Faculty

Anne J. Gunderson, Ed.D, MS, GNP

Director of Graduate Program
Executive Master's in Clinical Quality, Safety, and Leadership 

Gunderson

Dr. Anne J. Gunderson is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Innovation in Clinical Education at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC); Assistant Vice President for Education, Safety, and Quality at MedStar Health. Dr. Gunderson holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and is a board certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Gunderson’s 17 years in medical education academia has been characterized by a high level of knowledge and skill in strategic planning and curricular design. Prior to joining MedStar/GUMC, she served as Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. Since 2010, Dr. Gunderson has served as co-director of The Telluride Experience, a patient safety immersion program for nurses, medical students and residents. Dr. Gunderson’s research interests have led to Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator roles on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, HRSA, D.W. Reynolds Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation, and multiple state-level grants.

 

Carole Hemmelgarn, MS, MS in Patient Safety Leadership

Instructor in Medicine, Georgetown University

Carole Hemmelgarn, MS in Patient Safety Leadership

Ms. Hemmelgarn has served as a Quality, Safety and Leadership faculty member for the last 6 years and has worked in healthcare for over 30 years. She is a member of multiple associations including: Patient and Family Engagement committee for Solutions for Patient Safety; Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety at MedStar Health; Patient Safety Committee and Target Zero at Children’s Hospital Colorado; Board of Director Collaborative for Accountability and Improvements. She is an active Faculty member for Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience.

 

Crystal Morales, MS in Patient Safety Leadership, BSN

Instructor in Medicine, Georgetown University

Crystal Morales, BSN, MS in Patient Safety Leadership

Ms. Morales has been a college instructor for the past 2 years, teaching courses on health science research and participating in mentored capstones. She is currently the director of High Reliability and Safety at MedStar Health. In her previous role, she served as a patient safety officer and was an investigator on multiple AHRQ grants. She is an active Faculty member for Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience. 

 

 

Roger Leonard, MD, MMM, FACC, CPE

Assistant Professor in Medicine, Georgetown University

Roger Leonard MD, MMM, FACCDr. Leonard is a Safety Advisor in the Department of Quality & Safety at MedStar Health, focusing on patient/family engagement.  He was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology for 4 years and practiced cardiology in Maryland for 20 years prior to becoming Vice President for Medical Affairs at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center for 8 years. He has been past-Governor for Maryland of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Physician Executives. He is an active Faculty member for Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience.

 

Douglas E. Paull, MD, MS, FACS, FCCP, CHSE

Assistant Professor in Medicine, Georgetown University

Douglas E. Paull, MD, MS, FACS, FCCP, CHSE

Dr. Paull is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Wright State University School of Medicine and the VA Medical Center in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He currently works at the VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS), sequentially as Co-Director of Medical Team Training, and Director of Patient Safety Curriculum and Medical Simulation. Most recently, he was named Senior Medical Officer / Deputy Director of the NCPS. He is the author of articles, chapters, and a book on the topics of surgery, patient safety, team training, simulation, and high-reliability healthcare organizations.

 

Peggy A. Weissinger, EdD in Higher Education Administration, MBA

Associate Professor in Family Medicine, Georgetown University

Peggy A. Weissinger, EdD in Higher Education Administration, MBA

Dr. Weissinger has worked in higher education since 1990. She is the former Director of the Georgetown University Medical Center Teaching Academy for the Health Sciences;  the former Associate Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at Georgetown University Medical Center; former Co-Director of the Office of Educational Scholarship, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.  She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at The George Washington University; facilitates workshops for the Teachers of Critical Languages Program, a collaboration of the American Councils for International Education and the Department of State; and is an associate with Dee Fink and Associates who offer workshops on Designing Courses for Significant Learning. She is the former Associate Dean for Assessment at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  Her research interests include problem-based learning, critical thinking, and interactive distance education.  
 

Eskandar “Alex” Yazaji, MD

Assistant Professor in Medicine, Georgetown University

Eskandar “Alex” Yazaji, MD

Dr. Yazaji has been an instructor to medical students and residents for nearly 10 years. He is the Chief Quality & Safety Officer, the Associate Program Director for the internal medicine residency program, and Vice Chairman of Medicine at MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospitals. He has won multiple teaching awards in the past 7 years. He has worked on multiple safety initiatives to improve quality of care at MedStar such as helping in implementing High Value Care initiatives, reducing Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC), telemetry optimization, and helping in implementing safer patient care initiatives such as Delirium and alcohol withdrawal protocols. 

 

 Richard “Tony” Calabria, MA in Experimental Psychology, CPHQ, CSSBB

Instructor in Medicine, Georgetown University

 Richard “Tony” Calabria, MA in Experimental PsychologyMr. Richard (Tony) Calabria is currently the Clinical Quality and Regulatory Programs Director for the Department of Quality & Safety at MedStar Health.  Mr. Calabria holds a BS is Psychology and a MA in Experimental Psychology and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and Certified Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt.  He has over 15 years of experience in healthcare quality and process improvement.   Throughout his career, Mr. Calabria has facilitated and led clinical quality improvement initiatives and serves as a subject matter expert for CMS and HSCRC Pay for Performance Programs, such as VBP/QBR and HAC/MHAC, as well as for publicly reported metrics, such as Leapfrog and CMS Star Ratings.  Mr. Calabria is active in the Healthcare Quality Community as a board member for the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality and as a faculty member of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety.
 

Bernard Horak, PhD in Health Services Administration and Organization Behavior and Development, MHA, MS, BS

Professor and Director of Health Systems Administration Programs, Georgetown University

Bernard Horak, PhD in Health Services Administration and Organization Behavior and Development, MHA, MS, BSDr. Horak teaches courses in quality improvement, strategic planning, and organizational behavior. He was the Director of Strategic Planning and Total Quality Management at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has held other positions including that of Chief Operating Officer, Associate Administrator for Clinical Services, and Administrator of a family practice clinic.  He wrote the book, Strategic Planning for Healthcare: Building a Quality-Based Plan Step by Step and co-authored the book, Healthcare Transformation: A Guide for the Hospital Board Member.  Dr. Horak has also written numerous papers, presenting at both national and international conferences. In addition, he has given over 150 training programs to professional groups. He has also led or facilitated over 100 strategic planning or team building retreats, including the National Conference on Airbag Disconnection.  Dr. Horak is a Certified Professional of Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), and received the Bronze Star for his leadership of medical units during the Gulf War.

 Judit M. Szolnoki, MD, MS in Patient Safety Leadership

Instructor in Medicine, Georgetown University

 Judit M. Szolnoki, MD, MS in Patient Safety Leadership

Dr. Szolnoki is a practicing clinician, a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist. She earned her medical degree from Semmelweis University, Hungary and completed a Master’s of Science in Patient Safety Leadership program. She has experience leading quality improvement and patient safety programs at both hospital and national level. Her organizational leadership experience includes leading a large group of medical faculty at a nationally ranked academic hospital. Her professional interests include change management, leadership development and personal coaching. Dr. Szolnoki has been in a teaching capacity for over 15 years. 

 

 David B. Mayer, MD

Associate Professor in Medicine, Georgetown University

MayerDavid Mayer, MD is executive director of the MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety (MIQS).  In this role, Dr. Mayer leads specific quality and safety programs in support of discovery, learning, and the application of innovative methods to operational clinical challenges.

Prior to his appointment as executive director, MIQS Dr. Mayer served for over six years as vice president, quality and safety for MedStar Health, overseeing the infrastructure for clinical quality and its operational efficiency for MedStar and each of its entities. Dr. Mayer also designs and directs systemwide activity for patient safety and risk reduction programs.

He has a strong background in academia, ranging from co-executive director at UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence, director of UIC Masters of Science Patient Safety Leadership Program, associate dean for Education, and associate chief medical officer for Quality and Safety Graduate Medical Education. Most recently, Dr. Mayer was one of four medical professionals presented with the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Patient Safety Movement Foundation for his lifesaving achievements in patient safety. He was also awarded with the Becker’s Health 2017 and 2018 top 50 people in patient safety. Dr. Mayer also founded and has led the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience for the last ten years.

Tracy Granzyk, MS, MFA (2017)

Instructor in Medicine, Georgetown University

GranzykMs. Granzyk is an experienced content creator, healthcare strategist and relationship builder with a passion for creating innovative content via web, print and film that puts both the patient and provider experience at the forefront. She is an active Faculty member for Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience.  Ms. Granzyk is the managing editor for the healthcare blog, Educate the Young. She specializes in the crafting and sharing of stories aimed to change health behavior and healthcare culture.