The Taking Action on Overuse project is proud to announce six fellows for the 2019 Safety Net Value Champions Fellowship. During their nine-month fellowship, they will receive training, guidance and implementation support for their work developing competencies to reduce medical overuse.
Dr. Lauren D. Demosthenes is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Prisma Health–Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina. As Medical Director of High Value Care and Innovation in the Department of ObGyn, and Director of the Track of Distinction in High Value Care, Performance Improvement and Population Health at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, she is actively involved in both teaching and leading high-value care performance improvement projects. On a national level, she initiated and is co-editor of the American College of ObGyn’s Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology’s curriculum resource, “Cases in High Value Care.” Dr. Demosthenes also began and is editor of the series “Stop that Practice Habit” for OBG Management. As an educator, she has presented several grand rounds on teaching and implementing high-value care in ObGyn and is part of the national Choosing Wisely® Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship (STARS) Summit faculty for medical students, which is hosted and directed by Dell Med.
Dr. Roberto Diaz Del Carpio is an academic primary care physician specializing in both internal medicine and preventive medicine. He received his MD degree from the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria in Arequipa, Peru, and graduated from the combined Internal Medicine-Preventive Medicine residency program (Primary Care Pathway) at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York. During his residency, he completed his MPH in public health in health services administration and was involved in health services and outcomes research. Dr. Diaz Del Carpio’s commitment to patient care and population health sparked his interest in system performance, quality improvement and patient safety. After his residency, he pursued further training in the science of improvement at the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Toronto, Canada. He is an active clinician and educator who spends his days in a busy academic primary care center seeing patients and training medical students and residents. He has led the transformation of safety net primary care practices into patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), and is leading quality improvement efforts in the Department of Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Leslie Dunlap is a board-certified physician assistant at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospital, the only Level I Trauma Center and Academic Medical Institution in the state. She practices inpatient, outpatient and surgical limb salvage in the Center for Healing In the Lower Extremity. She was previously an internal medicine primary care provider and began in a support staff role at UNM Hospital in 2003. Ms. Dunlap holds BAs in Chemistry and Spanish, and an MS degree in physician assistant studies from UNM. She is the president of the UNM PA Alumni Leadership and a committee member for the New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants. She was awarded the 2017 PA/MD Team of the Year Award and the 2015 Student Community Service Award and nominated for Albuquerque Top Docs, Ambulatory Advanced Provider Clinical Excellence, and Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Dr. George Hoke earned his MD degree from the University of Maryland prior to completing an internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia in 1998. He has more than 20 years of experience practicing hospital medicine in both a community setting and in the University of Virginia Health System, serving as a practice leader for 14 years. Dr. Hoke has been actively engaged in medical education at both the UME and GME levels, served as medical director of intermediate, acute and subacute care units, and championed quality improvement projects involving anticoagulant safety, sepsis care delivery and inpatient glycemic control. Much of his current work is focused on increasing the value of care provided to patients by reducing low-value testing and reducing harm from unnecessary procedures and treatments. These efforts are facilitated through serving as Co-Chair of the Laboratory Stewardship Committee locally and being an active member of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance on a national level.
Born and raised in NYC, Dr. Joshua Moskovitz trained in medicine at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He complemented his skill set with an MPH in Emergency Preparedness from John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA in health care administration from Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business. Drawing on past experiences in EMS, disaster preparedness and global health, Dr. Moskovitz dove head first into his current role as a practicing emergency physician and Associate Director of Operations for the Emergency Department at Jacobi Medical Center. Jacobi, a public hospital in the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation is a safety net facility primarily caring for underserved patients while specializing in trauma, burn, hyperbarics and snakebites. His role in coordinating ED operations brings him in contact with many of his passions: operational efficiency, patient quality and safety, throughput and resource utilization. He’s excited to join the RWJ Fellowship to help realize his dream of bringing high-quality and efficient health care to everyone who seeks it.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Her professional nursing experience includes the neonatal intensive care unit, the pediatric intensive care unit, cardiology, school-based nursing and most recently, primary pediatric care. In 2017 she moved to Washington state for her first position as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She currently works with Tri-Cities Community Health, an FQHC, in Pasco, Washington. Her most recent contributions to her community include developing and running a small autism clinic within her primary care practice, serving on multiple quality improvement projects, including practice transformation strategies, increasing immunization rates and various committees that are committed to accurate data reporting for quality metrics. Ms. Vossenkemer is an advocate for excellent pediatric care across all service lines that come into contact with children, and often offers lectures/presentations to her peers on evidence-based medicine in pediatrics. She has the drive and desire to play an active role in the health journey of the children in her community and welcomes the challenges that her particular patient population faces.