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Murphy Joins BWHC as Director of Process Improvement

Keith Murphy

Keith Murphy

Keith Murphy joined BWHC this month as director of Process Improvement for Analytics, Planning and Process Improvement.

Murphy is responsible for developing and implementing BWHC process improvement strategies, in addition to overseeing multi-department improvement projects in the areas of service excellence, quality and safety, operational efficiency, cost management and clinical care redesign. He also leads efforts to train and coach BWHC staff about the role of process improvement and the tools for implementing it.

“I’m thrilled to join an organization of the caliber of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. It’s exciting to partner with our staff and patients to identify ways to improve our care,” Murphy said. “I look forward to learning more about the amazing work happening every day here.”

Before joining the Brigham, Murphy was the director of Lean Thinking at South Shore Hospital. He and his team partnered with managers, directors and senior leaders to implement process changes that drove improvements in quality, safety, service and financial performance.

Prior to that, he worked at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, assisting with operational and strategic projects aimed at improving operational efficiencies, patient experience and the quality of care. Earlier in his career, he worked at Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island, where he led efforts to improve the patient experience and develop a culture of patient- and family-centered care.

“During his 15 years in health care, Keith has worked in organizational development, patient and family experience and process improvement,” said Tom Walsh, vice president of Analytics, Planning and Process Improvement. “This makes him uniquely suited to work with our managers, directors and staff to improve their processes and drive progress in our key strategic areas of access, experience, quality and financial performance.”

Roberts Appointed Executive Administrator in Surgery

Philip Roberts

Philip Roberts

Philip Roberts, MBA, began as executive administrator for the Department of Surgery in December.
Roberts serves as the lead department administrator for Surgery and oversees the administrative structure for all matters related to clinical, research, education and general administration within the department’s central operations and its 10 divisions. Reporting to the chair of Surgery, Gerard Doherty, MD, Roberts shapes the administrative structure of the department to best meet its needs and mission. He also partners closely with the department’s division chiefs and eventual associate chairs, and works in close partnership with BWH and BWPO leadership.

“I’m most excited about working with and partnering with Dr. Doherty to help execute his vision for the department around clinical operations, research and education,” Roberts said. “I’m also excited to work in a new capacity with the talented division administrators and senior administrative staff in the department.”

Roberts has worked at BWH since 2013, initially as administrative director in Surgical Oncology and then as senior director of Operations in Surgery. “Phil brings extensive experience to the position, and he has developed his talents and skill through a variety of work environments,” Doherty said.

Roberts began his career as a project manager at Meditech and Quincy Medical Center, and then became senior manager of Clinical Business Development and Clinical Planning at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He holds degrees from the University of Vermont and Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management.

Williams Named Interim Vice President of Human Resources

Sabrina Williams

Sabrina Williams

Sabrina Williams, MBA, currently vice president of Human Resources at Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP), has been appointed interim vice president of BWHC Human Resources.

Williams, who began working with the leadership team at BWHC in December, will transition out of NHP through January.

“Already an experienced HR leader within the Partners family, Sabrina brings extensive HR knowledge and experience, combined with leadership skills and talent in the strategic areas that will be our major focus this year,” said Ron M. Walls, MD, BWHC executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Those strategic areas include programs in recruitment and retention, change management, diversity and inclusion, and workforce development, Walls said.
Williams has more than 15 years of experience as an HR executive. Prior to joining NHP, she served as the director of Human Resources for the Health Science Campuses at Tufts University. She has also held leadership roles at several nonprofit organizations, including the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, South End Settlements and the Roxbury Community College Foundation.

She received a bachelor’s in Sociology and Economics from Brandeis University and a master’s in business administration from Simmons College School of Management.

“I am excited to be part of a great organization that delivers the highest-quality care while supporting and engaging employees in meaningful ways,” Williams said. “Ultimately, an organization is as good as its people, and from what I have seen and heard so far, the Brigham is full of talented, dedicated and caring staff. I believe in leveraging each person’s talents and skills to deliver for our patients and each other.”

Gitomer Named Director of Primary Care CoE, Vice Chair of Primary Care

Richard Gitomer

Richard Gitomer

Richard Gitomer, MD, MBA, has joined BWHC as the inaugural director of the Primary Care Center of Excellence and as vice chair of Primary Care in the Department of Medicine, effective Oct. 1.

Before coming to the Brigham, Gitomer served as president, chief quality officer (CQO) and director of Clinical Services at the Emory Healthcare Network in Atlanta. Prior to that, he held several leadership roles since joining Emory in 1986, including associate medical director of Primary Care, clinical chief of General Internal Medicine and CQO of Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Gitomer brings extensive experience in quality improvement and patient experience in the ambulatory setting, with a focus on access, efficiency, care of patients with chronic conditions and patient experience. He led the creation of the first clinically integrated network at Emory involving five hospitals – the Emory Healthcare Network – building the infrastructure to improve quality and reduce costs.

As hospital CQO, his efforts focused on facilitating hospital-wide improvement activities, physician engagement and organizational culture change through collaborative engagement of physician, nursing and administrative staff.

Gitomer earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and a master’s in business administration from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship training at Emory-affiliated hospitals.

“We are confident that Dr. Gitomer will be a transformative leader by setting new standards in quality, care, effectiveness, convenience, and patient and physician satisfaction,” wrote Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Medicine, and Allen Smith, MD, president of the BWPO, in an email announcing the appointment.

Corbin Joins BWH as Security Director


Dave Corbin

Dave Corbin, CPP, CHPA, former director of Facilities, Engineering, Public Safety and Parking at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, began at BWH this week as director of Security.

“With 16 years of health care security leadership experience in the Partners HealthCare system, including BWH and BWFH, Dave will build upon our strong foundation to position the Brigham at the forefront of national health care security,” said John Pierro, senior vice president of Facilities and Operations. “He is focused on training and prevention and brings expertise in special response teams and workplace violence issues.”

During Corbin’s five years at NWH, and in his prior role as director of Police, Security, Safety and Parking at BWFH, he made transformational changes to enhance security. He established multidisciplinary workplace violence subcommittees and created active shooter policies, procedures and training programs. He also co-founded and continues to lead the Partners HealthCare Special Response Team, a group of cross-trained security officers from across the system who can respond to high-risk incidents at any Partners hospital.

Corbin earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University.

Corbin, who consults nationally on health care security, is honored to return to BWH and describes this opportunity as “the pinnacle” of his career. He credits outgoing director of Security and Parking Robert Chicarello, who retires this month, with giving him a start in healthcare security. Corbin’s prior work with BWH Security included the roles of investigator, supervisor, and training and special projects manager.

“Dave is deeply committed to ensuring that we provide the safest possible environment for our employees, patients and visitors – one of our highest priorities at BWH,” said Pierro.

Britton, Morris Named Associate Chief Medical Officers

Kathryn Britton

Kathryn Britton

Kathryn Britton, MD, MPH, and Charles Morris, MD, MPH, have been appointed to the new position of associate chief medical officer (ACMO), effective Oct. 1. As ACMOs, Britton and Morris will focus on overseeing specific initiatives and activities expanding the Active Asset Management program to improve BWHC’s ability to provide advanced, expert care affordably.

Britton, a cardiologist and former medical director for Care Transitions in the Department of Quality and Safety, has led numerous care redesign initiatives at BWH. As ACMO, she will lead efforts to optimize the continuum of care across the Brigham, including the hospital, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, outpatient locations and home care settings. The goal is to develop new models of care that improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Charles Morris

Charles Morris

Morris, an internal medicine and primary care phyisician at Brigham Circle Medical Associates, has led successful performance improvement initiatives at BWH. As ACMO, he will lead workflow redesign and enhanced team performance on inpatient units to advance care delivery and efficiency. Redesign will emphasize working with the clinical service directors, associate chief nursing officers and unit dyad leaders to improve safety, quality and the patient experience, as well as to identify early discharges and expedite acceptance of new patients.

“Our ongoing work in Active Asset Management, which targets specific improvements in efficiency, operations, and patient experience across BWHC, requires strong clinical leadership,” said Ron M. Walls, MD, BWHC executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The strong leadership and experience that Drs. Britton and Morris bring to this role will be critical to our efforts to achieve these goals.”

Morrissey Named Interim CNO, Buckley Expands PCS Role

Lisa Morrissey

Lisa Morrissey

Lisa Morrissey, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, associate chief nurse of Peri-Procedural Areas at BWH, Foxborough and 850 Boylston St., has been appointed interim chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Care Services, effective Oct. 1.

Leo F. Buckley, Jr., MBA, executive director of Business Operations for Patient Care Services and Nursing, will support Morrissey by overseeing the business and operational aspects of Patient Care Services and non-clinical administration. Both Morrissey and Buckley will also continue their responsibilities in their current roles.

Interim CNO Morrissey joined BWH in 2013. She has overseen nursing practice in Perioperative Services, Cardiovascular Diagnostic Interventional Center, Interventional Radiology, the Pain Clinic, Endoscopy and Ambulatory Day Surgery at multiple BWH sites, leading staff members who care for more than 62,000 patients annually across the Brigham. Prior to joining BWH, she served as director of Nursing for the Operating Rooms at MGH, preceded by a decade at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a perioperative nurse, director for nursing in Perioperative Services and business director.

Leo F. Buckley, Jr.

Leo F. Buckley, Jr.

Buckley has been at the Brigham for nearly two decades. Through the transition period, he will continue to focus on business operations, working closely with leaders in Nursing and Patient Care Services to support them as they continue to ensure delivery of high-quality, cost-effective and efficient care and services for our patients. Prior to coming to BWH, Buckley was director of nursing administration at Tufts New England Medical Center.

Annemarie Austin, BSN, RN, clinical business director of Perioperative Services and a nurse leader for more than 20 years, will take on added responsibilities in the interim in the BWH perioperative and procedural areas.

Doherty Named Chair of Department of Surgery

Gerard Doherty

Gerard Doherty

Gerard Doherty, MD, will join Brigham and Women’s Health Care as chair of the Department of Surgery, effective Oct. 1.

An acclaimed endocrine surgeon, Doherty comes to the Brigham from Boston Medical Center, where he is surgeon-in-chief, and Boston University, where he is the Utley professor and chair of Surgery. Since joining BU and BMC in 2012, his primary focus has been on meeting the diverse needs of the Boston community, as well as those of the students and residents who train there.

“We are delighted that Dr. Doherty will join the Brigham to lead the Department of Surgery,” said BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD.  “A transformative and caring leader, he brings significant experience that will deepen and expand our superb surgical programs.”

Doherty has dedicated his career to patient care and has practiced in surgical oncology, focusing his efforts to advance the care of patients with endocrine tumors. He has been active in clinical trials at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis and at the University of Michigan Cancer Center.

A graduate of Holy Cross and the Yale School of Medicine, Doherty completed residency training at the University of California San Francisco and a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

He joined Washington School of Medicine in 1993 and became a professor of Surgery in 2001. The following year, he joined the University of Michigan faculty as the Norman Thompson professor of Surgery, where he focused mainly on surgical diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid, endocrine pancreas and adrenal glands. His focus there also included the surgical management of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes.

Doherty has written more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters, in addition to having edited several books.

Doherty succeeds Michael J. Zinner, MD, who left BWH to become founding CEO of Miami Cancer Institute earlier this year. Francis “Chip” Moore, MD, has since served as interim chair of the department.

Logsdon Named Director of Physician Assistant Services

Jessica Logsdon

Jessica Logsdon

Jessica Logsdon, MHS, MHA, PA-C, was recently appointed as the director of Physician Assistant (PA) Services, effective immediately, following her position as interim director since 2015.

Logsdon joined BWH in 2005 as a physician assistant in the Department of Neurosurgery. She became chief physician assistant in 2011 after working on the inpatient floor and in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. Logsdon previously served as associate director for Performance Improvement after completing several BWH-sponsored programs, including the Clinical Process Improvement Program, the Brigham Care Redesign Incubator and Startup Program (BCRISP) and the Brigham Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

“Jessica has been a tireless advocate for both PA services and the BWH PAs,” said Chief Medical Officer Stanley Ashley, MD. “She has a deep commitment to the profession and to our patients. Through her efforts, patients have gained a better understanding of the critical role of a physician assistant in providing high quality, patient-centered care.”

Throughout her time at BWH, Ashley added, Logsdon has worked to increase transparency between leadership and BWH PAs; help individual departments restructure and/or enhance their own PA complements; streamline the PA student program; and create a foundation for maintaining compliance for all PAs across the organization.

In her new role, Logsdon will continue to focus her efforts on improving the recruitment and retention of highly skilled physician assistants at BWH by collaborating with others across the organization. She will also continue to help define the relative roles of PA Services and the individual departments in PA oversight. Logsdon will continue to see Neurosurgery patients.

She earned her master’s in health science physician assistant degree from Quinnipiac University and her master’s in health care administration from Simmons College.

Flanagan Appointed Executive Medical Director of Surgical, Procedural Services

Hugh Flanagan

Hugh Flanagan

Hugh Flanagan, MD, has been named the inaugural executive medical director of Surgical and Procedural Services for Brigham and Women’s Health Care, effective Aug. 1.

In this role, Flanagan will serve as the physician-administrative leader for surgical and procedural (“peri-procedural”) areas across BWHC, including the hospital’s main campus, BWFH and ambulatory clinics in Foxborough and Chestnut Hill. He will partner with senior administrative and nursing leadership in perioperative services at BWH and BWFH to ensure clinical, operational, administrative and financial success.

A skilled BWH anesthesiologist, Flanagan will continue to practice clinically approximately 20 percent of the time.

“We are exceedingly fortunate that Dr. Flanagan has agreed to assume this critically important leadership role, and we know that colleagues from surgical and procedural services will join us in committing to work closely with him as he helps lead our peri-procedural enterprise to even greater size, strength, depth and impact,” said James Rathmell, MD, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine.

Flanagan began his career at BWH in 1980 after completing residencies in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and in anesthesiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He has managed the Operating Rooms and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit as medical director for nearly two decades.

Flanagan has also served on committees focused on quality assurance, ethics, patient care assessment, risk management, and OR and PACU expansion and capacity management, among others.

Flanagan is also a devoted educator in post-anesthesia care, airway management and care of trauma patients.

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Taylor Named Executive Director, BBF Ambulatory Operations and Management

Jeffrey Taylor

Jeffrey Taylor

Jeffrey Taylor, MPH, was recently appointed as executive director of Ambulatory Operations and Management for the Brigham Building for the Future (BBF), effective July 25.

In this role, Taylor will serve as the senior leader for all BBF clinical operations, including Neurosciences; Orthopaedics; Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy; Infusion Center; and Diagnostic Imaging. He will work closely with medical directors and administrative leadership in these areas. Taylor will oversee the practice management team, daily operations, financial performance and strategic planning across the BBF.

Taylor, who joined the Brigham in 2008, worked previously as the Department of Orthopaedics practice administrator for the main campus and Foxborough. Following that, he was the director of Operations and Network Development in Orthopaedics and the Brigham Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center.

Prior to joining BWH, Taylor held several different management roles at St. Joseph Health Services in Rhode Island and was a practicing physical therapist.

Taylor received his bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut and his master’s in public health from the University of New England.

Boland Named Chair of Department of Radiology

Giles Boland

Giles Boland

Giles Boland, MD, FACR, joins BWHC as chair of the Department of Radiology, effective Aug. 1.

Boland, an internationally recognized radiologist, joins BWHC from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as vice chair of Business Development, Abdominal Imaging and Interventional Radiology, and physician director of Network Development and Referral Management in Radiology.

“Dr. Boland’s focus on the emerging health care reform agenda and on how providers can adapt their care systems to deliver better, more cost-effective patient outcomes dovetails directly and in a unique way with our strategic direction for the future,” said BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD. “A talented and caring physician, he brings a depth of experience in patient care, research and teaching that will enrich the department and truly benefit the patients we serve.”

Boland received his medical degree from the London Hospital Medical College and completed his residency at Guy’s Hospital in London. He began his fellowship in Radiology at MGH in 1992, joining the faculty in 1994. A board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Radiology, his clinical area of expertise is abdominal imaging—primarily oncology—with interests in the liver, pancreas and adrenal gland.

While at MGH, he spearheaded several programs in his department, including The Radiology Consulting Group, which provides national and international best-practices expertise in Radiology; the Drug Development program; Teleradiology; and one of the largest academic outpatient programs in the country. He is also a co-founder of the MGH Global Health Radiology Program, which works with other MGH global health programs to address the unmet medical imaging needs and health care disparities for vulnerable and crisis-affected populations.

Boland has more than 130 publications and is associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. He sits on the American College of Radiology Imaging 3.0 task force, which aims at steering the practice of radiology toward the delivery of imaging appropriateness, quality, safety, efficiency and patient satisfaction.

He succeeds Steven Seltzer, MD, who announced his decision to transition from chair to faculty member in the department in July 2015.

McBride Becomes New Brookside Executive Director

Shane McBride

Shane McBride

Shane McBride, MBA, was named executive director of Brookside Community Health Center, effective April 25. He succeeds Paula McNichols, who served as executive director since 1990 and retired after working at BWH for nearly 45 years.

McBride is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience in health care strategy and operations, including population health management initiatives. As Brookside executive director, he will promote and champion the health center’s mission to provide high-quality, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, family-centered care to all who live and work in Jamaica Plain and the city of Boston.

Prior to joining BWH, McBride served as vice president of Quality and Clinical Systems at the South End Community Health Center in Boston, where he was responsible for setting a vision of quality improvement and directing the Patient Services department. He led the center’s successful effort to achieve patient-centered medical home recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. McBride has also worked at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is an emeritus advisor for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Adult Patient/Family Advisory Council.

McBride received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his BS in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He completed the Geiger Gibson Capstone Fellowship in Community Health Policy and Leadership at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in 2015.

Loiselle Named Occupational Health Services Director

Cathy Loiselle

Cathy Loiselle

Cathy Loiselle, MSN, RN, COHN-S, CEES, SGE, has been named director of BWH Occupational Health Services (OHS), effective May 2. Her predecessor, Carin Bennett-Rizzo, MS, ANP-BC, COHN-S, has accepted the position of Partners associate director of Occupational Health and will oversee operations of OHS across all Partners hospitals.

Loiselle, who most recently served as the corporate occupational health nurse manager for Premise Health in Waltham, has an extensive background in occupational health nursing, management and leadership, including prior experience as occupational health manager at UMass Medical Center.

Her areas of expertise include international case management, workers’ compensation, disability management and the Americans with Disabilities and Family and Medical Leave acts. She has a strong interest in employee wellness and will work with Bennett-Rizzo to develop employee wellness initiatives at BWH and across Partners institutions.

In 2013, Loiselle received the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Workplace Health and Stewardship Award, which recognizes dedication to creating a culture of health and safety in the workplace.

Loiselle received her MSN at Salem State College and her BSN at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Landman Named New BWHC Chief Information Officer

Adam Landman

Adam Landman

Adam Landman, MD, MS, MIS, MHS, has been named BWHC chief information officer (CIO), effective May 2.

He previously served as chief medical information officer (CMIO), playing a central part in helping the hospital advance its vision for achieving innovation through technology and overseeing a range of Partners eCare responsibilities. As CIO, Landman will continue to ensure BWHC is well-positioned to deliver exceptional care by shepherding system-wide strategic IT initiatives, with the goal of evolving the next generation of information systems across BWHC.

“In this changing health care landscape, integrated information technology and innovation play a pivotal role in care redesign, quality, safety and patient engagement,” said Ron M. Walls, MD, executive vice president and chief operating officer at BWHC. “We are confident that Dr. Landman’s strong leadership, along with his experience in fostering a community of innovation, will continue to serve the Brigham well.”

Board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics, Landman joined BWH in 2010 as director of Clinical Informatics in the Department of Emergency Medicine, where he led a project to move ED clinicians from a paper-based method of documentation to an electronic one. He also led the team that built the CliniCam mobile app, which was a secure image-sharing app for acquiring digital images and storing them in a patient’s electronic health record.

“He has been driving efforts at both the local and industry levels to improve the experience of hospital patients and visitors, strengthening the innovation culture at BWHC by collaborating with the leaders of programs like the Brigham Innovation Hub and engaging external digital health companies and startups,” Walls said.

Landman received his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and trained in Emergency Medicine at UCLA Medical Center. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University, where he received his MHS. He completed graduate degrees in Information Systems and Health Care Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.