Smith Award Recipients

January 2016

The Smith Award recipients were notified of their acceptance on January 25th, 2016.

Principal Investigator: Azra Bihorac, MD MS, her project is titled “Automated algorithm identifies and communicates risk of acute kidney injury among health care providers and patients

Other Team Members: Gigi Lipori, UF Health Chief Data Officer Maggie Downey, Director, IT Applications & System Development Mark Segal, Chief, Division of Nephrology Justin West, Surgery Stephanie Markle, Surgery

Principal Investigator:  Mariam Louis, MD, her project is titled “Minimizing Post-Operative risk in Patients with Moderate-Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea”

Other Team Members: Dr. Gary Loyd: Attending Faculty Dr. Pgeey Ja,es: Attending Faculty Dr. Kristin Vanderhoef: Attending Faculty Dr. Juan Mora: Resident Dr. Austin Pulliam: Resident Dr. Ezekiel Anderson: Resident Dr. Avinash Ramdass: Fellow, Pulmonary , Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Mr. Keith Cason/Director, Respiratory Therapy Ms. Petrease Jones Ms. Marilyn Main Ms. Valerie Platt/Vice-President and CNO, Division Director Perioperative Services and Nursing Specialty Services Dr. Joseph Costa: Associate Dean of Medical Informatics, Epic Support
July 2015

Smith Award recipients were celebrated at an early breakfast at the UF Continuing Medical Education College of Medicine office September 1, 2015.


Dr. Heather Vincent and Dr. Kalia Sadasivan- Co-Principal Investigators, their project is titled “An Integrated-Delivery-of-Care-Approach to Improve Patient Outcomes, Safety, Well-Being After Orthopaedic Trauma”


Dr. Melanie Hagen, her project is titled “Advanced Directives Completion Rates and an Intervention to Address Health Literacy in a Clinic Population”

January 2015

Smith Award recipients were celebrated at Self-Insurance Offices January 27, 2015.

Practice Transformation: Improving Quality and Safety Using a Team-Based Care Approach Dr. Christopher Scuderi Principal Investigator.

Shooting for the Stars: Promoting a Just Culture and Better Communication in Patient Safety:Susan Hendrickson, MHRD/OD, LSSGB, RN, CHPQ, FACHE(PI) and Christine Miller, DPMK, CWS, FACCWS

Medication Reconciliation in Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments: Erin Wright, Pharm.D., Kara Krzan, Pharm.D., MS (PI), Irfan Nasir, MD

INCPIRE: Incorporating community pharmacy, quality improvement, and meaningful feedback into the ePrescribing process: Ganesh Omjoy, PharmD, PhD and Anzeela Schentrup, PharmD, PhD(PI)

Improving Communication Among Neuromedicine Patients, Families and Healthcare Providers:An Advisory Panel for the Neuromedicine Interdisciplinary Clinical and Academic Program (NICAP) Jacqueline Baron-Lee, PhD(PI)

July 2014

Smith Award recipients were celebrated at Self-Insurance Offices August 26, 2014.


Reducing 30-Day Neurosurgical Readmissions: A Quality Improvement Initiative: Dr. Daniel Hoh and Dr. Maryann Rahman, Co-Principal Investigators. Pictured (Left to right): Dr. Daniel Hoh and Jacqueline Baron-Lee, PhD

Evaluate, develop, and implement medication safety measures using medication error claim reporting systems and medical records: Natohya Mallory, Pharm.D. BCACP, Principal Investigator. Pictured (Left to right): Natohya Mallory Pharm.D., BCACP, and Karen Malcolm, Pharm.D.

Improving Geriatric Care through Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration with the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Karen R. Sando. Pharm.D. BCACP, CDE/Clinical Professor, Principal Investigator. Pictured (left to right): Anzeela Schentrup, Pharm.D., PhD; Karen Sando, Pharm.D. BCACP and Michelle Knight, Pharm.D.

Maximizing the Electronic Health Record to Improve Hospitalized Patient nutrition and Decrease Errors of Omission: Sandra Wolfe Citty, PhD, ARNP-BC, Principal Investigator. Pictured: Sandra Wolfe Citty, PhD, ARNP-BC

January 2014

Smith Award recipients were celebrated at an early breakfast at the Shands South Tower on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.


Irene M. Estores, MD for her proposal on Introducing an Innovative Mindfulness Training Program to Improve Teamwork Among Interdisciplinary Health Professionals. Co-Investigators: Nancy Lasseter, Ed.S., LMHC; Lauren Arce, MSN, RN, CNL, OCN

Maureen LaTour, MSN, RN, CNL for her proposal on Simulation Team Training for Interdisciplinary Communication in Emergency Pediatric Situations. Co-Investigators: Shelly Collins, MD; Nora Colman, MD; Betty Jax, MSN, ARNP, RN-BC; Kim Mueller, MSN, ACNP-BC

Maureen Novak, MD for her proposal on Enhancing Inter-Professional Learning to Improve Clinical Care and Patient Safety with Technology. Co-Investigators: Karen Sando; Sara Weitzel; Christine Marin

Michael S. Okun, MD for his proposal on Reducing Parkinson’s Disease Related Future Legal Claims and Preventing Future Patient Injuries Through a Real-Time Quality and Safety Assessment Program. Co-Investigators: Chuck Jacobson; Danielle McGee; Chalice Rahl; Janet Romrell, PA; Pam Zeilman, ARNP; Hok Morita,UF Fellow; Vince Sposato; Cyndi Falck

Kristen Vanderhoef, MD & Adrienne Warrick, ME for their proposal on A Pilot Project for Promoting a Culture of Safety Through TeamSTEPPS and Standardization of Central Line Insertion: An Interdisciplinary Grant for the Department of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine. Co-Investigators: Joan Sacerio, RN, MHSA, BSN, CHPN; Steven A. Godwin, MD; Michael C. Lewis, MBBS; David A. Caro, MD; Sharon Edmunds, RN; Rhonda Williams, Anesthesiology Technician; Cynthia L. Leaphart, MD

July 2013

Smith Award recipients were celebrated at an early breakfast at the Shands Cancer Center on July 10, 2013.

Julie Greenwalt, MD for proposal on Reducing Errors in Radiation Treatment through the Implementation of Electronic Safety Checklists within the University of Florida Department of Radiation Oncology. Co-Investigators: Anamaria Yeung, M.D.; Chihray Liu, Physicist and Professor of Physics; Kathryn Mittauer, Physics Graduate Student;

Betty Jax, MSN, ARNP, RN-BC for proposal on Expectation Management and Medical Information (EMMI). Co-Investigators: Cathy Zorilo, MSN, RN, ARNP and Eric Rosenberg, M.D., MSPH, FACP;

Peggy Kalynych, RN, MSN, NE-BC for proposal on Patient Comprehension of Discharge Medication Regimen Post Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. Co-Investigators: Ryan Altman, M.D. and Luis Guzman, Medical Director Interventional Cardiology;

Laila Samiian, MD, FACS for proposal on Can Program Development Improve the Quality of Care for Patients with Breast Cancer?. Co-Investigators: Jilma Patrick, M.D. and Katherine Puckett, DO.

January 2013

Smith Award recipients were celebrated at an early breakfast at the UF Continuing Medical Education College of Medicine office on January 28, 2013.


Sharon Byun, MD for proposal on Implementation of Obstetric Emergency Simulation Drills. Co-Investigators: Denise Vonderstrasse, RN Clinical Leader L&D, Janice Mackenzie, RN L&D Nurse Manager,Tammy Euliana, M.D. Chief OB Division, John Davis, M.D. Director GYN Division, Anthony Gregg, M.D. Director Maternal-Fetal Medicine;


Joan Sacerio, RN, MHSA, BSN, CHPN for proposal on Pressure Ulcers: Crisis of Prevention. Co-Investigators: Donna Geiger, RN, CWON, Sandra McDonald, RN, Pt. Safety Officer, Amy Meyer, J.D. SIP Claims Coordinator , Paul Acedera, CPHRM, Orvin Jenkins, SIP Claims Coordinator;


Cynthia Leaphart, MD for proposal on Building Infrastructure to Develop and Promote a Culture of Safety: A Pilot Program for General Surgery Patients. Co-Investigators: Robert Wears, M.D., Dept. of ED; Sandy McDonald, R.N., Patient Safety Officer, Marilyn Main, MSN, Director Peri-operative Services, Danita Burch, MSN, Clinical Education Specialist, Steven Godwin, M.D, ED Director, Daniel Castillo, M.D., Program Director Anesthesiology Residents, Peggy James, M.D., Assoc. Director Anesthesiology Residency, Michael Nussbaum, M.D., Chair Department of Surgery;


Adrienne DeBerry, PharmD for proposal on Impact of Collaborative Care Services for High-Risk Patients after Discharge from a Large Urban Medical Center. Co-Investigators: Billie Nguyen, Pharm.D., Supervisor Ambulatory Pharmacy, Judella Haddad-Lacie, M.D., Assistant Professor, UF College of Pharmacy, Karen Malcolm, Pharm.D., Manager Ambulatory Care, Ly Nguyen, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Russell McKelvey, Pharm D., Drug Information Specialist, Julie Ferm, PharmD., Clinical Pharmacist;


Robert Zori, MD for proposal on Communication Intervention to Improve Patient Experience during a Genetic Counseling Visit: Pre-Visit Video Pilot Project. Co-Investigators: Yulia Strekalova, MBA, COM-Pediatrics/COJ-Health Communication, Laura Fairbrother, MS>, CGC, Pediatrics/Genetics.

July 2012

Smith Award recipients were celebrated at an early breakfast at the UF Continuing Medical Education College of Medicine office on July 10, 2012.

  Sullivan_group_2012 Sandra Sullivan, MD, for proposal on Best Fed Beginnings: A First Step. Co-investigators: Kati S. Harlan, RN, MSN, LHRM; Mary Ryngaert, ARNP, IBCLC; Meredith Mowitz, MD; Brenda Ray, RN, MSN, CNM; Brenda Owens, RN, BSN, IBCLC and Jessica Essex, Mother Representative.   Rosenberg_group_2012 Amy F. Rosenberg, PharmD, BCPS and Erin Jones, PharmD, for proposal on Medication Error Detection by Hospitalized Patients and Analysis of Patient Satisfaction Using a Daily Medication List. Co-investigators: Kathy Gamble, MN, ARNP, CPN; Gale Danek, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPNAP; Thomas Johns, PharmD, BCPS and Eric Rosenberg, MD, MSPH, FACP.
  Colleen_group_2012 Colleen Counsell, RN, MSN, for proposal on Management of the Traumatic Brain Injury Patient in Acute Care. Co-investigators: Julie Smith, RN, BSN, PCCN; Donna York, MSN; Latha Stead, MD; Karly L. O’Brien, Pharm.D.; Morgan Soule, MOT, OTR/L; Peggy Guin PhD, ARNP, CNS-BC, CNRN; Susan Currie, RN, BSN, CCRN; George Conol, RN; Amy Fullerton, MA, CCC-SLP; Dorothea Lever, ARNP and Bill Shreve, RN.
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Christopher Jolley, MD, for proposal on Impact of a Structural Support Group on Quality of Life and Disease Course in Teenager with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Co-investigator: Genie Beasley, MD, Medical Fellow.


Lisa M. Jones, MD, for proposal on Implementation of a Protocol for Early Identification and Management of Sepsis, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Patients-An Institution-wide Multidisciplinary Collaborative. Co-investigators: Miren Schinco, MD; Abubakr A. Bajwa, MD; Carol Fultz, MSM, NM and Cynthia Gerdik, MBA, RN.

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Robert Leverence, MD, for proposal on Improving Physician/Patient Communication with AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, Thanks). Co-investigators: Nila Radhakrishnan, MD; Christine Cassisi, MBA; Anthony Koffman, MHA; Patricia Stamm, MEd and Kasey Barrett.


William L. Titsworth, MD, PhD, for proposal on The Effect of a Pain Management Protocol on Postoperative Neurosurgical Pain. Co-investigators: William A. Friedman, MD; Robert Hurley, MD; Peggy Guinn, PhD, ARNP, CNS-BC, CNRN; Jennifer Bushwitz, PharmD and Justine Abrams, MSN, RN, CNRN.

January 2012

Smith Award recipients were celebrated at an early morning breakfast at the Shands Cancer Center on February 10, 2012.


Nicole Paradise Black, MD for proposal on Improving Patient-and Family-Centered Care: A Family Partner for the Inpatient Unit at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida;


Garth Graham, MD, MPH, FACP for proposal on Implementation of a Hospital Based Discharge Intervention to Improve Heart Failure Readmissions. Co-Investigators: Eric I. Rosenberg, MD, MSPH, FACP and Erin M. Jones, Pharm.D;


Stephen R. Grobmyer, MD for proposal on Implementation of a Prospective Quality Assessment Program for the UF-Shands Breast Cancer Program. Co-Investigators: Martha Comstock, ARNP, Stephen Staal, MD, Judith Lightsey, MD, Julia Marshall, MD and Samer Al-Quran, MD;


Linda Le-Wendling, MD for proposal on Venous Air Embolism (VAE): A Widespread and Likely Fatal Complication and the Development of a Multidisciplinary Simulation Model for the Education of the Physiology, Detection and Management of VAE. Co-Investigators: Dietrich Gravenstein, MD, Morgan Matthie, MD, Sem Lampoteng, PhD, F Kayser Enneking, MD and David Lizdas;


Michael E. Mahla, MD and Virginia Pesata, MSN, ARNP, NEA-BC, DPNAP for proposal on Developing a Second Victim Staff Support Pilot Program for the Consequences of Unanticipated Clinical Events;


Christine Van Dillen, MD for proposal on Prehospital Sepsis Recognition;