CS&E News - Spring-Summer 2013

Spring-Summer 2013

Javier Adachi wins Cyrus Scholar Award

Dr. Javier Adachi, right, with Dr. Ronald DePinho, MD Anderson president.

CS&E alumni Javier Adachi, M.D., received the James S. and Suzanne Cyrus Scholar Award for Clinical Research during this summer’s Division of Internal Medicine Retreat.

Adachi, assistant professor in Infectious Diseases, received the honor for the project “Improving the outcomes of cancer patients with multidrug resistant gram-negative rods bloodstream infections.”

The project improved the care of patients with the type of bloodstream infections by speeding up the time for the patients to receive an infectious disease consult . The change resulted in the ICU length of stay going to 0 days from 8,4 days pre-intervention and mortality going to 0 from 19% in pre-intervention period.

CS&E alumni and participants can view Improving the Outcomes of Patients with Multidrug-resistant Gram Negative Rods Bacteremia on the CS&E SharePoint site.

Health Care Reform Topic of UT System Conference

The University of Texas System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Conference will focus on public policy, public health and health care reform Sept. 26-27 in San Antonio.

The conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel will open with a keynote presentation from Elizabeth McGlynn, PhD, Director of Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research.  Stephen Shortell, PhD, Dean of the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley will give the Thursday lunch keynote presentation.  The Friday morning keynote address will be given by Dr. Richard Shannon, Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Chairman of the Department of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems.  

Registrants will have the opportunity to participate in one of three optional pre-conference interactive sessions offered the afternoon of Wednesday, September 25.  Topics for these sessions include Adaptive Leadership led by Dr. Valerie Ulstad, Baldrige Criteria presented by Patrice Griffith, MBA, Cynthia St. John, PhD and Frank Tortorella, MBA, JD and Six Sigma Yellow Belt presented by Victoria Jordan, PhD and Diane Schaub, PhD.  

For more information on the meeting, see  Building the Bridge.

AAMC’s Davis to speak at Celebrating Improvement

Dr. Dave Davis of the Association of American Medical Colleges will be the keynote speaker at the Oct. 23 Celebrating Improvement at MD Anderson program and poster reception.

His topic is “Educating for Quality: Integrating QI and Patient Safety Across the Continuum of Health Professions Education.”

Dave Davis, MD, CCFP, FCFP, is AAMC’s Senior Director of Continuing Education and Performance Improvement. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Here is the schedule for the event on October 23rd:

11 a.m.-noonEarly poster viewing, Anderson Conference Center (R11.1100) Rooms 1-8 
Noon-1:30  Quality Lecture by Dr. Davis and Presentation Lunch, Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400) 
1:30-2:30 p.m. Poster & Dessert Reception, Anderson Conference Center (R11.1100) Rooms 1-8 


Speakers announced for Systems Engineering Conference

Keynote speakers from around the nation are scheduled to speak at the University of Texas Systems Engineering in Healthcare Conference Nov. 7-8.

The speakers for the conference themed Achieving Transformational Change in Healthcare are

  • Dr. Stephen J. Swensen, medical director for leadership and organization at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. His talk is titled “Patient-Centered Value Creation.”
  • James C. Benneyan, PhD, professor of industrial engineering and operations research at Northeastern University in Boston.  His talk is titled “Healthcare System Engineering – Methods and Applications.”
  • Eva Lee, PhD, professor from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Her talk is titled “Medical Decision Making.”

Here is the schedule for the meeting:

  • Nov.7, 2013, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 8, 2013, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The conference will be held at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400) and the Anderson Conference Center (R11.1100).