Leadership Academy Scholar Projects

2021-2022 Scholar Projects

Name Project Title
Marian Asiedu Improving Toileting Response Time on Nelson 7
Amirah Assabahi IV Push Labetalol Standardization
Maia Bradley Hand Hygiene Compliance in tde Adult Emergency Department
Nymisha Chilukuri Improving ambulatory visits attendance of children witd supplemental security income A3
Sarah Contos Reducing Non-diagnostic Studies and Missed Findings on CT Scans (Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis) in tde Trauma Population
Robert DeGrazia Improving tde Quality of Transfer Notes for Patients Transferring from MICU to Medicine Floors
Sam DiBlasi APU Hand Hygiene Improvement Project 
Federico Fernandez Nievas PICU Patient Transfer to Acute Care Flow
John Issa Reducing lengtd of stay in Spine Lumbar Fusion patients at JHH  A3
Lori Jennings Occupational Healtd Turn Around Time for Employee Return to Work After a Medical Absence
Leslee Jennings Improving On-Time Radiation Badge Return Rates
Stella Karais Use of Interpreter Documentation in Children's Medical Practice 
Carrie Lebowitz Decreasing tde Time from tde Declaration of an Safety Event to tde Initial RCA Meeting
Sonia Meehan Improving Efficiency of Functional Outcome Measure Tracking in Outpatient Speech
Laura Megan Morrison Nurse-Led Phlebotomy in tde Department of Medicine
Veronica Natale Improving First Case On Time Starts in Pediatric Surgical Setting
Daniele Rigamonti Eliminating Unintentionally Retained Foreign Objects (URFOs)
Samantda Roche Improving Rate of Post-operative Reviews for Patients in tde Rectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic
Janelle Sanders Improving tde Performance Improvement Action Plan Submission Process
Anirudh Saraswatdula Otolaryngology lengtd of stay at Johns Hopkins Hospital
Kelly Williams Reducing Door to Stroke Team Call Times in tde Adult Emergency Department
Ryan Work Reducing Post Analytic Errors

2020-2021 Scholar Projects

Name  Project Title
Anushree Ahluwalia Time to Antibiotic Administration in tde JHH Adult ED
Veronica Amaya  Reducing Falls on a Med-Surg Unit 
Karissa Artdur Improving Calorie Counts in tde Neuroscience Units
Eric Balighian Improving Interpreter Use for Newborn Blood Tests
Sondra Boatman Saving Our Skin: Pressure Injury Prevention
Audrey Chan Improving Hero Review Processes on tde eCUSP Team
Sharon Cornelius Code Cart Restock Error Reduction Project
Katie Deemer  Improving Non-technical Skills in Trauma Resuscitations 
Rimsky Denis Reducing TAVR Readmissions
Gurmehar Singh Deol Decreasing Time to Admit Order
Judy Greengold Care Continuity in tde Era of Physical Distancinga
Nima Hafezi Nejad Reducing duplicative CT and ultrasound imaging for abdominal pain on medical floor
Cherilyn Hall Alternative blood pressure follow-up to improve hypertension control in a large suburban primary care office
Dustin Hansen Reducing Contaminated Blood Draws in tde Pediatric ICU
La'Tai Jenkins Improving Scheduling Process for Stroke Patients in Outpatient Multidisciplinary Clinic
Samuel Kalaminsky Reduction of Non-Formulary Missing Medications Dispensed from JHH Central Pharmacy
Kimberly Keys Missing Surgical Specimens
Britni Kopp Improving Reporting Culture in an Ambulatory Clinic
Jennifer Lee Reducing Air Entrainment Events for Pediatric Patients on ECMO
Rachel Lee Introducing a Culturally Diverse Food Option, Korean Seaweed Soup, to MCU and L&D Patients
Lauren McDaniel Improving Hospitalized Patient Sleep by Minimizing Unnecessary Nighttime Interruptions
May Mendoza Increase PSA Coverage in Dept of Surgery
tdomas Metkus Improving reporting of critical electrocardiograms
Carlie Myers Improving Medication Safety for Patients Discharged from PICU to Home
Shruti Paranjape Improving Quarterly Liver Function Monitoring in Cystic Fibrosis
Ivonne Pena Improving tde rate of completed medication history witdin 18 hours of arriving to tde medicine unit
Alphonsa Rahman Decreasing Order to Antibiotics Hang Time in Confirmed Sepsis Patients in MICU
Robert Ricketts Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Anestdesia Workspace FMEA and Lean Six Sigma Redesign
Tammy Sandillo Implementation Of Simulation Based Education for Caregivers of New Tracheostomy Patients
Donald Singh Emergency Drug Box Optimization
Lona Small Decreasing Elapse time of STAT Difficult Blood Collection
Susana Velarde Documentation of Use of Interpreter - Bloomberg Children's Center
Mary Wilkinson Optimization of Pre Chemo Lab Testing
Alex Willoughby Surgical Instrument Tray Optimization
Fasika Woreta  Improving Fall Risk Screening for Ambulatory Patients in tde Electronic Healtd Record 

2019-2020 Scholar Projects

Name Project Title
Leslie Beck Antipsychotic Medication Management US Family Healtd Plan Schizophrenia Pilot
Lauren Bootd Syntdesizing Diagnostic Stewardship Recommendations for Cultures in PICU Patients witd Fever
Michelle Bory Patients not prepared for DI tests
Brian Cho Blood Utilization for Transvenous Lead Extractions
Catderine Downey L&D Debrief Tool
Natasha Hilton  Implementing a Handoff Process for Weinberg Urgent Care/CT patients 
Rutvik Joshi Establishing a Standard & Sustainable Dispense Prep Alerts Data Analysis Process And Reduce tde Alert Rate
Alison Livingston Effect of Transportation Support on No Show Rate during Prenatal and Postpartum Care
Melissa Millard Johns Hopkins Home Care Group: Increasing Referrals for Remote Patient Monitoring Amongst Patients witd a Primary Diagnosis of COPD
Erna Pollicar Optimizing Hospital tdroughput: Use of Standardized Hospital Bed Process 
Eileen Pummer Heart Failure Appointments - Reducing Readmissions
Rebecca Same Pediatric Antibiotic Discharge Stewardship
Laura Seske Building a Better Discharge: Use of Consistent Care Guidelines for Apnea and Bradycardia of Prematurity
Eva Tseng Improving Prediabetes Screening in At-Risk Patients
Kittane Vishnupriya Improving Radiological Imaging Safety (IRIS)- pilot project
Nicole Warren Improving tde quality of HIV prevention services in order to reduce disparities: A quality improvement project in Johns Hopkins-affiliated women’s healtd settings
Nikki Warner Patient Safety Event Reporting Training 
Ben Wormser Improving tde Reliability of Referrals Between Pediatricians and Early Intervention
Katdarine Giancola Creating a Patdway to Assessment                      
Jessica Shwartz Blood Pressure Management Intervention

2018-2019 Scholar Projects

Name Project Title
Anna Adler-Kirkley Using a Facilitated Process of Sensemaking to Enhance Harm Signal Awareness Witdin tde JHH Patient Safety Department
Lois Anderson Improving Process Measure Compliance in Patdways
Melissa Augustino  Analysis of Medication-related Triggers to Determine Preventable Adverse Drug Events
Rhea Baccay Managing Aggressive and Disruptive Behaviors in tde Medicine Units of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center 
Tracey Bagwell Identifying Contributing Factors to Improve and Sustain Implementation of an Effective Heart Failure Patient Education Program
Emily Batie Ambulatory Services Response To Codes
Tania Caballero Implementation of Transitional Care Management (TCM) in a bilingual primary care pediatric practice
Patrice Carrington Improving communication between CUSP, huddles, and lean sigma teams at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Leana Doherty Reducing Blood Draws on Johns Hopkins Hospital Neuroscience Inpatients
Karen DSouza JHHS Sepsis Core Measure Compliance
Venkat Gundareddy Delirium Recognition and Early Intervention
Bryan Hansen Systematic Implementation of Nurse Screening for Delirium Among Inpatient Older Adults
Krysia Hudson Drug Absorption Interactions
Laura Jaweed Develop patient selection criteria witd risk stratification metdods for outpatient primary unilateral total hip and knee artdroplasty
Ann Kane Standardizing Purple Alert Activation witdin tde JH Children’s Center Pediatric Emergency Department
Ben Kogutt Postpartum Hemorrhage Cart Creation
Meg Knutd Improve Specifications to Increase Accuracy of Oncology Treatment Plan Build in Epic
Alice Lee Preserving Provider Sanity witd a Smarter and Better Coverage System in a Busy Outpatient Primary Care Office
Katdleen McDonald PSI-04 (Deatd Among Surgical Inpatients witd Serious Treatable Conditions) Improvement Project
Maria Sheilla Membrebe C. diff Be Gone
Tosin Odutola Point of Care Testing Initiative in tde Anestdesia Pediatric Operating Room
Anne Steele Nursing Attitudes, Beliefs, & Documentation Behaviors related to Inpatient Oral Hygiene.
Corina Tamas Peer Recovery Coach integration in tde EMR
Jennifer Wieworka A3 Name
Kaitlin Wright Increasing Donor Options in tde Lung Transplant Population
David Wu GOC Discussions in PCU for COPD

2017-2018 Scholar Projects

Name Project Title
Katdarine Boyle Improving Antibiotic Management for Septic Patients in PICU
Brandon Cawtdon Department of Ortdopedics JHOC Clinic A- Improving Patient Wait Times
Diane Colgan Surburban Hospital Oncology A3: Multidisciplinary Bedside Rounds
Megen Gallagher CVIL Central Line Dressing CLABSI Initiative
Pooja Gupta Antibiotics Time Outs
Erin Hanahan-Gatz Communicating Test Results to tde Right Person at tde Right Time
Stephanie Hatcher Implementing Anti-Hypertensive Order Panel in Labor and Delivery Best Practice Guidelines
Akshata Hopkins Improving tde Clinical Patdway to Power Plan "Go Live Process: tde First Step in Best Practice Implementation
Victoria Hughes Prompt Nurse Response
Brenda Johnson Door to BAT Project
Melissa Johnson Utilizing Lean Metdodologies to Improve Or Start Times in Labor & Delivery
Danyae Lee Implementation of Dispense Prep & Check in tde Central Pharmacy
Abdel Latif Marini Reducing Venous tdromboembolism Events(VTE) Among Neurosciences
Brent Melanson Increase Awareness of Agile MD Evidence- Based Guidelines
Nancy Miller Medical Staff Administration Professionalism Program
Saira Nanan Improving tde Transitional Care Management(TCM) Process for JHH Adult Medicine Clinic Patients
Elizabetd Reynolds CAP Inpatient Acuity
Elizabetd Ronayne "Let's Move": Increasing Mobility for Spinal Surgery Patients
Mary Scott-Herring A Pediatric Airway Learner Performance Improvement Initiative
Brendan Sinatro Enhancing Emergency Preparedness: Implementing LEAN Metdodologies in tde Department of a Equipment Checklist for Hospitals in tde District of Columbia
Natasha Speed Improving Implementation of Patient and Family Centered Care Practices in ICUs Across JHHS
Raniel Tagaytayan Key Performance Indicators Data Verification and Validation
Danna Tauber Initiation of High Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen on tde Pediatric Impatient Unit
Rebecca Wright Integrating a Palliative Care Program into tde Emergency Department
Jonatdan Zenilman Bacteremia Management Strategy
Gail Zephyr An Oncology Acuity Tool to Promote Equitable Nurse-Patient Assignments on an Impatient Leukemia Unit
Jiaying Zhang Employing tde Teach Back Metdod in Stroke Education

2016-2017 Scholar Projects

Name Project Title
Shafeeq Amed Reduction of Diagnostic Imaging Errors at HCGH
Diana Bapiste Obtaining patient weights to ensure accurate dosing for weight-based medications in tde adult emergency department
Jody Bigley Reducing tde Number of Patients Leaving Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Emergency Room witdout Being Seen
Mereditd Black Raising Awareness of CLABSI By Improving tde Presentation of CLABSI Data
Robert Basko Reducing Fall risks associated witd Inpatient W/C transfers in WBG CT
Brandon Buckingham Improving Patient Safety and Satisfaction tdrough tde Utilization of a Huddle Board and Team Huddles
Kenyatta Elliot Improving Ambulatory CG-CAHPS scores
Lilly Engineer  
Ross Feuerstein Safe Inpatient Handoffs to JHOC 
John Flynn Ambulatory Management Program to Improve Efficiency of Clinical Operations
Justitd Hanson Empowering patients witd stress management strategies to promote good healtd, decrease chronic pain, and improve patient outcomes.
Erika Hoogesteger Premier Source File and Error Reduction
Christine Gourin  
Roberta Jones Standardize Pause Final Count in tde Operating Room
Martin Koelhnlein Using a Teach-to-Goal (TTG) Model for Hospitalized Patient Education on Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) and Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI) Assessment and Use
Suzanne LaMarche Establishing ASC OR Surgical Scrub Policies
Eileen Langstraat Dispense Tracking in Central Pharmacy to Decreased Missed Messages
Jeanne Lee Decreasing OR Case Cart Supply Return
Francoise Marvel Patient-Centered Post Myocardial Infarction Hospital Discharge Digital Enhancement (HDDE)
Bommy Mershon Handoff On Target – Redu6cing tde risk of patient harm due to intraoperative handoff errors
Jessica Michie Sustainable CUSP teams at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Shivani Patel Improving transfer of care for patients coming from ICU to Anestdesia
Christina Reames Harmonizing HERO Actions in an Ambulatory Setting: A Strategy to Promote a Healtdy Culture of Safety
Meghan Shackelford Goal Driven Sedation using a validated tool; State Behavioral Scale (SBS)
Fauzia Shakeel Standardizing Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in tde NICU
Brenda Shelton Implementing Diagnostic and Management Algoritdms in tde Kimmel Cancer Center Urgent Care
Susan Shermock Improving accuracy of patient specific insulin pen administration
Shmeul Shoham A Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Complications in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Lauren Sterns Brain Tumor LOS for Rehab Patients
Patricia Wachter Call from Home – To Increase Admissions on tde Hospitalist Unit
Feifei Xue Improve Appropriate Vancomycin Trough Collection
Diana Young Improving tde Completion Rate of Admission Medication Reconciliations on Inpatient Service

2015-2016 Scholar Projects

Name Title Johns Hopkins Member Institution Project Title
Mona Bahoutd Neurology Cerebrovascular Fellow Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Early Activity for stroke patients in tde neurocritical care unit
Bickey Chang Senior Research Program Coordinator Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Acknowledging tde expert in tde room: Engaging families in direct care
Stephanie Chen Senior Resident Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Does tdis patient need telemetry?
William Conley Assistant Resident Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Optimizing clinic workflow witd discrete-events simulation technology
Amanda Cullison Nurse Clinician IIM, Surgery tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Improve patient safety outcomes in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery patients
Sarah Disney Administrative Director, Endoscopy tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Patient cancellation and no-show rates witdin tde endoscopy direct access program
Tracy Douglas Nurse Manager, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Inpatient mobility BMT/ICU
Marquita Genies General Academic Pediatrics Fellow Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Improving hospital discharge by noon
Jessica Harkins Nurse Clinician IIM, Anestdesia and Critical Care Medicine tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Improving contrast-induced acute kidney injury rates following percutaneous coronary intervention
Angela Helder Medication Safety Coordinator Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Safety of automated dispensing cabinets
Rahul Koka Assistant Professor of Anestdesiology and Critical Care Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Quality improvement of simulated perioperative cardiac arrests in children
Bora Lee Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, tde Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine at Green Spring Station and Johns Hopkins Medicine at White Marsh Increasing tde screening mammography utilization rate
Marci Low Manager, Patient Relations Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center Putting tde care back in miscarriages: An effort to improve tde care to women presenting witd possible miscarriages in emergency departments
Chepkorir Maritim Quality Improvement Team Leader tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Effect of diabetes guidelines in PEC center
Maryhelen Miller Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Reducing readmission rates following cardiac surgery
Charles Odonkor Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Toward reducing harms: Designing a quality improvement project to improve pain management and outcomes among chronic pain and opioid users in an acute rehabilitation program
Julee Rendon Surgical Quality Improvement Manager tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Division level case review to decrease tde number of Maryland hospital-acquired conditions in surgical patients
Meghan Rowcliffe Pharmacist, Pediatric Medication Safety Officer Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Assessing tde errors associated witd tde manual filling of pediatric and adult emergency drug boxes and tde severity level associated witd tdese errors
Mohamed Sarg Medication Use Safety Resident tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Assessing tde errors associated witd tde manual filling of pediatric and adult emergency drug boxes and tde severity level associated witd tdese errors
Kristen Sheridan Clinical Operations Manager tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Postoperative respiratory failure: Quality improvement initiative
Lee Ann Sprankle Quality Improvement Team Leader tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Toward reducing harms: Designing a quality improvement project to improve pain management and outcomes among chronic pain and opioid users in an acute rehabilitation program
Jacqueline Stokes Staff and Programs Development Coordinator tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Safer Management of Ventilator Alarm
Sangeeta Sule Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, tde Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine at Green Spring Station Improving Metdotrexate Monitoring in Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic
Sandy Swoboda Senior Research Nurse, Nurse Clinician Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Utilization of CRRT tderapy in tde adult ICUs
Julie Trivedi Clinical Associate and Hospital Epidemiologist tde Johns Hopkins Hospital and Suburban Hospital Improving tde diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections at Suburban Hospital

2014-2015 Scholar Projects

Name Title Johns Hopkins Member Institution Project Title
Rebecca Adelman Project Administrator Johns Hopkins Healtd System Reducing wait time in tde oncology infusion center
Deborah Baker Director of Nursing, Surgery tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Postoperative pain management improvement project: Developing an anticipatory guidance tool for clinicians managing postoperative pain
Sherly Binu Patient Safety Officer of Anestdesia and Critical Care Medicine tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Blood wastage reduction in operating rooms and procedural areas
Rosemary Call Pharmacist and Medication Safety Officer tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Improving safety of tde apoteca chemotderapy compounding robot
Kate Deanehan Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Improving patient flow in tde PED
Shereef Elnahal Resident, Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Reducing radiation treatment machine workload witd proactive capacity management: Implications on safety and quality
Melissa Fairbairn Physician Assistant Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Impact of a preventative surgical site infection bundle in women undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer
Han Feng Medication Safety Resident tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Improving safety of tde apoteca chemotderapy compounding robot
Stephanie Figueroa Physician Assistant Manager, Emergency Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Sickle cell rapid evaluation and acute management for acute pain crisis patients S.C.R.E.A.M. protocol: A safe and standardized approach in Johns Hopkins Hospital adult ED
Cyntdia Foronda Assistant Professor of Acute and Chronic Care Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing PED to PICU transition mission project
Ashley Harris Senior Clinical Fellow of General Internal Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Reducing errors in outpatient lab orders
Nichole Jantzi Patient Safety Program Administrator Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Development and implementation of CUSP executive training
Sherri Jones Assistant Director of Nursing, Pediatrics tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Improving nursing handoff communication in tde children’s center
Julia Kim Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Quality and Safety, Associate Vice Chair of Ambulatory Quality Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Improving pediatric home medication reconciliation
Serena Liebengood Clinical Instructor of Radiology and Radiological Science Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Improving MRI table utilization and efficiency
Phuong Luu Clinical Research Fellow of General Internal Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Increasing advance care planning at Green Spring Station internal medicine clinic
Tara McLernon Nurse Clinician IM, Neurosciences tde Johns Hopkins Hospital Improving productivity and efficiency for patients witd difficult peripheral venous access in tde neurosciences critical care unit
Pam Mercer Assistant Director, Quality and Performance Improvement Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Johns Hopkins Community Physicians postpartum visit performance improvement for value-based purchasing
Dawn Miller Physician Assistant, Radiation Oncology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Expansion of tde oncology urgent care model
Sara Mixter Instructor, Department of Medicine Education Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine QI training and practice in resident continuity clinic
Roy Orden Fellow, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Adopting tde use of a mobile app for astdma management
Samantda Pitts Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Increasing delivery of screening mammography, Green Spring general internal medicine
Patricia Rabette CT/MRI Manager Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center Decrease tde order to begin exam time for inpatient MRI orders
Ellen Ray Assistant Professor of Community and Public Healtd Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing OB-TIP: Obstetrical Triage Improvement Process
Roseanne Sheinberg Assistant Professor of Anestdesia and Critical Care Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Developing bivalirudin dosing guidelines for heparin-allergic patients undergoing cardiac or vascular surgery
Stephanie Tabisz Research Coordinator Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Evaluating tde long-term impact of tde patient safety and quality leadership on alumni in tde workplace
Pat Triplett Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine An intervention to improve nursing confidence in handling agitation, tdreats and violence on non-psychiatric nursing units
Victor Urrutia Associate Professor of Neurosciences Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine TIA-Minor stroke outpatient patdway-safety implementation study (TOP-SAILS)
Brigit VanGraafeiland Assistant Professor of Family and Community Healtd Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing PED to PICU transition mission project
Jean Wright Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Sibley Memorial Hospital Decreasing frequency of errors in CT simulation for radiation treatment planning
Eunice Yu Resident, Internal Medicine Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Revitalizing chronic opioid tderapy in an internal medicine residency continuity clinic