Speaker Presentation: The Innovation I Need Now to Improve Sepsis Care

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It is frequently said that many roads lead to sepsis. It is critical to improve sepsis care to decrease morbidity and mortality for the estimated 1.7 million adults in the U.S. who develop sepsis every year. New innovations in prevention, diagnostics, therapeutics and post-sepsis care are a key component to improve care. Learn from five speakers in various clinical roles and practice settings across the continuum of care as they share one innovation, they need now to improve sepsis care. Each speaker will share their answer to this important question in a 3-minute presentation.

This course was originally recorded in June 2021 as part of Sepsis Tech & Innovation.

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Industry leaders, Public Policy Experts, Health and hospital Leadership (C-Suite, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, CIOs), Health quality and decision support leaders, Health Investors and VCs, Health and Technology Media, Health Advocates, Health Advisors, Health Educators, Health Marketers. 

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Steven Q. Simpson, MD

Professor of Medicine, University of Kansas, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, Sepsis Alliance

Dr. Steven Q. Simpson is Professor of Medicine at the University of Kansas in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, where he previously served as Division Director, Director of three ICUs, Chair of the Sepsis Team, and Chair of Multidisciplinary Critical Care. He has done research in all areas of severe sepsis from molecular and cellular mechanisms, to translational studies, to quality improvement studies. He was a founder, in 2005, of the Midwest Critical Care Collaborative, a multidisciplinary and interprofessional collaborative effort to improve the quality of critical care services throughout the Midwest. In 2007, he initiated the Kansas Sepsis Project, a statewide program to improve severe sepsis care and outcomes throughout the state via continuing education both in sepsis and in quality improvement principles, and via inter-professional collaboration. He is currently heading a BCBS-sponsored sepsis collaborative among Kansas City metro area hospitals and is a contributing faculty member of the ongoing Surviving Sepsis Campaign collaboratives, leading the effort in the Midwest. He is a participant in the 2016 review and update of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines.

June McKoy, MD, MPH, JD, MBA

Associate Professor of Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Medical Education, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

June M. McKoy, MD MPH JD MBA. Dr. McKoy is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Medical Education, anboard certified academic geriatrician, and a NIH funded health services researcher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Feinberg). She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology. A national expert in the field of aging, Dr. McKoy has provided her expertise to organizations and the media as it relates to multiple medical conditions, including infections in older adults. She serves as the program director for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Feinberg and is responsible for all aspects of geriatrics education, including the education of residents and fellows about healthcare associated infections, including sepsis, in long-term care facilities. A licensed Illinois attorney, Dr. McKoy provides pro bono legal services on the local and national levels where she often addresses issues at the intersection of law and medicine.

Carol A. Cunningham, MD, FAAEM, FAEMS

State Medical Director, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS

Dr. Cunningham received her medical degree and completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. She completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Women and Power, and Advanced Crisis Leadership: Innovative Strategies and Designs programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program at The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. She is the 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s James Keaney Leadership Award, is the co-principal investigator for the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project, and served two terms on the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC). Dr. Cunningham was appointed to the Executive Steering Committee of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate’s First Responder Resource Group and serves on multiple organizational boards including the Journal of EMS (JEMS), the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, Eversight, the Tri-C Jazzfest, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Lisa Shieh, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

Lisa Shieh, MD, PhD, is a clinical professor of medicine and hospitalist in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. She earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and PhD in medical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She moved to California, where she did her residency in internal medicine at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and later joined the faculty. Dr. Shieh is currently the medical director for quality in the Division of Hospital Medicine and the associate physician improvement leader in the Department of Medicine. She recently became an associate chief quality officer for Stanford HealthCare (SHC). Dr. Shieh is known for her creation of Septris, an online sepsis education game, which was the winner of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) innovation competition in 2013. She was selected as the SHM representative at the 2016 update of the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines. In 2018, her newest online game “Safety Quest: Teaching QI through Gamification” was an SHM top five innovation oral presentation. At SHC, Dr. Shieh was the inaugural winner of the SHC 2018 Excellence in Quality and Safety Award. Her interests also include mentoring and teaching learners about QI and patient safety. She is currently the medical director of QI programs for Graduate Medical Education and the faculty sponsor for Stanford’s Medical Student QI interest Group.

Nikunj Vyas, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases, Jefferson Health New Jersey

Dr. Vyas, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases currently practicing at Jefferson Health – New Jersey. He currently oversees infectious disease pharmacotherapy and co-chairs Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee in collaboration with Infectious Diseases service. He also serves as a preceptor and mentor to post-doctoral pharmacy residents and students from numerous pharmacy schools. He also serves as a member on numerous committees including Sepsis, Infection Control as well as Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee where he represents Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and/or Clinical Pharmacy Department. Dr. Vyas is also well published in gram positive and gram negative resistant organisms as well as Antimicrobial Stewardship Strategies in an inpatient setting. He also has continued interest in patient quality and safety as well as clinical outcome based research. Dr. Vyas was awarded the Pharmacy Practitioner of the Year for the state of NJ in 2018 by New Jersey Health System Pharmacists which was a big honor for his dedication to Antimicrobial Stewardship and optimizing patient care.

No continuing education credits are offered for this session.

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