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Cylette Willis Joins Quality Education Team

Cylette R. Willis, Ph.D., is the new associate director for quality education and evaluation in the Office of Performance Improvement (OPI).

She is participating in Session 11 of CS&E as well as assessing all quality improvement education offerings in development of a strategic plan for QI instruction.

Willis comes to the cancer center from St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System where she served as director of workforce effectiveness. In previous work, Willis worked for major accounting firms offering consultation to health care and other organizations as well as holding a position as professor for several colleges.

After receiving her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Rice University, Willis was a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Center for Education. She also holds a B.A. degree in biology and botany from The University of Texas at Austin.

“It is a perfect time to be part of OPI as we move quality improvement education to the next level and help MD Anderson teams achieve their quality improvement goals,” said Willis. As for the strategic quality education plan, she said that most of the program assessment has been done and design work will begin soon for the programs in the plan.

The work of her education team is “important to supporting the business case of the institution,” she said. “We cannot achieve and sustain quality improvement without ongoing and relevant education.”


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