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SHM 2021 Awards of Excellence and Junior Investigator Awards



Leadership for Practice Management

Leah Lleras, MS

Leah Lleras is the division administrator for the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, and holds a Master of Science Management and Organization degree from the University of Colorado.

Leah Lleras, University of Colorado

Leah Lleras

Her leadership as a practice manager is exemplified through her efforts in challenges of salary inequity. After joining the Division of Hospital Medicine in 2018, Ms. Lleras was successful in launching and achieving compensation equity and transparency across the department. She has demonstrated an incredible ability to collaborate with clinical leadership to marry the vision of clinical leaders with the administrative support required to turn a vision into a reality. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Lleras has been instrumental in ensuring that the division was prepared and supported to care for an influx of new patients. She did this by leading emergent onboarding of new practitioners, strategizing financial management of hazard pay for frontline clinicians, and creating a streamlined budget system during rapid change.

Ms. Lleras joined the Society in 2018 and has been an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter and the Hospital Medicine Administrator Special Interest Group.

Outstanding Service

Robert Zipper, MD, MMM, SFHM

Dr. Robert Zipper is a physician advisor and senior policy advisor for Sound Physicians, with more than 20 years of clinical experience as a hospital medicine leader.

Dr. Robert Zipper, Sound Physicians

Dr. Robert Zipper

He has a diverse background in quality and patient safety, hospitalist program design, and performance management. He began working as a hospitalist in 1999, in private practice. In 2006, he launched his career at Sound, where he began as a hospitalist but eventually managed Sound’s West Coast programs. In 2017, he was appointed Sound vice president of innovation technology. He later became Sound’s leader for healthcare policy, and now serves as a senior policy advisor for Sound, and physician advisor within the Advisory Services line.

Dr. Zipper has been a longtime supporter and advocate of SHM and the field of hospital medicine since joining in 2005. He attended his first Leadership Academy in 2006 and went on to serve as facilitator four times. His passion for SHM’s conferences is evident, as he has presented at three Annual Conferences alongside notable SHM leaders. He has been active in a variety of committees, including Quality and Safety, Leadership, and Performance Measurement and Reporting.

He is a member of the Society’s Public Policy Committee, and his insight has elevated hospital medicine both in the eyes of peer specialties and in discussions with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Zipper has joined a number of calls with key Capitol Hill and CMS staff to help advocate for issues affecting hospital medicine. His ability to explain issues clearly and eloquently has helped stakeholders better understand the issues and move them forward on lawmakers’ agendas.


S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, SFHM

Dr. S. Ryan Greysen is chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine and associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the executive director for the Center for Evidence-based Practice (CEP) which serves all hospitals in the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Dr. S. Ryan Greysen chief of hospital medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Dr. S. Ryan Greysen

Dr. Greysen’s work comprises more than 80 peer-reviewed publications focused on improving outcomes of care for older adults during and after acute illness. Prior to arriving at Penn, he practiced at the University of California, San Francisco, where the impact of his work was extremely visible on the wards. He helped implement care pathways for an Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit that uses evidence-based protocols and order sets to prevent functional decline and delirium of vulnerable seniors.

At Penn, he has continued to champion care for seniors and has supported other successful programs focused on vulnerable populations: SOAR (Supporting Older Adults at Risk), STEP (Supporting Transitions and Empowering Patients), and MED (Mental health Engagement navigation & Delivery).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Greysen helped to accelerate the synthesis of emerging evidence through CEP and the Hospital Medicine Re-engineering Network (HOMERuN) to produce rapid evidence summaries in record speed. These reports have been broadly disseminated across other networks, such as AHRQ and the VA Evidence Synthesis Program.

Since joining the Society 10 years ago, Dr. Greysen has been an engaged member of SHM’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter and has held leadership roles on SHM’s Research Committee and the JHM Editorial Team as an associate editor. He has presented at multiple SHM annual conferences and is an ambassador of the specialty and of the importance of research in hospital medicine.

He is a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine.


Grace C. Huang, MD

Dr. Grace C. Huang is an educator and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who epitomizes commitment to education and lifelong learning.

Dr. Grace C. Huang, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

Dr. Grace C. Huang

Dr. Huang’s nationally recognized hospitalist expertise spans medical education and innovation, administrative management, and editorial leadership. She was among the early hospitalist pioneers who helped to transform how residents were trained to do procedures. Her early work led to the creation of one of the first procedure rotations for residents in the country – an RCT on central line simulation, the validation of a central line placement instrument, and a systematic review on procedural training for nonsurgeons.

Dr. Huang is vice chair for career development and mentoring in the department of medicine and oversees faculty development at the institutional level. She leads a Harvard Medical School–wide medical education fellowship for faculty and codirects the BIDMC Academy. On a broader scale, her efforts in the field have helped to catalyze the growth of computer-based simulation, define new standards for critical thinking education, and influence high-value care and invasive bedside procedure teaching approaches. Finally, she is editor-in-chief of MedEdPORTAL, an innovative journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges that publishes and disseminates educational resources.

Dr. Huang has been awarded the Gordon J. Strewler Mentoring of Resident Research Award in 2018, the Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching Award, and most recently the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award at Harvard Medical School, among many others. She is an editorial board member of Academic Medicine.

Dr. Huang joined SHM in 2010. Since then, she has been an engaged member of the Boston Chapter and has regularly participated in SHM’s annual conferences. She was also a member of SHM’s Practice Analysis Committee for 7 years.


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