Alumni News & Notes - Fall 2017/Winter 2018
Learn about recent accomplishments by our Dartmouth Institute alumni—and tell us about your own!
Chris Gerace, MPH’17In September 2017, Chris began working as a consultant at Optum, a health services and innovation company. He enjoys applying what he learned at Dartmouth about the business side of medicine to his consulting projects, which have included working with physician contractors as well as working on insurance company mergers.
Allison LaRussa, MPH’17Allison is a quality improvement consultant at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is working with a team to set up an accountable care organization (ACO) called the Children’s Hospital Integrated Care Organization. The ACO is focused on coordinating high-quality, low-cost care for low-income patients on Medicaid.
Sravanthi Padullaparti, MS’17After graduation, Sravanthi began working at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She started out as a project manager working on a project to expand access to stroke care at the hospital. She has since transitioned to the patient safety team where she is working on several quality improvement and process improvement initiatives in the hospital.
Doug McKell, MS'11A recent news article by the Lown Institute features insight from Doug on the slow uptake of evidence-based clinical research on excessive—and unnecessary—cardiac stenting for angina pain. He is a faculty member at the Doctoral Nursing Program at the Elms College School of Nursing in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Jocelyn Carter, MPH'11Jocelyn is the lead author of a new BMJ Quality & Safety Study which finds that patients who are satisfied with their care are less likely to return to the hospital within 30 days. She is an internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Calvin Thomas IV, MS’03 Calvin is in a new role as Chief of Clinic Operations and Strategic Innovation at Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri. He leads a team of directors, senior clinicians, and clinicians dedicated to the development and implementation of clinical care guidelines consistent with current evidence-informed practices. He previously was vice president for healthcare at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Doug Wenners, MS’02Doug was recently appointed acting Chief Executive Officer for Privia Health, a national physician practice management and population health technology company. His previous positions include executive vice president of Brighton Health Group and senior executive for Anthem, Inc. While at Anthem, he led the design and implementation of the largest commercial pay-for-value program in the country.
Kofi Cash, MS'01 In a Point of Health podcast, Kofi discusses what health plans are doing to better support doctors and their patients, and to help reduce physician burnout and focus on value-based care. Kofi works in quality improvement and provider relations at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.