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Meet the Project EMERGE team

Michael Gropper, MD, PhD

Michael Gropper, MD, PhD

Physician

Dr. Gropper is a Professor and Acting Chair in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF where he works as an anesthesiologist and intensivist. He brings extensive experience in both clinical research and quality improvement in the ICU. He leads CCIG in efforts to reduce preventable harm in the ICU in his role directing the implementation of Project Emerge at UCSF with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Hildy Schell-Chaple, RN, PhD(c)

Hildy Schell-Chaple, RN, PhD(c)

Nurse

Hildy Schell-Chaple is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF who brings over 20 years of experience as a leader in critical care nursing to CCIG. She has deep experience in translating evidence into practice, quality improvement, and clinical research and is co-lead of Project Emerge at UCSF Medical Center.

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Kevin Thornton, MD

Kevin Thornton, MD

Physician

Dr. Thornton is an Associate Professor and works as an anesthesiologist and intensivist in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF. He helps lead CCIG to develop and implement initiatives such as Emerge that improve the quality of care in the ICU as well as enhance the experience of patients, their families, and health professionals.

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Min Zhu, MHA

Min Zhu, MHA

Program Manager

Min Zhu is an energetic healthcare administrator with over 5 years of healthcare management experience working in for-profit, academic, and community hospital healthcare settings. At these diverse institutions she led projects in quality improvement, business development, merger and acquisition, operations and strategic planning. She recently completed an Administrative Fellowship at UCSF Medical Center. She leads CCIG in overseeing all operations to ensure the successful launch of Emerge at UCSF.

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Priyanka Agarwal, MD, MBA

Priyanka Agarwal, MD, MBA

Physician

Dr. Agarwal is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF. She also works at UCSF's Center for Digital Health Innovation, where she works on strategy and partnerships for the Center. Priyanka's interests are in the use of digital technology to improve health and healthcare and she brings this enthusiasm to CCIG to ensure the successful launch of Emerge at UCSF.

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Wendy Anderson, MD, MS

Wendy Anderson, MD, MS

Physician

Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Palliative Care Program. She leads a program of research, education, and quality improvement with the goal of improving the quality of care for seriously ill hospitalized patients. Her current projects focus on patient and family engagement in the ICU, communication, and pain management.

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Jayne Astor, BSN, RN, CCRN

Jayne Astor, BSN, RN, CCRN

Nurse

Jayne became involved with critical care nursing in 2005 at UCSF where she discovered her passion for improving patient and family centered care. She has led numerous efforts in the ICU as a result of this and joined CCIG in 2014 as the coordinator of the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) for Project Emerge.

Denise Barchas, RN, MSN, PHN

Denise Barchas, RN, MSN, PHN

Nurse

Denise Barchas is a critical care nurse in the medical-surgical ICU at UCSF. Her work at UCSF has focused on delirium prevention and sleep promotion. Denise is recognized as the only triplet on the CCIG team. Denise’s days off are spent running the beautiful trails in the SF bay area.

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Michael Blum, MD

Michael Blum, MD

Physician

Dr. Blum is a cardiologist and Associate Vice Chancellor for Informatics, leading the Center for Digital Health Innovation to improve quality, safety and reduce costs. He has led efforts at UCSF to implement the electronic health record, data warehousing, and analytics and to incubate digital health development.

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Heidi Engel, PT, DPT

Heidi Engel, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Heidi Engel is a physical therapist and and holds a doctorate from Boston University. Her work at UCSF has focused on Early Mobilization in the ICU and she is recognized as a national leader in this area. She serves on the Pain, Agitation, and Delirium Implementation Task Force for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and is a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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Charlotte Garwood, MS, RN

Charlotte Garwood, MS, RN

Nurse

Charlotte is a critical care nurse who has a diverse background in numerous areas of clinical nursing. Her work in the ICU has involved staff education and training, procedure development, new product introduction, as well as several interdisciplinary workgroups aimed at improving ICU outcomes including work on the Early Mobilization and ICU Delirium Committees. She brings her experience leading such initiatives to CCIG for the implementation of Emerge and CUSP at UCSF.

Kendall Gross, PharmD

Kendall Gross, PharmD

Pharmacist

Kendall Gross is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at UCSF. She specializes in critical care medicine and practices in the medical/surgical and cardiothoracic intensive care units at UCSF Medical Center and has an interest in applying systems-based methodology to improve patient safety.

Raman Khanna, MD, MAS

Raman Khanna, MD, MAS

Physician

Raman focuses on the building and deployment of Health IT in clinical settings. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF. He trained (undergraduate, medical school, residency) at Northwestern before coming west for fellowship and staying on as junior faculty.

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Angela Lipshutz, MD, MPH

Angela Lipshutz, MD, MPH

Physician

Dr. Lipshutz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF, where she practices as an anesthesiologist and intensivist. Her research focuses on quality and patient safety, medical errors, perioperative and ICU outcomes, and the organization and delivery of ICU care.

Kathleen Liu, MD, PhD

Kathleen Liu, MD, PhD

Physician

Dr. Liu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UCSF where she works as a nephrologist and intensivist. She serves as the director of the Acute Hemodialysis Unit at UCSF and brings extensive experience in designing clinical research to CCIG and Project Emerge. She has particular interests in ARDS and AKI in the ICU.

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Jennifer Schwarz, MS, ACNP-BC

Jennifer Schwarz, MS, ACNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer is a nurse practitioner at UCSF who specializes in adult critical care. Her work with CCIG focuses on the utilization of technology to achieve optimal quality and safety in patient care delivery. She brings her understanding of Lean methodology to CCIG’s projects and is passionate about integrating technology in a manner that matches workflow, improves efficiency and reliability, and reduces harm.

Kathleen Turner RN, CHPN, CCRN

Kathleen Turner RN, CHPN, CCRN

Nurse

Kathleen is a veteran nightshift ICU nurse. The interplay of palliative and critical care is her primary area of focus. She is involved in a number of multidisciplinary educational and quality improvement initiatives centered on family support, communication, and clinician self-care.