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The Editors
Robert M. Wachter, MD, Editor, AHRQ WebM&M/PSNet

Robert M. Wachter, MD, Editor Robert M. Wachter is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs the 60-physician Division of Hospital Medicine. Author of 250 articles and 6 books, he coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine (1999-2000) and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine (2012-2013).

In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the US government’s two leading websites on safety (they receive about one million yearly visits) and has written two bestselling books on the subject, including Understanding Patient Safety, whose 2nd edition was published in 2012. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. For the past six years, Modern Healthcare magazine has named him one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the US, the only academic physician to receive this recognition. He has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google. His blog,, is one of the nation’s most popular healthcare blogs. He is currently working on a new book about how computers are changing the practice of medicine, to be published in 2015.
Sumant Ranji, MD, Associate Editor, AHRQ WebM&M/AHRQ PSNet

Sumant Ranji, MD, Associate Editor Sumant Ranji is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and is an Associate Program Director for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program. Sumant’s academic work centers around the intersection of graduate medical education and improving the quality and safety of care for hospitalized patients. He has conducted research and quality improvement projects that the relationship between residency training and patient safety, worked on developing novel methods of assessing resident performance, and developed curricula to integrate residents into hospital- and clinic-based quality improvement and patient safety activities. Sumant is also actively engaged in patient safety and quality improvement projects at UCSF Medical Center, primarily in the areas of care transitions at hospital discharge. His clinical responsibilities include caring for hospitalized patients on the medicine ward and consult services at UCSF Medical Center.
Christopher Moriates, MD, Associate Editor, AHRQ PSNet

Christopher Moriates, MD, Associate Editor Chris Moriates is an Assistant Professor at UCSF. Chris has particular interests in health care value, quality improvement, medical education, procedural training, and patient safety. During residency training he co-designed and implemented a successful cost awareness curriculum for Internal Medicine residents. He has also helped develop curricula for medical trainees pertaining to patient safety and quality improvement. Chris is currently the Co-Chair of the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine's High-Value Care committee and a member of the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value. He is an attending physician on the teaching and non-teaching medicine services, the hospitalist procedures and quality improvement service, and the medicine consultation service.

Chris received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at UCSF.
Kaveh G. Shojania, MD, Deputy Editor, AHRQ PSNet; Consulting Editor, AHRQ WebM&M

Kaveh G. Shojania, MD, Deputy Editor Kaveh Shojania is Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety and Director of the Centre for Patient Safety at the University of Toronto, where he also sees patients as a hospital-based general internist. Kaveh's research focuses on identifying evidence-based patient safety interventions and effective strategies for translating evidence into practice. He has published over 100 peer review articles, including in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He has lectured widely on issues related to the scholarly advancement of patient safety and quality improvement, including twice delivering invited lectures to the US Institute of Medicine.

Before moving back to Canada in 2004, Kaveh was on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he was one of the founding editors of AHRQ WebM&M. He was also lead editor (and authored six chapters) of Making Healthcare Safer, the evidence report produced for AHRQ following the publication of the Institute of Medicine report, To Err Is Human. While at UCSF, Kaveh co-authored a book (with Dr. Wachter) on patient safety for a general audience that received excellent reviews in the New York Times and many other media and has sold approximately 50,000 copies. In 2004, Kaveh and Bob Wachter received one of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards from the US Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Quality Forum for work in patient safety that has had an impact at a national level.

Kaveh received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba and completed his residency training at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital. After a hospital medicine fellowship at UCSF, he joined the faculty there for several years before returning to Canada. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at the University of Toronto.
Russ Cucina, MD, MS, Informatics Consultant, AHRQ PSNet

Russ Cucina, MD, MS, Informatics Consultant Russ Cucina is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. His research is in clinical human-computer interaction science with an emphasis on human factors and patient safety, decision support systems and automated clinical inference, sociotechnical aspects of clinical information systems, information storage and retrieval methods, and knowledge representation and management.

Prior to his work with AHRQ Patient Safety Network, Russ participated in knowledge management projects with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as on information storage and retrieval projects at Stanford Medical Informatics and with a number of medical publishing houses. He attends regularly on the inpatient Medicine Service, on the Medical Consultation Service, and in the Screening and Acute Care Clinic, all at UCSF Medical Center. Operationally, Russ works with UCSF Medical Center's information services department on the enterprise clinical information systems and was previously the physician lead for Stanford Hospital & Clinic's computerized provider order entry and multidisciplinary electronic documentation projects. He consults for a number of clinical software and technology vendors, community hospitals, and academic centers regionally and nationally.

Russ received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis. He was resident and chief resident in Internal Medicine at Stanford University. Russ also holds a master's degree in biomedical informatics from Stanford University.
Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH, Associate Editor, AHRQ PSNet

Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH, Associate Editor Urmimala Sarkar is an Associate Professor at UCSF, in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Urmimala’s research focuses on ambulatory patient safety, including missed and delayed diagnosis, adverse drug events, and monitoring failures for outpatients with chronic diseases, particularly those with social vulnerabilities. Her interests include the role of communication in patient safety as well as health information technology interventions. Urmimala also leads the California Public Healthcare system Evidence Network and Innovations eXchange (PHoENIX), an effort to promote and study clinical innovations across safety-net health systems, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She co-directs the longitudinal quality improvement/patient safety curriculum for the UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital internal medicine residency. Urmimala practices general internal medicine at and serves as the Quality and Safety Liaison for the General Medicine Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital.

Urmimala received her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, and her master’s in public health in epidemiology from the UC Berkeley. She completed her internal medicine residency and research fellowship at UCSF prior to joining the faculty in 2008.
Erin Hartman, MS, Project Manager and Managing Editor

Tiffany Lee, Project Analyst

Vida Lynum, Project Analyst

Lorri Zipperer, MA, Cybrarian