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Speakers Bureau

Sharing our expertise and experiences is at the core of the mission of the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care. Our goal is to take the many lessons we’ve learned and the award-winning quality and patient safety programs we’ve built to other hospitals and health systems.

If your organization is interested in hosting a talk by one of our speakers, please review the speakers and topics below, and then contact us with your request. We will respond promptly.

Please note that these speakers request an honorarium for their participation. This information will be provided to you prior to scheduling the speaker.

We look forward to working with your organization.

Our Speakers

Hanan Aboumatar, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate for Education and Research


  • Transitions of Care in the Hospital: Structured Communication Approaches and Tools for Improving Handoffs/Sign-outs
  • Improving Teamwork and Communications to Reduce Harm to Patients and Improve Patient/Employee Satisfaction

As a physician who trained and practiced in Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Aboumatar uses her background and experience to improve patient safety and health care quality via system-based interventions, health communications interventions, multidisciplinary education and training of health professionals, as well as by “hardwiring” behaviors into practice. Dr. Aboumatar is designing innovative, longitudinal patient safety curriculum for Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine and School of Nursing; as well as Teamwork and Communication training for multidisciplinary care teams throughout the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Aboumatar’s innovations in health professions education include multidisciplinary teaching, a variety of learning formats including online learning, incorporating patient safety throughout the formal curriculum, using traditional hospital structures in non-traditional ways (e.g.,. M&M rounds), and applying new communication behaviors and norms into clinical practice. Dr. Aboumatar holds her MD from the American University of Beirut, and both her MPH and Health Finance and Management Certificate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her postgraduate training in Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland, in Cleveland, OH and her General Preventive Medicine and Public Health training at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD.

Richard "Chip" Davis, Ph.D.
Vice President for Innovation and Patient Safety


  • Leaders' New Work: Improving Quality and Safety
  • Johns Hopkins: Changing the Way We Care (the Johns Hopkins Journey of Achieving Unprecedented Levels of Quality and Safety)
  • Developing Leaders in Quality, Innovation and Patient Safety
  • Engaging the Board of Directors in Quality and Patient Safety

Richard Davis is Johns Hopkins Medicine’s (JHM) Vice President for Innovation and Patient Safety, directing JHM’s system-wide effort to improve the quality, efficiency and safety of patient care. Dr. Davis also serves as Executive Director, for the JHM Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, for JHM Access Services and for Johns Hopkins Health System’s East Baltimore Ambulatory Operations.

As executive director of the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, Dr. Davis oversees a multidisciplinary staff leading initiatives to facilitate innovative, patient-centered approaches to make Hopkins the safest place to receive patient care. The Center works to improve the quality and safety of patient care by providing faculty and staff with the means to identify, measure and correct system flaws and direct organizational change.

A faculty member of both The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health’s division of Health Policy and Management, and the University’s Business of Medicine program, Dr. Davis has taught graduate level courses on leadership, organizational behavior and quality in medical settings for more than a decade. He regularly consults on leadership, quality, efficiency, cost control, patient safety and other related issues for public and private health systems nationally and internationally.

Dr. Davis has a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Renee Demski, M.S.W., M.B.A.
Senior Director, Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care


  • Improving Results and Core Measures

Renee Demski currently serves as the Senior Director of Johns Hopkins Medicine's Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care as well as the Senior Director of Quality Improvement and Operations Integration for the Johns Hopkins Health System. In these roles, she is working on the effective integration of services across the health care continuum for The Johns Hopkins Health System, with the goal of maximizing organizational improvement, efficiencies and the value of clinical services. Specifically, among other projects, Ms. Demski led the strategic design and implementation of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Revenue Recovery Initiative, which applied Lean Sigma methodology to the front-end registration process. This initiative continues to be successful in driving outcomes with over $50 million return over a five-year period.

Ms. Demski has been a Johns Hopkins employee for 20 years. She has an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and an MBA from the Johns Hopkins University Business of Medicine Program.

Deborah B. Hobson, B.S.N.
Chairperson, Quality Improvement


  • Blood Stream Infection Prevention
  • Daily Goals
  • Improving ICU Care
  • Introduction to Johns Hopkins' Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP)
  • Reducing Catheter-Associated Bacteremia in ICUs
  • Science of Safety
  • Preventing Surgical Site Infections
  • Preventing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

Deborah Hobson is the Quality Improvement Chairperson and a Staff Nurse in the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit. In addition, she is a Patient Safety Clinical Specialist for the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care. In this role she is co-leader of several collaboratives at Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, including: Intensive Care Unit, deep-vein thrombosis prevention and anticoagulation, medication reconciliation, and surgical site infection prevention. Ms. Hobson has worked with several hospitals in the U.S. and overseas on patient safety and quality initiatives. She also works with the Johns Hopkins Quality and Patient Safety Research Group, conducting research on quality and safety in critical care, palliative care, eliminating bloodstream infections, eliminating surgical site infections, and sepsis care. Ms. Hobson has been with Johns Hopkins since 1980. She earned her BSN (honors) in Nursing from the University of Maryland.

Lori Paine, R.N., M.S.
Director of Patient Safety


  • Leaders' New Work: Improving Quality and Safety
  • Translating Evidence into Practice
  • Johns Hopkins: Changing the Way We Care (the Johns Hopkins Journey of Achieving Unprecedented Levels of Quality and Safety)
  • Clinical Practice Improvement

Lori Paine leads the strategic planning process for patient safety at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Paine facilitates the hospital’s Patient Safety Committee activities, manages the hospital’s online adverse-event reporting system (Patient Safety Net), oversees cultural assessments and coordinates the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (Executive Rounds). In addition, Ms. Paine advises hospitals in the U.S. and overseas on how to assess and change hospital culture so that they become safer and provide higher levels of quality of care. Ms. Paine has been with Hopkins since 1988 and has held various roles in labor and delivery nursing, management, hospital administration, product line development and work-process redesign. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Nazareth College and a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science and Change Management from The Johns Hopkins University.

Stephanie Peditto, M.H.S.
Director of Innovation, Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care


  • Leaders' New Work: Improving Quality and Safety
  • Translating Evidence into Practice
  • Johns Hopkins: Changing the Way We Care (the Johns Hopkins Journey of Achieving Unprecedented Levels of Quality and Safety)
  • Clinical Practice Improvement

Stephanie Peditto is charged with developing strategies for the Center. Ms. Peditto’s role includes identification of opportunities for innovation, improvement and external collaborations on quality and safety topics. In addition, she develops curricula in leadership and organizational behavior as it relates to quality and safety. She has worked in clinical quality and patient safety collaborations in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Middle East. In addition, Ms. Peditto is a faculty associate for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Ms. Peditto’s previous role was as Director of Inpatient Services for The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Ms. Peditto has worked with the National Quality Forum (and the former National Committee for Quality Health Care) to provide consultative, analytical and writing services in support of its Executive Institute and National Quality Healthcare Award. In that role, Stephanie has been the project lead on the CEO Survival Guides to Performance Measurement, Pay for Performance, Electronic Health Records, and Patient Safety. She has a MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BS from Juniata College.

Laura Winner, B.S.N., M.B.A.
Lean Sigma Deployment Leader, Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • Using Lean Sigma to Improve Quality and Efficiency in Health Care
  • Applying Lean Sigma in Health Care Settings
  • Keys to Conducting Safe and Effective Kaizen Events in a Clinical Setting

Laura Winner is the Lean Sigma Deployment Leader for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. In this role she has overseen the training and mentoring of over 150 health care Green Belts. Ms. Winner is a Lean Sigma Master Black Belt and serves as faculty for the Lean Sigma Prescription for Healthcare® course. She completed Green Belt training with General Electric and Black Belt training and certification through Motorola. Ms. Winner holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from the Business of Medicine program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies, and she has a joint appointment with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She has more than ten years of clinical nursing experience at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Emergency Nursing and Cardiology.


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