Coordinating Center Team

Clinical Leadership

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    Program Director
    Keith E. Kocher, MD, MPH
    Dr. Kocher is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan and a health services researcher affiliated with the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI). He is committed to improving the quality and performance of emergency care.
  • Program Co-Director for Pediatrics
    Michele M. Nypaver, MD
    Dr. Nypaver is a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. She is a practicing pediatric emergency physician with experience in local as well as national quality improvement initiatives. Her interest lies in improving the outcomes of children visiting emergency departments.
  • Pediatric Emergency Care Consultant
    Michelle L. Macy, MD, MS
    Dr. Macy is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her dual fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Health Services Research at the University of Michigan. She serves as the Chair of the MEDIC Data & Publication Committee.
  • Adult Emergency Care Consultant
    Jason J. Ham, MB, BCh, BAO
    Dr. Ham is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. He developed and directed the University of Michigan Medical Observation Service which opened its doors in 2009. He enjoys quality improvement projects and has implemented numerous care guidelines. He remains active within the observation medicine community, facilitating and lecturing at national conferences.
  • Data Visualization Consultant
    Chris Fung, MD
    Dr. Fung is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Critical Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. He is also a health services researcher in emergency critical care. Dr. Fung is a key contributor to the development of new dashboards and reporting capabilities within the MEDIC Tableau data reporting platform.
  • Pediatric Emergency Care Consultant
    Courtney Mangus, MD
    Dr. Mangus is a Clinical Lecturer in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. She is a practicing emergency medicine physician at both C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Hurley Hospital. Dr. Mangus supports MEDIC pediatric emergency medicine quality improvement work and health services research.
  • Research Scholar in Residence
    Alex Janke, MD, MHS
    Dr. Janke is a Fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation as well as an Instructor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as health services research training at the Yale School of Medicine. He serves as a Research Scholar in Residence in the MEDIC team.

Coordinating Center Staff

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    Program Manager
    Andy Scott, MHSA
    Andy is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Coordinating Center team. In addition, Andy is directly involved in MEDIC’s yearly budget and statement of work, new site recruitment, and quality initiative development and reporting. He previously worked as an intraoperative neuromonitoring technologist, and as a project manager for the Clinical Design and Innovation team at Michigan Medicine.
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    Associate Program Manager
    Megan H. Norris, MPH
    Megan brings experience in health communications design, the science and marketing of behavior change, and program strategy development. She is responsible for guiding the development of new MEDIC quality initiatives, supporting quality improvement activities across MEDIC member sites, and designing and disseminating program marketing and communications materials.
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    MEDIC Administrator
    Christie Radden, MA
    Christie brings a wealth of administrative experience from her former roles in Hospital Medicine at the University of Michigan and Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University. Currently she handles recruitment and on-boarding of new hospital teams into MEDIC, annual quality improvement initiatives, and co-manages the program budget.
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    Program Evaluation Specialist
    Catie Guarnaccia, MSN, RN, CPEN
    Catie works with the MEDIC abstractors, clinical champions, and quality improvement teams to support abstraction training and continuous site performance improvement. Catie’s background includes working as a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse at Mott Children’s Hospital and as a Surgical Nurse Assistant at Michigan Medicine. She earned her MSN in Leadership, Analytics, and Innovation at the University of Michigan in 2022.
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    Clinical Info Analyst Lead
    Cara Smith, MSN, RN
    Cara ensures that MEDIC abstractors have the tools and knowledge needed to enable efficient and accurate data entry. Prior to MEDIC, she was a Nurse Practitioner in Thoracic Surgery and has also worked in the Adult Medical Observation Unit in the ED at Michigan Medicine.
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    Clinical Info Analyst Intermediate
    Patty Brink, RN, MS
    Patty supports the MEDIC abstractors to ensure they have the training, tools and knowledge needed to enable efficient and accurate data entry. Patty has been a nurse for almost 30 years and brings a wealth of clinical expertise. She has experience in cardiology, home care, case management/utilization review including the ED/OBS, and has most recently worked as a clinical research nurse for oncology studies.
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    Data Administrator
    Suzy Hinken
    Suzy is responsible for the monthly data upload process for our sites, including data cleansing, troubleshooting and interfacing with our registry vendor. She helps with ad-hoc data requests and implementing data quality checks to ensure a reliable output of data. Suzy is an experienced data professional specializing in data management and quality. She previously worked on a client master data management initiative and in consulting on a variety of data integration projects.
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    Data Administrator
    Yuqi Shi, MBAn
    Yuqi is responsible for supporting data upload processes, platform updates, and ad-hoc data analysis. He earned a master’s degree in business analytics from Michigan Ross, after an undergraduate focus on supply chain and technology operations. He has previously worked with ERP systems and business intelligence.
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    Project Coordinator
    Sam Kesterson, LMSW
    Sam works on the MEDIC team as Program Coordinator for HIV Prevention and Pediatric Readiness programs. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and holds her clinical license for mental health services. Prior to joining Michigan Medicine, she has served in various roles related to direct healthcare services, innovative methods to delivering care, and community health education programs.
  • Research Scholar in Residence
    Sarah El-Azab, MS
    Sarah El-Azab is a PhD student in the department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health. Her research interests are at the intersection of health information technology, data quality, and health equity. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Sarah received her Bachelor’s in Microbiology from the University of Florida and her Master’s in Health Communication from Purdue University.