Andrew Auerbach, MD

Andrew Auerbach is Professor of Medicine in Residence at UCSF and Director of Research Division of Hospital Medicine. Andy did his medical residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Harvard where he was trained in clinical epidemiology, multivariable modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, and health services research. He joined the faculty at UCSF as the nation’s first clinician-researcher primarily focused on the hospitalist model in 1998. His research at UCSF has primarily focused on assessments of patient outcomes in different systems of care, with a special interest in the hospitalist model and perioperative medicine, with a special focus on quality measurement and implementation research.

Andy is the Co-PI of the Hospital Medicine Reengineering Network and site PI for a number of multicenter trials in quality improvement where UCSF is a key participant. He also teaches in the Training in Clinical Research program at UCSF, as well as co-directing the Primary Care Research fellowship. Finally, Andy is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the flagship peer-reviewed journal in Hospital Medicine.

University of California, San Francisco

Bruce Spurlock, MD

Bruce Spurlock, M.D. is the Executive Director of BEACON (Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative). He helps organizations create results-oriented programs in a variety of domains. He also leads large, multi-participant quality collaboratives designed to accelerate the dissemination of evidence-based clinical practices. Currently, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Stanford University. He is a nationally known speaker on health care topics ranging from future health care trends to redesigning specific operational units. Dr. Spurlock received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, Davis and completed his internal medical residency, chief residence and general medicine fellowship at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Santa Clara, California.

BEACON Collaborative

Brad Stuart, MD

Dr. Stuart is Senior Medical Director of Sutter VNA & Hospice, the largest provider of home-based health services in Northern California. He is the founder of Advanced Illness Management (AIM), an integrated system of care for patients with late-stage chronic illness, now a system-wide initiative at Sutter Health. He was the primary author of Medical Guidelines for Prognosis in Selected Non-Cancer Diseases, adopted as national Medicare hospice eligibility criteria, and was voted “Physician of the Year” in 2007 by the California Association for Health Services at Home. Dr. Stuart has published widely and lectured internationally on clinical, psychosocial and spiritual issues in advanced illness.

Sutter VNA & Hospice

Patricia Blaisdell

Ms. Blaisdell provides membership support and advocacy for hospital-based post-acute care services, including policy analysis and interpretation, legislative advocacy, and communication with regulatory bodies and third party payers.

Ms. Blaisdell has over 20 years of experience in hospital and health care management in acute and post-acute settings. She has particular expertise in post-acute care reimbursement and clinical operations across the continuum of care.
Ms. Blaisdell began her career as a speech/language pathologist in Connecticut, where she was active in the development of services for individuals with traumatic brain injury. Her work was recognized with the Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Ms. Blaisdell received a BS degree from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Connecticut, and a MS in Health Care Management from Rensselaer at Hartford. She currently serves on the California Olmstead Advisory Committee and on the board of directors of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders.

California Hospital Association