Fellows Alumni Class of 2014–2016

Six fellowships were offered and accepted for the class that started July 1, 2014. Our deepest thanks and congratulations to the graduates!



L to R: Marc Pimentel, David Lucier, Jessica Zerillo, Bijay Acharya, Melissa Sundberg (Not pictured: Peter Najjar)


Bijay Acharya, MD, MPH, CPPS

Bijay Acharya, MD was an Assistant in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received his MBBS degree from the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, New York. As someone born and brought up in Nepal, he has been keenly aware of health disparities since his childhood. This passion ultimately led to medical school and an interest toward community-based services for the under served. While in residency, he helped incorporate quality improvement projects into resident physician contracts. He also leads a non-profit Nyaya Health that works in rural Nepal providing high quality care in low-resource settings. Given his unique set of experiences, he is an unrelenting advocate for improving health systems, and wishes to continue on this trajectory and become a leader in national and international initiatives to improve patient safety. The site for his HMS fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was The Massachusetts General Hospital.

TODAY: Dr. Acharya serves as Affiliate Faculty at Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also Co-Founder & President of SharedMinds (Improving Mental Health in the World's Poorest Regions).

David Lucier, MD, MBA, MPH

David Lucier, MD, MBA was an Internal Medicine Resident (PGY-3) at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Economics, and received his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. He also obtained an MBA from Tufts, Northeastern University’s School of Business and Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Having a dual interest in both medicine and business provided Dr. Lucier with the opportunity to work with multiple organizations on various projects that combined these degrees. His area of interest is in quality improvement, mainly process improvement and systems redesign. He hopes to gain the training and skills necessary to be a leader throughout his career in hospital medicine. The site for his HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

TODAY: Dr. Lucier serves as Director of Quality and Safety for Hospital Medicine and Hospitalist at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Peter Najjar, MD, MBA

Dr. Najjar is currently a Resident in General Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, and received his MD from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. The site for his HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During his medical school years, a controversial operational redesign was in the midst of being implemented at the University of Chicago Medical Center. This early operational exposure and clinical experience in residency led him to look for opportunities to learn how to impact the care delivered on a larger scale by teams, hospitals, and hospital systems. Dr. Najjar hopes to gain the skills and experience needed to position himself as a future leader in operationalizing the outcomes data that the medical and surgical communities continue to generate in a way that is consistent, replicable, and cost effective.

TODAY: Dr. Najjar continues his Surgical Residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Marc Pimentel, MD, MPH

Marc Pimentel, MD was a Resident (CA-3) in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He graduated from Columbia College in New York and received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During his anesthesiology residency, Dr. Pimentel learned of the many innovations in patient safety, that were made by anesthesiologists in response to the historically high morbidity and mortality attributed to general anesthesia. His patient safety work includes a perioperative hand hygiene campaign, as well as a project regarding perioperative eye injuries. Dr. Pimentel plans to become an expert in perioperative patient safety and quality, to ensure that no patient shall be harmed by anesthesia. The site for his HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

TODAY: Dr. Pimentel serves as Assistant Medical Director for Quality and Safety at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Melissa Sundberg, MD, MPH

Melissa Sundberg, MD was a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, was a Research Associate at the University of Michigan Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and received her MD from Wayne State University. Her Pediatric Residency, as well as her Chief Residency was at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Sundberg has had a long-standing interest in applying quality improvement approaches to medicine. During her chief residency year she embraced the opportunities afforded by the position to become involved in several pediatric-specific and hospital-wide quality improvement initiatives. At Children’s Hospital, she has continued to be involved in QI initiatives, and looks forward to the opportunity to solidify her understanding of the science of quality improvement, including the best practices for both conducting QI research as well as implementing the resulting findings to improve patient satisfaction and care. The site for her HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was Boston Children’ Hospital.

TODAY: Dr. Sundberg serves as Director of Quality Improvement, Boston Children's Network Hospitals at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston.

Jessica Zerillo, MD, MPH

Jessica Zerillo, MD was a Fellow in Hematology/Oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She graduated from Brown University, where she majored in Community Health, and received her MD from Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health. Throughout her education and training, Dr. Zerillo has focused her work on the objective prevention and the study of disease from the viewpoint of a population. Her efforts have spanned from using molecular epidemiology to improve cancer surveillance to studying end-of-life outcomes using a SEER-Medicare database. Jessica looks forward to contributing to future administrative and research efforts aimed at making systems safer and care better for all patients. She plans to retain a clinical practice as well as her commitment toward the education of medical students and trainees. The site for her HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

TODAY: Dr. Zerillo serves as Director of Quality, BID Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.