Our Students

Hana Alharbi


Hana Alharbi, MD completed her pediatric residency and genetics fellowship at CHOP. She has transferred from the Certificate program in Healthcare Quality & Safety to the Master program in healthcare quality & safety.

Ciara Barr


Ciara Barr, VMD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently involved in improving anesthesia and operating room workflow efficiency within the small animal veterinary hospital. She transitioned from the Certificate program in Healthcare Quality and Safety to the Master program in healthcare quality and safety.

Mary Lois Blackwell


Mary Lois Blackwell, BSN, RN is a Safety Quality Specialist at CHOP. She is responsible for developing a culture of safety and leading improvement work as nurse leader of a 25-bed inpatient oncology unit.

Caley Britton


Caley Britton, BSN, RN, OCN is currently employed at HUP, specifically at PCAM in the Infusion Services Department. She was Unit Council Chair the past 2 years and has been involved in Unit Council the past 4 years. She is also moving into an Improvement Advisor role come June within her department. She started the MSN in Health Leadership program Spring 2020.

Elaine Y. Chiang


Dr. Chiang, MD is a Hematologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Quality and Safety for the Penn Blood Disorders Program

Elizabeth Elliott


Libby Elliott, MD is an attending anesthesiologist at CHOP. She has been involved with QI work for several years, and recently published a paper describing how the general anesthesia division at CHOP was able to decrease NPO time for our patients coming from home for procedures. She has taken on the role of Medical Director for Patient Safety and Quality in the anesthesia department.

Christine Franciscovich


Christine Franciscovich, RNC, CRNP, NNP-BC is a Surgical Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit and the Patient Safety and Improvement Advanced Practice Provider at CHOP. She is co-lead on medication safety QAPI, lead safety analyses and foster development of systems improvements.

Sara Fridinger


Sara Fridinger, MD, is a pediatric neurologist in the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology.

Elena Huang


Elena Huang, MD, FAAP is a primary care pediatrician at CHOP Karabots in West Philadelphia and the Director of Quality for the CHOP Primary Care network and the Continuity Clinic Director for the CHOP pediatric residency program. She works closely with CHOP leadership in primary care, quality and safety, and resident education to educate and empower trainees and frontline primary care staff to tackle improvement opportunities and achieve meaningful outcomes. She has been a faculty member of the CHIPS program for several years.

Mary Houston


Mary Houston, BSN, RN, CCT is a student in the MSN Health Leadership Program and pursuing a dual MHQS. She has been a nurse for over 20 years, currently as a living kidney donor coordinator at The Penn Transplant Institute. Interested in the intersection of public health and healthcare quality and safety within the field of transplant, specifically as they relate to improving access to living donor transplants.

Jeffrey Johnston


Acquisition Career Manager (FAC-COR and FAC-Program Manager at Indian Health Service)

Jenna Kessler


Jenna Kessler BSN, RN has worked in the heart and vascular intensive care unit for the past two years at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently completing her Masters of Science in Nursing at Penn in the Nursing and Healthcare Administration.

Jenny Lin


Jenny Lin, MD is a pediatric pulmonologist at CHOP and an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Lin specializes in treating children with difficult-to-control asthma and leads several quality improvement efforts in this area. Through her participation in the Penn CHIPS program, she plans to utilize the skills acquired to more effectively lead QI initiatives in asthma and within the pulmonary division.

Jacqueline Morrison


Jacqueline Morrison, MD is currently a pediatric cardiology fellow at CHOP. She was formerly a pediatric resident at CHOP where she completed an Advanced Skill in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and started the residency Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement Conference. Her interests lie in Patient Safety, particularly around transitions and escalations of care.

Kaleena Patel


Kaleena Patel, MD is a rising fellow in CHOP’s Pediatrics Emergency Medicine department. She is currently working on a project centered around scheduling of attending physicians in the emergency department based on predictive workload models. Kaleena is also interested in the Exit pathway at CHOP, focusing on admitting patients from the Emergency Department in a more efficient way.

Sandeep Sadashiv


Sandeep Sadashiv, MD, MRCPCH is a neonatologist working at Einstein Montgomery Medical Center (EMCM) at Norristown PA, which is a level 3 NICU and part of the CHOP Newborn Care Network. In addition to being a neonatologist, he is also a Quality Improvement champion and lead for his colleagues. He represents EMCM at the CHOP QI council for neonatology. His key QI projects include – minimizing antibiotic exposure to neonates, improving Hep B vaccine compliance, initiating timed cord clamping practice.

He is currently continuing work on antibiotic stewardship projects and therapeutic hypothermia program at EMCM.

Melissa Schmatz


Melissa Schmatz, MD, is an attending neonatologist and Director, Small Baby Program and Quality Improvement Champion at CHOP at Virtua Voorhees and CHOP at Virtua Memorial Hospital.

Arun Srinivasan


Arun Srinivasan, MD, MRCS is a pediatric urologist in CHOP practicing for the last 9 years specializing in robot assisted and minimal invasive reconstructive surgery and pediatric stone disease. He is looking to learn and expand his knowledge in quality improvement and patient care optimization. He has transferred from the Certificate program in Healthcare Quality & Safety to the Master program in healthcare quality & safety.

Therese Stallard


Therese Stallard, BSN, RN has worked as a clinical nurse at CHOP for the past 11 years on the inpatient rehabilitation unit. She is her unit’s Magnet champion as well as VTE harm prevention champion.  She is currently in the dual degree MSN Health Leadership/MHQS program at Penn. Her interests include patient and family education as well as promoting patient safety on the rehab floor.

Hannah Stinson


Hannah Stinson, MD is a Pediatric Critical Care Attending at CHOP. She is currently involved in work related to sepsis quality improvement and harm prevention.  She has transferred from the Certificate program in Healthcare Quality & Safety to the Master program in healthcare quality & safety.

Joannaly Tapang


Joannaly Tapang, BSN, RN is a full time dual MSN candidate of the Nursing and Healthcare Administration Program and the Masters of Healthcare Quality and Safety program. She joined the United States Air Force as a Registered Nurse for over four years. She has experiences in Medical Surgical and Bone Marrow Transplant/Hematology-Oncology inpatient nursing, as well as administrative experiences working directly with leaders in the 959th Medical Group, and the Department of Quality Services of Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas

Julie Uspal


Julie Uspal MD, is an Emergency Medicine physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  She currently serves as the Director of Quality and Safety in the HUP Emergency Department.

Jacqueline Zedalis


Jacqueline Zedalis, BS is a Enterprise Improvement Advisor at CHOP. She looks forward to applying the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program to best support clinical colleagues in their efforts to improve the quality of care provided to the NICU patients and their families.

Amanda Albrecht


Amanda Albrecht, MD is a hospitalist and clinical instructor in Hospital Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Her current QI interest has led her to the Hospitalist Representative for Stroke Committee and Physician Lead for Operational Excellence at Penn Presbyterian.

Jayme Batcher


Jamye Batcher, BS is a Senior Clinical Engineer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Master’s candidate in Health Care Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania

Cherly Buerklin


Cheryl Francis, MS, BSN, RN, is the Associate Director of the Acquired Autonomic Dysfunction Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Hana Choy


Hana Choy, MD is an emergency and internal medicine physician currently working for Penn Medicine in their emergency and observation departments

Sean Foster


Sean Foster, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine within the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He works clinically at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he has served as the Emergency Department Director of Quality Improvement since 2015 and Assistant Chief of Emergency Services since 2020. He has helped lead departmental, hospital and health-system level quality improvement initiatives focused on clinical operations, sepsis and ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction.

Stephanie Gati


Stephanie Gati, MD is a Pediatric Hospitalist at CHOP. She is pursuing a certificate in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and is interested in quality improvement work focused on addressing health disparities for hospitalized children and their families.

Thomas Habib


Thomas G. Habib, MD, is an attending neonatologist at CHOP Care at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro for the past 3 years after completing his fellowship in Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

Naomi Hughes


Naomi Hughes, MD is an attending at CHOP in Pediatric Emergency Medicine since 2014. She completed her PEM fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington DC.  Her academic interests include QI work around management of migraine patients in the pediatric emergency department and improving acute care for children in community hospitals.

Purvi J. Kapadia-Jethva


Purvi Kapadia-Jethva, MD is a neonatologist and currently, the Chief of Neonatology at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes. Purvi is a member of  the Quality Improvement Council in  the CHOP Newborn Care Network and an active member of NAS pathway group, Glucose monitoring pathway group and Preterm nutrition consensus group. She also participated in Gastric residual consensus in 2019.  She is currently involved in the following QI project: Delivery room Euthermia.

Amna Khan


Amna Nabeel Khan, MD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Penn and CMC VA Medical Center. She is the CCo-Director for the Penn Bone Center. She has been involved in quality improvement studies at the VA. She is the lead for the PACT (Patient Alliance Care Team) for Osteoporosis at the VA.

Dana Liu


Dana Liu, MD has been an attending at the Pennsylvania Hospital Emergency Department since 2018. She is currently the assistant medical director with interests in ED operations and process improvement.

Kim Tran Lopez


Kim Tran Lopez, MD is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellow at CHOP

Ellen Malone


Ellen Malone, CRNP is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner within the Cardiology department at Penn Presbyterian Hospital.

Melissa McKinney


Melissa McKinney, MSN, CRNP, NNP-BC is a nurse practitioner in the Intensive Care Nursery at Pennsylvania Hospital for the last 5 years. Prior to her role at Pennsylvania Hospital she was a medical nurse practitioner in the N/IICU at CHOP. She is an active member of the Unit Based Clinical Leadership committee where she has participated in numerous quality improvement and patient safety projects.

Benjamin Parker


Benjamin (Ben) Parker, MD, MBA, is a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Alongside of his ongoing training, Ben is interested problems in healthcare operations and strategy, and how these factors affect quality of patient care, safety, and outcomes. He aims to pursue a career bringing together this interest with his clinical training in pulmonology and critical care medicine.

Mary Porteous


Mary Porteous, MD MSCE is a Pulmonary & Critical Care attending at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC). Dr Porteous specializes in the care of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) and serves as the Director of the ILD and Sarcoidosis Program at the CMCVAMC and as the Clinical Epidemiologic Research of ILD at HUP. She is pursuing a Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety in order to lead QI initiatives in ILD at HUP and at the CMCVAMC.

Emily Sue Ruckdeschel


Emily Sue Ruckdeschel, MD, is an attending physician with the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center and the Division of Cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Brian Schultz


Brian Schultz, RPSGT is a registered polysomnographic technologist and clinical supervisor of the Sleep Center at CHOP.  He has been in his clinical supervisor role for over ten years and over twenty years at CHOP. His focus has been to work closely with his team to increase the quality of sleep studies.

Jyothi Sidhu


Dr. Jyothi K. Sidhu, MD is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric specialist

Ian S. Soriano


Ian Soriano, MD, FACS, FSMBS is the Surgeon Champion for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality and Improvement Program and Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Department of Surgery as well as an Associate Scholar of the Center for Global Health at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Stephanie Van Decker


Stephanie Van Decker, MD is a first year fellow physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has interests in the field of hospital systems operations, healthcare delivery models, quality improvement, and initiatives focused on healthcare disparities.

Seth E. Vatsky


Seth Vatsky, DO is a radiologist, pediatric interventional radiologist and Associate Director of Quality Improvement for the Interventional Radiology Section at CHOP. He first developed interest in Quality Improvement while a radiology resident at Atlantic Health Systems in New Jersey. His current interests in QI include resource utilization and efficiency and radiation safety and shielding.

Tanya Weston


Tanya Weston, MS,  is a Nuclear Medicine -PET Manager of Quality and Safety within the Radiology Department at Pennsylvania Hospital

Avery Zierk


Avery Zierk, MD is a current Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellow at CHOP.

Dori Abel

Dr. Dori Abel is a fellow physician in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at CHOP. She grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in an individualized major entitled “A Gendered Examination of Global Health Inequalities.” She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she was also a Health Justice Scholar. She completed her pediatrics residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University.

Dr. Abel is pursuing the MSHP degree with a concentration in Healthcare Quality & Safety. She has a strong interest in health equity, medication adherence and outcomes for patients with chronic rheumatic disease. With this training, she aims to explore the impact of treatment adherence on disease activity in children with arthritis and drivers of suboptimal adherence to improve disease outcomes and narrow the known disparity gaps.

Aaron Bennett

Dr. Aaron Bennett is a Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He grew up on Long Island, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. He earned his medical degree at Temple University and went on to complete his Pediatrics residency at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He spent an extra year at Yale serving as Chief Resident, where his interest in quality improvement, pathway creation, and healthcare leadership was cultivated. His academic interests lie in pediatric liver transplant outcomes and understanding systematic and non-clinical barriers to health care delivery.

Evan Dalton

Dr. Evan Dalton is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with a focus in quality improvement, patient safety, and medical operations.Hailing from Texas, Dr. Dalton graduated from Vanderbilt University witha degree in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. He then returned to Texas where he completed his medical education at Baylor College of Medicine. Hematched back at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for his residency training in Pediatrics. At Vanderbilt, he conducted quality improvement and financial research projects related to the care and safety of children hospitalized for behavioral health conditions. Dr. Dalton continues to investigate the model of pediatric behavioral health care delivery and safety as a fellow at CHOP.

Sara Ginzberg

Dr. Sara Ginzberg is a PGY4 in General Surgery at Penn. She was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in Ecology & Evolution. She subsequently received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies. Through the MSHP, Dr. Ginzberg is pursuing the Concentration in Healthcare Quality and Safety. She is interested in optimizing the delivery of cancer care, with a particular focus on identifying systems-level changes that will enable better access to screening and treatment for patients from historically marginalized groups

Dayna Mazza

Dayna grew up in New Jersey and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland College Park. She completed her medical school training at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She wanted to move closer to home for residency and completed her training at AI DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware before beginning fellowship at CHOP. Her nephrology interests are many at this time include neonatal renal disease specifically neonatal critical care nephrology and acute kidney injury. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband. They can be found (Covid permitting) cooking together, going to the theater, dining out (so many amazing restaurants in Philly), hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Katherine Pumphrey

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Pumphrey is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with a focus in quality improvement, patient safety, and medical operations.
Dr. Pumphrey graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Biology and BA in Women’s Studies. At Maryland, she was a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team (Go Terps!). She completed her medical education at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine where she also received her Master of Health Administration degree. Dr. Pumphrey completed her residency training at Weill Cornell Medical Center where she served as the Chair of the Weill Cornell Housestaff Quality Council. She also participated in quality improvement work regarding asthma, analgosedation, and communication. Dr. Pumphrey continues to have interests in quality improvement, health economics, operations, and the patient/provider experience.

Tyler Rainer

Dr. Tyler Rainer is a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She received her undergraduate degree at Williams College, then spent time working at The Rockefeller University, where she became interested in bioethics and community partnership. She received an MD from Temple University of School of Medicine, and completed pediatric training in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track of the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, where she also served as chief resident. She is a Master’s in Science Health Policy Research and Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety student and plans to pursue a career focused on health equity, quality, and patient safety. She hopes help dismantle systemic inequities and proactively design more equitable systems to provide high value care in pediatric emergency medicine.