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Advisory Committee


Bill Berry, MD, MPA, MPH

Chief medical officer at Ariadne Labs

Bill Berry, MD, MPA, MPH is chief medical officer at Ariadne Labs. In this role, Bill oversees the growth and development for all the research work including the Program teams: Safe Surgery, BetterBirth, and Serious Illness Care as well as the Platform teams: Informatics and Measurement, Implementation and Improvement Science, and Program Management.
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Tim Brookshire, MBA

Senior Administrator for Perioperative and GI Services for the Greenville Health System

Tim Brookshire, MBA is the Senior Administrator for Perioperative and GI Services for the Greenville Health System. In this capacity, he has operational, financial and strategic responsibility for this Service Line throughout the Upstate to include 8 facilities representing over 60 operating and procedure rooms which provide care to over 40,000 patients annually. Tim joined GHS in 2014 and prior to that was a Vice President with Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte North Carolina where he served as an administrator with Carolinas Medical Center since 2006.
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David Cull, MD

Professor Vice Chair of Academics Department of Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville Health System

David Cull, MD received his medical doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed his residency in general surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He was a vascular surgery fellow at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, Va. Dr. Cull is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, the Society for Vascular Surgery, the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, and the Southeastern Surgical Congress.
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Keith Essen PhD, MSN, BSN

Retired Active Duty Army Colonel

Keith Essen, PhD, MSN, BSN is a recently retired Active Duty Army Colonel. He has held multiple roles both as a Nurse Executive and as a Director of multiple medical center operating rooms. Keith attained CNOR certification and has spoken nationally at the annual AORN Convention multiple times. He has extensive experience serving as a staff nurse, OR course Director for 4 years, and as the Perioperative Nursing Director of 4 Army Medical Centers culminating as the Director of Perioperative Nursing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Keith was appointed by the Army Surgeon General in 1999 as the Perioperative Nurse Consultant.
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Eileen Malone, RN, MSN, MS, EDAC

Senior Partner for Mercury Healthcare Consulting, LLC

Eileen Malone, RN, MSN, MS, EDAC is the Senior Partner for Mercury Healthcare Consulting, LLC located in Alexandria, Virginia, who supports clients embracing evidence-based design in health facility projects, as a means to help improve healthcare outcomes. With over forty years in healthcare, Ms. Malone retired from the United States Army in 2004 having held a variety of key leadership positions including hospital commander (CEO), Army Medical Department CIO, Congressional Affairs Officer, quality assurance nurse, and in several internal medicine nurse practitioner assignments. She holds graduate degrees from Duke University and the National Defense University and is Evidence-based Design Accredited and Certified.
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John Schaefer, MD

South Carolina SmartState Endowed Chair

John Schaefer, MD is an international expert in healthcare simulation who is transforming the way healthcare clinicians are taught, and in the process, helping to reduce patient injury and improve medical outcomes. Dr. Schaefer came to South Carolina from the University of Pittsburgh where he helped establish the WISER Institute. He served as director of the center from 1997 to 2006 and directed the multi-partnered expansion of the center. In South Carolina as a SmartState Endowed Chair, he has led the effort to establish a statewide network of 14 simulation programs including universities, technical colleges and health systems that now perform over 80,000 patient simulations annually.
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Jonas Shultz, MSc, EDAC

Human Factors Lead with the Health Quality Council of Alberta

Jonas Shultz, MSc, EDAC works as a Human Factors Lead with the Health Quality Council of Alberta, and has 10 years experience working in medical human factors. He has provided human factors expertise to a variety of healthcare organizations, including Alberta Health Services, Health Canada, ISMP Canada, and the Center for Health Design in the United States. He is also an adjunct lecturer with the Department of Anesthesia, Cumming School of Medicine with the University of Calgary.
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James Abernathy, MD, MPH

Associate Professor and Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

James (Jake) H Abernathy, III, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor and Division Chief of Cardiac Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins, Jake was Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham he did a residency in Anesthesiology and a fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
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Ellen Taylor, Ph.D., AIA, MBA, EDAC

Vice President for Research

Ellen Taylor is the Vice President for Research at The Center for Health Design, where she leads multiple research and grant-funded initiatives. She has a degree in architecture from Cornell University, MBAs from Columbia University and London Business School, and a PhD in human factors and design for patient safety from Loughborough University in England.
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