Editorial Team

Robert M. Wachter, MD, Editor


Dr. Wachter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he is the Holly Smith Distinguished Professor in Science and Medicine and the Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine. The department leads the nation in National Institutes of Health grants and is generally ranked as one of the nation's best departments. Dr. Wachter is author of 250 articles and 6 books. He coined the term "hospitalist" in 1996 and is often considered the "father" of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He previously served as president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In the safety and quality arenas, he has written two books on the subject, including "Understanding Patient Safety," the world's top selling safety primer. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation's top honor in patient safety. Modern Healthcare magazine has ranked him as one of the 50 most influential physician–executives in the United States 12 times; he was #1 on the list in 2015. His 2015 book, "The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age," was a New York Times science bestseller.

Kiran Gupta, MD, MPH, Associate Editor


Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Her academic work focuses on patient safety issues including adverse events, mortality review, transfers and transitions of care and teaching on patient safety. She has conducted quality improvement projects on identifying preventable inpatient deaths through the use of electronic data capture, patient transfers and patient satisfaction. Her clinical responsibilities include caring for hospitalized patients on the medicine services at UCSF Medical Center.

Dr. Gupta is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and earned an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she stayed on to pursue a two-year fellowship in patient safety and quality improvement prior to joining the faculty at UCSF.

Sumant Ranji, MD, Associate Editor


Dr. Ranji joined UCSF in 2002 as a fellow in hospital medicine and clinical research, and subsequently joined the faculty of the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF Medical Center. His work focuses on improving the quality and safety of care for hospitalized patients and educating residents and medical students.

Dr. Ranji was named the Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in May 2016. In this role, he directs the division's activities in the clinical care of hospitalized patients, education of medical students and residents, research, and quality improvement and patient safety, and he is responsible for mentorship and development of the division's 30 faculty and staff.

As an educator, Dr. Ranji remains active in clinical teaching and education for students and residents around quality improvement, patient safety, and high-value care. He served as associate program director for the UCSF Internal Medicine residency from 2007 to 2016, directing educational programs in systems improvement and developing experiential learning approaches to engage residents in improving the quality of care for hospitalized patients. He continues to mentor students, residents, and faculty interested in careers in health care systems improvement.

Dr. Ranji is an Associate Editor of AHRQ Patient Safety Net, and an Associate Editor of BMJ Quality and Safety. His clinical responsibilities include attending on the ward and medical consult services at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Ranji completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Chicago and subsequently served as Chief Medical Resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH, Associate Editor


Dr. Sarkar is Associate Professor at UCSF, in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her 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. She directs the San Francisco Ambulatory Safety Center for Innovation (ASCENT), a patient safety learning laboratory funded by AHRQ, and currently holds research funding from the National Cancer Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Her interests include the role of communication in patient safety as well as health information technology interventions. Dr. Sarkar practices general internal medicine at the Richard H. Fine People's Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Sarkar is a graduate of Stanford University, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and UCSD School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and research fellowship at UCSF prior to joining the faculty.

Bradley Sharpe, MD, Associate Editor


Dr. Sharpe is a Professor of Medicine at UCSF and the Division Chief for the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF. His academic interests include quality improvement, patient safety, medical education, teaching, and updates in the clinical literature. He has received multiple teaching awards locally, regionally, and nationally including the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Sharpe has multiple national roles in academic hospital medicine. He has served on multiple committees for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), including the Academic Committee. He is the former co-chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Academic Hospitalist Taskforce. He is also a co-director of the Academic Hospitalist Academy, an annual 4-day "boot camp" for junior academic hospitalists.

Dr. Sharpe grew up in Iowa and finished his undergraduate work at Stanford University, medical school at Harvard, and internal medicine residency at UCSF.

Kaveh Shojania, MD, Deputy Editor, AHRQ PSNet; Consulting Editor, AHRQ WebM&M


Dr. Shojania is Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety and Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS) at the University of Toronto, where he also sees patients as a hospital-based general internist. His research focuses on identifying evidence-based patient safety interventions and effective strategies for translating evidence into practice. He has more than 150 publications indexed in Medline, including papers in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, 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 Institute of Medicine. Google Scholar lists 15,000 citations to his work for an h-index of 58.

Before moving back to Canada in 2004, Dr. Shojania was on the faculty at 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, Dr. Shojania coauthored 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, Drs. Shojania and Wachter received one of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum for work in patient safety that has had an impact at a national level.

Dr. Shojania 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, where he held a Canada Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement from 2004 to 2013. In 2011, Dr. Shojania became Editor-in-chief of at BMJ Quality and Safety. Since then, its impact has risen each year. It now has the highest impact factor not just among journals covering patient safety and health care quality more generally, but also health services research, clinical informatics, medical education, and health policy, among other related topics.

Audrey Lyndon, PhD, Associate Editor


Dr. Lyndon is Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Research at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her research focuses on patient safety and quality in maternal and newborn care, with an emphasis on how communication and teamwork contribute to safety and quality and on preventing maternal morbidity and mortality. She teaches research methods and is currently leading a large study investigating relationships between nursing practice during labor and birth and patient outcomes. Dr. Lyndon received her bachelor's degree in Biology and Women's Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz. She holds a master's degree in nursing and a PhD in nursing from University of California, San Francisco.

Linda S. Franck, RN, PhD, Associate Editor


Dr. Franck is Professor and the Jack and Elaine Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at the UCSF School of Nursing. She has more than 25 years of experience in leading interdisciplinary teams to conduct clinical research to improve the quality and safety of hospital care for children, and she has over 200 peer-reviewed publications on related topics. Dr. Franck has particular expertise in research regarding the patient and family experience of health care and has pioneered interventions to engage parents and children as partners in pain management and in research to improve quality of care and quality of life.

Dr. Franck received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco and her master's degree and PhD in nursing from UCSF. She rejoined the UCSF faculty 2010 after a decade at the University College London, Institute of Child Health, where she was the first Chair of Children's Nursing Research in the United Kingdom.

Tiffany Pon, PharmD, Associate Editor


Dr. Pon is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her academic work focuses on anticoagulation—specifically heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and dosing of anticoagulants in special populations. Her clinical practice is in General Medicine at University of California, Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) where she works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary teaching services to ensure patients receive safe and effective medication therapy in the hospital as well as during transitions of care. Dr. Pon is also the Director of the UCSF School of Pharmacy Greater Sacramento Area Experiential Program. Dr. Pon received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy and completed 2 years of postgraduate training, including a specialty residency in cardiology, at the UCDMC.

Sara Murray, MD, Informatics Consultant


Dr. Murray is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She also serves as the Physician Lead for Clinical Informatics for UCSF Health. Her academic work involves large analytic projects using electronic health record (EHR) data to inform quality improvement efforts at the medical center, and she does research in predictive analytics. Operationally, she works with the EHR team at UCSF to optimize the current infrastructure and design novel informatics solutions for the medical center. Her clinical time is spent as a hospitalist, attending on the teaching and non-teaching medicine services as well as the medicine consultation service.

Dr. Murray received her bachelor degree from The College of William and Mary and her medical degree from UCSF. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at UCSF and participated in a research fellowship prior to joining the faculty at UCSF.

Other Editors

Erin Hartman, MS, Project Director & Editorial Director
Tiffany Lee, Project Analyst
Vida Lynum, Project Analyst
Lorri Zipperer, MA, Development Editor

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