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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.

Fellows Alumni Class of 2013–2015

Five fellowships were offered and accepted for the class that started July 1, 2013. Our deepest thanks and congratulations to the graduates!



L to R: Merranda Logan, Kate Humphrey, Mary LaSalvia, Kiran Gupta, Jeffrey Bruckel


Jeffrey Bruckel, MD, MPH

Dr. Bruckel was a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MD from SUNY Downstate. The site for his HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was The Massachusetts General Hospital. He first became involved with QI projects while completing his undergraduate degree in health policy and health administration, when he worked on rapid response systems at UNC Hospitals. Prior to receiving his MD, he spent several months at Duke University Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety conducting a FAER Research Fellowship. His ultimate career goal is to improve systems of care for patients with cardiovascular and other critical illnesses, especially patients requiring intensive care support.

TODAY: Dr. Bruckel is an Interventional Cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine, at the University of Rochester, New York.

Kiran Gupta, MD, MPH

Dr. Gupta was a Medical Resident, PGY-3, in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She graduated from Harvard College and spent a year at the Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Sciences as a Research Assistant, and ultimately received her MD from Harvard Medical School. The site for her HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During her residency at BWH, Dr. Gupta became acutely aware of the impact of system-level challenges on individual patient care. She has written about her residency experiences in a monthly column as a correspondent for The Boston Globe. Her areas of interest include physician-patient communication, end-of-life care and transitions in care. Her aim was to be a healthcare administrator focusing on QI to ensure that high-risk high-cost patient care is efficient and effective.

TODAY: Dr. Gupta serves as Medical Director of Patient Safety at University of California, San Francisco.

Kate Humphrey, MD, MPH

Dr. Humphrey was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She graduated from Bates College and received her MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The site for her HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Humphrey’s interests lie in transitions of care and preventing emergencies on the general pediatric wards. She hopes to become a leader in creating and instituting change in patient care at the level of the individual, the institution, and for the greater good of all hospitalized patients.

TODAY: Dr. Humphrey serves as an Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety at Boston Children’s Hospital; Fellowship Director and Site Director at Harvard Medical School; Fellow in Patient Safety and Quality at Boston Children's Medical Center in Boston.

Mary LaSalvia, MD, MPH

Dr. LaSalvia was a Clinical Fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She graduated from Baldwin – Wallace College in Ohio and received her MD from The University of Toledo College of Medicine. She was an Intern and Resident at BIDMC, completed her Fellowship there. The site for her HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. During her chief residency at BIDMC, she was able to gain exposure to the inner workings of the hospital. She also had the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in education and leadership through the service of being a spokesperson for her residency program. Dr. LaSalvia hopes to build the foundation of skills necessary to work as a leader in the field of patient safety and quality improvement in the future.

TODAY: Dr. LaSalvia serves as Associate Chief Medical Officer in Ambulatory Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Merranda Logan, MD, MPH

Dr. Logan was a Nephrology Fellow at Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital Combined Nephrology Program. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University and received her MD from Howard University College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital. The site for her HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality was Mount Auburn Hospital. During her chief residency at Temple, she was faced with the task of safely transitioning the training program from a traditional system to a shift-work system, and was able to do so with few complications. Dr. Logan hopes to devote her career to developing new strategies to ensure the safety and well-being of both patients and the physicians that care for them.

TODAY: Dr. Logan serves as Assistant Chief Quality Officer in the Center for Quality & Safety at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.