Our Team


Michael Friedman, PT, MBA

Michael Friedman is the senior director of strategic program development and an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a director of rehabilitation for the Sheik Khalifa Stroke Institute.

Friedman has more than 20 years of clinical operations experience across the care continuum, including acute hospital, post-acute care and ambulatory setting. His quality and research work has focused on value-based approaches to promoting patient activity and mobility to improve patient outcomes related to function, safety, and quality and total costs of care.

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Erik Hoyer, M.D.

Erik Hoyer is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a vice chair for quality, safety and service, he leads efforts to improve patient safety and care at Johns Hopkins.

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Eleni Flanagan, M.S.N., M.B.A., RN-BC

Eleni Flanagan is an Assistant Director at the Johns Hopkins Department of Medical Nursing. Over the past 20 years, she has served the Department of Medicine in many capacities: ICU nurse clinician, shift coordinator, case manager and nurse manager for three different units, including the Cardiology Progressive Cardiac Care Unit (PCCU) and Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology labs.

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Kelly Daley, PT, M.B.A.

Kelly Daley is the director of rehabilitation informatics and analytics and a clinical informatics program coordinator at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a certified Epic clinician builder and a funded member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute TARGET study team focusing on pragmatic physician and therapist care of acute low back pain.

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Lisa Klein, M.S.N., RN, AGCNS-BC, CNRN

Lisa Klein is a neuroscience nurse and an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist in two 32-bed acute care medical-surgical neuroscience units at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Klein received a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree in nursing from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Over the past 10 years, she has championed efforts to improve patient mobility, decrease patient falls and strengthen patient outcomes by mentoring staff members, enhancing education and advancing quality improvement initiatives.

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Sapna Kudchadkar, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Sapna Kudchadkar is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of interest include sleep disturbances in critically ill children, pediatric delirium prevention and management, sedation of mechanically ventilated children, pediatric ICU rehabilitation and mobility, and clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.

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Sowmya Kumble, PT, NCS

Sowmya Kumble is a clinical resource analyst in acute care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a subject matter expert for the JH-AMP team, developing content and educational materials for implementation of JH-AMP. She is working actively to integrate JH-AMP with fall prevention and safe patient handling committee to progress mobility safely in the ICU and hospital settings.

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Annette Lavezza, OTR/L

Annette Lavezza is the acute care therapy consultation services manager at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has 25 years of experience as an occupational therapist, clinically specializing in care for patients with neurological impairments. She uses her experience to engage in transdisciplinary quality improvement projects and is responsible for collaborative efforts to integrate documentation of function in the medical record across disciplines.

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Dale Needham, F.C.P.A., M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Needham is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include pulmonary and critical care medicine. Needham serves as the medical director of the critical care physical medicine and rehabilitation program and the director of the Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery group at Johns Hopkins.

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Anita Stone, M.S., CSPHA

Anita Stone is the Associate Director of Health, Safety, and Environment for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in safety and environmental management from Slippery Rock University and her master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University. Over the past 20 years she has helped to lead a comprehensive employee safety program with the main goal of reducing employee injuries and workers compensation costs. She co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Hospital Safe Patient Handling Committee which oversees the implementation of engineering controls such as lifts and transfer devices in order to prevent employee injuries while mobilizing patients.

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Daniel Young, PT, DPT, Ph.D.

Daniel Young is an associate professor in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Young’s is involved in research in the areas of acute care physical therapy, rehabilitation epidemiology, physical therapy, wound care and pressure injuries. He is actively working to improve identification and documentation of pressure injuries by health care providers and to provide direction to rehabilitation providers working in the hospital.

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