Hospitalist movers and shakers – November 2020


Erin Shaughnessy, MD, assumed the role of director of pediatric hospital medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children’s of Alabama, also in Birmingham, on Sept. 1. Dr. Shaughnessy has done research in improving outcomes in hospitalized children, as well as improving communication between physicians and pediatric patients’ families during care transitions.

Erin Shaughnessy, MD, director of pediatric hospital medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Children’s of Alabama

Dr. Erin Shaughnessy

Prior to joining UAB and Children’s of Alabama, Dr. Shaughnessy was division chief of hospital medicine at Phoenix (Ariz.) Children’s Hospital while also serving as an associate professor at the University of Arizona, Phoenix.

Chandra Lingisetty, MD, MBA, MHCM, was recently named chief administrative officer for Baptist Health Physician Partners, Arkansas. BHPP is Baptist Health’s clinically integrated network (CIN) with more than 1,600 providers across the state.

Baptist Health Arkansas is the state’s largest not for profit health system with 12 hospitals, hundreds of provider clinics, a nursing school, and a graduate medical education residency program. Prior to his promotion, he worked in Baptist Health System as a hospitalist for 10 years, served on the board of managers at BHPP, and strategized COVID-19 care management protocols and medical staff preparedness as part of surge planning and capacity expansion. In his new role, he is focused on leading the clinically integrated network toward value-based care. He is also the cofounder and inaugural president of the Arkansas state chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Grace Farris, MD, recently accepted a position with the division of hospital medicine at the Dell Medical School in Austin where she will be an assistant professor of internal medicine, as well as a working hospitalist.

Dr. Farris worked as chief of hospital medicine at Mount Sinai West Hospital in Manhattan from January 2017 until accepting her new position with Dell. In addition, she publishes a monthly comics column in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Her visual storytelling through comics has appeared in several media outlets, and she has penned literal columns as well, including one recently in the New York Times about living apart from her children while treating COVID-19 patients in the emergency room.

Dell Medical School has also named a new division chief of hospital medicine. Read Pierce, MD, made the move to Texas from the University of Colorado at Denver, Aurora. Dr. Pierce will also serve as associate chair of faculty development of internal medicine at Dell. He is eager to build on his experience and passion for developing people, creating outstanding culture, and changing complex systems in innovative, sustainable ways.

Read Pierce, MD, is chief of hospital medicine at Dell Medical School

Dr. Read Pierce

Dr. Pierce worked at University of Colorado for the past 8 years, serving as the associate director of the school’s Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency (IHQSE), a program he co-founded. Prior to that, Dr. Pierce was chief resident at the University of San Francisco medical school and later founded the hospital medicine center at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.


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