AWAEM Administration, Operations Speakers
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Name: Sharon Chekijian, MD, MPH
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Institution: Yale University School of Medicine
Bio: Dr. Chekijian joined the Yale School of Medicine faculty in 2007 where she works full time as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.She has served as the inaugural Medical Director of patient experience since 2011. Dr. Chekijian is a seasoned educator and is the founding Medical Director of the APP residency program which admitted its 1st cohort in 2015. She completed the Yale Medical Education Fellowship in 2014. Her research interests lie in global emergency medicine and include emergency care systems' development in low and middle-income countries, unintentional injury prevention in low and middle-income countries, as well as stroke and cardiac care in low and middle-income countries. Dr. Chekijian has led and participated in projects in the Republic of Armenia, Uganda, and Iraq. She has consulted for the World Bank and the US Department of State. She is an active member of the Stroke Initiative Advisory Task-Force for Armenia (SIATA). Dr. Chekijian was awarded a Fulbright in 2020 for her work to improve emergency care in Armenia by the establishment of a new emergency medicine residency program in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health of Armenia and supported from a research standpoint by the School of Public Health at the American University of Armenia. She is deeply committed to patient experience, communication and humanism in medicine.
Name: Azita Hamedani MD, MPH, MBA
Title: Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Institution: University of Wisconsin
Name: Kristi Maso, MD, MPH
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Bio: My name is Kristi Maso. I am an Assistant Professor in both the departments of Emergency Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. I did my residency training at Detroit Receiving Hospital and my fellowship at Cooper University in Camden, New Jersey. I have a special interest in the early management of critically ill patients, with the belief that what we do, and don't do, in the ED, has a direct effect on patient's hospital trajectory and sometimes beyond. I split my time clinically between the ED and Medical ICU, and have specific interests in transitions of care of critically ill patients between the two locations which was particularly beneficial during the covid pandemic. I also conduct research in areas of sexual harassment and discrimination of women in emergency medicine with a special interest on why women leave or avoid areas of leadership.
Name: Alicia Pilarski, D.O.
Title: Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Alicia Pilarski, D.O., is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Pilarski graduated from University of Nevada School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency program and attended Touro University College of Medicine in California for her medical training. She has been faculty at MCW since 2010 and served as the Assistant Program Director and the Associate Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program from 2013-2018. She currently serves as the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) Patient Safety and Quality Officer and is also the Medical Director for the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin’s Peer Support Program. Dr. Pilarski is an appointed faculty on the Kern Institute with a focus on GME Well-Being. Dr. Pilarski is passionate about provider well-being and identifying methods to change the system to improve it. She co-authored the book, “Resident Well-Being: A Guide for Residency Programs” and co-chairs the Emergency Medicine Resident Wellness Committee. She has presented at the local, regional and national level on topics related to resilience, second victim syndrome and institutional peer support program development. 1. Pilarski, A., Sachs, J., Klatt, T., Implementation of a Peer Support Program, American Conference on Physician Health, Poster Presentation, Charlotte, North Carolina, 09/19/2019.
Small group lectures, Residency didactic lectures, Grand rounds lectures Open to presentations on gender and leadership for our annual women's retreat.
Name: Annie T. Sadosty, MD
Title: Professor and Past Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Doctor Sadosty is a proven leader and decorated educator. She is the past Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and former Residency Director at Mayo Clinic. Additionally, she has been a systems leader as a Regional Vice President for Mayo Clinic Health System (a network of hospitals and clinics in Southeast Minnesota). Her talents as an educator were recognized through her induction into the Mayo Clinic Teaching Hall of Fame and in her receipt of Mayo Clinic’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2017.
Name: Cherrelle Smith MD
Title: Assistant Professor Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Cherrelle Smith, MD received her medical education from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She returned to her home state of North Carolina for her pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has spent time caring for children in the Southeast, briefly in the Midwest as junior faculty at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University and now on the West coast as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Smith focuses her current efforts in clinical operations/administration as well as promoting opportunities for community pediatrician collaborations via outreach initiatives. Her clinical interests include injury prevention, asthma and pediatric resuscitation.
Name: Laura Walker, MD
Title: Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Hospital Practice Chair for Mayo Clinic Health System in SE MN, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Dr. Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Assistant Program Director for the EM residency, and Hospital Practice Chair for Mayo Clinic Health System in Southeast Minnesota. She attended Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her EM residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Professional interests include application of network science to hospital systems, gender equity in leadership, end of life care in the ED and healthcare quality. Personal interests include traveling, wrangling her children, taming her garden and managing a growing succulent collection. She is on a mission to fill healthcare leadership tables with highly qualified women.