2022 AHA Faculty

Andrew Auerbach, MD, MPH

Andrew Auerbach, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine

University of California San Francisco School of Medicine Division of Hospital Medicine

Andrew Auerbach is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Auerbach is a widely recognized leader in Hospital Medicine, having authored or co-authored the seminal research describing effects of hospital medicine systems on patient outcomes, costs, and care quality.

He leads a 30-hospital research network focused on new discoveries in healthcare delivery models in acute care settings, and more recently has founded a national collaborative seeking to understand how to adopt and use digital health tools in care delivery. Dr. Auerbach serves as a Hospital Medicine Section Editor for Up To Date, a chapter Author for Cecil’s Textbook of Medicine, and is the past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. He has mentored dozens of students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty over the years, and supported the academic development of hundreds more through his decade-long participation in the Academic Hospitalist Academy.

Dr. Auerbach’s research has been published in prominent journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Archives of Internal Medicine. He has received the Mack Lipkin Award for Outstanding research as a fellow, and the Western Society for Clinical Investigation Outstanding Investigator, and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

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Co-director: Bradley Sharpe, MD, FACP, SFHM

Co-director: Bradley Sharpe, MD, FACP, SFHM

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine

UCSF Hospitalist Group

Brad Sharpe grew up in Iowa, was an undergraduate at Stanford University, attended Harvard for medical school, and completed his residency and chief residency at UCSF. He has served in multiple leadership roles at UCSF, including as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency and as the Division Chief for the Division of Hospital Medicine. He has academic interests in evidence-based medicine, medical education, and clinical teaching skills.

He and his spouse have two children and live in San Francisco. He has been actively involved with national organizations, previously serving as Co-Chair of the Academic Hospitalist Taskforce within the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the UCSF Distinction in Teaching Award and the SHM National Excellence in Teaching Award. He is currently a Professor of Medicine at UCSF, focusing on clinical care and teaching.

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Co-director: Vikas I. Parekh MD, SFHM

Co-director: Vikas I. Parekh MD, SFHM

Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School Associate Chief Medical Officer – UM Health

Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan

Vikas I. Parekh is Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan where he is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for UM Health. As Associate Chief Medical officer, he guides the health system’s work on capacity management, readmissions, and oversees several system-spanning clinical services.

He also leads an operational analytics team working to optimize patient flow and operational challenges throughout the health system as the lead for the multi-million-dollar Operations Command Center project. His past roles include associate director for the hospitalist program and the internal medicine residency program. He has published and presented nationally in the fields of hospital medicine, residency education and hospital operations and capacity management. Dr. Parekh is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and completed his residency training at the University of Michigan. Nationally he is past chair of the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) Academic Committee and Education Committee. He is also an officer on the council for the Association of Specialty Professors (ASP) in the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine. He was also co-chair and co-founder of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s (SGIM) Academic Hospitalist Task Force. He is the co-director of the Academic Hospitalist Academy. Dr. Parekh has won several awards including the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, the Special Recognition Award for Contributions to the House Officer Teaching Program, the Department of Medicine’s highest award for resident teaching, the Chair’s Impact Award for his work during COVID-19 and was inducted into the Medical School’s League of Educational Excellence.

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Dan Hunt, MD

Dan Hunt, MD

Director, Emory Division of Hospital Medicine

Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Dan Hunt is the Director of the Emory Division of Hospital Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Emory University of School of Medicine. Before moving to Emory in 2015, Dan’s professional experience included private practice of general internal medicine, academic internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, extensive involvement in medical education, and substantial leadership experience at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Hunt’s teaching efforts were recognized with the Baylor House Staff Teaching Award each year from 1997-2005 among a total of 35 Baylor teaching honors. He received the Alfred Kranes Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at the MGH in 2006 and 2011, the Best Clinical Instructor Award from Harvard Medical School in 2008, the Society of Hospital Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011, the Golden Apple Teaching Award from the Emory Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2016 and 2020, and the Juha P. Kokko Teaching Award voted the best overall teaching attending in the Emory Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2019.

Dan’s current academic interests include bedside teaching, clinical problem-solving, and mentorship.

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Director: Jeffrey Glasheen, MD, MHM

Director: Jeffrey Glasheen, MD, MHM

Director, Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs- Quality and Safety Education Professor of Medicine with Tenure

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Jeffrey J. Glasheen is the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs—Quality and Safety Education and a Professor of Medicine with Tenure at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 2012 he founded and continues to direct the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency. This pioneering program is charged with enhancing the quality, safety and operational efficiency of the care provided at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The IHQSE now offers its programs to a national audience and has trained and developed the quality, safety, and health system leadership skills of thousands of clinicians across the country.

Dr. Glasheen was an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and completed his residency training, including a chief residency year, at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Glasheen served as the Chief Quality Officer for the University of Colorado Hospital from 2015-2020, the last three years of which he also served as the CQO for the 12-hospital UCHealth system. He served as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine (2014-15), and the Director of the Hospital Medicine Group at the University of Colorado from 2003-2015, where he oversaw the growth of the program from 2 to 70+ members. He also served as an Associate Program Director in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and developed the residency’s Hospitalist Training Program, which has offered comprehensive hospitalist training to internal medicine residents since 2004.

Dr. Glasheen was a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Board of Directors and past chair of the SHM Academic and Annual Meeting Committees. He has chaired the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Hospital Medicine Committee, which was charged with overseeing the Recognition of Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine board certification for hospitalists. He is the director of the Academic Hospitalist Academy, an annual 4-day meeting aimed at developing early academic hospitalists’ career skills and served as the Course Director for the 2012 SHM Annual Meeting in San Diego. He is a past winner of the SHM Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Outstanding Clinical Science Teacher Award. He is the former editor of The Hospitalist newsmagazine and served as a Senior Deputy Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. In 2020 Dr. Glasheen was honored with the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Master in Hospital Medicine designation, a designation held by fewer than 40 hospitalists nationally.

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Kierstin Cates Kennedy, MD, MSHA, FACP, SFHM

Kierstin Cates Kennedy, MD, MSHA, FACP, SFHM

Clinical Associate Professor

UAB Medicine | UAB Hospital

Kierstin Cates Kennedy is dual trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and practices as an academic hospitalist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she holds a rank of clinical associate professor of medicine and serves as Chief Medical Officer.
She is fellowship trained in quality improvement in healthcare via the VA Quality Scholars Program and has expertise in inpatient coding and documentation, Case Mix Index and Observed to Expected Mortality improvement strategies, efficiency in hospital throughput, and ultrasound guided bedside procedures.

Prior to her CMO role she created the UAB Procedure Service and UAB Comprehensive Vascular Access Team, where she has focused past QI efforts on improving bedside procedure outcomes, and as inaugural Chief of Hospital Medicine focused on identifying and improving meaningful hospital-based quality metrics and educational and professional development of hospitalists. As CMO her focus is operational efficiency and standardization of processes to improve hospital throughput.

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Michelle Fletcher, MD

Michelle Fletcher, MD

Assistant Professor

Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Michelle Fletcher is an academic hospitalist at Northwestern Medicine. She grew up in Michigan City, Indiana and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana for college. In 2014, she received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She subsequently completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago and stayed on as a chief resident for the 2017-2018 academic year. She also participated in the Medical Education Research Innovation and Teaching Scholarship (MERITS) Fellowship and developed a curriculum on safe opioid prescribing for internal medicine residents.

She started on as faculty at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2018. In addition to taking care of patients, she is passionate about medical education and enjoys working with both residents and medical students. She is one of the site directors for the internal medicine clerkship and serves as a mentor for a group of now third-year medical students. She also co-leads a yearly capstone course for fourth year medical students by teaching them clinical reasoning and procedural skills to prepare them for the start of internal medicine residency.

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Michelle Mourad, MD

Michelle Mourad, MD

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Value, Department of Medicine Medical Director, Transitions in Care, UCSF Health Clinical Informatics Lead, Center for Digital Health Innovation, UCSF Health Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF Health

University of California San Francisco

Michelle Mourad is Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Value for the Department of Medicine and a Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

Michelle’s interests in value improvement are broad and encompass the areas of transitions in care, health equity, patient and provider satisfaction, reducing costs of care and using informatics to improve care delivery. In her role as Vice Chair, Michelle is responsible for overseeing performance improvement and clinical strategy in all of these areas across the continuum of care. As the Medical Director for Transitions in Care for UCSF Health, Michelle leads efforts to improve outcomes and reduce adverse events across transitions through care delivery innovations and community partnerships. In her work as a Clinical Informatics Lead in the Center for Digital Health Innovation, Michelle oversees the implementation of digital tools to improve care delivery and patient and clinician satisfaction. In addition to her improvement work, Michelle has published extensively in the areas of quality, safety, and value.

Michelle received her BA in Chemistry from Williams College, and her MD from New York University. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF and completed fellowship in Hospital Medicine at UCSF prior to starting as faculty in 2009. She is the recipient of the Medicine Housestaff Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring and the Medical Student Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Read Pierce, MD

Read Pierce, MD

Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine Associate Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Internal Medicine, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Read G. Pierce is chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, associate chair for Faculty Development and Well-being, and associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. Pierce is an experienced clinician, health care leader, coach and facilitator who enjoys fostering transformation of organizational culture and complex clinical systems. Before joining the team at Dell Med, from 2019 to 2020 he served as vice president of culture transformation and strategy at the Institute for Healthcare Excellence from 2019 to 2020. In this role, he worked with health systems around the country on clinical transformation, creating healthy workplace cultures and increasing performance of physicians, clinical teams and health care leaders.

From 2012 to 2020, he led organizational transformation initiatives at the University of Colorado through the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency, including programs focused on quality, process-improvement methods, culture, teamwork, systems redesign, finance, innovation (design thinking) and leadership of change. As part of these efforts, he worked with more than 80 clinical microsystems on the Anschutz Medical Campus to improve quality, patient safety, experience, costs of care and turnover. From 2014-2017, he directed a major initiative in the University of Colorado’s hospital medicine division to increase joy in practice, which reduced physicians’ and advanced practice providers’ burnout by 27% and increased measures of psychological safety by 70%.

Pierce attended medical school at University of California, San Francisco, where he completed an area of concentration in health systems/health leadership and then did his internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before returning to San Francisco for his residency and chief residency in internal medicine. His personal interests include history, food, skiing, hiking and anything that allows quality time with his wife, Vanessa and their two boys.

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Rebecca Harrison, MD, FACP

Rebecca Harrison, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine Section Chief

Division of Hospital Medicine Oregon Health & Science University

Rebecca Harrison is a Professor of Medicine in the DHM at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She is a Clinical Experiences Director and Career Advising Coach for medical students within the School of Medicine. As faculty of the Medical Teaching Service, she works with a wide spectrum of learners, including residents, interns, medical students, and physician assistant students. She is a member of the DHM Leadership Team and Director of Faculty Development. In these roles she finds deep satisfaction in career coaching of medical students, residents and faculty. She has worked in medical education in Japan, and medical relief work in Haiti. Additional passions in medicine include the physical exam, narrative medicine, diversity equity and inclusion, and culture change.

Vineet Chopra, MBBS, MD, MSc, FACP, FHM

Vineet Chopra, MBBS, MD, MSc, FACP, FHM

Department of Medicine’s Robert W. Schrier Chair of Medicine

University of Colorado School Anschutz Medical Campus

Vineet Chopra is the Department of Medicine’s Robert W. Schrier Chair of Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Prior to being recruited to CU Anschutz in October, 2021, Dr.Chopra served as the inaugural Chief of Hospital Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, leading and building the first new division created in the department in more than 40 years. He is an accomplished physician-scientist and health services researcher focused on patient safety, hospital-acquired complications and the art and science of mentorship.

Dr. Chopra joined the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 2008. Prior to that, he completed residency training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2005. He earned his MBBS in 2001 from the Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India. Dr. Chopra’s father was a diplomat and an ambassador from India to many countries. As a child, Chopra attended elementary school in Paris, middle school in Cairo, and high school in Japan. He speaks seven languages and continues to partner with many universities in countries where he previously lived.

Dr. Chopra’s research is dedicated to improving the safety of hospitalized patients through prevention of hospital-acquired complications. His work focuses on identifying and preventing complications associated with vascular access devices, with a particular emphasis on peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs). Chopra’s research has informed national and international policies and guidelines related to vascular access in hospitalized patients including those of the Centers for Disease Control.
Dr. Chopra has also focused much of his research interest on the art and science of mentoring and has published several papers in Harvard Business Review, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, BMJ, among others on this topic. He has received grant support and research funding from the National Institute of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, Veterans Health Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among others.
He is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the Kaiser Permanente Award for Clinical Teaching, the Jerome W. Conn Award for Outstanding Research in the Department of Medicine at Michigan, the Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award, and the McDevitt Award for Research Excellence.
In recognition of his efforts to mentor and train the next generation of physician scientists, Dr. Chopra received the Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award by the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research in 2019. Chopra has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, edited and authored 5 textbooks and serves as Deputy Editor for the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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