Local Host Committee


Dana P. Edelson, MD, MS

Executive Medical Director for Inpatient Quality & Safety

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Edelson is a hospitalist and Executive Medical Director for Inpatient Quality & Safety at the University of Chicago. She is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment and prevention of in-hospital cardiac arrest, with a focus in harnessing big data analytics and new technology to identify subtle changes in clinical stability.  Her work has been published in high profile journals such as JAMA, Circulation, and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine and  has been cited over 4500 times. She is the immediate past Chair of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Systems of Care Subcommittee and a regular participant in the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Consensus Meeting. In addition, she serves on the Programming Committee for the Resuscitation Science Symposium. Dr. Edelson was instrumental in implementing the Rapid Response System at the University of Chicago Medicine, which includes automated continuous risk assessment of ward patients using vital signs, laboratory data and demographics and automatic notification of critical care nurses when patients become high risk.  Dr. Edelson is the Founder and CEO of Quant Healthcare, which is currently commercializing that technology. 



Michael D. Howell, MD, MPH

Chief Quality Officer

Director, Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation

Associate Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary & Critical Care

Dr. Howell has been engaged in rapid response systems for over a decade, implementing his first RRS in 2005 (the outcomes of which were published in a study of 171,341 consecutive adult admissions).  He participated in and is an author on the second consensus conference for rapid response systems (focused on identifying the hospitalized patient in crisis) and is the first author for Up To Date’s rapid response system chapter.  He is also a practicing intensivist and the Chief Quality Officer at the University of Chicago Medicine – the senior physician responsible for the quality of care delivered at the health system.  An active healthcare delivery scientist, he has published more than 90 research articles, editorials, and book chapters on topics related to quality, safety, patient-centeredness, and critical care.  Cited more than 3,500 times and incorporated into national guidelines, his research has also held an interest for the public and has been covered in the New York Times, by CNN, and by Consumer Reports. 

Dr. Howell has served on quality- and safety-related national advisory and consensus panels for the CDC, Society of Critical Care Medicine, CMS, and others -- including the American Heart Association’s Consensus Conference on Outcomes for Resuscitation Science, a consensus conference on the afferent limb of rapid response teams, the guidelines revision committee for international sepsis guidelines, and a consensus panel on ICU physician:patient ratios.  Nationally, he has held several major quality and safety leadership roles with the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Thoracic Society’s quality committee.  He also currently serves on the CDC’s senior advisory committee for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, and he was recently appointed to chair a key technical advisory panel for Medicare’s development of structural and process quality measures.



Matthew M. Churpek, MD, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary & Critical Care

Dr. Churpek is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician researcher with a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.  His expertise involves applying novel statistical methods to longitudinal electronic health record data to predict patient outcomes, with a special focus in clinical deterioration and sepsis on the wards. His research, which is currently funded by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute and the American Thoracic Society, has been widely published and cited and he is a sought after speaker.  Dr. Churpek is the recipient of numerous award for his research, including the CHEST Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association Young Investigator Award and the ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Early Career Investigators. His work has been featured in articles in the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post.  He currently serves as a member of the American Heart Association’s Adult research Task Force and the American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting Program Committee.