Positions

Vice Chair, QI and Innovations
Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Medical Director
Infection Prevention, Diagnostic Stewardship and Antibiotic Stewardship
CHI Texas Division and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Houston, Texas, United States
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Section of Infectious Diseases
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States

Education

MD from University of Damascus
Graduate Certificate at Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Research
MBA from University of Arizona
Healthcare Administration
Graduate Certificate at Harvard Medical School
Patient Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership

Certifications

Internal Medicine Board Certificate
American Board of Internal Medicine
Infectious Diseases Board Certificate
American Board of Internal Medicine
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
American Heart Association
Basic Life Support
American Heart Association
ECFMG Certificate
ECFMG
Texas Medical License
Texas Medical Board
Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
National Association of Heath Quality
Certificate in Infection Control (CIC)
CBIC
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare (LBBH)
Management and Strategy Institute
Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS)
Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety

Honors & Awards

Advancement to Fellowship- American College of Physicians (FACP)
Physician Rooky of the Year Award
Good Citizenship Award
Educator of the Year Award
Vernon & Virginia Furrow Award- AMES Grant
Grant for Medical Education Research
Physician Recognition Award
Advancement to Fellowship- Infectious Disease Society of America (FIDSA)
For excellence in Infectious Diseases

Professional Statement

I am a highly organized and self-driven individual, passionate about taking care of patients on the healthcare system macro level and developing my career in the field of healthcare epidemiology. My leadership commitment can be gauged by the fact that I hold an MBA (healthcare management) from the University of Arizona and a Certificate in Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership from Harvard Medical School. Possessing over five years of experience of working in academic healthcare leadership positions, as medical director of stewardship then infection prevention, I have gained extensive insight within this field. My key leadership competencies include, but are not limited to, physician leadership, developing quality programs, risk assessment and hospital regulatory compliance.

In my current position with BSLMC as the medical director of infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship, I am accountable for leading a team of 8 infection preventionists and carrying out a wide range of responsibilities to improve hospital-acquired infection rates. I also oversee antibiotic and diagnostic stewardship, outbreak management, surveillance, disaster preparedness, quality improvement and research. As a medical director of infection prevention, I am a skillful communicator, with excellent organizational, decision making and time management skills. I have a proven track record of consistently meeting regulatory requirements as evidenced by previous regulatory surveys. Some of my accomplishment in this position includes: marked reduction of Clostridium difficile infections (53%) with a new bundle, reduction of colorectal and orthopedic surgical site infections after implementing two new checklists, significant cost savings with a new urine culture order set, and establishing new subcommittees for hand hygiene, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, ventilation-associated pneumonia and orthopedic surgical site infections.

Educating medical students, residents, fellows and other faculty members is my passion. I have developed a one-month rotation for the infectious disease fellows in infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship and a one-year track for second and third year infectious disease fellows in infection prevention, antibiotic stewardship, quality improvement and leadership. I am an active member of the Vice Chair Group for the Department of Medicine for Quality Improvement that aims to improve quality training for faculty and fellows at BCM. I also give regular lectures to medical students, residents and fellows regarding appropriate antibiotic use and infection prevention and I am involved in developing enduring education material to all trainees regarding antibiotic use, microbiology and infection prevention.

Selected Publications

Memberships

American College of Physicians (ACP)
Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)
HIV Medical Association
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
Golden Key International Honor Society
American College of Healthcare Executives

Skills

Clinical Research
Medical Education
Patient care
Leadership
Antimicrobial Stewardship
Infection Prevention
Quality Improvement