their preferences to the care they receive towards the end of life. Dr. Ouchi is currently developing and testing a screening strategy to identify such patients and facilitate their advanced care planning process during or after their emergency department visit.


Erika Pabo

Assistant Medical Director of Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Erika Pabo, MD, MBA, works on transforming the healthcare system to better meet the needs of individual patients and populations at a cost that is sustainable to society over time. She specifically focuses on primary care growth, operations improvement, care delivery redesign, and virtual care delivery.


Joanna Paladino

Associate Director of Implementation for the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs. Palliative Care Physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Joanna Paladino, MD, coordinates the implementation efforts for the Serious Illness Care randomized trial in ten disease centers and two satellite locations at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition, her work on implementation and strategy supports the expansion of the Serious Illness Care Program to achieve successful spread to additional healthcare settings. Dr. Paladino also works on curriculum development to train colleagues of all disciplines in serious illness communication.


Stephen Resch

Deputy Director of the Center for Health Decision Science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Stephen Resch, PhD, MPH, conducts health economic research on a wide range of subjects, including collaboration with Ariadne’s BetterBirth program in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of its large randomized trial of WHO’s Safe Childbirth Checklist currently underway in Uttar Pradesh, India. Resch is committed to advancing the use of decision analytic approaches in health policy and program management. He works frequently with policymakers and clinicians to assess options that enhance the evidence-base for strategic decisions, impacting national governments and bilateral and multilateral aid organizations.


Raffaella Sadun

Faculty Research Fellow at National Bureau of Economic Research. Faculty Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

Raffaella Sadun, PhD, MSc, an Ariadne Labs SPARK grantee, is focusing her research on the relationship between economics of productivity, management, and organizational change in hospitals. She collaborates with Dr. Alex Haynes, Associate Director of the Safe Surgery Program, on several projects developing methods to measure the quality of health system management, its effect on patient outcomes, and its ability to intervene to improve those measures.


Lipika Samal*

Faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Primary Care Physician at Phyllis Jen Center. Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Lipika Samal, MD, MPH, is a co-SPARK grantee of Ariadne Labs with Associate Faculty Dr. Joseph Jacobson. Their work is focused on improving cancer care delivery. Dr. Samal also researches the use of the electronic health record to improve chronic disease management and care coordination. She is funded by the NIH under a career development award to design and evaluate a clinical decision support system for chronic kidney disease.


Justin Sanders*

Assistant Director of Innovation for the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs. Physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Justin Sanders, MD, MSc, serves as the clinical lead for a project focusing on disparities in care of the seriously ill, as well as a project focusing on the implementation of the Serious Illness Care Program internationally. He plays a key role in the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs to develop and evaluate a standardized approach for promoting clinicians to conduct discussions about end-of-life values and goals with seriously ill patients and their families. He is a 2016 recipient of the Cambia Health Sojourn Scholars Award, a leadership focused career development award for future leaders in palliative care.


Ryan Schwarz

Chief Operating Officer of Possible. Faculty Member of the Division of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Ryan Schwarz, MD, MBA, as the chief operating officer of Possible, leads and oversees all aspects of Possible’s integrated healthcare model, including operations, logistics, and healthcare services throughout Nepal. Prior to his work with Possible, Dr. Schwarz worked with other health and development organizations in the USA, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, and East Timor. His research focuses upon innovative healthcare models in both developing and developed countries.


Katherine Semrau**

Director of BetterBirth Program at Ariadne Labs. Associate Epidemiologist at the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Katherine Semrau, PhD, MPH, as the Director of the BetterBirth Program at Ariadne Labs, oversees the research and execution of BetterBirth, a randomized control trial in Uttar, Pradesh aimed at improving the uptake of essential birth practices and reducing neonatal and maternal morbidity and mortality. Her previous work focused on prevention of maternal and child mortality and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.


Neel Shah*

Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care. Obstetrician-Gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School.

Neel Shah, MD, MPP, is leading an Ariadne Labs team to develop solutions to harmful overtreatment in childbirth. Currently collaborating with hospitals across the United States, Dr. Shah’s team is using methods from design, systems engineering, and management to reduce the epidemic of avoidable C-sections.


Mark Shrime

Research Director of Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Mark Shrime, MD, MPH, PhD, FACS, serves as the Research Director at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. He has collaborated with Ariadne Labs as part of the Lancet Commission on Global Health and is an active participant in Ariadne Labs research meetings.


Sara Singer

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

Sara Singer, PhD, MBA, 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?


Brian Skotko

Clinical Co-Director of Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Pediatrics Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Brian Skotko’s, MD, MPP, research focuses on children with cognitive and developmental disabilities. He recently authored research on how physicians deliver a diagnosis of Down Syndrome to new and expectant parents.  


Joshua Sparrow

President of Brazelton Touchpoints Foundation. Director of Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston Children's Hospital. Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Joshua Sparrow, MD, is actively exploring two possible collaborations with Ariadne Labs: one with Dr. Katherine Semrau’s perinatal work as part of the BetterBirth Program, and one with the Serious Illness Care Program about using online simulation professional development tools for end of life healthcare provider and patient conversations.


Ariel Dora Stern

Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

Ariel Dora Stern’s, PhD, research focuses on empirical analysis of health care markets, health care policy, and studying innovations in medical technology, pharmaceuticals, and health care delivery. She is interested in several topics related to the determinants of health care spending, regulatory policy, and the adoption of health technology, as well as the role of digitalization in products and services.


Rebecca Weintraub

Director of Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University. Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health and Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Rebecca Weintraub, MD, leads GHDonline.org, a network of virtual professional communities that connects global health professionals with expertise and evidence. In 2009, she launched a pilot program with UpToDate to grant free subscriptions to UpToDate content to physicians, nurses, and other health workers caring for vulnerable populations in 116 countries. Dr. Weintraub is collaborating with Ariadne Labs to develop a SPARK grant application to to determine whether UpToDate improves clinical decision-making and reduces diagnostic error at the point of care. It also aims to explore if this resource improves provider motivation, satisfaction, and confidence, important factors associated with quality of care, workforce retention, and ongoing learning. At a recent Ariadne Labs research meeting, Dr. Weintraub gave a talk titled “Models for Creating Online Medical Communities for Improving Outcomes of Care.”


Roger Weiss

Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clinical Research Program at McLean Hospital. Chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital. Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Roger Weiss, MD, served on the Ariadne Labs team that developed a physician checklist for better prescribing of opioids for people with chronic pain in order to create the proper balance of providing adequate pain treatment while reducing the risk of misuse and overdose. Developed for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the tool guides primary care providers in a strategy that involves setting explicit goals for prescriptions, starting with brief trials first, stopping use when improvement in patient function with chronic pain is not achieved, and enabling regular reassessment. This checklist has rapidly entered wide use.


Zayed Yasin

Attending Physician of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Zayed Yasin, MD, MBA, focuses on the role of emergency and acute care in broader healthcare systems internationally.  He is currently working on research and implementation projects in Scandinavia and India.


Steven Yule

Director of Education and Research at STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Vice Chair of the Committee on non-technical skills at the American College of Surgeons. Co-chair of the Education committee at the Associate for Academic Surgery. Associate Faculty of the Center for Surgery and Public Health. Organizational Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Steven Yule’s, PhD, work focuses on demonstrating the impact of surgeons’ non-technical skills on outcomes and implementing scalable interventions to enhance patient safety. He has been involved in the development of assessment tools for use in the operating room including NOTSS (Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons) behavior rating system of observing, rating and providing feedback to surgeons on situation awareness, decision making, teamwork, and leadership. Yule is collaborating with Ariadne Labs to better define the measurable non-technical skills of highly functioning operating room teams, demonstrate impact on clinically-relevant outcomes, and develop scalable methods of delivering performance feedback for continual improvement.