lndustrial Engineering

Dr. James (Jake) H. Abernathy, III,
MD, MPH, FASE

Adjunct Faculty

Medical University of South Carolina
Department of Anesthesiology
Ashley River Tower
25 Courtenay Dr., Suite 4200
MSC 240
Charleston, South Carolina 29425-4000
Tel: (843) 876-5754
Fax: (843) 876-5746

Email: abernatj@musc.edu

Dr. Thomas W. Diller

Faculty Appointments

Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina, July 2010 - Present

Administrative Appointments

Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Medical University of South Carolina, May 2007 - Present

Program Director, Cardiothoracic Fellowship
Medical University of South Carolina, August 2006 - Present

Director, Vascular Anesthesiology
Medical University of South Carolina, September 2006 - Present

Education

Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship
Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, July 2005 - June 2006

Anesthesiology Residency
Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, July 2002 - June 2005
Chief Resident, July 2004 - June 2005

General Surgery Internship
University of Vermont College of Medicine, July 2001 - June 2002

Doctor of Medicine
University of Alabama School of Medicine, June 1997 - May 2001

Master of Public Health
School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, September 1995 - December 1996

Bachelor of Science
University of the South, August 1991 - May 1995

Research

Principal Investigator: Mathew, J (Duke University)
Co-Investigator: Abernathy, JH III
Lidocaine for Neuroprotection During Cardiac Surgery
Study Sponsor: NIH, 1R01HL096978
2/2012 - Present. $20,000/year

Principal Investigator: Pronovost, P
Co-Investigator: Abernathy, JH III
Cardiac Surgery Translational Study
Study Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
9/2010 - Present. $36,000/year

Principal Investigator: Abernathy, JH III
Co-Investigator: Shappell, S (Clemson), Allison, D (Clemson), Reeves, S
Pro00011326-RIPCHORD - Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human Centered operating Room Design
7/2011 - Present.

Publications

Gary Palmer II, J. H. Abernathy, Greg Swinton, David Allison, Joel Greenstein, Scott Shappell, Kevin Juang. Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-centered Operating Room Design (RIPCHORD): A Human Factors Methodology for Observing Flow Disruptions in the Cardiothoracic Operating Room. Anesthesiology. Submitted.

Joyce A. Wahr, Richard L. Prager, J.H. Abernathy, Elizabeth A. Martinez, et al. Scientific Statement on Patient Safety in the Cardiac Operating Room: Human Factors and Teamwork. Circulation. Submitted.

Wahr J, Abernathy JH 3rd. Environmental Hygiene in the Operating Room: Cleanliness, Godliness, and Reality. Anesthesia Clinics of North America. Submitted.

Priyadarshini R. Pennathur, David Thompson, James H. Abernathy III, Elizabeth A. Martinez, Peter J. Pronovost Laura Bauer, Lisa H. Lubomski, Jill A. Marsteller and Ayse P. Gurses. Technologies in the Wild (TiW) : Human Factors Implications for Patient Safety in the Cardiovascular Operating Room. Submitted.

Presentations

"Epicardial Echo: not only when TEE is contraindicated" 11th International Congress of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anesthesia. Berlin, Germany. September, 2008.

"Fast Anatomic Trans-thoracic Echocardiography Exam (FATE) Workshop" 11th International Congress of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anesthesia. Berlin, Germany. September, 2008.

Moderator, "Diastology". Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists 34th Annual Meeting. Miami, FL. May 2013.

"FOCUS Case Studies: Using human error to learn" Problem Based Learning Discussion. Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists 34th Annual Meetipg. Miami, FL. May 2013.

"FOCUS in the US: Advances generated by the collaborative." Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist 18th Annual Update on Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Snowmass, CO. February 2013.

"Hands on Thromboelastogram". Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist 18th Annual Update on Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Snowmass, CO. February 2013.

Certifications

American Board of Anesthesiology, April 2006, Certificate number: 38998

Diplomate, National Board of Echocardiography, Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography, 2006

Fellow, American Society of Echocardiography, 2008

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

South Carolina Medical License

Professional Affiliations

American Board of Anesthesiology
   Part 2 Examiner, 2011 - Present

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist, 2005 - Present
   Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program Directors Committee, 2007 - Present
     Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program Directors Executive Committee, 2007 - Present
   Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2008 - present
   Fellowship Web-based Curriculum Committee, 2009 - present

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Foundation
   Flawless Operative Cardiovascular Unified Systems (FOCUS), 2008 - Present
     Steering Committee
     Chair, Site Selection Committee
   Education Committee, 2009 - Present
   Programs Committee, 2011 - Present

American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2002 - Present

American Heart Association, 2009 - Present

American Society of Echocardiography, 2007 - Present

South Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists, 2006 - Present


Education

 

B.A. Chemistry, Cum Laude

Illinois Wesleyan University, 1978

 

M.M.M., Masters of Medical Management

H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003

 

M.D., Doctor of Medicine

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 1983

 

Internal Medicine Residency             

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 1986

 

 

Research Areas of Interest

 

The improvement of quality and patient safety in healthcare through cultural change, education, and the use of robust performance improvement methods.

 

 

Peer Reviewed Publications 

 

House, J. E. Jr.; Diller, Thomas.  (1980).  The Relationship Between Force Constants and Bond Lengths for Tetrahalide Molecules.  Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry Letters.  16, 543-546.

 

Steed, Connie; Kelly, J. William; Blackhurst, Dawn; Boeker, Sue; Diller, Thomas; Alper, Paul; Larsen, Elaine.  (2011).  Hospital Hand Hygiene Opportunities: Where and When (HOW2 Benchmark Study).  American Journal of Infection Control.

 

 

Presentations 

 

“Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance”.  Thomas W. Diller, Kevin Gilroy, J. William Kelly, Connie Steed.  University HealthSystem Consortium Webinar.  November 4, 2010.

 

“Meeting the Core Measures: A Lean Six Sigma Case Study”.  Thomas W. Diller.  8th Annual Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Summit.  International Quality and Productivity Center.  Orlando, Florida.  January 31, 2008.

 

“A Comprehensive Plan to Improve Performance Outcomes in a Community Hospital”.  Thomas W. Diller.  Hospital Operational Excellence Conference.  International Quality and Productivity Center.  Chicago, Illinois.  April 18, 2007.

  

 

“A Comprehensive Plan to Improve Performance Outcomes in a Community Hospital”.  Thomas W. Diller.  Milliman User’s Forum.  Austin, Texas.  November 11, 2006.

Certifications

Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine Certified Physician Executive (CPE), Certifying Commission in Medical Management

Professional Affiliations

American College of Physician Executives

American College of Physicians

American College of Medical Quality

PHT Services (PHTS, PHT, PHLIP)                                                            

  • PHT Services (Board of Trustees)
  • Palmetto Hospital Trust (Board of Trustees)
  • Palmetto Healthcare Liability Insurance Program (Board of Trustees)                                

PHLIP Liability Reduction Committee

Health Sciences of South Carolina Health Care Reform Task Force

South Carolina Hospital Association Quality Advisory Council

  • Vice Chair

Health Sciences of South Carolina Quality Improvement Council

Editorial Board, International Journal of Six Sigma                                                   

Editorial Board, American Journal of Medical Quality

 

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