Speakers

Benjamin  Abella, MD is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Director of the Center for Resuscitation Science. His work has focused on cardiac arrest and CPR provision, with over 150 publications on these topics as well as funding from NIH, PCORI and the AHA.

David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP is Executive Vice President for Health Care Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission. He is responsible for developing standards, survey methods, national patient safety goals, and performance measures across all of The Joint Commission’s various accreditation and certification programs. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety. Dr. Baker was previously the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University from 2002-2015 and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine. His research interests have included health literacy, access to care, healthcare disparities, and quality of care, including the use of electronic health records for quality measurement, quality improvement, and population health management. He has published over 250 original research articles and book chapters and has won numerous awards, including the 2013 American College of Physicians’ Alvan R. Feinstein Memorial Award for his research.

Christopher P. Bonafide, MD, MSCE is a pediatric hospitalist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on discovering the best ways to identify deteriorating patients in the hospital, and the best mechanisms to respond to those patients. He is also interested in identifying unintended consequences of interventions intended to improve patient safety. Dr. Bonafide has investigated these areas using a wide range of study designs and methods. He is currently funded by a Career Development Award from NHLBI focused on measuring alarm fatigue— a significant barrier to promptly recognizing clinical deterioration— from physiologic monitoring devices. He also holds a Young Investigator Award from the Academic Pediatric Association focused on evaluating an intervention to reduce unnecessary monitor alarms in hospitalized children. In addition, Dr. Bonafide co-directs a pediatric hospital medicine research fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia funded by NICHD, the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Training (PHEOT) Program. In addition to his publications in journals such as JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and Pediatrics, his work has recently been featured on National Public Radio and in The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Bonafide serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine and is an Editorial Board Member of a new journal, Pediatric Quality and Safety.

Patrick Brady, MD, MSc is Associate Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is a hospital-based pediatrician, improvement scientist and health services researcher with a focus on designing and evaluating a highly reliable system to predict, identify, and intervene on hospitalized patients at risk of clinical deterioration. Specifically, he uses situation awareness and other high-reliability strategies to leverage the expertise of patients, and families and front-line clinicians as well as big data to improve communication, shared understanding and the safety of care. He has completed fellowship training in clinical research and improvement science. In recent work, Dr. Brady and his team have developed, tested, and implemented standardized communication and huddles (short and structured briefings between nurses and physicians) to discuss high-risk patients. This has led to a significant and sustained reduction in unrecognized clinical deterioration and serious safety events among hospitalized children at our hospital. He has experience with quantitative methods using machine-learning methods to predict clinical deterioration and qualitative methods, including previous funded and published work where nurses, respiratory therapists, and resident physicians identified the enablers and barriers to situation awareness. With Dr. Chris Bonafide, he co-chairs the Pediatric Committee of the iSRRS. He has >30 peer-reviewed publications. He has a K08 career development award from AHRQ which aims to understand how families of hospitalized children identify a worsening condition or illness and communicate their concerns to the healthcare team, and then to partner with families and clinicians to co-design and test communication tools to improve shared understanding and reduce medical errors.

Matthew M. Chupek, MD, MPH, PhD is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician researcher at the University of Chicago 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. 

Michael DeVita, MD is a Critical Care physician who started working on Rapid Response Systems in the late 1990’s. He has published extensively in the field, and is the lead editor of the Textbook of Rapid Response Systems, whose second edition is newly released. He co-founded the International Society for Rapid Response Systems and was the Inaugural President. Dr. DeVita now works at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City as the Director of Critical Care. 

Gooske Douw is a registered nurse and nurse scientist. She is a member of the Nursing Advisory Board in Hospital Gelderse Valley and since 2010, PhD student at Radboud university medical centre. She was born in 1951 and started her nursing career at the age of 25. Worked on several different surgical wards, participated in different hospital councils and projects that focused on improving nursing care. In 2006 she started university and graduated in 2009 as Master of Science in Nursing. The topic of her PhD project is the role of nurses’ ‘worry’ in the process of early recognition of deterioration in patients on general wards in acute care hospitals.  A  list with 9 general domains was developed, that objectify ‘worry’ and is the basis for her further research. 

Dana P. Edelson, MD, MS 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. 

Cynthia Gerdik the Division Director for Trauma & Emergency Services at UF Health Jacksonville an academic, tertiary level 1 Trauma Center.  As a nursing leader Cynthia has published evidenced based workplace initiatives in scholarly clinical journals such as Resuscitation, The Joint Commission, and Emergency Department Reviews.  Workplace initiatives or IRB research projects have been accepted in more than 26 national conferences in the last six years, many of them with proactive rapid response systems.  This presentation focuses on proactively affording patients and families the opportunity to initiate the rapid response team RN whenever they are concerned during their patient experience anywhere on our campus (inpatient units and outpatients clinics).  Cynthia is a coal miner’s daughter from Twilight Holler, West Virginia. A first generation college graduate, with a daughter who is now the second generation college graduate.  She and her husband enjoy empty nest syndrome without guilt, have two grandchildren, loves to fish, and read movie star bios. Volunteers with the American Heart Association promoting Hands Only CPR within school and church communities in her community.

Dr Fenella Gill is a Nurse Researcher/Scientist and Fellow at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and Curtin University in Western Australia. Fenella’s research interests include postgraduate critical care nurse education, research translation, implementation and evaluation and families’ experiences and involvement in the hospital setting. Her National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship work specifically focuses on knowledge translation in the context of involving parents in the early recognition and response to the deteriorating child. Fenella is an editor for the journal Australian Critical Care (ranked 2nd in the specialty of critical care nursing). Fenella was honoured for her contributions to the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses by being awarded a Life Membership in 2016. She is actively involved in the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies.

Helen Haskell, MA has been an advocate of rapid response since the death of her young son Lewis from failure to rescue in November, 2000. She is president of the patient organization Mothers Against Medical Error and serves on the board of directors of the International Society for Rapid Response Systems, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Helen has been part of many national campaigns and is author of numerous chapters, articles, patient educational materials, and one co-edited textbook on healthcare safety and quality. 

Professor Ken Hillman is Professor of Intensive Care at the SWS Clinical School and Director of the Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, University of New South Wales and is an actively practising clinician in Intensive Care at Liverpool Hospital. He graduated from Sydney University and trained at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney and St. Bartholomews hospital in London. He became the Director of Intensive Care at Charing Cross Hospital in London before returning to Australia to become Director of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Coronary Care at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. He has over 170 peer-reviewed publications; 64 chapters in textbooks; co-authored an intensive care textbook; co-edited several textbooks; and written a book – Vital Signs: Stories from Intensive Care and received over $24 million in grants. He is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the introduction of the Medical Emergency Team and is part of the Executive of the International Rapid Response Society.  In 2005 together with Michael DeVita and Rinaldo Bellomo helped establish the 1st International Conference on the MET and has been actively involved since. He has published extensively on the care of the elderly frail at the end-of-life and has a NHMRC Program grant to continue research in this area. Because of his continuing work in the area he was recently a presenter at TEDx which was held at the Sydney Opera House.

Dr. Sang Bum Hong has been a Professor, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, since 2004. He is a graduate of University of Pusan National, School of Medicine, Korea. He started the first medical emergency team at Asan Medical Center 2008 and has since published numerous papers in the field.

Dr. Chris Horvat is a current Clinical Instructor in Pediatric Critical Care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and in his final year of a T-32 fellowship under Dr. Pat Kochanek at the Safar Center for Resuscitation at the University of Pittsburgh.  He completed clinical fellowship in pediatric critical care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and residency at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.  He is also finishing a Master’s degree in Health Administration this semester, with an emphasis on health systems engineering, from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health.  His scholarly work and research has focused on the potential of electronic health record data to support a Learning Health System approach to health care improvement.  

Michael D. Howell, MD, MPH 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 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.

Marin H. Kollef, MD, FACP, FCCP is a Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, holds the Virginia E. and Sam J. Golman Chair in Respiratory Intensive Care Medicine, and is Director of Respiratory Care Services and Director of Critical Care Research at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Kollef attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for his undergraduate training and the University of Rochester for his M.D. degree. Dr. Kollef completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He served as the director for the medical ICU at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center from 1988 to 1992. During that time he also served as a general medical officer in support of the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm. He joined Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1992. Dr. Kollef is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including selection to “Best Doctors in America,” Central Region and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Team Awards for Quality Improvement for programs directed to VAP prevention, bloodstream infection prevention, and the “Surviving Sepsis Initiative.” His awards for military service with the First Infantry Division (Mechanized) during Operation Desert Storm include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Medical Badge in Support of Combat Operations. He is also a member of the American Thoracic Society, Society of Critical Care   Medicine, American Association for Respiratory Care, and American Society of Clinical Investigation. He is a member of the CDC/OID/NPC DCID Defining Surveillance Definitions for VAP and the Chair for Global Anti-Infectives Leadership Academy. Dr. Kollef’s clinical research focus has been the understanding and prevention of nosocomial infections and the improved care of mechanically ventilated patients. He has published extensively in the areas of ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention/treatment and the importance of antibiotic resistance in the ICU setting. Dr. Kollef has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts, letters, case reports, editorials, and invited publications.

Nicole Kupchik has practiced as a Critical Care nurse for over twenty years.   She obtained her Nursing Degree from Purdue University in 1993 and a Master of Nursing from the University of Washington in 2008. Nicole’s nursing career began in the Chicago area. From 1995 to 1998, she journeyed across the United States as a traveling nurse, after which she landed in Seattle to work in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at the University of Washington. In 2001, she began working at Harborview Medical Center – a changed that spurred an interest in resuscitation. Shortly thereafter, Nicole was part of a multidisciplinary team that was one of the first in the United States to implement therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest.  As part of this effort, Nicole was responsible for protocol development and has published numerous papers on this topic.  In 2008, Nicole lead a team that implemented a formalized Sepsis program at Harborview Medical Center that led to a reduction in mortality, hospital length of stay and a significant cost avoidance.  She collaborated with IT specialists to develop an innovative methods to electronically screen patients in acute care units who developed sepsis while hospitalized.  For this work, she was awarded three Patient Safety & Clinical Leadership awards. Currently she works as a staff nurse at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.  In 2013 Nicole founded Nicole Kupchik Consulting & Education.

Michael C. Kurz, MD, MS-HES, FACEP is a Physician Scientist at the Alabama Resuscitation Center and an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago and Fellowship in Emergent Cardiac Care at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Kurz is boarded in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He is Director of the Hypothermia Team providing comprehensive post-resuscitation care for both in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and takes call on the UAB Medical Emergency Team. 

Patrick Lyons, MD, is a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He has expertise in critical care and cardiac arrest response team leadership, and he is actively engaged in research aimed at preventing deterioration among ward patients and improving communication at the ward-ICU interface. As a Resident and Chief Resident at the University of Chicago, Dr. Lyons was a leader in the medical center’s rapid response, cardiac arrest, and quality and safety programs. In addition to leading simulation-based cardiac arrest training and regular debriefing sessions for housestaff, he served on the University of Chicago’s Critical Care Committee, Cardiac Arrest Committee, and Clinical Operations Committee, and he co-led a weekly hospital interdisciplinary conference reviewing all ward cardiac arrests for predictability and preventability. Dr. Lyons currently serves as a member of the American Thoracic Society Education Committee.

Catherine Messick Jones, MD is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester in New York. She then spent 5 years in a rural private practice before undertaking fellowship training in Geriatrics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.  She subsequently joined the faculty at Wake Forest where she served in a variety of roles over a 20 year period.   In 2004, Wake Forest Baptist developed the first Rapid Response Team in the state of North Carolina and Dr. Jones was honored to serve as the team’s physician champion. In this capacity, Dr. Jones was closely involved with a Code Sepsis initiative that resulted in substantial improvements in sepsis care and outcomes at Wake Forest.  Dr. Jones is currently on the faculty at the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine where she is a hospitalist.  She chairs the Hospital Medicine Quality Improvement Committee and continues to be involved in efforts to improve sepsis care.

Tia Tortoriello Raymond, MD, FAAP, FAHA is a board certified pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist, and has been a practicing pediatric cardiac intensivist since 2003. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Pepperdine University, and received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UTSW). After completing internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center (CMC) Dallas, she pursued a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Following cardiology fellowship, she completed training in pediatric cardiac intensive care at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2003. She served as assistant professor at Children’s Medical Center, and moved to her current position at Medical City Children’s Hospital (MCCH) in 2008. She currently practices solely in the cardiac intensive care unit. Her primary areas of interest have been in quality improvement, simulation, and resuscitation research. She has been intimately involved with the American Heart Association as a volunteer and member of the Get With the Guidelines - Resuscitation (GWTG-R) Registry since 2004. She has served as a member and chair of the Pediatric Research Task Force of GWTG-R since 2011. Additionally, she serves as a volunteer on the AHA Mission Lifeline Resuscitation Subcommittee and AHA GWTG-R Clinical Working Group. She has also served as an ILCOR Scientific Evidence Evaluation and Review System volunteer for the 2015 PALS Guidelines. Her publications focus on resuscitation, cardiac intensive care, and quality improvement. 

Michael Ries, MD, MBA, is the Medical Director of Adult Critical Care and eICU for Advocate Health Care and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rush University.  Dr. Ries is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, and American College of Physicians.  Dr. Ries received his A.B. degree at Cornell University and his MD degree at Chicago Medical School (AOA Honorary).  In 2002, he completed his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.  Dr. Ries has authored numerous articles and book chapters on tele-ICU and its impact on the quality and cost of health care delivery and has lectured extensively on the topic including at national Critical Care conferences.  Dr. Ries has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching including the prestigious Mark Lepper Society of Teachers award.  He is a reviewer for Critical Care Medicine, Chest, Journal of Critical Care, and Health Affairs.  As Medical Director for Adult Critical Care and the tele-ICU program for Advocate Health Care, he oversees clinical and financial outcomes, integration, and process improvement initiatives for Advocate’s 18 ICU’s located at ten hospitals.  He also collaborates with Advocate’s tele-ICU outreach partners.  The 405 tele-ICU beds represents one of the largest programs in the country.

Christopher W. Seymour, MD, MSc is Assistant Professor of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is core faculty member in the Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center in the Department of Critical Care. Dr. Seymour received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania before completing his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington, where he obtained master’s degree in clinical epidemiology at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. Dr. Seymour’s research program focuses on the organization of critical care during pre-hospital care – particularly the development of early diagnostic and prognostic models to facilitate allocation of patients and early treatments for those with acute illness. Specifically, he seeks to develop a research and acute care paradigm for pre-hospital sepsis similar that for acute cardiovascular disease. His current NIH funded research seeks to identify sepsis endotypes to target treatment during emergency care. He spends his clinical time attending the Medical Intensive Care Unit at UPMC-Mercy Hospital.

Ralph K.L. So has been a consultant in Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, a large teaching hospital in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, since 2002. Since 2009 he is also appointed as chief quality officer. Beyond his clinical work he is actively involved in clinical research with the focus on rapid response systems especially the role of continuous monitoring on the general wards; other topics of interest are hospital readmissions, team resource management and value-based healthcare. Furthermore, he is a member of the National Committee on `Early recognition and treatment of the deterioration patient on the general wards` and he is chair of the National Network of Clinical Patient Safety Officers

Lauri Stephens has 30 plus years experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Her clinical background has been diverse and well rounded, ranging from Critical Care in a Level I Trauma Center to the Pulmonary Function Laboratory and Hyperbaric Medicine Center.  She has over 20 years experience as an educator in the college classroom and as a hospital educator.  Lauri currently works as a Respiratory Therapist at Harborview Medical Center, the Level I Trauma Center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho and serves as an Instructor at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington,

Dr Christian P. Subbe is a Consultant Physician for the NHS in the UK. His research includes work on detection of critically ill patients including the first peer reviewed paper on Early Warning Scores and development of benchmarking tools.  

Dr. Robert Michael Sutton MD MSCE is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Critical Care Medicine, and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  He is a nationally recognized expert in pediatric cardiac arrest resuscitation.  He has focused his career on developing and evaluating novel techniques and devices to improve the care delivered during in-hospital resuscitation attempts.  His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and has been recognized by the Society of Critical Care Medicine National Congress with several awards over the past decade.  He has authored an impressive number of publications, with over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts spanning both the clinical and basic science literature to date.  As evidence of his national reputation, he serves as an invited scientific expert for both the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and the American Heart Association (AHA), is a member of the AHA’s National Get with the Guidelines – Resuscitation Registry pediatric research task force, and was a main author of the 2015 Pediatric Advanced Life Support Guidelines.

Dr Shane C Townsend, MBBS, FANZCA, FCICM, MBA is Director of Adult Intensive Care at Mater Health Services in Brisbane, Australia.  He leads a 26 bed public and private facility accredited for advanced training in Intensive Care by the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM). Dr Townsend qualified in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, commencing as a Consultant Intensivist in 1999 at The Prince Charles Hospital (Australia’s largest cardiothoracic centre).  He was actively involved in the critical care of cardiac and pulmonary transplant patients and developed an interest in Intra-aortic Balloon Counter-pulsation and Ventricular Assist Devices.  Subsequently he accepted a position as staff specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2001.  He returned to Brisbane in 2004 as Deputy Director and became Head of Department in 2010. Recently, Dr Townsend has completed an Executive MBA and is pursuing interests in medical administration and teaching.  He is an Examiner for the CICM Primary and a member of the Queensland Intensive Care Training Program Oversight Committee.

Dan Walsh is a Paediatric Critical Care Nurse who has previously completed roles in Research and Education. He was awarded the prestigious Roosevelt Memorial Traveling Fellowship which allowed him to explore Paediatric Rapid Response Teams in numerous American hospitals. On returning he has helped to facilitate the implementation of a Paediatric Critical Care Outreach Team at Nottingham Children’s Hospital. 

John Welch has been a Consultant Nurse in Critical Care & Critical Care Outreach for sixteen years, currently at University College London Hospitals, and is clinical lead of the UCL Partners Academic Health Science Network Sepsis Breakthrough Series Collaborative across 13 organisations. He is at present co-investigator on two National Institute for Health Research studies, evaluating i) methods of recognising and rescuing deteriorating patients, and ii) psychological interventions for at-risk patients recovering from critical illness. John is also co-lead of a new European Union Horizon 2020 funded programme to develop a novel, integrated system for identifying and communicating deterioration - in and out of the hospital - which will facilitate patient and carer contributions and participation too.

Bradford D. Winters, Ph.D., M.D., FCCM is Associate Professor of  Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery and Core Faculty Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Univeristy. Dr. Winters is a critical care physician who currently specializes in general surgical, burn and neurocritical care.  His research interests include improving patient safety and quality through several avenues including reducing hospital acquired infections, general ward deterioration and adaptive work improvements.  He has a special interest in technological solutions to patient safety and quality problems.

Dr. Eyal Zimlichman is an internal medicine physician, a health care executive and a researcher focused on assessing and improving health care quality and value, patient engagement and patient safety.

Dr. Zimlichman is currently Deputy Director General and Chief Medical Officer at Sheba Medical Center, Israel's largest hospital. Prior to this Dr. Zimlichman has held the position of Lead Researcher at Partners Health Care Clinical Affairs Department in Boston where he was involved in the efforts to bring about a strategic care redesign initiative. In that capacity, Dr. Zimlichman has established for Partners Healthcare a program for collecting and reporting patient reported outcomes across the continuum of care, a program that had won international appraisal. Dr. Zimlichman holds an appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School affiliated Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, where he is conducting research on implementing technology to improve health care quality and patient safety. Dr. Zimlichman served as an advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Care Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is currently appointed as a member at three policy steering committees at the Israeli Ministry of Health. In 2013 Dr. Zimlichman was appointed as an International Expert at the International Society of Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). Dr. Zimlichman is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health Executive Health Care Management Master of Science program and has earned his MD at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He holds academic appointments as senior lecturer at both Tel Aviv University and St George's University of London.