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Elizabeth Lee Daugherty, M.D., M.P.H.

Lee Daugherty Biddison, M.D., M.P.H.

Chief Wellness Officer, Office of Well-Being, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Faculty Member, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
Investigator, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

Lee Daugherty Biddison is associate professor of medicine in the Johns Hopkins Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and chief wellness officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is associate faculty in the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and a contributing scholar in the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Dr. Daugherty Biddison’s research interests include hospital operations, patient safety, critical care disaster response and physician well-being.

In addition to her research responsibilities, Dr. Daugherty Biddison serves as vice chair for clinical affairs for the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She chairs the department’s Clinical Directors Council and co-chairs the Clinical Affairs Planning and Strategy team. She also serves as a member of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Credentials Committee. Immediately prior to becoming chief wellness officer, she served on the Dean’s Task Force on Joy in Medicine. As part of that work, she co-chaired the Working Group on Culture and Work-Life Balance and served as lead author of the summary report of the task force. She currently represents Johns Hopkins on the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience.

Dr. Daugherty Biddison completed her undergraduate studies in journalism at Washington and Lee University, magna cum laude, and received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, cum laude. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania and her pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins, where she also earned her master’s degree in public health.

Deborah Dang

Deborah Dang, Ph.D., R.N., NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Director for Well-Being, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Senior Director, Nursing Inquiry and Research, Johns Hopkins Health System

Dr. Dang served on the Dean’s Task Force on Joy in Medicine. As part of this work, she co-chaired the Working Group on Education. Dr. Dang was the principle investigator of a multi-year grant to create healthy work environments. From this work, she established the Center for the Practice of Collaborative Leadership, a program designed for all levels of nursing staff to build, broaden and strengthen the practice of eight health and well-being behaviors: curiosity, gratitude, mindfulness, positivity, reflection, resilience, strengths-focused, trust-building.

Dang’s research interests include civility in the workplace, interprofessional team wellbeing and effectiveness, and personal mastery. She led the transformation of Hopkins’ nursing culture to one of practice based on evidence, established the Center for Nursing Inquiry to build the competence and confidence of all levels of nurses to use EBP, QI, and research in their everyday practice, and co-authored two books, the third edition of the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based practice: Model and Guidelines, and the Johns Hopkins Professional Practice Model: Advancing Nursing Excellence.

She received her masters of science in Adult Psychiatric Nursing and her doctor of philosophy in health services research from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Dr. Dang holds a Joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  She is a Fellow of the Wharton Nurse Executive Program, was a recipient of Academy Health Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues New Investigator Award, and the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare, Distinguished Evidence-based Practice Trailblazer Award.

richard saeefer

Richard Safeer, M.D., F.A.C.L.M., F.A.A.F.P., F.A.C.P.M. 

Chief Medical Director, Employee Health and Well-Being, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Richard Safeer is the chief medical director of employee health and well-being for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role, he leads the Healthy at Hopkins employee health and well-being strategy. He currently sees patients in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Division of Pediatric Cardiology. In addition, he teaches in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Safeer completed his bachelor’s degree in nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University before graduating from medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his residency in family medicine at Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed a faculty development fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is certified in clinical lipidology by the National Lipid Association.

Prior to arriving at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Safeer practiced family medicine in Northern Virginia. He was on faculty at The George Washington University, where he served as residency director of the family medicine training program. He was the medical director of an occupational health center in Baltimore and wellness director for the Mid-Atlantic region of the center’s parent company, just before starting at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Baltimore, Maryland, as the medical director of preventive medicine. He currently serves on the board of directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has achieved fellowship status in the American Academy of Family Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

office of well-being team

Wendy Bowen, M.P.H., C.I.C.
Health Promotion Specialist

Suzanne Brockman, M.A., R.N.
Program Manager, Office of Well-Being

Debi Celnik, R.D., M.S.
Program Manager, Health Promotion

Julie LaVoie
Program Coordinator, Office of Well Being

Meg Lucik, M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S.
Senior Project Manager

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