Tom Delbanco, MD
Jan Walker, RN, MBA
Suzanne Leveille, RN, PhD, is the OpenNotes Team’s Research Director and is a Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she directs the Nursing PhD Program. In addition, she is an epidemiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and lecturer at Harvard Medical School. She has expertise in the conduct and analyses of epidemiologic studies and is currently leading a longitudinal cohort study of chronic pain as a risk factor for disability and falls in older adults living in the Boston area, funded by the National Institute on Aging. She co-led an RWJF-funded study of a portal-based health coaching intervention to improve patient-doctor communication about chronic health problems in primary care. This was among the first such studies conducted entirely online from patient screening and recruitment through study follow-up.
As a member of the OpenNotes team, Dr. Leveille is examining new approaches to patient access to online medical records in order to empower patients for self-management of chronic conditions. Dr. Leveille served on the Board of Directors for the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, a city-wide coalition of aging services funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, whose purpose was to improve community-based long term care services of Boston’s elder population. She is currently a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Board for the Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
Melissa Anselmo, MPH, is the Program Administrator for the Open Notes Project in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She studied at Bucknell University (BS) and the University of Otago (MPH) in New Zealand as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. She has conducted quantitative and qualitative research on health systems in developing countries. She is interested in the implementation of low cost interventions that improve access to health services and patient empowerment.
Sigall Bell, MD, received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Medical Center, where she is now on staff. She is Co-Director of Patient Safety and Quality Initiatives at the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice(IPEP), Children’s Hospital Boston. The IPEP’s mission is to promote relational learning that integrates patient and family perspectives and the everyday ethics of clinical practice. Dr. Bell is part of an IPEP team that has trained over 600 interdisciplinary clinician-leaders in medical error disclosure nationally. She has participated in two AHRQ liability reform projects focused on disclosure and offer programs, involving patients in post-adverse event learning.
As a recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Professorship, her research probes the effects of organizational culture and the “hidden curriculum” – the customs that shape communication and moral decision-making in the clinical learning environment – on patient safety. Currently, she is developing a new educational paradigm for “Patients as Teachers” in inter-professional training sessions on medical error disclosure and patient safety. Her interest in partnering with patients also grounds her efforts on OpenNotes, where she focuses on educational innovations that derive from this platform, including involving patients in medical education, and studying the relationship between transparency and patient safety. Dr. Bell has received several teaching awards, and is a member of Academy of Medical Education at Harvard Medical School.
Jonathan Darer, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director of Clinical Transformation at Geisinger Health System. Dr. Darer received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and his MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Dr. Darer’s prior research has focused primarily on improving quality of care for patients with chronic conditions and elderly populations.
Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, and a practicing attending physician at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Elmore received her medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, with advanced training in epidemiology from the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. She was Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at Yale and the University of Washington, recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Award, and subsequently a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty award and the Clinical Scholars Program.
Dr. Elmore’s clinical and scientific interests include variability in cancer screening, diagnostic testing, and the evaluation of new technologies. She has co-authored a textbook on epidemiology, biostatistics, and preventive medicine. In addition, Dr. Elmore enjoys seeing patients as a primary care internist and teaching clinical medicine to students and residents.
Henry Feldman, MD, is Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and holds dual appointments at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the section of Hospital Medicine, and in the Division of Clinical Informatics. He works as a hospitalist at BIDMC on the teaching and non-teaching medical services and is the Chief Information Architect of the Division of Clinical Informatics. He currently heads all software development for the division.
He received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Boston and has held positions at Microsoft, The Boston Consulting Group, and other companies in the computer industry. He completed his medical degree at the NYU School of Medicine, followed by an Internal Medicine Residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue, a year as Chief Medical Resident, and a 2 year research fellowship in Medical Informatics at NYU.
Roanne Mejilla, MPH, is a Data Analyst for the OpenNotes Project in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She collaborates with other researchers to investigate the impact of increased transparency between doctors and patients. She has experience conducting and analyzing pharmaceutical clinical trials. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania (BS) and Boston University (MPH), she is interested in technological innovations in healthcare. She is committed to projects which aim to empower individuals to take control of their personal health and well-being through improvements in access and information.
Kelly Lawman, BS, is a multimedia producer and a member of the media team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In Boston, she leads film production, media relations, and website development for the OpenNotes team. She has a versatile background in film and television production, having worked her way through independent film and television documentary to land squarely and comfortably in science and medical media, first at WGBH-TV and now for BIDMC. A graduate of Emerson College, where the journalism seeds sprouted at Emerson’s WERS-FM, Kelly has always embraced the challenge of telling a good story. She is deeply engaged in promoting social justice and the notion of personal empowerment and responsibility.
Long Ngo, PhD, is a member of the research faculty in the Department of Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine in biostatistics at Harvard Medical School. He collaborates with colleagues in general medicine, radiology, emergency medicine, and environmental health. His methodology research interests are in model selection, longitudinal data analysis, and semiparametric modeling. Dr. Ngo received his doctorate in Biostatistics from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed a fellowship in Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health.
James Ralston, MD, MPH, is an Associate Investigator at Group Health Research Institute at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. His research focuses on Web-based and mobile communications technologies to improve health and health care for patients with chronic medical conditions—an effort that requires carefully evaluating whether such technologies foster stronger connections between patients and care teams. He has led and contributed to research showing that using the Internet to move care from the provider’s office to the patient’s home leads to promising outcomes for patients with conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
In addition to his position at Group Health, Dr. Ralston serves as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of both Health Services in the School of Public Health and Biomedical and Health Informatics in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Ralston also practices internal medicine at Group Health Cooperative.
Stephen Ross, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and a Medical Informatics Specialist at HealthLanguage. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he also completed a Primary Care Research Fellowship.
Dr. Ross’s numerous presentations and peer-reviewed publications have focused primarily on the use of health information technology by doctors and patients to improve communication and the quality of care.
Rebecca Stametz, MPH, is the Operations Lead that supports Clinical Innovation Research & Evaluation in the Geisinger Health System. The Clinical Innovation Research & Evaluation team is devoted to rigorous scientific evaluation and research that will identify factors associated with successful (and unsuccessful) adoption, use, and performance of particular changes in health care delivery. Ms. Stametz’s scientific interests are focused on the influence of adult learning on obesity prevention and health promotion. Other research interests include the impact of weight stigma and the adoption of health behaviors and the intersection of the built environment and health and the evaluation of new technologies. Ms. Stametz received her undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University and her MPH from East Stroudsburg University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Adult Education at The Pennsylvania State University.
We wish to acknowledge the many other contributors for their invaluable work on the OpenNotes project:
Elaine Bianco, BSN; Carolyn Conti, BS; Shrieesha Danireddy, MD; Christopher Dries, BA; Nadine Farag, MPH; Robert Harrington, MD; James I. Hoath, PhC; Sarah Jackson, MD, MPH; Margaret Jeddry; Jing Ji, MS; Marc Lichtenfeld, PhD; J. Andrew Markiel, PhD; Lawrence Markson, MD, MPH; Natalia Oster, MPH; Joan Topper, BS; Neha Trivadei, BS; Bethye Vodicka, BA;Qiang Wang, MD; Clara De La Cruz Watral, MBA