Physician Champions

The Physician Champions Fellowship was established in 2005 to introduce physician “quality” leaders to the principles of Perfecting Patient CareSM (PPC) and support their experiments in process improvement. It was a two-year program in which physicians identify quality improvement opportunities within their own healthcare institutions and work with their clinical teams to address them using the quality engineering skills and work redesign methods of PPC.  Participants were engaged in projects to reduce hospital-acquired infections, improve the efficiency and efficacy of care for chronic illnesses, including diabetes and to improve the outcomes of open-heart surgery, among others.

Physicians participating in the program have reported reductions in hospital-acquired infections, improved health indicators for diabetic patients and fewer ambiguities in women’s Pap tests, among other results. In a number of their demonstration projects, physicians also have reported improved efficiencies that should translate into lower costs.

Doctors selected for Physician Champions Fellowships have a number of traits in common. They have a passion for safety, quality and continuous learning that transcends the norm. They are leaders within their own institutions and practices, within their specialties and among their peers. They are problem-solvers, motivated to improve quality and safety. They recognize the need for team engagement in work redesign and the need for performance measurement as a fulcrum for continuous improvement.

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Alumni

Bruce Block, MD
Director - Primary Care Institute
UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center

Clinical Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Jerome E. Granato, MD, MBA, FACC
former Medical Director - Coronary Care Unit
Allegheny General Hospital

Eileen M. Boyle, MD
Associate Medical Director
East Liberty Family Health Care Center

Fred Harchelroad, Jr., MD, FAAEM, FACMT
Chairman - Emergency Medicine
Allegheny General Hospital

Michael H. Culig, MD, FACS
Chief - Division of Cardiac Surgery
Medical Director - Ed Dardanell Heart & Vascular Center
Western Pennsylvania Hospital/Forbes Regional

R. Harsha Rao, MD
Division Chief - Endocrinology
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dennis English, MD, MMM, FACOG
Vice President - Medical Affairs
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Medical Director
Womancare Associates

Clinical Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Eric G. Rodriguez, MD, MPH
UPMC Senior Care - Benedum Geriatric Center - Montefiore Hospital

Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

Adele L. Towers, MD, MPH
UPMC Senior Care - Benedum Geriatric Center - Montefiore Hospital

Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Publications

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Physician Champions Share Progress (2008)

BRANCHES: Recognizing Healthcare Team Excellence at the Front Line (2009)

All PRHI Publications