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

Featured Expert:

Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, University of Michigan

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



The Sepsis Alliance Institute Subject Matter Experts


Patti 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 webinar. 

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

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

Al Cardillo, MSW
President and CEO, Home Care Association of New York State

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


Angel Coz, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Kentucky

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

Angela Craig, APN, MS, CCNS
ICU Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

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


Michael 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.



Kimberly 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 webinar and the Sepsis: Pediatric First Response webinar.

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

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

Graciela Eldridge, RN, ADN
Maternal Sepsis Survivor

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


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 Hospital

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

Infection Control Officer, Jefferson Health

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

Catherine (Terri) Hough, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University of Washington

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

Marla Jones, BSN, RN
Quality Improvement Coordinator, Bon Secours Mercy Health

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

Sarah Kabbani, MD, MSc
Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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


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

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

Lori Muhr, DNP, MHSM/MHA
Sepsis Program Coordinator, JPS Health Network

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


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? webinar.