Faculty

David Mayer, MD

Interim Program Director, Associate Professor in Medicine, Georgetown University

Dr. Mayer is the Vice President for Quality and Safety at MedStar Health. 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 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.


Carole Hemmelgarn, MS, MS in Patient Safety Leadership

Instructor in Medicine, Georgetown University

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

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

Dr. 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

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

Dr. Weissinger has worked in higher education since 1990. She currently serves as Director of the Georgetown University Medical Center Teaching Academy for the Health Sciences;  the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at Georgetown University Medical Center; 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

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

Mr. 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.


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

Instructor in Medicine, Georgetown University

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. 


Tracy Granzyk, MS, MFA (2017)

Instructor in Medicine, Georgetown University

Ms. 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.