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Arun Patel JD, MD, Director of Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management. Dr. Patel oversees clinical quality improvement efforts, development of system quality initiatives, collection of safety related data, incident reporting to federal and state agencies, and response to claims and liability matters, across DHS Patel came to DHS from Washington, DC, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, and served on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce and in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Prior to the fellowship, Patel spent seven years as an attorney serving health care clients in the areas of physician contracting, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, acquisitions and financing, and strategic decision making. From 2010 to 2013, he served on the Board of a San Francisco-based foundation funding health improvement. During law school, he worked on public health law issues for the Health Officer of the Alameda County Department of Public Health. Dr. Patel earned a Bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine at Jackson, a Juris Doctor Degree from Stanford University, and a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his medical career at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he worked in the neonatal intensive care unit after completing his training in general pediatrics.

Clinical Risk Management & Patient Safety:
Quality Improvement:
Liz Augusta, RN, MSN, LNCC, CPHQ
Patient Safety Consultant
Sandra Mackley, RN, BSN
Assistant Nursing Director, Administration
Nancy Lefcourt, RN, MSN
Patient Safety Consultant
Cristina Bacalso, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse III
Marife Ponce-Mendoza, RN, BSN, MBA-HCM
Patient Safety Consultant
Sherli Fernandez, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse III
Grace Dimaya Garcia, BS
Information Systems Analyst II
Elvia Guillen, RN
Registered Nurse III
Ricardo Gonzalez
Senior Secretary III
Kelly Huang, RN
Registered Nurse II
Evelyn Szeto, BS, CLS (ASCP)
Staff Analyst
Kristy Wimberly, BS, MPA
Staff Analyst
Lily Wu, MIS
Assistant Staff Analyst