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  • Yael Kushner, MD
  • Pathology, BIDMC

One-on-one site mentorship allows fellows to participate in hospital administration, community policy making, and personal projects with continuous and valuable input from senior leadership.

CRICO’s vision in funding this program was to expose clinicians to the nuances between risk, quality, and safety through the lens of malpractice. We hope to learn how to implement broad-reaching interventions that will have a dynamic impact on improving patient safety and quality.

CRICO’s Patient Safety and Quality Fellowship Alumni

CRICO has had many talented physicians come through the grant-funded fellowship program since its inception in 2012. We are proud of the national and international leadership roles these dedicated individuals have achieved since completion of the HMS Patient Safety & Quality Fellowship. For more information about the HMS Fellowship program, explore the main page.


As for our incredibly accomplished alumni fellows, we’re pleased to share “Where they are now...”


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  • Amanda L. Brito, MD
    Director for Quality and Patient Safety
    Department of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Adam C. Fields, MD
    Surgery Resident, Colorectal
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Sophia L. Ryan, MD
    Assistant Professor of Neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Chief of the Division of General Inpatient Neurology Quality and Safety, Mount Sinai Health System
    Medical Director, Quality and Safety, Mount Sinai West Hospital
  • Jesse X. Yang, MD
    Staff Cardiologist at Atrius health
    Virtual Hospitalist at Medically Home
    Program Manager for Population Health at Atrius Health

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  • Issac S. Chua, MD
    Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
    Physician, Adult Palliative Care
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Julia B. Finkelstein, MD
    Assistant Professor of Urology
    CUMC/NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
  • Laura C. Myers, MD
    Research Scientist, Division of Research - Health Care Delivery and Policy
    Kaiser Permanante
  • Karthik S. Sivashanker, MD
    VP of Equitable Health Systems & Innovation in the Center for Health Equity
    American Medical Association (AMA)

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  • Brittany Esty, MD, MPH
    Attending Physician in Allergy and Immunology,
    and Associate Director of Quality Improvement
    Division of Immunology, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Matthew Germak, MD, MPH
    Medical Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
    Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare
  • Rajshri Mainthia, MD, MPH
    Chief Resident, Department of Surgery
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Nneka Nzegwu, DO, MPH
    Associate Director for Quality and Safety, Division of
    Neonatology; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Georgetown University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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  • Emily Aaronson, MD, MPH
    Assistant Chief Quality Officer
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ann Murray, MD, MPH
    Assistant in Pediatrics
    Boston Children’s Hospital &
    Assistant Director of
    Pediatric Core Clerkship
  • Gene Quinn, MD, MPH
    Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety
    Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute, Anchorage, AK
  • Chris Wong Quiles, MD, MPH
    Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Safety,
    and Quality and Patient Safety
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Center

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  • Bijay Acharya, MD, MPH
    Affiliate Faculty
    Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • David Lucier, MD, MBA, MPH
    Director of Quality and Safety for Hospital Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Peter Najjar, MD, MBA
    Resident, Department of Surgery
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Marc Pimentel, MD, MPH
    Assistant Medical Director for Quality and Safety
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Melissa Sundberg, MD, MPH
    Director of Quality Improvement
    Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Jessica Zerillo, MD, MPH
    Director of Quality
    Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center

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  • Jeffrey Bruckel, MD, MPH
    Interventional Cardiologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine
    University of Rochester, New York
  • Kiran Gupta, MD, MPH
    Medical Director of Patient Safety
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Kate Humphrey, MD, MPH
    Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety
    Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Mary LaSalvia, MD, MPH
    Associate Chief Medical Officer, Ambulatory
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Merranda Logan, MD, MPH
    Assistant Chief Quality Officer, Center for Quality & Safety
    Massachusetts General Hospital

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  • Yvonne Cheung, MD, MPH
    Chair, Department of Quality & Patient Safety
    Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Yael Kushner Heher, MD, MPH
    Head, Renal Pathology Service and Director, Quality & Safety, Department of Pathology
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Heather Tory, MD, MPH
    Associate Medical Director for QI & Patient Safety
    Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Ian Zenlea, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics
    Endocrinologist, Trillium Health Partners;
    Clinical Scientist, Institute for Better Health;
    Trillium Health Partners