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David Zvara, MD Selected to Serve as UNC Hospitals CMO

September 21, 2023

David Zvara, MD, will serve as the next chief medical officer for UNC Hospitals, effective Monday, Oct. 30. In June, UNC Hospitals announced Tom Ivester, MD, MPH, would move into a focused chief quality officer role upon the appointment of a new chief medical officer. The executive leadership restructuring will better support hospital operations as we strive … Read more

Matt Nielsen, MD Appointed to NQF Diagnostic Excellence Committee

September 20, 2023

Matt Nielsen, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Urology and director of quality for UNC Faculty Physicians, has been appointed to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Diagnostic Excellence Committee, under the NQF Advancing Measurement of Diagnostic Excellence for Better Healthcare Initiative. In its report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, the National Academy of Medicine states, … Read more


July 20, 2023

The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement’s annual Improvement Scholars and Fellows Symposium will feature clinician-led improvement initiatives. The Improvement Scholars program and IHQI Fellowship program aim to improve clinical effectiveness and patient safety by implementing proven and/or expert-recommended strategies and approaches.  REGISTER HERE

Cassi Frank Publishes Guide for Thrombosis Patients, First Spanish Translation in Vascular Medicine

July 13, 2023

Cassi Frank, MMSc, PA-C, physician assistant in the Division of Hematology, published educational materials for patients with newly diagnosed venous thromboembolism in Vascular Medicine. The article was also published in Spanish, a first in the history of the journal, to reach an unmet need in the Spanish-speaking community. These educational materials are freely available to … Read more

IHQI Associate Director Recognized As A Friend of Nursing

July 5, 2023

Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD, FASA was recently recognized as a Friend of Nursing. This award is given to a physician or advance care provider that has exemplified interdisciplinary collaboration and has been recognized by nursing staff for their exceptional partnership and contributions to nursing.  “Lavinia is a true friend of nursing, she demonstrated the One Great … Read more

CLQS student presents poster at the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology

June 7, 2023

Congratulations to Brittany Cureton, MPH who presented her poster “Improving Cesarean Hemorrhage Through the Use of a Protocolized Checklist; a Quality Improvement Initiative” at the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) during May 2023 in New Orleans. Brittany was a student of CLQS Cohort #7 and was mentored by Johanna Quist-Nelson, MD and Liz … Read more