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:


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, the Hospital Acquired Sepsis: Early Recognition and Intervention, the Health Disparities and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Healthcare-Associated Infection Mini-Summit webinars. 


The Sepsis Alliance Institute Subject Matter Experts

Hallie Prescott, MD, MS

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  and the Enhancing Recovery from Sepsis and COVID-19 webinars. 



imagePatti Bennie

Mother of Carson, pediatric sepsis survivor

On June 1, 2007, Patti Bennie gave birth to Carson. Two weeks later, his belly button became infected at the site of the umbilical cord. As his symptoms grew worse, Carson began to develop a low-grade fever and appear to be in pain; his worried parents took him to urgent care, who then transferred him to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. The next morning, Carson went into septic shock. Thankfully, after six days being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit, Carson recovered and now is a lively twelve year old boy with no residual problems related to his septic shock episode. From this experience, Patti is now determined to raise awareness of sepsis in children in the medical community and the public. She presents the Understanding the New Pediatric Sepsis Guidelines webinar.

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 and the and the COVID-19, Sepsis, and Home Health Care webinar.


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 and the Sepsis in the Time of COVID-19: Perspectives From Front-line Sepsis Coordinators webinars. 

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. 

imageMichael Crosser, MD

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine at KU Medical Center, University of Kansas

Dr. Michael Crosser grew up in the Kansas City metropolitan area and received much of his education nearby.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Missouri in 1998 and his medical degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2002.  Both his Internal Medicine residency and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowships were completed at the University of Kansas, where he ultimately joined the faculty in 2008. Dr Crosser’s clinical and research focus is with adult cystic fibrosis care and he presently serves as the Assistant Program Director at the Adult CF Center at KU.  He has been Section Chief of the outpatient pulmonary medicine clinic since 2009 where current clinic activity includes greater than 40 providers across 3 separate sites.  Additionally, as an appointed member to the University of Kansas Healthcare System’s eIPAC committee since 2013, Dr. Crosser focuses on EMR and other IT support programs and how they influence provider work efficiency, quality, and satisfaction. Dr. Crosser presents the Mobilizing Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar.

imageKimberly DeNicolo, MSN, RN

Emergency Department Quality Coordinator, Ann & Robert H. Lurie's Children's Hospital of Chicago

As a winner of the Sepsis Alliance pediatric nursing award, Kimberly is the nursing lead for her hospital’s ED multidisciplinary sepsis committee as well as a member of CHA’s Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) inpatient and facilitation teams. She collaborates with the inpatient sepsis teams by sharing the ED improvement work and helps tailor future interventions based on their experience within acute care areas. She presents the Nurses Challenging Sepsis: Saving Children's Lives 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 and the Sepsis: Pediatric First Response webinars.

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.



 Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD

Founder, Sepsis Alliance

As the founder of the American Sepsis Alliance in 2003 which became the Sepsis Alliance in 2007, Dr. Flatley has been immersed in spreading sepsis education and awareness. He has given hundreds of talks to a wide variety of different audiences, both professional and non-professional and worked with the CDC and the Global Sepsis Alliance on several projects concerning awareness and implementation of sepsis protocols. While creating a legacy for his daughter, Erin, who died unnecessarily from septic shock, Dr. Flatley has created and funded several awards to recognize outstanding individuals yearly who excel in sepsis works. The Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award, the Erin’s' Campaign for Kids and Global Sepsis Alliance International Awards highlight Erin’s' life and outstanding individuals, institutions and sepsis initiatives Worldwide. Erin's Foundation has been the largest and longest supporter of the Sepsis Alliance, "So More Survive". Dr. Flatley presents the Nurses Challenging Sepsis: Saving Children's Lives webinar. 


Cara Fleming, AGPCNP-BC, AOCNP

Nurse Practitioner, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Cara Fleming, AGPCNP-BC, AOCNP, is a Nurse Practitioner working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) since 2008. She is board certified as an Adult Geriatric Primary Care NP by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also recognized for her specialty as an Advanced Oncology Certified NP by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. She has dedicated her clinical practice to the acute care of oncology patients while working in the Urgent Care Center and later the Intensive Care Unit. During her time in Critical Care, she served as the principle Clinical Program Manager for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Sepsis Program, developing many institutional advances in sepsis education, protocol, and procedures. She also served on the New York State Department of Health Sepsis Advisory Board. She has since taken her practice to the outpatient arena where she works in MSK’s acute care clinic called the Symptomatic Care Clinic in Bergen County, New Jersey. Sepsis has always remained a primary concern when evaluating her oncology patients. She presents the the Sepsis and Oncology module.


 Kelly Gilrain, PhD

Director, Psychological Services Director, Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Health Psychologist, Hospital Medicine, Cooper University Healthcare

Dr. Gilrain serves as the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Cooper University Hospital. Her undergraduate is in Psychology from Hunter College – CUNY on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. She remained there for her Master’s degree focusing on eating behaviors and diversity. She took time off from academics to explore careers in medicine and psychology working at the American Red Cross, Helene Fuld Medical Center and Princeton University Wellness Center. She opted to return to graduate school at Drexel University pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Health Psychology.

She has worked in Health Psychology for the past 15 years within the following areas: somatic/conversion disorders, in particular PNES at Jefferson University Hospital, Temple’s cardiac transplant unit and burn unit and at Pennsylvania Hospital in the Consultation-Liaison Service. She has completed training and evaluations at various neuropsychology clinics in the Philadelphia area focused on both health and forensic concerns. Her interests lie in chronic medical issues, end of life concerns, death and dying, trauma, behavioral medicine program development and provider wellness.

She has taught Psychology and Humanities courses in college and universities in the NY and Philadelphia area over the past 24 years. She holds Academic Professorships at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University (CMSRU) as well as Rowan University.

She has been with Cooper since 2010 and developed and implemented the Consultation-Liaison Service within the Medical Hospital under the Department of Hospital Medicine. She has supervised psychology externs since 2010 and has presented at national conferences with Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) discussing ways to further Health Psychology programs and training in Academic Medical Centers. She and her team have a robust externship program and are in process of seeking an APA Accredited Psychology Internship program as well. Dr. Gilrain presents the Managing Healthcare Providers' Mental and Physical Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 webinar. 


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. 


Jeffrey Groeger, MD

Chief, Urgent Care Services, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jeffrey S. Groeger, MD is Chief of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) Urgent Care Service.  After receiving his MD from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Groeger completed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, and then his fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Dr. Groeger subsequently began practice at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he has been for 39 years. Over the course of his career in urgent care at MSK, Dr. Groeger has had extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in cancer patients. Dr. Groeger presents the Sepsis and Oncology module.

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 HospitalDr. 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.


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. 



Niranjan "Tex" Kissoon, MBBS, MD, FRCP(C), FAAP, MCCM, FACPE

Executive Medical Director, Children's and Women's Global Health
Co-Chair, Surviving Sepsis Campaign Children’s Guidelines Panel

Niranjan Kissoon is Professor, BC Children’s Hospital and UBC Global Child Health, Department of Pediatric and Emergency Medicine University of British Columbia. Niranjan Kissoon is Past President of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS); Professor, Pediatric and Surgery at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He holds the UBC BC Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Acute and Critical Care for Global Child Health is Vice President, Global Alliance for Sepsis (GSA), Co-Chair, World Sepsis Day, International Pediatric Sepsis Initiative, and the Pediatric Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guideline Committee. He also currently serves on Sepsis Alliance's Advisory Board.

In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Kissoon was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Career Award by the AAP for his contribution to the society and discipline; in 2015, he was awarded the SCCM Master of Critical Care Medicine Award and the BNS Walia PGIMER Golden Jubilee Oration Award in India. In 2016, Dr.  Kissoon received the UBC Canada Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence; and in 2019, Dr. Kissoon received a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine for outstanding contributions to the Society for the eighth time. In 2018, Dr. Kissoon received the UWI Distinguished Service Award, and is also the Recipient of the 2020 Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri Award, presented by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) for exemplary and pioneering achievements in the care of critically ill and injured infants and children. Dr. Kisson presents the Understanding the New Pediatric Sepsis Guidelines 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. She presents the Increasing Clinician Buy-in to Improve Sepsis Care webinar.


Tracy Lowerre, BSN, MSN, RN

Nurse Clinician, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Health

As one of the two winners of the Sepsis Alliance pediatric nursing award, Tracy has worked in the pediatric ICU for nearly 20 years and is the co-chair of her hospital’s pediatric sepsis committee. She works closely with leadership, IT and other units on innovations to improve treatment for septic patients. She also works to change processes that improve antibiotic administration times within the system. She presents the Nurses Challenging Sepsis: Saving Children's Lives webinar. 

imageCharles G. Macias, MD, MPH

Chief Quality Officer and Vice Chair of Quality and Division Chief for Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's system of Care, Cleveland Ohio

Charles Macias is the Chief Quality Officer and Vice Chair of Quality for the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s system of care in Cleveland Ohio and its Division Chief for Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He is a co-chair of the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes Quality Improvement Collaborative of the Children's Hospital Association - a collaborative of over 54 institutions dedicated to decreasing mortality and morbidity from sepsis. He was the chairman of the Pediatric Septic Shock Collaborative of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the former chairman of a pediatric asthma collaborative for the Texas Pediatric Society. He serves as the executive director of the national Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center, utilizing improvement science to support the EMSC program in 58 states and territories. Most recently, he was elected to the newly created subspecialty seat on the Board of Director’s for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Macias presents the the Sepsis: Pediatric First Response webinar.

imageImrana Malik, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Urgent Care, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Imrana Malik, MD, DABSM, FCCP, is an associate professor in the Department of Critical Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), and is primarily involved in direct patient care in the medical and surgical intensive care units. Her main clinical research interest involves sepsis in cancer patients. She is the co-chair of the Sepsis Committee at MDACC, the mission for which is to decrease mortality from sepsis in cancer patients. Through the Sepsis Committee, she has planned and hosted annual World Sepsis Awareness Day events at MDACC since 2012. For these events, she also created educational videos about sepsis for pediatric, adult, and elderly populations, which can all be viewed on YouTube. In addition, she has organized the World Sepsis Day events and Annual Symposium (One Voice for Sepsis) for the Texas Medical Center, as chair of the multi-institutional TMC Sepsis Collaborative. She has also participated in the planning committee for the Annual Symposium of the Texas Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) from 2012-2014. Dr. Malik presents the Sepsis and Oncology module.

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 and the COVID-19, Sepsis, and Home Health Care webinars.

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. 


Pamela Nicklaus, MD, FACS

Pediatric ENT Surgeon, Telemedicine at Children's Mercy

Pamela Nicklaus, MD is a practicing pediatric otolaryngologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Kansas. Dr. Nicklaus trained in otolaryngology at the University of Rochester and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. She established the section of pediatric otolaryngology at the University of New Mexico before coming to Kansas City. She founded the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital and ran the program for 10 years. Dr. NIcklaus established the otolaryngology telehealth program at CMH in 2016, and most recently deployed telehealth across the division of otolaryngology at Children’s Mercy Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Nicklaus presents the Mobilizing Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic 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.


Maria Teresa Palleschi, DNP RN APRN-BC CCRN

Director, Patient Care Services, Magnet and Sepsis, Detroit Receiving and Harper / Hutzel Hospitals 

Maria Teresa Palleschi DNP RN APRN-BC CCRN is a Nurse Practitioner and Director of Patient Care Services at Harper / Hutzel Hospital and Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and Masters of Science in nursing from Wayne State University and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Madonna University. Dr. Palleschi has forty two years of experience in critical care nursing with 22 of those years as an advanced practice nurse. Currently, she is the Director of Patient Care Services, including sepsis, stroke, and Magnet programs. She has facilitated the development and implementation of many programs and protocols at the Detroit Medical Center including sepsis care, the epidural pain service, early mobility, palliative care, prevention of hospital acquired infections, ICU pain, analgesia, and delirium protocol, as well as pressure injury prevention and management strategies. Throughout her career, she has facilitated staff involvement in the exploration and implementation of evidence based practice at the bedside. She is an advisor for multiple shared decision making councils including critical and acute care professional nurse councils. She was the co-chair of the Detroit Medical Center Critical Care Committee for over 8 years and serves as an advisor for multiple shared decision making councils in acute and critical care. Dr. Palleschi presents the Sepsis for the Advanced Practice Provider 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. 


Christa A. Schorr, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FCCM

Clinical Nurse Scientist, Critical Care, Cooper University Healthcare

Dr. Schorr is a Clinical Nurse Scientist at Cooper University Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University. During her 25+ years in nursing, she has practiced clinically, directed critical care quality improvement and clinical research and was the Program Manager for a North American sepsis clinical trial. Dr. Schorr received her Diploma in Nursing from Helene Fuld School of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University and her Masters of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice degrees from Drexel University.

Dr. Schorr has lectured nationally and internationally and has authored or co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts. Working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dr. Schorr was part of the three-member team that developed, field tested and finalized the content of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) performance improvement (PI) software and revision, which was used worldwide. Dr. Schorr has served as national faculty for Phase III and IV Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) SSC Collaboratives and three statewide collaboratives in NJ, RI and MD.

Dr. Schorr is a member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Steering Committee, is the current SSC Guidelines Committee Group Head for long-term outcomes and goals of care and is the SSCM’s Quality & Safety Committee liaison to the CDC Heathcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Dr. Schorr continues to stress the importance of early sepsis identification, care processes, outcomes and the significance of patient and family engagement. Dr. Schorr presents the Managing Healthcare Providers' Mental and Physical Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 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. 


Denton Shanks, DO, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at KU Medical Center, University of Kansas

Denton is a Family Physician and a Medical Director of Innovation, Telehealth, & Informatics within the University of Kansas Health System where he’s championing Virtual Healthcare projects and driving the digital health strategy forward. He’s also an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and works with the Inter-professional Clinic with students and resident physicians. He is active in global health organizations that engage student learners, and helps to promote public health and sustainable continuity primary care around the world. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry, Spanish, and Chemistry at Kansas State University, a Master’s in Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed Family Medicine Residency at Unity Health Care in Washington D.C. He presents the Mobilizing Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar.


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. Dr. Simpson presents the COVID-19: Current Treatment Guidelines for the Critically Ill webinar.

imageSue Sirianni, RN, DNP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CCRN

Lead Nurse Practitioner, SICU, Sinai Grace Hospital

Sue Sirianni DNP ACNP-BC ANP-BC CCRN is the SICU Lead Nurse Practitioner at the Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital.  She practices with the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) service where she manages critically ill and injured patients along with the SICU resident team. Dr. Sirianni’s DNP research was based on improving sepsis care across the DMC adult hospitals by improving application of the Sepsis guidelines. Her research resulted in improved time to antibiotics, decreased time to obtaining blood cultures and improvement of obtaining lactic acid. She is the hospital sepsis lead and has helped the hospital achieve a sepsis mortality rate of just over 10% by ensuring application of evidence-based practice. She has lectured extensively on the management of sepsis for a variety of different providers. She also started the first ever public awareness program with Dr. Palleschi in Michigan. She presents the Sepsis for the Advanced Practice Provider 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?  and the Sepsis in Kids: It's Not a Small Problem webinars.


E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine and Critical Care, Associate Director of Aging Research, VA GRECC, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH is a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Associate Director for Research for the VA Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center (GRECC). He is also the co-director of the Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center. He has a subspecialty training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and a particular passion for care of older critically ill patients. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Ely and the CIBS Center designed and conducted multiple federally and institutionally funded COVID-related investigations Dr. Ely’s research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of critically ill patients with ICU-acquired brain disease (manifested acutely as delirium and chronically as acquired dementia.) The CIBS Center has amassed thousands of patients into cohort studies and randomized trials answering vital questions about ICU acquired brain disease and other components of ICU survivorship. His team developed the primary tool (CAM-ICU, translated into 30+ languages) which is used to measure delirium in ICU-based trials and clinically at the bedside in ICUs worldwide. Dr. Ely has been continuously federally funded (NIA and/or VA) for over 15 years. He has over 450 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 published book chapters and editorials. He presents the Surviving COVID-19: The Path to Optimal Recovery webinar. 

Carla Sevin, MD

Director, The ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt; Medical Director, Pulmonary Patient Care Center; Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Carla Sevin received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her M.D. from the University of South Florida. She trained in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and completed a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship there. She has received additional sub specialty training at the Universtitäts Spital in Zürich, Switzerland, and the University of California in San Francisco, CA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. Her professional interests and experience focus strongly on inpatient pulmonary and critical care medicine as well as the care of patients after critical illness. Since 2011 she has led the development and implementation of the ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt (formerly the Vanderbilt ICU Survivor Clinic). In 2014 she assumed the directorship of the Pulmonary Patient Care Center at Vanderbilt. In addition to caring for a robust inpatient and outpatient population of pulmonary patients, including those recovering from critical illness, she has worked with the THRIVE Task force of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) to further awareness, research, and education about post intensive care syndrome (PICS), and in 2017 started the THRIVE Post ICU Clinic Collaborative. Through these efforts she has had the opportunity to speak with patients, caregivers, intensivists, primary care physicians, allied health professionals and hospital administrators about the pressing need to define this syndrome and develop a means to diagnose and treat it. She is often invited to speak on the role of ICU aftercare programs in our changing healthcare environment, and the benefits and barriers to creating such programs in practice. She presents the Surviving COVID-19: The Path to Optimal Recovery webinar

James C. Jackson, PsyD

Director of Long-Term Outcomes, ICU Recovery Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

James Jackson, PsyD is the Assistant Director of The ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt (one of the only clinics in the United States devoted to treating survivors of critical illness), a Research Associate Professor, and the lead psychologist for the CIBS Center at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He earned his PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology at Biola University in July 2001, completed a psychology residency at the Vanderbilt/VA Psychology Consortium, and was a VA Clinical Research Center of Excellence (CRCOE) Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the Oliver Zangwill Center in Ely, England, where he received extensive training in neuropsychological rehabilitation. A licensed psychologist and active researcher and clinician, he is one of the world’s leading authorities on depression, PTSD, and cognitive functioning in survivors of critical illness. He has authored over 90 scientific publications in leading scientific journals and has been interviewed in articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and many other prominent media venues. Dr. Jackson is a popular lecturer and has spoken at academic meetings, major universities and medical centers around the globe. He presents the Surviving COVID-19: The Path to Optimal Recovery webinar


Kelly Nguyen, MSN, RN, PHN

Clinical Advisor, Sepsis Alliance

For over ten years, Kelly has worked to improve care for patients with sepsis. With a background in emergency nursing and performance improvement, Kelly created the sepsis program for a hospital system in the Bay Area. She also initiated a county collaborative of sepsis coordinators to enhance care delivery for patients with sepsis throughout the healthcare continuum. Kelly has presented both educational and facility specific outcomes at a number of venues locally, nationally, and abroad. She presents the Strategies for Improving Sepsis Care and Sepsis 101 for Nurses webinars. 

Marianne Kraemer, RN, MPA, Ed. M, CENP, CCRN-K

AVP, Quality and Safety, Jefferson Health - New Jersey

Marianne Kraemer, RN is AVP Quality and Safety for Jefferson Health -New Jersey.  She has been co chair of the Sepsis committee since 2013.  She has been instrumental in working with the various clinical departments for improvement in work flows which has lead to earlier recognition of sepsis.  Marianne is also an original member of the Antibiotic Stewardship committee.  Marianne was also part of the faculty for New Jersey Hospital Association Antibiotic Stewardship 3 year project ending 2019. She presents the Hospital Acquired Sepsis: Early Recognition and Intervention webinar.  

Amesh Adalja, MD, FIDSA

Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security

Dr. Adalja is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. His work is focused on emerging infectious disease, pandemic preparedness, and biosecurity. Dr. Adalja has served on US government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of plague, botulism, and anthrax in mass casualty settings and the system of care for infectious disease emergencies. He is currently a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Precision Medicine working group; he previously served on their public health and diagnostics committees. He was formerly a member of the National Quality Forum’s Infectious Disease Standing Committee and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System, with which he was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake; he was also selected for their mobile acute care strike team. Dr. Adalja’s expertise is frequently sought by international and national media.
Dr. Adalja completed 2 fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh—one in infectious diseases, for which he served as chief fellow, and one in critical care medicine. He completed a combined residency in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served as chief resident and as a member of the infection control committee. He was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 2010 through 2017 and is currently an adjunct assistant professor there.He is a graduate of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, and he obtained a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University. He presents the Sepsis and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Understanding the Connection webinar. 


Quality and Patient Safety Program Manager, UH/CVC, Michigan Medicine

Pat Posa is the Quality and Patient Safety Program Manager for UH/CVC at Michigan Medicine. In this role she is responsible for development, measurement and sustainability of the UH/CVC segment quality and patient safety program. Pat most recently was a Quality Excellence Leader for St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Southeastern Michigan leading initiatives to reduce hospital acquired conditions, improve patient outcomes for critically ill patients and reduce readmissions. She also works as the Population Health Clinical Integration Leader. In this role she has implemented a risk prediction tool and associated interventions within the hospital and post-acute settings. She also works as a Quality Excellence Leader for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She has held various roles in healthcare in the hospital, ambulatory setting and health plan over her 40 years in practice including manager of inpatient critical care units, Director of Nursing and administrator of an outpatient multispecialty/primary care clinic. Pat has been involved in many quality and patient safety programs such as hospital- and system-wide sepsis management programs and a statewide Keystone ICU patient safety initiative. She has been faculty for multiple state and national clinical collaboratives including the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Phase IV Collaborative, the national project on Comprehensive Unit Safety Program (CUSP) for Mechanically Ventilated Patients and Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Liberation Collaborative. Through Pat's leadership, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital was awarded the HHS/Critical Care Societies Outstanding Leadership in Eliminating CLABSI and VAP in 2011. She was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013. Pat was also awarded the Michigan Hospital Association Quality and Patient Safety Leadership Award in 2017.

Pat has published many articles in both clinical and quality journals. She lectures and consults extensively nationally on sepsis, various critical care, patient safety and quality topics. She received a Bachelor in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan and her Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant Michigan. She presents the Sepsis: Skilled Nursing and Long Term Care webinar. 

Kristen M.J. Azar, R.N., MSN/MPH

Research Scientist, Sutter Health Center for Health Systems Research 

Ms. Azar is a health services researcher at the Sutter Health Center for Health Systems Research (East Campus, currently operating as Sutter's Research Development and Dissemination) and has worked with Sutter’s Research Enterprise since 2009. She has diverse clinical experience as a public health and preventive cardiology nurse both domestically and abroad, and has worked with vulnerable and socioeconomically diverse populations throughout her career. Her research expertise includes improving the prevention and management of chronic conditions such as cardiometabolic diseases and mental illness. She also develops and evaluates innovative behavioral interventions, exploring how health technology can be used to enhance care and improve care outcomes. Ms. Azar’s research is aimed at identifying and addressing health disparities and examining the impact of social determinants of health on chronic disease risk and management. She is a founding member of Sutter’s Advancing Health Equity initiative, led by Dr. Steve Lockhart, and continues to serve on Sutter’s Health Equity Leadership Team.  She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program for Epidemiology and Translational Science at the University of California, San Francisco. She presents the Health Disparities and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar. 

Oscar Casillas, MD 

Medical Director, Emergency Department, Martin Luther King Jr Community Hospital 

Born in Santa Monica, CA and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Casillas obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He then completed medical school at UC San Diego before returning home to Los Angeles for Emergency Medicine residency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. In 2007, he joined the medical staff at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center. In 2015, Dr. Casillas moved into a new position as Medical Director for the Emergency Department at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) and helped open this new non-profit hospital in South Los Angeles. Since 2015, MLKCH has quickly grown into one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Los Angeles County. While at MLKCH, Dr. Casillas has been an active medical staff participant, serving on the Medical Executive Committee and numerous other clinical committees. Dr. Casillas is married with four children and has also enjoyed coaching sports at the youth and high school levels for the past 20 years. He presents the Health Disparities and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar

Selena A Gilles, DNP, ANP-BC, CNEcl, CCRN

Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Selena Ann Gilles is a clinical assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She is certified in critical care nursing and has been an adult NP for ten years, specializing in neuro and pain management. Gilles is passionate about opioid overdose prevention and the management of acute and chronic pain. She is a strong community advocate who works with organizations serving underprivileged communities in Haiti and Ghana. Gilles is currently a member of six professional organizations/associations, including the Meyers Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Upsilon Chapter, on which she serves as president, the Greater NYC Black Nurses Association, for which she is the programming and community service committee chair. Gilles holds a DNP from Monmouth University, an MS from Hunter College, and a BS from Long Island University. Her doctoral research focused on childhood obesity among African American children, with an emphasis on educational interventions for families that aim to decrease the epidemic.She presents the Health Disparities and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar

Mary Owen, MD

Director, Center of American Indian and Minority Health; President, Association of American Indian Physicians

On completion of her training at the University of Minnesota Family Medicine Residency Program in Minneapolis, MN, Dr. Owen returned to Juneau, Alaska to serve her tribal community. After 11 years of full-scope family practice, she returned to Minnesota to lead the Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches on issues in Native American health and serves the broader Native American community by recruiting Native American students to medical school. She practices medicine once weekly for a Minnesota Ojibwe community. She presents the Health Disparities and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar


Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, MS, RN, CCRN-K, DC

Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant – Quality & Clinical Effectiveness Team, Sutter Health

Mary Ann Barnes-Daly has been involved in sepsis care improvements since 2004, working with health systems and with the Society of Critical Care Medicine as faculty on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Dr. Barnes-Daly specializes in sepsis and ICU Liberation and has lectured nationally on both topics, and is currently leading a septic shock improvement initiative for the Sutter Health System in northern California. She presents the Standardizing Sepsis Care for Optimal Outcomes webinar. 



Nimalie Stone, MD

Medical Epidemiologist for Long-term Care in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Stone is a Board-certified infectious disease physician who has a research and clinical background in managing infections and antibiotic resistant pathogens in post-acute and long-term care settings. She addresses the needs for infection prevention programs in long-term care. Dr. Stone develops guidelines, educational resources and quality improvement programs to reduce healthcare associated infections and promote antibiotic stewardship in nursing homes. She oversees the inclusion of infection surveillance infrastructure designed for use by nursing homes and assisted living facilities within the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network. Dr. Stone serves as a technical expert for multiple AHRQ funded projects promoting infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship in long-term care and works closely with the CMS divisions focused on quality improvement and infection prevention oversight in nursing homes. She serves as an infection prevention resource for state health departments and national quality improvement initiatives such as the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign. She presents the Sepsis in Nursing Homes: Recognition and Response webinar. 

Theresa A. Rowe, DO, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Rowe is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center and an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Yale University, and is board certified in both specialties. She has extensive clinical and research experience in health care associated infections in long-term care settings, including management of sepsis in older adults. She presents the Sepsis in Nursing Homes: Recognition and Response and the Sepsis in Older Adults: Are We Up for the Challenge? webinars. 

Sarah Kabbani, MD, MSc 

Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Dr. Kabbani 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. She 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. She presents the Sepsis in Nursing Homes: Recognition and Response webinar. 

Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD, FACS, FCCP, MCCM

Professor of Surgery, Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Emory University School of Medicine

Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD, FACS, FCCP, MCCM has four decades of bedside experience caring for septic patients. A general surgeon, intensive care doctor and virologist, he is currently Senior Advisor, IPA to the Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures (DRIVe), Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Buchman’s other current roles include Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Biomedical Informatics at Emory University, where he founded the Emory Critical Care Center. Dr. Buchman is past president of the Shock Society, of the Society for Complex Acute Illness and of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the latter being the largest organization of critical care professionals in the world. He is Editor-in-Chief of Critical Care Medicine (www.ccmjournal.org) and Critical Care Explorations (www.ccejournal.org). He is a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. He also serves as site director of the military-civilian partnership, Surgical Critical Care Institute (www.sc2i.org). He presents the Close Encounters of the Worst Kind: Sepsis from the Wrong Side of the Sheet webinar. 

Maren Monsen, MD

Founding Director, Program in Bioethics and Film, Senior Research Scholar Emerita, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Maren Monsen is a physician, filmmaker, and clinical ethicist who uses film to share patient stories and shine light on challenging issues in public health and medicine. She founded the Program in Bioethics and Film at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics which she ran for 21 years, and produced multiple internationally acclaimed documentary films. She Co-Directed Emmy-nominated The Revolutionary Optimists, about kids in Kolkata India making grassroots change to improve global health in the slums and brickfields where they live. Previous films include Worlds Apart and Hold Your Breath, a large-scale project on racial and ethnic health disparities, which was broadcast on national public television and has been used in the majority of US medical schools. Past films are Rare, the story of one extraordinary mother's race against time to find a cure for her daughter's rare genetic disease, and The Vanishing Line, a chronicle of her journey toward understanding the art and issues of dying. She has worked clinically seeing patients as an emergency physician, palliative care physician and clinical ethicist, and taught clinical and research ethics. She presents the Spiritual Care for Patients, Families, and Providers in the Era of COVID-19 webinar. 

Gale Kennebrew, DMin, BCC, ACPE

Director, Spiritual Care and Education, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas

The Reverend Dr. Gale Francine Kennebrew is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She is Director of Spiritual Care and Education at The University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College Chicago and worked in radio and television. She is a pioneer in spiritual care and education, earning a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary. Her love for spiritual care began as a chaplain trainee at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She has served in health care settings for over twenty eight years. She is a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, a Certified Educator with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., and a United Church of Christ clergywoman. She teaches spiritual care skills, and lectures on spirituality and healthcare nationally and internationally. She is the proud mother of two sons and one daughter, and enjoys spending time virtually with her seven grandchildren. She presents the Spiritual Care for Patients, Families, and Providers in the Era of COVID-19 webinar.

Nicholas Mohr, MD, MS

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia Critical Care, and Epidemiology at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Dr. Nick Mohr is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia Critical Care, and Epidemiology and the Vice Chair for Emergency Care Research at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Mohr is interested in rural health, sepsis systems of care, and emergency telemedicine, and his research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the Veterans Administration Office of Rural Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He presents the Developing Systems for Rural Sepsis Care webinar. 

Radu Postelnicu, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine; Associate Director, Bellevue Medical ICU; Assistant Program Director, NYU Pulmonary/ Critical Care Fellowship

Dr. Postelnicu is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and the Associate Director of the Medical ICU at Bellevue Hospital and Assistant Program Director for the NYU Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship program. He earned his BA at Northwestern University and his MD at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Postelnicu did his residency in internal medicine at NYU School of Medicine, where he also completed pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship training. His interests focus on long-term consequences of sepsis and critical illness, as well as patient safety and quality improvement. He is actively involved in several professional societies as well as in the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC). He presents the Strategies for Identification, Isolation, and Treatment of Special Pathogens/ COVID-19 and Sepsis: Similarities and Differences webinar. 

Greg S. Martin, MD, MSc, FCCM, FCCP, ATS-F

Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Emory University; President-Elect, Society of Critical Care Medicine

Greg S. Martin, M.D., M.Sc. is Professor of Medicine and Executive Associate Division Director at Emory University in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Martin is the Research Director for the Emory Critical Care Center (ECCC), Director of the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute, chair of the Critical Care Committee at Grady Memorial Hospital, and Co-Director of the Atlanta Center for Microsystems Engineered Point-of-Care Technologies program charged with accelerating COVID-19 diagnostics in the NIH RADx program. Dr. Martin’s research focuses on sepsis and the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and spans epidemiology and health services research through device platforms and biomarker studies to randomized trials of new treatments. He is a member of several professional societies and will serve in 2021 as President for the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He presents the Strategies for Identification, Isolation, and Treatment of Special Pathogens/ COVID-19 and Sepsis: Similarities and Differences webinar. 

Sandy Cayo, DNP, FNP-BC

Vice President of Clinical Performance and Transformation; New Jersey Hospital Association

Dr. Cayo provides leadership for the Health Research Education Trust of NJ which has initiatives related to perinatal quality, hospital quality improvement, opioid prevention, HIV prevention, and implicit bias training. Sandy’s research interests focus on social determinants of health and improving access and overall health outcomes for African American patients. She serves as a mentor and advisor for various student groups, including Student Nurses for Advocacy & Policy, Black Student Nurses Association, and Nursing Students for Global Health. She has worked with first-generation and minority nursing studies to help improve retention in academic nursing programs and continues to work with disadvantaged populations through education of wellness. Sandy travels once a year to both Ghana and Haiti on medical missions. She currently serves as the director of education for HEAL (Health Education Action League) Haiti. Her project includes the implementation of a pre-licensure nurse residency program to help bridge the current knowledge and practice gap for nurses in St. Marc, Haiti. As a lifelong learner, Sandy is in the process of completing her DNP-PhD program where her research focuses on the impact of discrimination on cardiovascular health in African American women. She presents the Racial Disparity: Incidence, Care, and Outcomes of Sepsis in Vulnerable Populations webinar. 

Mary Kate Abbadessa, MSN, ACCNS-P, RN, RN-BC, CPEN

Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Mary Kate Abbadessa is the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Emergency Department (ED) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She completed undergraduate and graduate studies at Villanova University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Education, as well as a Post-Master’s certificate from the Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the CHOP ED in 2009, with past experience in pre-hospital and adult emergency care, as well as pediatric PACU and neonatal nursing. Ms. Abbadessa’s clinical and research interests include the care of the child with fever, resuscitation, and trauma. Ms. Abbadessa has been the ED nursing clinical champion for sepsis since 2012, serves as the nursing lead for CHOP’s Pediatric Sepsis Program and the co-lead for the hospital’s sepsis governance committee for quality improvement. Ms. Abbadessa is an active member of the Children’s Hospital Association’s Sepsis Collaborative and a 2018 recipient of the Erin’s Campaign for Kids Nursing award for Sepsis. She presents the Sepsis in Kids: It's Not a Small Problem and the Filling the Tank: An Update on Fluid Resuscitation on Pediatric Sepsis webinars. 

David Carlbom, MD

Medical Director, Harborview Respiratory Care Department; Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine; Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington

Dr. Carlbom is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at Harborview Medical Center within University of Washington. He is actively involved in leadership and teaching activities at the local, regional, and international level. He is a major resource for sepsis resuscitation and pre-ICU critical care expertise at UW Medicine. He lectures extensively to multiple different professionals and works systematically to identify and initiate rapid treatment of critically ill sepsis patients. Regionally, Dr. Carlbom participates in special programs to improve the care of critically ill patients, teaches at multiple venues and serves as a referral source for both questions and patient referrals regarding sepsis. His bias is “good people trying hard, of any educational level, can take great care of critically ill patients if they work as a team, communicate, and have compassion for humans.” Dr. Carlbom presents the Rising Tide: Lessons Learned from Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Seattle webinar.


Senior Vice President for Safety & Quality, Washington State Hospital Association

Darcy was the past Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Associate Administrator at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medicine in Seattle and Co-Director of the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Safety and Quality. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alumnus, an honorary Assistant Clinical Dean at the UW School of Nursing and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Darcy is Board Certified by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Executive. She has been a sponsor, leader or member of multiple national, state and local quality and safety initiatives in areas such as behavioral health, vulnerable populations, resiliency and building cultures of safety. Previous appointments include The Washington State Speaker of the House Mental Health Task Force, the King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Oversight Committee, the King County-Seattle Task Force on Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction, the Vice-Chair of the Vizient/University Health System Consortium Chief Nursing Officer, Behavioral Health Advisory Board, and faculty for The Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement. She presents the Rising Tide: Lessons Learned from Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Seattle webinar.

Sharukh Lokhandwala, MD, MSc

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Evergreen Health

Sharukh Lokhandwala received his bachelor’s degree in Biology and Political Science from UCLA. He then went to medical school at UC Davis, and then residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  There, he worked in the Harvard Center for Resuscitation Science under Dr. Michael Donnino on ED-ICU Triage strategies for patients with Sepsis.  He then worked at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology using large datasets to model long-term outcomes of critical illness.  Sharukh then went to the University of Washington for Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship where he obtained a Master’s in Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, and studied the early management of respiratory failure and sedation practices.  He now works as a Pulmonary & Critical Care physician at Evergreen Health. Dr. Lokhandwala presents the Rising Tide: Lessons Learned from Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Seattle webinar.

Heather Rathod, BSN, MSN, CCRN

ICU nurse, University of Washington Medical Center Northwest Campus

Heather has been a nurse for 8 years. She always knew she wanted to be a nurse because her mom is a PACU nurse. She went into nursing school straight out of high school, at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and received her ADN. She then went on to complete her BSN at University of Washington Bothell Campus. Heather then earned her Master’s in Health systems Leadership at Gonzaga University. She has worked on a medical surgical unit, an outpatient surgery center, PCU, and is currently an ICU nurse at University of Washington Medical Center Northwest Campus. She loves being an ICU nurse as she finds it rewarding and feels that her coworkers make every day better. She presents the Rising Tide: Lessons Learned from Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Seattle webinar.

Niuvis Ferro-Gonzalez

Caseworker Cultural Mediator & Advocate, Interpreter Services Department, Harborview Medical Center, UW Medicine

Niuvis has worked at Harborview for eight years, initially as Medical Interpreter and for the last four months in the role of Caseworker Cultural Mediator. In her new role, she serves as a Cultural broker/Community health worker/ Mediator between Spanish speaking patients and health providers in order to ensure culturally sensitive care. She assists patients and their families in navigating the complexity of our health care system; advocates and facilitates their consistent communication with health care teams. Prior to her work at Harborview, Niuvis worked as a Spanish Medical Interpreter and Interpreter Coordinator for NeighborCare Health in Seattle, WA. Previously, she worked as a teacher in Cuba, her natal country. Niuvis is credentialed with Medical Interpreter Certification from Washington State Department of Social and Health Services DSHS; she is a National Certified Medical Interpreter CCHI and also has a Master Degree in Education from Instituto Superior Pedagógico (Teachers University), Santiago de Cuba. Niuvis is always on the lookout for continuing education opportunities. She is a clear communicator and enjoys working with her community. She presents the Rising Tide: Lessons Learned from Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Seattle webinar. 

Keelee Moseley

Sepsis Survivor

Keelee is a seasoned IT professional with over 15 years of experience in software development, a happy wife, a mother of three amazing humans, and a survivor of maternal sepsis and necrotizing fasciitis. On a mission to share her story about the fight against the post-partum infection that threatened her life, Keelee strives to be an advocate for women, both locally and globally. One of her main goals is to raise awareness amongst other women to help them have safe pregnancies and deliveries, by advocating for themselves during their maternal health journey. Her primary points of focus are patient advocacy, timely interventions, revised workforce policies that extend maternity leave for childbirth complications and NICU stays, developing patient guidance with educational materials and support structures, accountability for the systematic reviews of causes of maternal death with a lens on the racial disparities, and the advancement of near-miss reporting and redefining the standard level of care and best practices. Keelee has a BS degree in Information Science and Technology from Penn State University and is currently completing an MBA in Information Technology Management. She presents the Enhancing Recovery from Sepsis and COVID-19 webinar. 

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, MSCE is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, and an attending physician in the emergency department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Balamuth’s research interests focus on pediatric sepsis recognition using both epidemiologic and translational approaches, for which she has received both NIH and foundational funding. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed research publications in this field, including several studies prospectively enrolling hundreds of children with suspected sepsis. She is the co-PI of the PROMPT BOLUS trial, a multinational pragmatic trial which compares saline vs balanced fluids in pediatric sepsis, and will be the largest acute care pediatric trial in history. In addition, she co-leads the CHOP Pediatric Sepsis Program, which supports and promotes local clinical, research, educational, and quality improvement initiatives around sepsis. She is an internationally recognized sepsis leader, and has been invited to serve on the national steering committee for the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes quality collaborative through the US Children’s Hospital Association, and 2 international task forces focused on defining pediatric sepsis through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Balamuth presents the Filling the Tank: An Update on Fluid Resuscitation in Pediatric Sepsis webinar. 

Dian Baker, PhD, RN

Professor, School of Nursing, California State University, Sacramento 

Dr. Baker obtained her PhD from the University of Hawaii and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in healthcare leadership at the University of California, Davis. She was the academic partner and researcher with the Sutter Health System Team that was awarded the 2018 California Healthcare Quality Institute's C. Duane Dauner Quality Award for excellence in quality and safety for their work on non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia. In 2020, Baker was part of the team awarded the Award for Publication Excellence from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the American Journal of Infection Control. Baker and her colleagues formed the Hospital Acquired Pneumonia Prevention, Intervention, Research, and Education (HAPPIER) collaborative that includes nurse leaders, researchers, and partners in the UK. She is currently working to promote prevention of nonventilator hospital acquired pneumonia in hospitals worldwide and is a consultant for the VA National HAPPEN program. She is co-chair of a research workgroup for the National Organization to Prevent Hospital Acquired Pneumonia (NOHAP). She presents the Healthcare-Associated Infection Mini-Summit webinar. 

Michael Klompas, MD, MPH 

Hospital Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

Dr. Michael Klompas is an Infectious Disease physician and the Hospital Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as well as Professor of Population Medicine in Harvard Medical School. He has published widely on surveillance, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of hospital-acquired pneumonia, ventilator-associated events, Covid-19, and sepsis. He was a member of the ATS-IDSA guideline panel on Management of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia, is currently co-chair of the SHEA panel on Strategies to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, and serves on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guideline panel. He presents the Healthcare-Associated Infection Mini-Summit webinar. 

Alice Guh, MD, MPH, FIDSA 

Medical Officer, CDC, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion 

CDR Alice Guh, MD, MPH, is a U.S. Public Health Service Medical Officer in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. CDR Guh first joined CDC in 2007 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, where she was assigned to the Connecticut State Department of Public Health. She joined DHQP in 2009, where she provided technical expertise in investigations of healthcare-associated outbreaks and management of infection control breaches. In August 2014, CDR Guh assumed leadership of the Clostridioides difficile infection surveillance activity, which covers a population of 12 million persons, conducted through the CDC Emerging Infections Program. In this capacity, she leads special projects to advance C. difficile research and provides subject matter expertise on C. difficile epidemiology and surveillance. She presents the Healthcare-Associated Infection Mini-Summit webinar. 

John Mazuski, MD, PhD 

Professor of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

John E. Mazuski, MD, PhD is a Professor of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981. He completed surgical residency in 1990, a fellowship in surgical critical care, and a PhD degree in biochemistry in 1993, all from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mazuski is board certified in surgery and in surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Mazuski’s clinical practice is centered on surgical critical care. He is the previous co-director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His research interests focus on surgical infections, particularly intra-abdominal and soft tissue infections, and antimicrobial stewardship in surgical patients. Dr. Mazuski has been active in the development of evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of surgical and critically ill patients; these include several guidelines for the management of intra-abdominal infections, sepsis and septic shock, and prevention of surgical site infection. Dr. Mazuski is a past president of the Surgical Infection Society and has been recognized as a Master of Critical Care Medicine (MCCM) by the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He presents the Healthcare-Associated Infection Mini-Summit webinar. 

Uzma Syed, DO, FIDSA 

Infectious Disease Specialist, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Uzma Syed is a board-certified Infectious Disease specialist, Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force, and is the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Syed is well-published in pneumonia-related research and has been leading several COVID-19 clinical trials. She teaches students of all ages as well as medical residents about her specialty. Dr. Syed is a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Access & Equity Task Force of the Infectious Disease Society of America. Dr. Syed has been featured on several media outlets as an expert in Infectious Diseases. She presents the Healthcare-Associated Infection Mini-Summit webinar. 


June McKoy, MD, MPH, JD, MBA

Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

June M. McKoy, MD, MPH, JD, MBA is a nationally known health services researcher and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg school of Medicine. She is board certified in Geriatric Medicine, having completed a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center. Dr. McKoy presents the Sepsis in Older Adults: Are We Up for the Challenge? webinar. 


Sean Townsend, MD

Vice President of Quality & Safety, California Pacific Medical Center

Dr. Sean R. Townsend, M.D., is Vice President of Quality & Safety at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, California.  He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Townsend is a practicing intensivist in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at CPMC.  Dr. Townsend led IHI's work on sepsis and served on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) steering committee for many years.  Dr. Townsend serves as measure steward for CMS’s national sepsis quality measure, SEP-1. He presents the SEP-1 The Nation's First Sepsis Measure: What are the Downstream Effects? webinar. 

Kate Holler

Parent of Rowan Holler

Kate Holler is the mother of 5-year-old Rowan, who was born with a rare and serious condition which has required frequent hospitalizations including treatment for sepsis. Kate has been a dedicated advocate for Rowan’s medical needs and those of other children who require specialized care at children’s hospitals. In June, 2019,  the Holler family participated in the Children’s Hospital Association Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day in Washington DC. There they met with members of congress to share Rowan’s medical journey and the critical need for children's hospital funding with members of Congress. She presents the Recognizing Pediatric Sepsis: Through the Eyes of Patients and Families webinar. 

Nora Raynor, MSN, RN, CNS, CPN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital

Nora is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Levine Children’s Hospital. She has 39 years of pediatric nursing experience, including as Nurse Manager of a Level 1 Pediatric ICU and Trauma Program Manager for a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Currently, as a CNS, Nora is responsible for clinical program development, nursing education and clinical advancement, and leading quality improvement initiatives. This includes her work on sepsis early recognition and treatment through participation in the IPSO collaborative. She presents the Recognizing Pediatric Sepsis: Through the Eyes of Patients and Families webinar. 


Cathryn Jordan, BSN, RN, CPHON

Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and BMT Program, Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital

Cathryn Jordan is a Clinical Supervisor with Levine Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic in Charlotte, NC. She has been with Levine Children’s for eight years as a Solid Tumor Clinic RN, Clinical Lead and Triage RN. Cathryn has been a hematology and oncology nurse for her entire career and has a passion for helping improve care for this population. She presents the Recognizing Pediatric Sepsis: Through the Eyes of Patients and Families webinar. 




Regional Sepsis Coordinator, Covenant Health

Dr. Jamie Roney functions as patient management resource to the ministry, providing key evidence and guidance in the care of the septic patient, providing education to clinical staff, and coaching nurses seeking clinical advancement using evidence-based methods for a one thousand and five bed hospital while participating in several clinical work groups. Dr. Roney collaborated with regional healthcare leaders, organizations, and providers as Project Manager for $11,413,376 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 7-year regional sepsis project to improve population health in West Texas from 2012 through 20219. She is an alumna of The Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience. Current National Quality Forum (NQF) Infections Disease and Patient Safety Standing Committees member. Dr. Roney completed research to develop a Modified Early Warning Scoring (MEWS) tool aligned with Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) criteria. Implementation of the tool has led to a sustained 24% reduction in sepsis -related mortality over five years. Publications of development and findings in peer-reviewed literature have led to multiple nation and and international sepsis presentations in the United States, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Dr. Roney's sepsis-specific continuing education courses are used by all branches of the U.S. military by nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, and emergency personnel. Current work includes a systematic review comparing effectiveness of MEWS/NEWS versus SIRS/qSOFA for identifying in-hospital mortality and transfer into an intensive care unit. She presents  Sepsis in the Time of COVID-19: Perspectives From Front-line Sepsis Coordinators webinar. 

Nikunj Vyas, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist/Infectious Diseases, Jefferson Health - New Jersey

Dr. Nikunj Vyas, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases currently practicing at Jefferson Health – New Jersey.  He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from St. John’s University in New York City in 2012.  He then went on to complete a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, NJ and Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at West Virginia University Healthcare in Morgantown, WV. 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. In his free time, Dr. Vyas is a sports fanatic and loves to travel and try different cuisines around the world. He presents the Antimicrobial Stewardship and Management of Sepsis: Two Sides of the Same Coin webinar. 


Roy Adams, PhD

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Roy Adams is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he works on machine learning and statistical methods for understanding electronic medical data. He uses these methods to provide insight into complex medical conditions and to improve the safety, efficiency, and efficacy of patient care, with particular focus on sepsis, addiction, and Alzheimer’s disease. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2018 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in computer science and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University in 2021.



Critical Care CNS, University of Washington, NW Campus

She presents the Sepsis in the Time of COVID-19: Perspectives From Front-line Sepsis Coordinators webinar. 


       Patricia Ann Tennill RN, BSN, BS H.Ec

Associate Director of Nursing, New York Health and Hospitals/Bellevue

Patricia is an Associate Director of Nursing in Staff Development and the nursing lead for the NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue Special Pathogens Program. There she works to develop protocols concerning the movement and care of patients with special pathogens and subsequent hands-on training for all staff involved the Special Pathogens Program. Patricia also trains staff in PPE donning and doffing for all pathogens of concern. She has been involved with the Special Pathogens Program since 2014 as a nurse leader responsible for coordinating and overseeing all nursing operations on the Special Pathogens Unit. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Home Economics specializing in nutrition and then several years later University of Massachusetts with a degree in nursing. Her career began in Manhattan working with HIV patients at St. Vincent’s Hospital and then served as Assistant Head Nurse in the surgical intensive care unit (ICU). Since coming to Bellevue Hospital in 2010, Patricia was in leadership roles in the medical and neurosurgical ICUs. After the Ebola epidemic she became an Associate Director of Nursing and the Nurse Lead for the Special Pathogens Program. She is a member of NETEC, where she is the Task Lead for Infection Prevention, Simulation and Skills, and a Subject Matter Expert. She presents the Strategies for Identification, Isolation, and Treatment of Special Pathogens/ COVID-19 and Sepsis: Similarities and Differences webinar.