Meet our Team

OPQC Leadership

Jay Iams, MD

Jay Iams, MDDr. Jay Iams has been the Obstetrical Lead for OPQC since the Collaborative was created in 2007. He is an Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, where his clinical, teaching and research was focused on prevention of premature birth. Click to see his full bio.

Jay Iams, MD

Michele Walsh, MD, MSE

Michele Walsh, MD, MSEDr. Michele Walsh is a Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, The William and Lois Briggs Endowed Chair in Neonatology, and Chief of the Division of Neonatology at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She is privileged to lead the Neonatal Team of the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative. She attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Michele Walsh, MD, MSE

Carole Lannon, MD, MPH

Carole Lannon, MD, MPHDr. Carole M. Lannon is a professor of Pediatrics, the director of Learning Networks at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Senior Quality Advisor to the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Lannon’s work focuses on assisting organizations in the design and implementation of collaborative efforts to measurably improve care and outcomes for children and families by sparking innovation and accelerating the translation of knowledge into practice. Dr. Lannon is the Improvement Lead for the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative. She has her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina and her MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Click to see her full bio.

Carole Lannon, MD, MPH

Bianca Williams

Project Manager

Bianca WilliamsBianca Williams is the Project Manager for OPQC.

Bianca Williams

Karen Hughes, MPH

 Karen Hughes, MPHMs. Hughes is a Program Advisor for OPQC and consults with faculty and staff on the development of educational and communication strategies and materials, advancing strategic partnerships, and OPQC relations with state and national organizations. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from The Ohio State University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Karen Hughes, MPH

 

OPQC Faculty

Obstetric Project Clinicians

Neonatal Project Clinicians

Jennifer Bailit, MD, MPH

Jennifer Bailit, MD, MPHDr. Jennifer Bailit is the Executive Director of the Women and Children’s Patient Care Unit at MetroHealth, and an Associate Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She attended medical school at Tufts School of Medicine, and received her MPH from the University of North Carolina.

Jennifer Bailit, MD, MPH

Dan Benscoter, DO

Dan Benscoter, DODan Benscoter is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics within the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, residency at Janet Weis Children's Hospital and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is the medical director of the pediatric home ventilator program and the Transitional Care Center, an inpatient unit specializing in the care of children dependent on ventilator support and transitioning children and families from hospital care to home care. In addition to working with the OPQC, he focuses on quality improvement work aiming to standardize terminology, equipment and management of children with chronic respiratory failure requiring home mechanical ventilation.

Dan Benscoter, DO

Michael Krew, MD, MS

Michael Krew, MD, MSDr. Krew attended medical school at Northwestern University and OBGYN residency at Magee Womens’ Hospital/University of Pittsburgh. After completing his National Health Service Corps practice obligation in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Krew went on to a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at MetroHealth Medical/Case Western Reserve University. He is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. His MS degree is from Northwestern University in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. Dr. Krew is the medical director of labor and delivery and associate director of the OBGYN residency at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. He is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northeastern Ohio Medical University. Dr. Krew has been in practice with Aultman Maternal-Fetal Medicine since 1992 and is a native of northeastern Ohio. Click to see his full bio.

Michael Krew, MD, MS

Moira Crowley, MD

Moira Crowley, MDMoira Crowley is a neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology and Perinatal Medicine, Co-Director of the Neonatal Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program and Co-Director of Neonatology Consultative Services at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. She is Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Crowley is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. Her special interests include ECMO, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and surgical treatment in newborns. She joined the UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital staff in 2010. Dr. Crowley completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College, Boston, Mass. She received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass. She completed a residency in pediatrics followed by a fellowship in neonatology/perinatal medicine, both at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Crowley has published chapters in neonatal medicine textbooks and papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national neonatal medicine meetings. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Click to see full bio.

Moira Crowley, MD

Michael Marcotte, MD

Michael Marcotte, MDDr. Michael Marcotte is a maternal fetal medicine specialist working as the Director of Quality and Safety for Women’s Services at TriHealth. Sixty percent of his time is spent working on system wide efforts optimizing maternal and neonatal outcomes. The rest of his effort is directed towards internal, local, state and national efforts to improve infant survival and maternal health. He has been an obstetric expert working with OPQC since 2008 and a national expert for the March of Dimes since 2013. Dr. Marcotte received is MD at the University of Toledo Medical School, formerly called the Medical College of Ohio. Click to see his full bio.

Michael Marcotte, MD

Heather Kaplan, MD, MSCE

Heather Kaplan, MDDr. Heather C. Kaplan is a neonatologist, health services researcher, and Associate Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Kaplan attended medical school at Northwestern University and received her masters of science in clinical epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been working with the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative since 2007, using quality improvement methods to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes of newborns in Ohio and building collaborative relationships with obstetrical and neonatal care providers across the state. Click to see full bio.

Heather Kaplan, MD, MSCE

Richard McClead, MD, MHA

Richard McClead, MDDr. Richard E. McClead Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Associate Chief Medical Officer Medical at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, Ohio. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and has his Master’s in Healthcare Administration.

Richard McClead, MD, MHA

Mona Prasad, DO, MPH

Mona Prasad, DO, MPHMona Prasad, DO, MPH, is a maternal fetal medicine specialist and clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is practicing exclusively at the McCampbell Hall STEPP Clinic. Dr. Prasad completed her Master of Public Health in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University-Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency training at Ohio State. In the course of her training she was selected to be administrative chief resident, selected as the Martilla Renee Jones Award recipient, and received the College of Medicine Resident Teaching Award from the graduating medical school class of 2005. After completing Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Ohio State, she stayed to join the faculty in the Department of Ob/Gyn. She remains active in research involving Hepatitis C and Pregnancy and Substance Abuse, is medical director of the Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention Clinic, and enjoys teaching at the medical student and resident levels. She was awarded the Nicholas Teteris, MD, Teaching Award for outstanding faculty teaching in 2011. Mona and her husband, Matt Nawrocki, find their greatest joy in raising their young daughters, Nora and Neve. Click to see her full bio.

Mona Prasad, DO, MPH

David McKenna, MD, RDMS

David McKenna, MD, RDMS Dr. McKenna is a 1992 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. He completed his residency in in 1996 in Obstetrics and Gynecology, with the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Wright State University in Dayton, OH. He received his fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine from 1996-8, at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Areas of special interest include the diagnosis and management of preterm labor, preeclampsia, obstetrical and gynecological sonography, neurosonography, prenatal diagnosis, clinical obstetrics and resident education. Since 2010 he has been the Principal investigator at MVH for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine network, which focuses research on improving the outcomes for pregnant women and premature babies. He has been the OPQC obstetrical lead physician at MVH, since the inception of OPQC. Dr. McKenna is currently a clinical faculty member at Wright State University and serves as Medical Director of The Perinatal Intensive Care Unit at MVH. He also serves on various local and state projects dedicated to improving the outcomes for pregnant women and premature infants, and decreasing disparity in healthcare and infant mortality. Dr. McKenna and his wife have three children and reside in Beavercreek, OH. Interests include cycling, snowboarding and skiing, the Boston Red Sox, and the University of Notre Dame football.

David McKenna, MD, RDMS

Scott Wexelblatt, MD

Scott Wexelblatt, MDDr. Scott Wexelblatt is an Associate Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Perinatal Institute; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. He is also the Medical Director of Regional Newborn Services. Dr. Wexelblatt attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Scott Wexelblatt, MD

Melanie Glover, MD

Melanie Glover, MDDr. Glover is originally from Greenville, KY. She received her undergraduate degree in mathematics and biology from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. She went on to earn her medical degree at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine. Dr. Glover completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine through Wright State University at Miami Valley Hospital and Wright-Patterson Air Force Medical Center in Dayton, OH. While in fellowship her areas of research included proteomic markers for preterm labor and maternal psycho-social stressors in pregnancy. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and board eligible in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Glover’s areas of interest include critical care obstetrics, fetal therapy, and psychosocial complications of pregnancy, including substance dependence. She continues to be active in resident education and quality improvement initiatives in women’s health at Miami Valley Hospital. Dr. Glover and her husband have two children and reside in Bellbrook, OH. Her outside interests include cycling, running, boating, Japanese-style karate, and pursuing fitness activities with her family.

Melanie Glover, MD

Kristin Voos, MD

Kristin Voos, MDKristin Voos holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Neonatology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital-University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. She is the Director of Family Integrated Care in the NICU and the Director of the Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine fellowship program. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Nebraska, earning a BA in Psychology. She subsequently earned her MD at the University of Kansas Medical Center and completed her residency and fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Dr. Voos chaired an international committee on Patient and Family Centered Care through Academic Pediatric Association Special Interest Group. She has been presented with multiple teaching awards. Dr. Voos has published in the areas of Family-Centered Care and NICU protocols, and has special interest in Quality Improvement and clinician education.

Kristin Voos, MD

 

OPQC Central

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT CONSULTANTS/COORDINATORS

Susan Ford, MSN

Susan Ford, RN, MSNRegion: Cleveland, Rainbow Babies Children's Hospital

Susan Ford is one of the State Quality Improvement Consultants (QIC) working with OPQC and is from Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in the Cleveland area. She was the lead QIC on the OPQC Early Elective 39 week Delivery/Birth Registry Accuracy Project as well as the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Project. Currently she is on the MOMS+NAS Project focusing on improving care for pregnant women with substance use and their infants. Susan is a Registered Nurse and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in Maternal-Child Nursing. Susan received her BSN from the University of Akron and MSN/PNP from Northern Kentucky University.

Susan Ford, MSN

Andrea J. Hoberman, MPH

Andrea J. Hoberman, MPHAndrea Hoberman is a public health professional with expertise designing, implementing and evaluating regional health care performance improvement initiatives in New York, California and most recently Ohio. As a Quality Improvement Consultant for the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative, Andrea supports hospitals on the NICU Graduates projects. Andrea received her MPH in Community Health Sciences from the University of California Los Angeles and her BA in Biology and Society from Cornell University. She is also a Certified Lactation Educator through the UCLA Extension Program.

Andrea J. Hoberman, MPH

Mary Bauer, RD, LD, CJCP

Mary Bauer

Mary Bauer, RD, LD, CJCP

Cathy Jaworski, MSN, RNBC

Cathy Jaworski, MSN, RNBCCathy is a BEACON Quality Improvement Coordinator since 2011. She has gained her QI knowledge through QI training that has been guided by the QI experts at the Anderson Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She has worked on The Pound of Cure and The Building Piece of Mind Collaborative. In May of 2015 she has started working the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative - The Progesterone Collaborative.

Prior to Cathy’s work as a BEACON QIC, Cathy worked for 11 years as the Office Manager of the Promedica Toledo Children’s Ambulatory Care center and 17 years as a staff nurse at the Promedica Toledo Children’s hospital, in- patient unit. Cathy has graduated with several nursing degrees including her BSN from Lourdes University and her MSN in Education from Walden University. She is certified by the American Academy of Credentialed Nurses in Pediatric Nursing since 1995.

Cathy lives in Toledo, Ohio. Home of the Mud Hens baseball team, The Walleye Hockey team, Tony Packo’s hotdogs, Libbey glass and The Jeep Wrangler and Liberty.

Cathy Jaworski, MSN, RNBC

 

Project Management

Data Team

Lindsey Hoberg, MHA, CPM

Lindsey Hoberg Project Senior Specialist

Lindsey Hoberg is a public health professional holding a Masters in Health Administration from The Ohio State University. She joined the Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence in 2013, and OPQC in 2015. She manages the NICU Graduates and Smoke Free Families projects.

Lindsey Hoberg, MHA, CPM

Justin Bates, MA

Justin Bates SAS Programmer

Justin holds a MA in Experimental Psychology and has been involved in applied research for over 10 years. Justin is a SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9. He is currently supporting OPQC NAS and OPQC Progesterone.

Justin Bates, MA

Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie Wilson Project Senior Specialist

Stephanie holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish. She has over 10 years of experience working in non-profit organizations. Her primary role is managing the Progesterone Project efforts.

Stephanie Wilson

John Besl, MA

John Besl Analyst-Demographer, Community and Population Health

John has served as data analyst for OPQC since its inception in 2008, providing data processing and charting support for both the 39-Week and ANCS projects. He has more than 20 years of experience in population health and applied demography, building on the MA degree in Sociology.

John Besl, MA

Michelle Walters, BA

Michelle Walters Project Coordinator

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from NKU. Her primary role is the coordination of project efforts for the Progesterone team.

Michelle Walters, BA

Maurizio Macaluso, MD, DrPH, FACE

Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Director of the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He serves as Associate Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training of the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Macaluso has over 35 years of research experience and has co-authored over 200 publications. His research work has covered a variety of topics including epidemiologic research methods; cancer epidemiology; occupational epidemiology; reproductive health, infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance systems. He has held positions at the National Tumor Institute in Milan, Italy, at the School of Public Health of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. He is a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology and serves as Associate Editor of the Annals of Epidemiology.

Maurizio Macaluso, MD, DrPH, FACE

Suzy Culbertson, MPH

Suzy Culbertson Project Coordinator

Suzy holds a Master’s of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. Her areas of specialization are Health Disparities and Gender, Sexuality, and Population Health. She primarily works on the NICU Grads and Smoke Free Families Projects, as well as OPQC communication efforts.

Suzy Culbertson, MPH

Pierce Kuhnell, MS

Pierce Kuhnell SAS Programmer

Pierce holds a MS in Biostatistics and has been involved in data management and applied research for almost nine years. He is an analyst and SAS programmer for all OPQC projects.

Pierce Kuhnell, MS

Rushi Goswami

Rushi holds a Master of Public Health degree and has been involved in clinical research for more than 10 years. He is currently supporting data management for OPQC projects.

Rushi Goswami

Emily Louden, MPH

Emily Louden, MPH Data Management Coordinator

Emily holds a Master of Public Health from Indiana University and has more than 10 years of experience in clinical research. She is currently supporting data management for OPQC NAS.

Emily Louden, MPH

 

Kristen Tillman, BA

Kristen Tillman Systems Analyst

Kristen attended The Ohio State University, where she received a BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is currently a Systems Analyst for the Biomedical Department at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Hospital and her primary role is project managing BMI and DBE’s efforts across all OPQC projects.

Kristen Tillman, BA

 

Scot Fague

Scot Fague Research Database Programmer

Scot has a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Missouri in St Louis - School of Business. His research experience includes 15 years with the Washington University - School of Medicine (St Louis) where he was a database programmer and data manager for Division of Biostatistics. Scot joined the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in October of 2017. Currently he is excited to be working with several individual grants as well as multiple Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC) studies.p>

Scot Fague