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Contact Information:
Grace Bommarito
- Administrative Manager
HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety & Quality
Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area within walking distance to the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and public transportation, and is one of the major teaching hospitals of the Harvard Medical School.

BIDMC’s commitment to quality and safety has led to national recognition awards, and recently launching the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, with the explicit purpose of applying scientific rigor to health care operations improvement and innovation. Please visit our Quality and Safety website at: http://www.bidmc.org/Quality-and-Safety.aspx

Lauge Sokol-Hessner, MD
Site Director:
Lauge Sokol-Hessner, MD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Tel (617) 754-4677

Dr. Lauge Sokol-Hessner, M.D. is a hospitalist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Associate Director of Inpatient Quality. He completed his medical school and residency at the University of Pennsylvania, worked in medical settings in several southern African settings, and also as a hospitalist at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle before moving to Boston.

In his health care quality role, he is involved in a broad variety of initiatives, including efforts to improve the care of seriously ill patients and those near the end of life, expansion of the preventable harm framework to include emotional harms, systems to build and sustain a culture of respect, and interdisciplinary team training to improve coordination and the quality of care on the inpatient medicine wards.

He serves as a staff member on the Patient Family Advisory Council at BIDMC and mentors a number of residents on quality and safety topics. He also serves as Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, advising other medical centers and organizations about their efforts to become “Conversation ready” and improve the care of patients near the end of life.

Anjala V. Tess, M.D.
Program Director:
Anjala V. Tess, M.D.
Associate Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Anjala V. Tess is an Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Director of QI and Safety for GME at BIDMC, and an Associate Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She developed and directs the Department of Medicine quality and safety curriculum that has now trained over 500 residents. At BIDMC she coordinates and supports QI training for all 650 trainees at the medical center. She has led national faculty workshops in both curriculum development and patient safety education and is currently co-director of SHM’s Quality and Safety Educators Academy (QSEA). Dr. Tess joined the fellowship faculty in 2012 and served as associate state director at BIDMC for two years. As Program Director for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship In Patient Safety and Quality, she oversees and advises both classes of fellows. She works with CRICO and with leaders at each of the fellowship sites to guide the overall program.

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