Thomas Zeltner, MD
Expert leader in Public Health
Chairman, WHO Foundation
Former Secretary of State for Health and Director-General
of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (1991-2009)
Dr. Zeltner advises international organizations and national governments in health policies and health policy reforms. He has served as Special Envoy in financing for WHO. In this capacity, he advised the Director General of WHO on the identification of an improved financing framework for the Organization. He served as Special Envoy of WHO, advising the Director General in critical areas of the current reform of this UN agency (how to cooperate with non-State actors such as NGOs and organizations in the private sector without compromising WHO’s integrity, and how to better align WHO’s priorities with the resources available to finance them). He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Digital Health of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Dr. Zeltner is president of Blood Transfusion CRS Switzerland, the organization in charge of securing Switzerland’s provision with blood and blood products. He is a board member of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and President of Science-et-Cité. Since 1992, he has been Professor of Public Health at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
From 1991 to 2009, Dr. Zeltner was the Director-General of the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland, the National Health and Public Health Authority and Secretary of State for Health. In this function he was a key actor in Swiss health policy and represented Switzerland in many international health organizations.
He graduated with an MD and a master’s degree in law from the University of Bern. He holds a specialist degree in human pathology and forensic medicine.
C. R. Denham, II, MD
CEO, HCC Global
Chairman, TMIT Global
Austin, TX, USA
Dr. Denham is the co-founder of the Med Tac Certificate Program which his development team funded and produced. Together with Dr. Gregory Botz and Chief William Adcox of MD Anderson Cancer Center, the team are developing and testing the Med Tac innovations. His focus in communities is on Bystander Care through Med Tac and his team is leading projects in healthcare institutions, institutions of higher learning, and schools – K-12.
During his career spanning 39 years, he and his organizations have served hundreds of innovation teams. While in practice as a radiation oncologist, he taught biomedical engineering and product development. He has taught innovation adoption, technology transfer, and commercialization in both academia and industry. He has been an adjunct Professor of Health Engineering at the Mayo Clinic Medical School and had teaching appointments as an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health and as a Lecturer with the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He was a Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow in 2009 and a Senior Fellow in 2010 and 2011. His work there led to the production of a series of global documentaries on the Discovery Channel. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the global Journal of Patient Safety, and has more than 100 works including peer-reviewed papers and multimedia productions. He has been ranked in the top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare in multiple years and he has served as a regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal program The Experts: Journal Reports. He is an advisor to and collaborator with a number of Stanford University programs. Dr. Denham is a PADI Certified Rescue Diver, BSA Certified Lifeguard, scout leader, and Stop the Bleed instructor with the American College of Surgeons program. He is a American Heart Association CPR/AED Instructor and has undertaken extensive wilderness first aid training with the American Red Cross. He has extensive aviation safety experience having been a private jet pilot, owned an aircraft manufacturing company with a global fleet, and operated air ambulance and charter services. Denham is a co-founder of the Global Emerging Threats Community of Practice launched with major Medical Centers and institutions of higher learning. He is one of the leaders of the Coronavirus Care Community of Practice for critical infrastructure worker families, medical centers, and families in the general public launched by the Med Tac Global Bystander Rescue program to deal with the Coronavirus crisis.
He founded HCC Global, a for-profit innovation incubator, and TMIT Global, a 501c3 Medical Research Organization, in the early ‘80s; the companies work collaboratively on common innovation programs. Dr. Denham funded and designed CareUniversity, our learning management system focused on continuing education of consumers and caregivers. It is the delivery system for Med Tac. Dr Denham’s current research and development work is in the area of Threat Safety Science focused on reducing preventable harm to families, caregivers, and institutions. A special area of focus is caregiver harm and patient safety including insider threats such as fraud, insider threats, and outsider threats including workplace violence. His focus in communities is on Bystander Care through Med Tac and his team is leading projects in healthcare institutions, institutions of higher learning, and schools – K-12. The Med Tac Team are winners of the Pete Conrad Global Patient Safety Awards for co-founding Med Tac and their roles in pioneering the program for schools, colleges, churches, and scout groups.
William Adcox, MBA
Chief of Police and Chief Security Officer
MD Anderson Cancer Center and
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX, USA
Chief William H. Adcox is a national leader in threat solutions development and threat safety science. It was his advisory input to the team that allowed them to expand their focus to the top seven causes of death of otherwise healthy people which is now the target of the Med Tac program. Without his mentorship, there would be no Med Tac program as it exists today. His continuous support of the Med Tac team is substantial, and he is a key contributor on national education programs and R&D with healthcare safety leaders.
The Med Tac Law Enforcement program has been pioneered by Chief Adcox at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The Pete Conrad Global Patient Safety Award recognizes these individual contributions to the Med Tac Program and his leadership service to the team. With 37 years in municipal and campus policing, he serves as the Chief of Police and CSO at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center. He has hundreds of team members keeping more than 20,000 caregivers, educators, and students safe. Chief Adcox holds an MBA degree from UTEP and is a graduate of the PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Wharton School ASIS Program for Security Executives. He is the recipient of the IACLEA’s 2013 Award for Administrative Excellence and was named by Security Magazine as one of the “Most Influential People in Security 2013.” The agency received the IHSS Foundation’s prestigious 2015 Lindberg Bell Distinguished Program Award. Nationally, Chief Adcox received the Campus Safety 2015 Director of the Year Award in Healthcare; and locally he received the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s 2015 Leadership Award. He is a founder and health security lead for the Global Emerging Threats Community of Practice launched with major Medical Centers. Chief Adcox is the law enforcement and security lead for the Coronavirus Care Community of Practice for critical infrastructure worker families and families in the general public launched by the Med Tac Global Bystander Rescue program to deal with the Coronavirus crisis. Chief Adcox serves regularly as a speaker and reactor during global webinar programs run by TMIT Global.
Gregory H. Botz, MD, FCCM
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Care
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA, USA
He received his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and then completed an anesthesiology residency followed by critical care medicine and medical simulation fellowships at Stanford University in California. He previously served on the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Botz is a 2004 graduate of the Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement. He has served as the University of Texas Chancellor’s Health Fellow in Quality of Care and Patient Safety. Dr. Botz was previously medical director of the ICU, Transfer Center, Acute Care Training Center, Simulation Center, Code Blue Team Operations and the Medical Emergency Rapid Intervention Team at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
As a clinician-educator, Dr. Botz serves as a national consultant for the Society of Critical Care Medicine Fundamentals training programs. He was a senior editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology Joint Council on Anesthesiology Examinations, program director for the UTHSC-Houston Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care training programs and a member of The University of Texas System Health Care Components ICU Quality Improvement Collaborative. He has participated in SCCM education programs in collaboration with the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the Saudi Critical Care Society, the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Association of Intensive Medicine in Brazil (AMIB).
He is a founder and health security lead for the Global Emerging Threats Community of Practice launched with major Medical Centers. Dr. Botz is the clinical lead for the Coronavirus Care Community of Practice launched by the Med Tac Global Bystander Rescue program for critical infrastructure workers and families, as well as the general public, to deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic. Dr. Botz is a frequent speaker for TMIT Global and brings a wealth of real-time knowledge to our programs as a critical care doctor, safety expert, medical security expert, and experience in best practices simulation. Dr. Gregory Botz serves Med Tac as an uncompensated consultant and this relationship has been disclosed to MD Anderson’s Conflict of Interest Office.
Vicki King, MSCJ
Assistant Chief of Police
University of Texas Police at Houston
Houston, TX, USA
As Chief of Detectives, Tactical Support Commander, and Director of Forensic Services, she oversaw some of HPD’s highest-profile cases, including serial homicides, corruption, domestic violence, sexual assaults, and gangland slayings. After retiring from HPD, Vicki King served as an emissary to the Saudi Royal family; as an adjunct professor for the University of Houston system; and as Chief of Police for the City of La Marque. MD Anderson and UT-Health recruited her to head up their Threat Assessment Unit. In her role, she works with multidisciplinary teams to identify and mitigate risks. Vicki King is a lead security advisor for medical centers in the Coronavirus Care Community of Practice launched by the Med Tac Global Bystander Rescue program to deal with the Coronavirus crisis. She is an expert in workplace violence and will co-lead collaborative efforts with Chief Adcox in the TMIT Global Emerging Threats Community of Practice throughout 2023.
Clayton Christensen, MBA DBA
Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Cambridge, MA, USA
Christensen has served as a director of many companies, and has advised the executives of scores of the world’s major corporations. Christensen is also an experienced entrepreneur, having started four successful companies. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, in 1984 he and three MIT professors founded CPS Technologies, which has become a leading developer and manufacturer of products from high-technology materials. Professor Christensen is the best-selling author of eight books and more than a hundred articles. The Innovator’s Dilemma received the Global Business Book Award as the best business book of the year (1997); and in 2011 The Economist named it as one of the six most important books about business ever written. Professor Christensen was featured in the Discovery Channel documentary Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board along with a number of others participating in the Innovators Network as he has been a tireless champion for values grounded leadership. Professor Christensen’s theories provide a number of foundational elements the Med Tac Bystander Care Certification Program and the Emerging Threats Community of Practice led by GPSF members.
Ann Christensen, MBA
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
Lexington, MA, USA
Former Chief Technology Officer
Former Director, TMIT Global
Austin, TX, USA
Casey Clements, MD, PhD
ED Clinical Chair
Staff Safety Officer, Occupational Safety
Now, serving as Practice Chair for emergency medicine, he works on interdepartmental and interdisciplinary practice improvements focusing on implementation of evidence-based medicine. He also serves as the director for behavioral health in the ED and works throughout the Mayo Clinic on violence mitigation and patient and staff safety. He has been a substantial contributor to webinars educating the patient safety community of practice hosted by TMIT Global at www.SafetyLeaders.org. He has spoken on sepsis and workplace violence multiple times for the TMIT Global community. He is the team lead for the Med Tac Program in the Rochester Minnesota community in 2023. Dr. Clements is helping us establish bystander rescue stations in Rochester to serve schools in the community.
Jeanne M. Huddleston, MD, FACP, FHM
Former Chair Mortality Review Subcommittee
Rochester, MN, USA
She received her MD degree in 1993 from the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University. She completed her residency in internal medicine and advanced general medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Huddleston is a Harvard Macy Scholar (both in the Physician Educator and the Leadership Programs) and alumnus of the Health Forum/AHA Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship. Dr. Huddleston has received Masters’ Degrees in both Clinical Research and Industrial Engineering. This education equipped her scholarly translation of systems engineering to health care delivery in an effort to improve the value of the healthcare experience for patients, their families and the providers through her work in mortality reviews and patient threat safety. Dr. Huddleston will provide ongoing subject matter expertise to Med Tac and the CareUniversity programs in the domain of triage of emergencies using the lessons learned from the Mayo Clinic Mortality Review programs.
David Marx, JD
Chief Executive Officer
Outcome Engenuity, LLC
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Outcome Engenuity, LLC was founded in 1997 by CEO David Marx, a pioneer of the Just Culture movement. The firm originally addressed safety issues and human factors in aviation and offered expertise in post-event investigation and analysis. With the unique combination of systems engineering, human factors, and the law, Marx adopted and expanded the concepts of ‘Just Culture’ to help improve the management of human error.
Spurred by the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 seminal study, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, and recognizing the need for a Just Culture approach, Outcome Engenuity began focusing on healthcare. The study showed that 98,000 people died annually from medical errors – a number which has only increased in the intervening years. In 2003, Marx wrote “Patient Safety and the ‘Just Culture’: A Primer for Health Care Executives” for the National Institutes of Health.
For more than two decades Outcome Engenuity has advanced the concept of Just Culture and its role in the design of effective socio-technical systems. We integrate systems engineering, human factors science, and even the law into unique strategies that help organizations transform to a Just Culture, effectively investigate events, and manage risk.
David Marx has spoken to the multiple times to the TMIT Community of Practice audience on Just Culture . See his presentations at the following links:
- Just Culture – High Impact Case Studies
- Just Culture – Voices from the Frontline
- Just Culture in 2017 and Beyond
J. Michael Henderson, MD
Chief Medical Officer,
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS, USA
Founder and Chairman, Conrad Foundation
Seabrook, TX, USA
By enabling young minds to connect education, innovation, and entrepreneurship, the Foundation helps provide a bold platform for enriching the innovative workforce of the future. Ms. Conrad’s interest in patient safety began as a result of the death of her husband, astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad. On July 8, 1999, while motorcycling, Pete ran off the road and crashed. His injuries were first thought to be minor, but he died from internal bleeding about six hours later. Ms. Conrad’s compelling story serves to personalize the need for patients and their families to take responsibility for their care, as well as to highlight the need for systemic changes in the quality of care. Ms. Conrad was co-founder and co-chairman of fundraising of the Community Emergency Healthcare Initiative. This program was designed to measurably affect preventable injury and death occurring in emergency departments. She established the Pete Conrad National Patient Safety Award to recognize global contributors in patient safety.
Christopher R. Peabody, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine,
University of California San Francisco
Clinical Instructor, University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA
He is a substantial contributor to the vital survival chain during emergencies and the leadership, best practices, and technologies that can optimize these processes. He is also the Director of the UCSF Acute Care Innovation Center, an initiative of the UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine, which develops novel ways to deliver Emergency and Acute Care reliably and safely by developing new technology and validating best practices. He has a strong commitment to public service and healthcare delivery to vulnerable populations. Dr. Peabody completed his residency at one of the busiest safety-net hospitals in the country, Los Angeles County Hospital, and was the Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine at the University of Southern California. He attended medical school at the University of California San Francisco, and completed an MPH at Harvard University on a Zuckerman Fellowship. Dr. Peabody’s current interests lie in quality improvement and patient safety, especially related to underserved populations. He has extensive experience in emergency care and disaster response internationally, having served in Haiti and China. He is a member of the content leadership development team for CareUniversity and applies his expertise in emergency care, public health, and international healthcare performance improvement to meeting the needs of both consumers and caregivers.
Gladstone C. McDowell, II, MD
Medical Director, Integrated Pain Solutions
Director, TMIT Global
Columbus, OH, USA
He has substantial experience teaching high school students about drug addiction and avoidance of risks. He has contributed to the development of The 5 Rights of Pain Care program in development with CareUniversity. He is a Director of TMIT and serves on the Global Innovations Team of the Global Patient Safety Forum. He is the Medical Director of Integrated Pain Solutions. He is a trained specialist in urology, urologic oncology, anesthesiology, pain management, and patient safety. He has served as an instructor at The University of Ohio for both the Department of Urology and the Department of Surgery. He has also served as the Director of Sabine Urology Outpatient Clinic and the Chief of Urology at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin, TX. Dr. McDowell has been involved in breakthrough research at the Gynecology Clinic of the Southwest Foundation for Research and Development, and at the Department of Cell Biology at The University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.A frequent speaker with TMIT Global, he is addressing the opioid crisis that in 2023 will kill more than 290 youth and young adults. He is an advisor to the film One Pill Did Kill, a free documentary that will be produced by TMIT in 2023.
Stephen J. Swensen, MD, MMM, FACR
Former Medical Director for Leadership & Org. Development
Former Director for Quality & Associate Dean for Value
Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA
is the former Medical Director for Leadership and Organization Development. He has served as the Director for Quality and Associate Dean for Value. He is Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Under his leadership the Quality Academy and the Value Creation System were established. In these programs, several thousand staff are trained each year. There are more than 13,000 certified Bronze, Silver, and Gold Quality Fellows.
Dr. Swensen chaired the Department of Radiology from 1998-2006. His leadership team used Lean-Sigma and Baldrige methods to improve the value of care for patients provided by 1,200 staff, who performed more than one million exams annually. During his tenure the department was recognized as the #1 radiology practice in the country (Medical Imaging) and the most patient-centered (Diagnostic Imaging).
He holds a Master of Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. He received his MD from the University of Wisconsin. His residency training was at Mayo Clinic and his Thoracic Radiology Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Swensen is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement faculty. He served as the healthcare member of The Conference Board’s U.S. Quality Council. He is past President of two international societies, the Fleischner Society and the Society of Thoracic Radiology. He chaired the American College of Radiology’s Quality Metrics Committee and led the RSNA’s Continuous Quality Improvement Initiative. He is a member of the AAMC Integrating Quality Steering Committee. He founded the Big Sky Quality Roundtable and the Keystone Quality Officer Group, and co-founded the Sun Valley Assembly.
He has been Principal Investigator of three NIH grants related to lung cancer screening with CT and diffuse infiltrative lung disease. He has authored two books and more than 130 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Swensen is a leading expert on caregiver burnout and has been a frequent speaker to the Patient Safety Community of Practice membership. He is the lead subject matter expert on burn out as an Emerging Threat to Medical Centers and our lead expert on the Community of Practice.
Pablo Pulido, MD
Executive Director, PanAmerican Federation of Associations of Medical Schools
Samir Toubassy, MBA
CEO, Global Education Partners
Former President, Olayan Development Corp. and Group Vice President
The Olayan Group
David C. Classen, MD, MS
CMIO, Pascal Metrics
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Utah
Active Consultant in Infectious Diseases
The University of Utah School of Medicine
Edward Kelley, PhD
Coordinator and Head of Strategic Programmes, Patient Safety
World Health Organization
Dr. Kelley also directed the 28-country Health Care Quality Improvement (HCQI) Project of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. Previously, Dr. Kelley served as a Quality Assurance Advisor for URC’s Quality and Performance Institute while also serving as Scientist in the Operations Research Division for the USAID-sponsored Quality Assurance Project (QAP) and Partnerships for Health Reform Project Plus (PHRPlus). In these capacities he worked for 10 years in West and North Africa and Latin America, directing research on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness in Niger.
Dr. Kelley and his team were featured in both TMIT Discovery Channel documentaries.
Hilary J. Schmidt, PhD
Strategic Education Consulting
Hastings-On-Hudson, New York, USA
She has a PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and has dedicated her professional life to translating research on how people learn into best practices for teaching, learning and assessment. She has worked in both academia (17 years) and in the Pharmaceutical industry (9 years) has expertise in cognitive psychology, education research, instructional design and outcomes assessment.
In academia, Dr. Schmidt founded and lead three centers for teaching and learning at NY area medical Schools including Columbia University Medical Center, SUNY-Downstate, and UMDNJ-Newark. She has authored books on study and testing skills, for medical students, and has published extensively in the field of medical education. In industry, at Sanofi pharmaceuticals she provided strategic leadership to the groups responsible for Independent Medical Education Grants, Investigator Initiated Research Trials, Transparency, and Medical Affairs Compliance Training.
She is a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) and served as the Chair of the Industry Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions from 2011-13. She was a nominated member of the AMA Task Force on Industry Provider Collaboration in CME and served a s the Annual Meeting Chair for that organization in 2012. She is the recipient of the ACEHP’s Presidents Award 2013 for service provided to the organization. She is a frequent invited speaker at medical education conferences.
She recently co-founded (2014) the Calibre Institute for Quality Medical Education whose mission is to “Leverage Best-in-Class Education to Improve Patient-Care and Lower Healthcare Costs”.
CEO, Cognify, Inc.
Laguna Beach, CA, USA
John J. Nance, JD
Best-selling Author and Pilot
Patient Safety Expert
Leadership Educator and Champion
Advisory Board Member, Journal of Patient Safety
Friday Harbor, WA, USA
One of the key thought leaders to emerge in American healthcare in the past decade, John J. Nance brings a rich and varied professional background to the task of helping doctors, administrators, boards, and front-line staff alike survive and prosper during the most profoundly challenging upheaval in the history of modern medicine. Having helped pioneer the renaissance in patient safety as one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Foundation in 1997, his efforts (and healthcare publications) are dedicated to reforming American healthcare from a reactive cottage industry to an effective and safe system of prevention and wellness. A lawyer, Air Force and airline pilot, prolific internationally-published author, national broadcaster, and renowned professional speaker, John’s leadership is propelled by a deep commitment.
As a native Texan, John grew up in Dallas, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree from SMU, and is still a licensed Texas attorney. Named Distinguished Alumnus of SMU for 2002, and distinguished Alumnus for Public Service of the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2010, he is also a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserve, well-known for his pioneering development of Air Force human factors flight safety education, and one of the civilian pioneers of Crew Resource Management (CRM). John has piloted a wide variety of jet aircraft, including most of Boeing’s line and the Air Force C-141, and has logged more than 13,900 hours of flight time since earning his first pilot license in 1965; he is still a current pilot. He was a flight officer for Braniff International Airlines and a Boeing 737 Captain for Alaska Airlines, and is an internationally recognized air safety advocate, best known to North American television audiences as Aviation Analyst for ABC World News and Aviation Editor for Good Morning America.
Before joining ABC, John logged countless appearances on national shows such as Larry King Live, PBS Hour with Jim Lehrer, Oprah, NPR, Nova, the Today Show, and many others. He is also the nationally-known author of 20 major books, including the acclaimed Why Hospitals Should Fly (2009), and, with co-author Kathleen Bartholomew, Charting the Course (2012). He has also written five non-fiction and 13 international fiction bestsellers. Pandora’s Clock and Medusa’s Child both aired as major, successful two-part mini-series on television. Why Hospitals Should Fly won the prestigious “Book of the Year” award for 2009 from the American College of Healthcare Executives.
John J. Nance has become one of America’s most dynamic and effective professional speakers, presenting riveting, pivotal programs on success and safety in human organizations to a wide variety of audiences, including business corporations and healthcare professionals. He and fellow author Kathleen Bartholomew (Charting the Course and Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat their Young and Each Other) are highly sought-after for their watershed presentations to boards, senior leaders, physicians, nurses, and staff on quality and patient safety. He is a pioneering and well-known advocate of using the lessons from the recent revolution in aviation safety to equally revolutionize the patient safety performance of hospitals, doctors, nurses, and all of healthcare.
Mr. Nance is founder of the series Red Cover Reports for patient safety built on the concepts of the NTSB reports, pilots call “Blue Cover Reports”. He is a subject matter expert for the Emerging Threats Community of Practice.
Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN
Friday Harbor, WA, USA
Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA
Director, Patient Engagement, PCORI
Co-Founder and President, Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
Chicago, IL, USA
Lead, Consumer Action, World Alliance for Patient Safety
World Health Organization
Washington, DC, USA
Terry Wheat, RN, MPH
Director of Patient Care Services/Nursing
Shriners Hospital for Children
Chicago, IL, USA
Mary E. Foley, PhD, RN, FAAN
Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Director, Center for Nursing Research and Innovation
Assistant Director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
San Francisco, CA, USA
A registered nurse for 43 years, Foley continues to teach, write and lecture, promoting safe care for workers and patients nationally and internationally. She served on the board of the National Patient Safety Foundation, an advisor to the Partnership for Patient Safety (p4ps) and is a member of the TMIT Patient and Family panel. Since 2012, she has worked with Karen Curtiss to improve family involvement in patient safety. She is a nursing consultant to “Safe and Sound in the Hospital” and PartnerHealth and she and Karen were faculty members in the Hospital Quality Institute HEN2.0 initiative in CA. She is proud of her membership and leadership on behalf of the Nursing Section of GLMA.
In November, 2011 she became Nursing Co-Lead for the IOM California Action Coalition and has developed a special interest in Academic Progression. She is Co-Chair of the HealthImpact and California Action Coalition Advisory Council. She was served on the board of CGFNS International and was Chairperson of the Safe in Common Campaign to address sharps injuries. Mary leads an ongoing Infection Control program for hospitals in coordination with Rwanda health leaders and taught with a delegation at two rural hospitals in Rwanda in August, 2015 and will be returning in 2017
Foley received her nursing diploma in 1973 from New England Deaconness Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN in 1976 from Boston University School of Nursing in Massachusetts, and her Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration and Occupational Health from UCSF in 1994. She received her PhD in Nursing from UCSF 2010, and was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013.