MIQS Faculty

Individuals with faculty appointments to the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety join a diverse community of patient safety and healthcare quality advocates and leaders to advance the MIQS mission.

Faculty come from all walks of life, using their unique background, expertise and passion for making healthcare safer, to: reduce preventable harm, improve care outcomes, advance the science of healthcare delivery, and create a culture of healthcare transparency. MIQS faculty have the opportunity to tap into the expertise of Institute colleagues as well as other core resources of the institute, to improve care, advance scholarly work, find partners for collaboration, enhance individual knowledge and skill, and pursue research funding.

To learn about the different types of MIQS Faculty appointments, as well as requirements, responsibilities and privileges associated with MIQS faculty, please visit Join the Faculty.

Meet Our MIQS Faculty

Core Faculty

Associate Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Affiliate Faculty

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Core Faculty


Stephen Evans, MD
Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer, MedStar Health

Dr. Evans brings strong strategic, operational and medical leadership to MedStar Health; a $5 billion, multi-jurisdictional health system comprised of 10 hospitals and 20 other health-related businesses across Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. In this position, Dr. Evans oversees the medical education, research, clinical quality, and risk management initiatives for the system, as well as the academic partnership with Georgetown University School of Medicine and MedStar Health’s other academic affiliations.


Bonnie Levin, PharmD, MBA, FASHP
Assistant Vice President, Pharmacy Service, MedStar Health

Dr. Levin leads the pharmacy enterprise’s strategy, technology and supply chain. She co-chairs the system Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, 340B Steering Committee and oversees networks of leaders, clinicians, buyers, informaticists, oncology practitioners and medication safety pharmacists.


Nargiz Muganlinskaya

Bio coming soon


Emilie Murray, MD, JD, MPH
Attending Physician and Patient Safety Operations Coordinator, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Dr. Murray is a practicing emergency physician and is the Patient Safety Operations Coordinator in MedStar Health Quality & Safety implementing CANDOR/Go Team across MedStar North. The CANDOR/Go Team goal is to improve the interface between patient, family, provider, and health system in the setting of a serious unanticipated outcome in clinical care. Her additional education in public health and law lends itself to a multi-faceted approach to the complexities of health care delivery. She is excited about furthering the MIQS mission to make health care more safe, compassionate, and trustworthy.


Stephen Selinger, MD
Chairman and Director of the Department of Medicine and Director of Critical Care Services at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Dr. Selinger graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1979.  He did his Internal Medicine training and Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was subsequently Assistant Chief of Service and Faculty Member in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division.  Dr Selinger was the Director of the ICU and Chief of Pulmonary at Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital between 1987 and 1995.  He was one of 2 founders of Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore in 1995.  He has been Director of Critical Care Services at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center since 1995, and Chairman of the Department of Medicine since July 2015.


Leigh Vinocur, MD
Board Certified Emergency Physician

Dr. Leigh Vinocur is a board certified emergency physician and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). She has been practicing medicine in various roles for the last 25 years as an emergency physician, a physician executive leader and a national media medical expert. Her most recent leadership role was as the Chief Medical Director at MedStar PromptCare, covering 15 urgent care clinics with over 90 providers treating over 150,000 patients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.


Wenyi Wang

Bio coming soon

Jeanne DeCosmo

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Meena Seshamani

Bio coming soon

Karol Wicker
Sr. Director, Clinical Data & Analytics, Quality and Safety

Karol Wicker joined MedStar Health in July 2014 and is Senior Director, Clinical Data & Analytics, responsible for the overall direction and management of the data & analytics team, including strategic planning and tactical and operational processes of the unit. She oversees a team responsible for work aimed at improving clinical outcomes across the enterprise. The functions include but are not limited to: clinical data management, analysis and reporting for both acute and non-acute entities across MedStar Health. Prior to joining MedStar Health, Karol held various roles at the Maryland Hospital Association and its Center for Performance Sciences during her 17-year tenure, providing strategic direction, tactical oversight, management, design, and implementation of clinical performance measurement products with an emphasis on quality, productivity, and consistency. She was responsible for day-to-day resource allocation, and architecting and managing the processing, interpretation, and presentation of clinical data for hospital improvement initiatives and research projects. In addition to her Master of Health Science in International Health and Population Policy from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Karol holds a Bachelor’s in Economics and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

Associate Faculty

Ryan Anderson, MD

Dr. Ryan E. Anderson is a practicing internist and the Associate Medical Director for Ambulatory Quality for MedStar Health. Dr. Anderson attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis and completed his residency in internal medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. He received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where his thesis focused on quality measurement in health care was selected as the year’s Outstanding Policy Analysis. His interests include ambulatory quality metrics, clinical performance improvement, value-based alternative payment models, and quality improvement through patient engagement.


Tony Calabria, MA, CPHQ, CSSBB
Clinical Quality and Regulatory Programs Director, MedStar Health

Tony holds a BS is Psychology and a MA in Experimental Psychology, as well as certifications in healthcare quality (CPHQ - Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality) and Lean/Six Sigma (CSSBB - Certified Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt). He has over 15 years of experience in healthcare quality and process improvement, with expertise in data analysis, interpretation, and reporting, as well as using improvement techniques and methods such as Lean, Six Sigma and PDSA. As a member of the MedStar Health Quality Team for nearly 4 years, Tony has facilitated and led system-wide clinical quality improvement initiatives involving analysis and interpretation of clinical quality data, process/workflow analysis, and process redesign activities. Such initiatives include the development and implementation of a standardized mortality review process and facilitating multidisciplinary improvement teams focused on reducing hospital acquired conditions. Additionally, he serves as the subject matter expert for CMS and HSCRC Pay for Performance Programs impacting inpatient areas, such as VBP/QBR and HAC/MAHC, and other publically available data, such as Leapfrog and CMS Star Ratings.

Tony is currently active in the Healthcare Quality Community as a board and committee member for the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality (MAHQ) and as an instructor for the Executive Master's Program in Clinical Quality, Safety & Leadership at Georgetown University.

Tony’s goals and interests include improving the quality of care by supporting those who do the work and encourage shared learning through educational activities, research, and other methods of disseminating knowledge.


Cory Feldman
Administrative Officer, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Cory serves as the Administrator for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH). In addition, he serves as a board member on the Patient Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (PFACQS) at MGUH and as the departments Safety Coach. Corey’s focus is on quality assurance, performance improvement, and patient safety. He is actively involved with the Center for Engaging Patients as Partners and Center for Integrated Healthcare Learning.

Mary Herold

Mary Herold is a System Clinical Safety Program Operations Manager for MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety. Mary started her career as a bedside nurse at Georgetown University Hospital, within 5 years she took on the role of Assistant Nurse Manager of the Medical Intensive Care unit. After which she became the Manager of this same unit. Her passion has always been centered on safety and engaging patients and families in decision making around care. This led her to become a Clinical Risk Manager for MedStar Georgetown University hospital. During this time she assisted with the initiation of the Patient Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (PFACQS).  Mary presently serves as PFACQS steering committee co-lead. Mary is currently enrolled in Executive Master's in Clinical Quality, Safety & Leadership with anticipated graduation date of May 2019.


Lynne V. Karanfil, RN, MA, CIC, FAPIC
Director, Infection Prevention, MedStar Health

Lynne V. Karanfil is the Corporate Director for Infection Prevention at MedStar Health. She facilitates strategic development of best practices of infection prevention across ten hospitals and business units including a large ambulatory practice. She is on the SHEA Awards Committee and also served APIC as President for the Greater Baltimore Chapter. She was awarded fellowship in APIC in their first cohort in 2016. During 2009 she spearheaded mandatory influenza vaccination program among their associates and affiliated physicians and achieved a 98% vaccination rate. She was the Associate Director, Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Karanfil began in infection control in 1982 and has been board certified in infection control since 1988. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and has lectured both nationally and internationally. Ms. Karanfil received her BS Degree in Nursing from Wagner College and her MA Degree from New York University.


Travis Mitchell
System Clinical Safety Program Operations Manager, MedStar Health

Travis Mitchell is a System Clinical Safety Program Operations Manager for MedStar Health. In his current role, Travis leads adverse events reviews in both the ambulatory in acute care environment and collaborates with stakeholders across the system to implement meaningful and sustainable solutions. Travis brings significant experience as a paramedic and EMS leader where he saw the value in collaborating across hierarchical boundaries to improve the quality of care. He has a Master’s of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School.


Eric Pitts

Bio coming soon


Yasmin Yusuf, MHA
Administrator, Center for Patient Safety & Quality Improvement, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Yasmin Yusuf is the Administrator for the Center for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH). She holds a bachelors of Science degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration and Policy with a concentration in Patient Safety and Quality from George Mason University.

In her role as Administrator, Yasmin serves as the integral part of the MGUH Go Team by conducting event reviews, strategizing action items and sharing lessons learned from safety related events. Yasmin assisted in the development and manages the Quality & Safety Resident Elective Rotation. Yasmin also serves as the administrative lead for the Care for the Caregiver program, Patient Communication Consult Service and Safety Coach Program.

Additionally, Yasmin serves as the Steering Committee member of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Patient & Family Advisory Council for Quality & Safety (PFACQS) as well as the NICU PFACQS.

Yasmin has joined MIQS as Associate Faculty for the Center for Integrated Healthcare Learning.


David Allen
Clinical Data & Analytics, Quality Assurance manager, MedStar Health

David has held a variety of positions in health care ranging from providing direct bedside nursing care in Cardiac ICU areas to running Nurse Triage call centers.   Interest in education started early and has continued through to today. He has addressed groups of all sizes, professional and community based, all over the country. Most recently he has focused on working with men and sexual minority members, in individual and groups settings, to address concerns facing each group. David authored “Assumptions Aside: Caring for Patients Within Sexual Minorities," a CEU course which was published in the inaugural group of e-learning courses under MIQS Center for Integrated Health Care Learning.

Jennifer McQueeney

Jennifer McQueeney
Project Manager, MedStar Health

Jen McQueeney has 20+ years of consulting experience in various industries. Much of that time was spent as a Project Manager ensuring client satisfaction, while managing to scope, cost, and schedule. Prior to joining MedStar Health, Jen worked as a Performance Improvement Lean Facilitator at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) focused on reducing hospital denials and rolling out the Inpatient Care Model (Pilot to Program) with interdisciplinary rounding which resulted in LOS reduction, earlier discharge time of day, improved team communication, and reduced denials. In her current role as Performance Improvement Manager for MedStar Health, she focuses on managing the Sepsis Collaborative work. 

Education and Certifications
M.Eng., Healthcare Systems Engineer, Lehigh University
B.S., Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University
Masters Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University
Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management/ITIL
Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Mary Gruver-Byers

Mary Gruver-Byers

Bio coming soon

Lori Farmer
Director, Operational Communications

Bio coming soon

Adjunct Faculty

Sarveshwari Singh

Sarveshwari Singh, MS

Sarveshwari Singh has been working at MedStar Health in patient safety and quality improvement for the corporate vice-president of patient safety and quality improvement and for the assistant vice president for education since July 2012 as a part-time employee. Since January 2016 she transitioned to a full-time position working as a consultant and research assistant in the same department. Sarveshwari is an Adjunct Faculty member at MIQS.  

At MedStar, she has written papers on topics of patient and family engagement, high reliability, and failure to rescue. She presented a poster on the evaluation of the summer program for the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety and presented about rapid response systems at the MedStar PFAC meeting. 

She holds a master's in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University and a B.S. in biology from George Washington University. She plans on attending medical school in the future and continuing work in patient safety and quality improvement.