SHM Converge

SHM 2021 Awards of Excellence and Junior Investigator Awards



Clinical Leadership for Physicians

Christopher P. Bruti, MD, MPH

Dr. Christopher P. Bruti is the division chief of hospital medicine at Rush University and the program director of Rush’s combined Internal Medicine–Pediatrics Residency Program. He is an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and practices as a hospitalist in both departments.

Dr. Christopher P. Bruti, Rush University, Chicago

Dr. Christopher P. Bruti

Dr. Bruti always rises to any challenge that comes his way with empathetic, organized, and insightful leadership. Dr. Bruti is known for his innovation in patient care and optimization practices in the hospital setting – from expanding and optimizing the nonteaching service and a high-functioning observation unit to geolocalization and reorganization of medical teams. While his reputation as a leader was well established before the pandemic hit, the way he rose to the many challenges over the past year has been truly remarkable. After he identified one of the first cases of COVID-19 in his hospital, Dr. Bruti’s leadership was evident. He ensured that his staff was wearing proper PPE, reorganized hospitalist staffing, coordinated onboarding of subspecialists, developed algorithms around testing, and created safety-driven patient transfer strategies.

He is a member of the Rush University Medical Center Medical Executive Committee and is the chair of its Medical Records Committee. He has been recognized by both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics clerkships multiple times for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Bruti became a member of SHM in 2014 and has been extremely active with the Chicago chapter. He has also served on the Quality Improvement and Pediatric Medicine Special Interest Groups.

Clinical Leadership for NPs & PAs

Krystle D. Apodaca, DNP, FHM

Dr. Krystle D. Apodaca is a nurse practitioner hospitalist at the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she is assistant professor of medicine within the university’s Clinician Education Track.

Dr. Krystle D. Apodaca, University of New Mexico

Dr. Krystle D. Apodaca

She was one of the first APPs welcomed into the UNM Hospital Medicine division and has been integral not only in the development of UNM’s APP program, but also its APP Hospital Medicine Fellowship, which she helped to cofound. She is a member of the UNM Hospital Medicine Executive Committee as well as its LGBTQ Collaborative.

She is known for her leadership within Project ECHO at UNM, a worldwide program focused on democratizing medical knowledge. She is the co–medical director of its National Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety and Medicaid Quality Improvement Hospitalization Avoidance efforts, both focused on improving nursing home practices. This program, in partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, UNM’s ECHO Institute, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is now a national initiative dedicated to standardizing COVID-19 best practices at nursing homes across the country. To achieve its goals, more than 15,000 nursing homes have been certified and a community of more than 250 training centers has been built through Project ECHO.

Dr. Apodaca has been a member of SHM since 2015. She has been an active member of SHM’s NP/PA Special Interest Group since she joined and was appointed as the first APP president of SHM’s New Mexico chapter in April 2020. Under her leadership, the chapter achieved Gold and Platinum status as well as the Chapter of the Year Award. She is also a Fellow in Hospital Medicine.


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