When you look for online sepsis education, you want to make sure the faculty and instructors are the very best. The Sepsis Alliance Institute has a wide network of subject matters experts who provide evidence-based sepsis training for healthcare providers. 

Featured Expert:

Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, University of Michigan

Dr. Prescott is an ICU physician and researcher at the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor VA Hospital. She is a member of the International Sepsis Forum and Vice Chair of the 2020 Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines. Her research focuses on sepsis survivorship and is funded by NIH and Dept of Veterans Affairs. She has spoken around the world on sepsis survivorship. Dr. Prescott presents the Caring For Sepsis Survivors webinar. 

 

The Sepsis Alliance Institute Subject Matter Experts

Amy Bowerman, RN, BSN

Executive Director of Senior Network Health, Mohawk Valley Health System

Ms. Bowerman is the Executive Director of Senior Network Health MLTC and the Director of Quality Improvement and Privacy Officer for Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County, part of the Mohawk Valley Health System in Utica, NY. Ms. Bowerman serves as a Board Member for the NYS Home Care Association, and she sits on the HCA Quality Committee, MLTC Forum, and the SEPSIS workgroup.  Amy has over twenty years of nursing experience. She presents the Sepsis and Home Healthcare training module.
 

Gregory Briddick, BSN, RN 

Sepsis Program Coordinator, SUNY Upstate University Hospital

Gregory Briddick is the Sepsis Program Coordinator at SUNY Upstate University Hospital. His areas of responsibility include oversight of all Sepsis initiatives within SUNY Upstate, along with participating in various committees throughout the institution. In his role as Sepsis Program Coordinator, Mr. Briddick actively advocates for the best care we can provide to patients. As Sepsis Program Coordinator at SUNY Upstate, Mr. Briddick serves as a member of the NYSDOH Sepsis Advisory Group, the NYSDOH Sepsis Data Subgroup, and the Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Coordinator Network Advisory Group. Mr. Briddick obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Practice from Lakeview College of Nursing, was inducted as a founding member into the Lakeview College of Nursing Honor Society, and is currently licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse in Illinois and New York. He has established himself as a clinical expert, as demonstrated by his Certified Critical-Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) and Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) certifications. Mr. Briddick is currently enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago pursuing a Masters in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree, and is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He presents the Informatics Basics webinar. 
 

Mike Broyles, PharmD

Director of Pharmacy and Laboratory Services, St. Bernard's Five Rivers

Dr. Broyles earned his BSPharm from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and his PharmD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, with a primary focus of antibiotic stewardship since 1992. Dr. Broyles has been the Pharmacy Advisory Chairman for Community Health Systems for 18 years, establishing clinical initiatives for the organization. He provides consulting for bioMérieux, Inc., Roche Diagnostics, Abbott Diagnostics, Fujirebio, and ThermoFisher on PCT aided guidance for antibiotic use stewardship programs, as well as for more than 24 IDN’s on stewardship topics. Dr. Broyle has more than nine years’ experience using, researching, and publishing on stewardship and the use of PCT to improve stewardship activities. He has also assisted in development of stewardship software products for pharmacy and hospitals, including: TheraTrac, TheraTrac 2, TheraDoc, Stellara, ICNet, and ABX Alert for antimicrobial stewardship use in hospital ABS programs. Dr. Broyles presents the Empowering Antibiotic Stewardship: Understanding the Use of Procalcitonin webinar.
 

Al Cardillo, MSW

President and CEO, Home Care Association of New York State

Al Cardillo is the President and CEO of the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA), a statewide organization of over 300 home care agencies, hospices, managed long-term care plans, waiver programs, allied organizations, and individuals. He has served as Executive Director for Health in the NYS Senate and program specialist for the NYS Division of Medical Assistance. He presents the Sepsis and Home Healthcare training module.
 

Angel Coz, MD, FCCP

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Kentucky

Dr. Coz is a Pulmonary and Critical Care specialist, the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He holds multiple leadership positions at the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), and has been awarded the Distinguished CHEST Educator (DCE) designation for two years in a row. Dr. Coz presents the Sepsis: Common, Lethal, and Unrecognized and Communicating with Sepsis Patients: A Survivor's Story webinars.
 

Angela Craig, APN, MS, CCNS

ICU Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Angela has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for over 20 years.  The past 10 years, she has worked with Cookeville Regional Medical Center as the Clinical Nurse Specialist for ICU and works with their sepsis initiative.  She chairs the Sepsis Team at the hospital and CRMC was the first hospital in the state of TN to get sepsis certification through the Joint Commission. She has presented at the national, state and local level on sepsis. She presents the Sepsis Data Abstraction webinar. 
 

Marnie Doubek, MD, FAAFP

Mother of Zachary, a Pediatric Sepsis Survivor

Dr. Doubek attended medical school at SUNY Health Science Center, Brooklyn and graduated in 1997. In 2000, she opened a private office providing primary care. In 2013, her practice became part of Atlantic Medical Group. She is the lead physician in their Millburn, NJ office. In 2014, Dr. Doubek's 11-year-old son, Zachary, developed severe sepsis due to an infection in his femur. He survived, but she recognized the need to raise sepsis awareness in the medical community and the public. Dr. Doubek presents the Surviving Pediatric Sepsis: What's Next? webinar.
 

Rommie L. Duckworth, BS, LP

Rommie L. Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and award-winning educator with thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and public and private emergency medical services. Rom is currently a career fire Captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator with the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department, Founder and Director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine, Editorial Director of RescueDigest.com, and an emergency services advocate and speaker at conferences around the world. Rom offers keynote presentations and educational programs on leadership development, educational methodology, clinical health care topics and emergency services operations, in addition to consultation and coaching for organizations and individuals through the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom is also on the Advisory Board of Directors for Sepsis Alliance. He presents the Sepsis: First Response webinar. 
 

Reena Duseja, MD, MS

Chief Medical Officer for Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group in the Centers for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Dr. Duseja is an emergency medicine physician and prior to coming to CMS, was an Associate Professor at the University of California, where she led quality improvement activities in a large county hospital and was awarded funding by NIH to conduct studies related to improving patient care and value for the health system. She received her MS in Health Economics at Wharton, Heath Care Management and Economics, at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Duseja presents the Meeting the Sepsis CMS Measures webinar. 
 

Graciela Eldridge, RN, ADN

Maternal Sepsis Survivor

Graciela has been a Perinatal nurse for 29 years. In her early nursing career, she was an educator for University of Davis Medical Center, with an emphasis in cultural diversity in child bearing and child rearing practices of women. She worked for Woodland Memorial Hospital as community Lamaze instructor. Graciela has worked for the past 21 years at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento hospital. She is currently a Staff IV RN. She is an advanced preceptor in Labor and Delivery and her specialty is in the OR working with mothers having Cesarean Sections. She presents the Maternal Sepsis webinar.

 

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Angela Graf, BSN, MSN, NP

Director of Clinical Excellence, St. Joseph Health Queen of the Valley

Angela is a professional nurse leader with more than 17 years of nursing experience and more than 10 years in nursing and quality leadership roles. She has created and implemented successful quality and performance initiatives. These have a lasting impact on the lives of patients and caregivers and have the added benefit to improve the hospitals economic livelihood and community reputation. She presents the Conundrum of Maternal Sepsis: A Devastating Complication webinar. 
 

Frankie Hamilton, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN-K, PCCN-K, CNML

Sepsis Quality Specialist, Lenox Hill Hospital

Frankie leads projects revolving around sepsis care performance improvement, collects and reports sepsis data to the NYS Department of Health, and presents the hospital’s sepsis care metrics to senior leadership for review. He also co-facilitates an Opioid Steering Committee with the CMO of Lenox Hill to establish compliance with the newest Joint Commission standards on pain control. Frankie utilizes his knowledge, varied professional experience, and recent business degree to effect large scale change in sepsis care and continue to raise sepsis awareness. He presents the Sepsis Champions: How Hospital-wide Involvement Changes Sepsis Care webinar.
 

Jeff Hersh, PhD, MD

Chief Medical Officer, GE Healthcare

Jeff Hersh is the Chief Medical Officer for GE HealthCare Systems.  With over 30 years' experience as a practicing physician, Dr. Hersh has been Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine. He holds a medical degree from the University of Miami and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Yale, has published and presented hundreds of articles and lectures, and holds multiple patents (including two in AI).
 

Michael Hooper, MD, MSc

Vice President Medical Affairs, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Dr. Hooper has extensive clinical and research experience in the detection and treatment of septic patients. Dr. Hooper has published original research on electronic systems for detecting patients with developing sepsis in an intensive care unit and has assisted in developing processes for sepsis development in 2 healthcare systems. He presents the Unlocking the Potential of AI in Sepsis Care webinar.
 

Cindy Hou, DO, MA, MBA, FACOI, FACP, FIDSA

Infection Control Officer, Jefferson Health

Cindy Hou, DO, is the Infection Control Officer and infectious diseases specialist at Jefferson Health New Jersey. Her hospital system was nationally recognized by Sepsis Alliance as a Sepsis Hero in 2016. She is the physician lead for the hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Sepsis on the Floors Task Force, Infection Control Committee, and more. Dr. Hou has been a passionate advocate for early detection, prevention, education, and management of sepsis in the community hospital setting. She has helped to champion the development of nurse-initiated policies, old school education, and the impact of multi-disciplinary teams on survival of patients with sepsis. She has also studied the impact of mandatory infectious disease consults on C. Diff infections and severe sepsis. She also serves as the physician champion for the NJHA’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative. In 2018, she was a recipient of Heroes of Infection Prevention Award in Patient Safety from APIC. She is also on the Sepsis Alliance Advisory Board of Directors. Dr. Hou presents the COVID-19 and Sepsis webinar.
 

Catherine (Terri) Hough, MD, MSc

Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University of Washington

Terri Hough is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Hough is an intensivist, working in the Medical and Trauma-Surgical ICUs at Harborview Medical Center. She is an NIH-funded researcher focused on improving outcomes after critical illness and injury. She is Principal Investigator of the Pacific Northwest Clinical Center of the NHLBI-funded PETAL Network, and Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator on many ongoing clinical trials, implementation science, and epidemiologic studies of patients with ARDS, sepsis, and chronic critical illness. Dr. Hough received a B.A. in Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, M.D. at the University of California, San Francisco, and a M.Sc. in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She did her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has been at the University of Washington since 1999. Dr. Hough presents the Post-Sepsis Syndrome: Recognition and Management webinar.
 

Marla Jones, BSN, RN

Quality Improvement Coordinator, Bon Secours Mercy Health

Marla received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State University in Pennsylvania.  She has been in the Mercy Health System for 36 years in various positions, such as Assistant Manager of ICCU/CCU, Coordinator of Critical Care Education, Manager of Case Management, and QI Coordinator for the last 9 years. Marla also held certification as a CCRN and ACM along with ACLS instructor. Marla devotes her community service to Relay for Life in Trumbull County and was August 2018 Relay calendar girl. She presents the Sepsis Data Abstraction webinar. 
 

Sarah Kabbani, MD, MSc

Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sarah Kabbani, MD, MSc, is an adult infectious disease physician in the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Kabbani completed her internal medicine residency at Wayne State University in Michigan. After working as an academic hospitalist for two years at Beaumont Health System, she joined Emory University in 2011 for her post-doctoral infectious disease fellowship. During her fellowship, she completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research at Emory working with population surveillance data and was awarded an NIH T32 training grant in vaccinology. In 2016, Dr. Kabbani joined the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship where her areas of concentration include older adult and long term care antibiotic stewardship. Dr. Kabbani presents the Antibiotic Stewardship and Sepsis: A Balancing Act webinar. 
 

Katarina Lannér-Cusin, MD, FACOG 

Medical Director, Women's Services, Sutter Health

Dr. Katarina Lannér-Cusin is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Berkeley, California and is affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center-Berkeley. She received her medical degree and completed her residency in OB Gyn at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She was part of the implementation team for the Sepsis Initiative at Sutter Health. She is presently the Medical Director for Women’s Services at ABSMC and also the co-chair for the Sutter OB Quality Committee. She presents the Maternal Sepsis webinar.
 

Heath Latham, MD, FCCP

Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Kansas University Medical Center

Dr. Latham has been on KUMC's faculty since 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.  He is the program director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.  He provides clinical service and educates students, residents, and fellows in the clinical setting. Dr. Latham works with the Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine fellows in the medical intensive care unit, on inpatient pulmonary consults, and in the outpatient pulmonary clinic. Dr. Latham presents the Fluid Resuscitation and Sepsis webinar.
 

Maile Le Boeuf

Maternal Sepsis Survivor

In June 2015, Maile admitted herself to the ER. She stopped breathing and was placed in a medically induced coma for two weeks. When she awoke, she learned she had just survived sepsis, which she had never heard of before. The source was an undetected strep infection contracted in childbirth nine days earlier. Her true battle began after waking to blackened limbs and immense long-term complications. Maile was a recipient of the 2019 Sepsis Heroes award. Read more about her story here. She presents the Conundrum of Maternal Sepsis: A Devastating Complication webinar. 
 

Melissa Lin, MS, CPHQ, LSSBB

Transformation Sensei, Virginia Mason Institute

Melissa coaches and guides health care leaders and providers worldwide through their cultural transformation toward lean as their management method. She focuses on strategic planning, board governance and strategic partnerships. She earned her master’s degree from The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and she is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Professional of Healthcare Quality.
 

Jakob McSparron, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan

Jakob McSparron, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. McSparron attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and completed residency in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell. He went on to complete fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Harvard Combined Training Program. He currently serves as Associate Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship and Associate Director of the Critical Care Medicine Unit. His clinical and scholarly interests include ARDS, sepsis, post-ICU outcomes, and medical education. He is the clinical director of the UM-PULSE clinic. He presents the Improving Sepsis Survivorship: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimize Post-Sepsis Care webinar. 
 

Rima Mohammad, PharmD

Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Michigan Medicine

Rima A. Mohammad is a Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Michigan College, of Pharmacy, as well as a Post-ICU Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at Michigan Medicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy at University of Cincinnati in 2004 and completed her pharmacy practice and critical care specialty residency at the University of Michigan in 2006. She is board certified specialist in pharmacotherapy and a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP). Rima is a key member of the interprofessional team caring for ICU survivors and caregivers at the University of Michigan Michigan Medicine, Post ICU Longitudinal Survivor Experience [PULSE] clinic. She has almost 14 years of acute care patient care experiences, developing and implementing innovative clinical services, research and teaching. She presents the Improving Sepsis Survivorship: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimize Post-Sepsis Care webinar. 


Karin Molander, MD, FACEP

Emergency Medicine Physician, Mills Peninsula Emergency Medicine Associates

Karin Molander, MD, FACEP, is an emergency medicine physician who provides emergency care to patients in the community setting, analyzes quality of care, and is passionate about patient education. She received her MD from Rush Medical College in 1996 and completed her emergency medicine residency at Stanford University in 1999. She became involved with sepsis at Mills Peninsula Medical Center in 2007 training intensivists in central line placement to prepare them for Early Goal Directed Therapy (an initial Surviving Sepsis Campaign piece). She then joined the MPMC Sepsis Committee in 2009 and became chair in 2011, and participated in the LEAN process to develop a sepsis initiative for Sutter Area Hospitals. This led to electronic health record (EPIC) order sets, screening tools, and standard work for management of the septic shock and the severe sepsis patient within the Sutter RPIW team. They also created identification and treatment protocols that work throughout the Sutter System. She is also on the Sepsis Alliance Board of Directors. Dr. Molander presents the COVID-19 and Sepsis webinar.
 

Lori Muhr, DNP, MHSM/MHA

Sepsis Program Coordinator, JPS Health Network

Lori brings over 30 years of clinical, managerial, and educational experience to this project. She has a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice, a dual Master’s Degree in Management and Administration, is certified Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, and works as an Advance Practice Nurse. She has experience in ED, Critical Care, and Community Health. Lori has experience working in rural hospitals, Level 1 Trauma centers, For-Profit and Not-for-profit organizations, all of which bring a unique perspective in her ability to reach all levels of healthcare providers. She has recently led JPS Hospital to achieve Joint Commission - Disease Specific Certification in Sepsis and has led them to be the first community safety net hospital to receive this designation. Her ability to simplify complex issues and passion for teaching comes through in her energetic and motivational style. She presents the Sepsis Case Studies webinar. 
 

Lori Olvera, DNP, RNC-OB, EFM-C

Perinatal Educator, Sutter Medical Center

Lori has been a nurse for over 35 years and practiced most of her career in women’s health including labor and delivery, mother-baby and special care nursery. She was an educator for various colleges and universities for 20 years and is currently a Clinical Nurse Educator for High Risk Maternity and Labor & Delivery at Sutter Medical Center Sacramento. Lori received a Doctor of Clinical Practice in 2015. She presents the Maternal Sepsis webinar.

 

Mark Piehl, MD

Pediatric Intensivist, WakeMed Children's and Founder and Chief Medical Officer, 410 Medical Innovation

Dr. Piehl served as Medical Director of the WakeMed Children's Hospital and Director of Pediatrics at WakeMed Physician Practices from 2009 to 2015. He serves as Medical Advisor for WakeMed Mobile Pediatric Critical Care transport team, and teaches frequently on the pre-hospital management of critically ill children. He has faculty appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Dr. Piehl presents the Fluid Resuscitation and Sepsis webinar.
 

Mari Pitcher, MSW, MBA

Clinical Social Worker, Pulmonary Care, University of Michigan

Mari Pitcher, MSW 2000, MBA 1986 specializes in grief work, trauma work, and patient and family centered care for individuals and families impacted by life changing illnesses. Mari is currently a member of the Michigan Medicine Pulmonary Care Team, providing support to patients and families impacted by PICs, cystic fibrosis, COPD, ILD, and ventilator needs. She has over 18 years of hospice, palliative care, and grief work experience. Additionally, she has worked as a therapist supporting individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), histories of abuse and/or traumatic loss, anxiety, and depression. She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Social Work teaching courses in interpersonal practice with individuals and small groups. She presents the Improving Sepsis Survivorship: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimize Post-Sepsis Care webinar. 
 

Lily Popkin, MSN, RN, CEN

Sepsis Coordinator, Lutheran Medical Center

Lily assesses and oversees the management of potential septic patients or those who have been diagnosed with sepsis. She provides clinical and professional guidance in congruence with evidence-based practice. She has implemented rapid screening and diagnosis with early intervention in the emergency room and inpatient units. Lily was nominated for the Nightingale Award in 2018 for her work in sepsis care. She presents the Sepsis Champions: How Hospital-wide Involvement Changes Sepsis Care webinar. 
 

Darrell Raikes

Sepsis Survivor and Advocate

In May 2015, Darrell had a routine knee replacement surgery. He developed sepsis and septic shock. Twenty days later, he woke up in the ICU. Eighteen months later, he still has lingering problems from his sepsis but uses his experience to educate others. He is a sepsis advocate by giving presentations and helping others cope with the after-effects. He also volunteers at the University of Kentucky Hospital. He presents the Communicating with Sepsis Patients: A Survivor's Story webinar.
 

Cairn Ruhumuliza, RN, MS, CPHQ

Sepsis Coordinator/Abstractor, McLaren Northern Michigan

With over 45 years of experience in nursing, Cairn has had many different roles in the profession. Cairn’s clinical background is primarily critical care, and she has maintained CCRN certification for almost her entire career. Cairn has taught nursing academically for a number of years, in addition to roles in administration/professional development, vendor support education, entrepreneurship, and international nursing. Prior to joining McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Cairn served 3 years as a mentor to the Dean of the School of Nursing in Rwanda, Africa, with the goal of building health care capacity for the Dean, faculty, students, and nurses in the country. This was through a partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Human Resources for Health and the University of Chicago, Illinois. In her current role as Sepsis Coordinator for McLaren Northern Michigan, and as chair of the McLaren system-wide Sepsis Excellence Team, Cairn focuses uniquely on sepsis issues and concerns. This has allowed major advances in patient outcomes, through education, systems management, and careful monitoring and mid-stream adjustments of goals based on data. Cairn is also a member of the Sepsis Coordinator Network Advisory Committee. She presents the Post-Sepsis Syndrome: Recognition and Management webinar. 
 

George Sakoulas, MD

Infectious Diseases Clinician, Sharp Memorial Hospital; Associate Professor at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Dr. Sakoulas earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, and completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 1998. From 1998-1999 he served as chief medical resident in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. From 1999 to 2002, he was a fellow in infectious diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he developed interests in Gram positive infections. He is an active infectious diseases clinician in the Sharp Healthcare System in San Diego. His academic affiliation is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Division of Host-Microbe Systems and Therapeutics where he is part of the Collaborative to Halt Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes (CHARM). Dr. Sakoulas presents the Antibiotic Stewardship and Sepsis: A Balancing Act webinar. 
 

Michael Seelman, BSN, MS

Regional Quality Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health

Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from LaRoche College. Michael joined Mercy Health in 2013 after spending 10 years in various leadership roles at Forum Health/ValleyCare hospital system including 6 years as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of hospital operations. Early in his career, Michael was published for his work in developing a home health nursing program for behavioral health patients. He expanded this effort across 30 states as part of his work with a national home health care agency in the early late 1980s. Michael remains a member of many professional organizations in the region and is very active on several community boards in the Mahoning Valley. He presents the Sepsis Data Abstraction webinar. 
 

Scott Stewart, LSSBB, PMP, CSM

Senior Process Improvement Engineer, Sentara Healthcare

Scott Stewart is a full-time project manager and process improvement engineer for one of the largest healthcare systems in the state of Virginia. He has been in this line of work for over 10 years and has completed multiple projects in the realm of corporate change and innovation.  He holds certifications in project management, agile scrum methodologies, and is a lean six sigma black belt. He presents the Unlocking the Potential of AI in Sepsis Care webinar.
 

Valerie Vaughn, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Medical School and Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System

Valerie Vaughn, MD, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and hospitalist physician at the University of Michigan Medical School and Ann Arbor Veteran’s Association Hospital. Her research focuses on improving the safety of hospitalized patients by combating healthcare associated infections and reducing antibiotic overuse, particularly at hospital discharge. She is Hospitalist Lead for an initiative to improve antibiotic prescribing in a 46-hospital collaborative, the Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium. She has authored over 20 peer-reviewed papers, including high-profile articles for JAMA, BMJ, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Annals of Internal Medicine. She serves as Liaison for the Society of Hospital Medicine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and as a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s Research Committee. Dr. Vaughn presents the Blind Spot of Antibiotic Stewardship: Antibiotic Overuse at Discharge webinar.
 

Scott L. Weiss, MD MSCE FCCM

Assistant Professor, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Weiss completed medical school at Harvard, pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a critical care fellowship at Northwestern/Lurie Children’s Hospital. He serves as the co-Vice Chair for the SCCM/ESICM Pediatric Surviving Sepsis Campaign Taskforce. Dr. Weiss co-directs the Pediatric Sepsis Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which includes post-hospital follow-up for children and their families through the Pediatric Sepsis Survivorship Program. Dr. Weiss presents the Surviving Pediatric Sepsis: What's Next? webinar.