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Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety

2016 Winners Announced

This award is presented to the physician who partners with patients, families, colleagues and staff members to optimize patient outcomes and eliminate preventable harm.


Fauzia Shakeel, M.D.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital: Fauzia Shakeel, M.D., neonatologist

Dr. Shakeel has developed a better and safer way to deliver nutrition to neonates. Her work has helped eliminate errors, improve outcomes and decrease costs in the neonatal ICU.


Tuvia Blechman, M.D.

Howard County General Hospital: Tuvia Blechman, M.D., director of pediatrics

An exceptional leader and role model, Dr. Blechman is intensely committed to quality improvement and the best possible patient care in the neonatal ICU.


Jeffrey Trost, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: Jeffrey Trost, M.D., director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine

Dr. Trost’s research on troponin testing has led to it being ordered much less, saving the health system the cost of unnecessary tests and inspiring the Choosing Wisely campaign.


Michael Crocetti, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians: Michael Crocetti, M.D., head of pediatrics

Dr. Crocetti is an Epic champion who has built flow sheets and other features into the electronic medical record that improve quality and safety. His weight-based dosing calculator for amoxicillin is now part of all Epic products.


Elliott Haut, M.D., Ph.D.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Elliott Haut, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of surgery and fellowship director of the trauma/acute care surgery fellowship

A passionate champion of care quality and safety, Dr. Haut has worked to improve outcomes and eliminate preventable harm at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the health system and beyond in both his clinical and academic work.


William Davis, M.D.

Sibley Memorial Hospital: William Davis, M.D., infectious disease specialist

One of the busiest clinicians at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Dr. Davis has served as chair of the hospital’s infectious disease section for the last 25 years. He is a consistent and vocal advocate for safe and efficient care.


Steven Kariya, M.D.

Suburban Hospital: Steven Kariya, M.D., pulmonologist

Medical director for Suburban Hospital’s Provider Quality Committee, Dr. Kariya is a respected leader and Epic champion. He is also a respected physician trainer in the PEARLS program.

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