Dr. Lavinia Kolarczyk and Dr. Carlton Moore have accepted appointments as Associate Directors of UNC’s Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI). Dr. Kolarczyk and Dr. Moore were selected from a highly-qualified pool of candidates following a competitive search process.
Dr. Kolarczyk is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Division Chief, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. Dr. Kolarczyk led the initial project at UNC Health piloting surgical pathways of care which reduced length of stay and improved patients’ recoveries from surgery. Following the pilot, Dr. Kolarczyk led sustainment and spread activities resulting in the now-mature, system-wide Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) program. Dr. Kolarczyk is a well-regarded teacher and has won numerous teaching awards.
Dr. Moore is Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief for Research and Quality Improvement, Division of Hospital Medicine. His work in quality and safety has focused on hospital discharge and improving timely follow-up of abnormal test results. In 2017-2018, he led an initiative to reduce post-operative venous thromboembolism by improving prophylaxis. Dr. Moore’s expertise in clinical informatics adds an important dimension to clinical improvement and patient safety.
Dr. Kolarczyk and Dr. Moore join several other faculty who are IHQI Associate Directors: Dr. Shana Ratner, Dr. Jennifer Elston Lafata and Dr. Matt Nielsen. IHQI’s Associate Directors provide leadership for IHQI, mentor participants in IHQI’s Improvement Scholars and Improvement Fellows program and teach quality and safety. IHQI is directed by Dr. Darren DeWalt, Professor of Medicine and Division Chief, General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology.