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Society of Hospital Medicine Names 2015 Excellence Award Winners



Anne Sheehy, MD, MS

Dr. Sheehy has been a national role model for how SHM and its members can work together to achieve positive change in healthcare both in research and health policy. As a result of her published research on the “two-midnight rule” and observation status, Dr. Sheehy and SHM were invited to testify before the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. In both of these instances, Dr. Sheehy shared the honor, bringing all of hospital medicine into the spotlight as a field of experts in this area.


Daniel Brotman, MD, FHM

Dr. Brotman’s research has helped improve the care of thousands—if not millions—of hospitalized patients. He has achieved a prolific research portfolio while actively practicing as a hospitalist, as well as director of the hospitalist service at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. His research has focused on VTE and patient education and communication. He has published more than 60 papers, multiple invited review articles, and a number of editorials. Since 1999, his research efforts have resulted in funding of more than $21 million.


Jisu Kim, MD

Dr. Kim has established one of the largest surgical consult and co-management services in the country, from the ground up, at an institution where many surgeons historically did not trust employed hospitalists. The success of the consult service required a total reorientation of institutional attitudes and culture, a feat Dr. Kim was able to achieve by providing superlative medical care to patients on nonmedical services. Dr. Kim is now nationally recognized as a leader in inpatient hospital care and a critical part of the neurosurgery team at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.


Leonard Feldman, MD, SFHM

Dr. Feldman founded new Urban Health residency training programs at Johns Hopkins. The medicine-pediatrics residency program and internal medicine primary care track admitted their first group of interns in July 2010 and 2011, respectively, and graduated those first cohorts last June. This medicine-pediatrics program is the first and only one of its kind in the nation. Dr. Feldman secured over $6 million in federal and foundation grant funding to support this endeavor.

At the same time, he led a team effort to build a perioperative and consultative medicine curriculum now known as “Consultative and Perioperative Medicine Essentials for Hospitalists,” which can be found at With more than 18,000 users learning from more than 30 modules, this curriculum is now SHM’s flagship CME offering and a key resource for those preparing for the Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine exam. The curriculum has been built with over $1 million in industry grant funding.


Tracy Cardin, ACNP-BC, FHM

Cardin is deeply committed to collaborating with physicians on the integration of the role of NPs and PAs in hospital medicine, and in building a sense of community among NPs and PAs who are working in hospital medicine. She has worked toward these goals locally, regionally, and nationally through her participation and leadership in SHM.

As co-chair of the Quality Improvement Committee in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago, she has played a pivotal role in developing quality initiatives that directly benefit both her patients and providers in the section, including developing 360-degree evaluation tools and working on interdisciplinary projects, such as one that will enhance in-hospital glucose management. As an active member of the section’s Clinical Operations Committee, her input on ways to increase clinical efficiency, restructure services, and improve teamwork have led to improvements in the daily operations of her section.

At SHM, Tracy has provided leadership to NPs and PAs in her role as chair of the SHM NP-PA Committee. She is a core contributor to The Hospital Leader, SHM’s official blog, and was HM14 course director for the pre-course on the role of NPs and PAs in hospital medicine. This year, she was the first nonphysician to be nominated for the SHM board of directors.


Phuoc Le, MD, MPH, Global Health Core

“Global Health Core,” organized by Phuoc Le, MD, MPH, has an established, clear agenda for clinical work, humanitarian aid, quality improvement, education, research, and fundraising. The group quickly grew from five to 12 faculty and brought focus to international efforts, with much of the work aimed at improving care at a particular hospital in Hinche (pronounced “Ench”), Haiti. Dr. Le and his team visit there, as well as other sites in Burundi and Liberia, several times a year, often taking residents and students as part of the University of California San Francisco’s Global Health Hospital Medicine Fellowship program. “Global Health Core” brought in supplies and medications after the 2010 earthquake and established a meaningful quality improvement program. They developed educational programs for trainees and created tighter partnerships with Partners in Health, and have begun to grow collaborations with several other university programs across the world.

Most recently, “Global Health Core” traveled to western Africa to care for patients inflicted with the Ebola virus, risking their lives for the care of the most vulnerable.



Centripital, under the leadership of Jason Stein, MD, SFHM, is responsible for helping more than 50 hospital units around the world replicate the Accountable Care Unit (ACU) model of care. Dr. Stein is the inventor of the ACU and structured interdisciplinary bedside rounds, the author of an Accountable Care Unit implementation guide, and developer of the Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds certification program.

Centripital is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Atlanta with the mission to train hospital professionals to work together in high-functioning, patient-centered teams. Centripital has helped more than 50 hospital units in 14 U.S. states and Australia replicate the ACU model by combining on-site educational sessions with mentored implementation. ACUs in the U.S. and Australia have been associated with improvements in a range of outcomes, including reduced in-hospital mortality, complications of care, length of stay, and average cost per case, along with increases in teamwork scores and patient satisfaction.


Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA

SHM’s Research Committee introduced a new award this year to recognize early-career hospitalist researchers who are leading the way in their field. Dr. Greysen is assistant professor at the UCSF School of Medicine and a hospitalist with training in social sciences and health outcomes research. His research focuses on transitions of care for hospitalized older adults and interventions to improve outcomes post-discharge. He is an active member in SHM’s research initiatives and associate editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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