Board of Directors:
Professor Antony Narula, MA, MB BChir, FRCS, FRCS (Ed)
Otolaryngologist, London, UK
Co-Founder and Chairman, Board of Directors, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative
Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon
Dr. Narula was educated at Epsom College, Surrey, Trinity Hall, Cambridge and Middlesex Hospital, London and qualified in 1979. He became Registrar and Senior Registrar at Nottingham and Leicester before being appointed as Consultant ENT Surgeon in Leicester in 1989. Dr. Narula worked there for 12 years becoming Associate Medical Director before moving to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London where he has been since 2001.
Dr. Narula was awarded an Honorary Professorship from Middlesex University in 2003. He has also been national clinical lead for ENT for the NHS Modernisation Agency, winning a Beacon award in 1999 for waiting list management and innovation. He has an interest in medical politics and served as president of both the Association of Otolaryngologists in training and the Young Consultant Otolaryngologists. Dr. Narula was editor of the CME Bulletin Otolaryngology and also instigated a diploma course for GPs to learn more about Otolaryngology (Dip ENT).In 2004, he was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons where he is the Honorary Treasurer. Additional information about Dr. Narula can be found at www.Tonynarula.com.
Speech Pathologist, Melbourne Australia
Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative
Director of Tracheostomy Review & Management Service (TRAMS)
Sr. Speech Language Pathologist
At Austin Health located in Melbourne Australia, she obtained her Masters in Speech –Language Pathology from the University of Colorado and has worked in numerous centres in the US, Canada and Australia. Tanis has extensive experience in the management of ventilated and tracheostomised patients and brings a unique perspective to interdisciplinary care of this patient group. She has presented nationally and internationally and has published outcomes in a number of areas. As a founding member of TRAMS Tanis has been integral to the success of this innovative service. TRAMS coordinates multi-disciplinary tracheostomy care from ICU through to the community and has managed over 1,200 patients since 2002. Additional information can be found at www.tracheostomyteam.org.
David W Roberson, MD, MBA, FACS, FRCS
Otolaryngologist, Boston, MA
Founder and President, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative
Associate in Otolaryngology, Boston Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Roberson has worked in quality improvement in Otolaryngology and Pediatrics for over a decade. He is co-chair of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Quality Improvement Committee. From 2003-2011, he was Director of Implementation for the Children's Hospital Boston Program for Patient Safety and Quality. He has participated in a national QI collaborative to introduce surgical checklists into pediatric hospitals, and co-led an international QI collaborative to improve outcomes of congenital cardiac surgery in developing nations. His research focuses on understanding the nature of medical errors and adverse events, and on the contribution of patient complexity to cognitive errors.
Michael J. Brenner, MD, FACS
Otolaryngologist, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Treasurer, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
University of Michigan School of Medicine
Dr. Brenner is on faculty as University of Michigan, where his academic efforts focus on both patient safety, quality, and scientific research on injury prevention. He is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Sleep Medicine. He has an interest in healthcare policy leadership and QI, serving as the 2012 Health Policy Scholar for the ACS/AAO-HNSF and as a delegate to the AMA for the young physicians section. He has participated in the Telluride Roundtable on Patient safety and Transparency and is active in national Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committees through the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has participated in the TeamSTEPPS Collaborative at American Institutes for Research by DOD, AAMC, AIR, and AHRQ. His active and pending research support is through the National Institutes of Health, Triological Society, and an Excellence in Academic Medicine award.
Gerald B. Healy
Professor of Otology & Laryngology, Harvard Medical School
Past President, American College of Surgeons
The Healy Chair in Otolaryngology (Emeritus)
Otolaryngologist-in-Chief (Emeritus), Children’s Hospital, Boston
Surgeon-in-chief (Emeritus), Children’s Hospital, Boston
Gerald B. Healy, M.D., was born in Boston, Massachusetts and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Boston College in 1963 and his M.D. degree from Boston University in 1967. He is the emeritus Surgeon-in-Chief and the emeritus Gerald B. Healy Chair in Otolaryngology at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Healy is Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Healy is a member of numerous honorary societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American College of Surgeons, the Triological Society, the American Laryngological Association, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and the American Society of Head and Neck Surgery. He has served as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the American B¬roncho-esophagological Association, and the Triological Society (the leading academic society in the specialty of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery). He has served as Secretary and President of the American Laryngological Association. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has served as a Chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons and is a past-President of the College. He was the first Otolaryngologist to be elected President. Presently Dr. Healy is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 1986, Dr. Healy was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology and served as its Executive Vice-President until 2004. He has also served as a Director of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He served as a member of the Board of Registration in Medicine in Massachusetts through 2014. Dr. Healy currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Medico-Legal Commission.
Dr. Healy has served as a Trustee of the Children’s Hospital Boston and is currently a Trustee of Boystown in Omaha, Nebraska.
An active scholar and lecturer, Dr. Healy is the author of several books and book chapters and/or monographs, and is extensively published in peer-reviewed journals. He has been the principal investigator of NIH funded research addressing diseases affecting infants and children and has been cited for his pioneering work with laser surgery in children. In addition he has lectured in North America, Asia and Europe on health care reform, patient safety, the need to restructure medical education and international medical collaboration.
Senior Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Pamela Hughes is a senior partner in the Toronto securities law group of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, a Canadian law firm with 600 lawyers and offices in Canada, New York, London, Saudi Arabia and Beijing. Pam's practice focuses on international corporate finance, capital markets regulation and corporate governance.
Before joining Blakes, Pam was Director of the Capital Markets/International Markets Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and the primary negotiator of the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system between Canada and the U.S. She was also the OSC representative on the International Organization of Securities Commissions working groups on secondary markets, international equity offers and collective investment schemes.
Pam has also undertaken capital market regulatory reform work on behalf of the Canadian government, World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
Edward P. Marram
Division Coordinator Entrepreneurship Division, Babson College
Marram has developed a reputation for outstanding academic and technical accomplishments. A professor at Babson for over 20 years, he regularly lectures on entrepreneurship and issues facing high-growth businesses in both graduate level and executive education programs. Marram was an entrepreneur in the high-technology sector for more than 35 years; he was the founder, president and CEO of Geo-Centers, Inc., a high technology, professional services firm which he sold in 2005. Geo-Centers, Inc. was recognized twice by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing, privately-held companies in the United States.
He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Sherman College, Philadelphia University, and South Cove Medical Center. He serves on the Chancellors Advisory Board has served on the College Advisory Council, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has also served on the Chemistry Advisory Group at Tufts University. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Board of Overseers for Children’s Hospital Boston, and previously served on the Health and Educational Financial Authority (HEFA) of Massachusetts. He also serves on the boards of several privately held companies. In 1999 and 2000, Marram was appointed to the Summer National Defense Science Board.
Marram earned a Ph.D. from Tufts University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was named a Price-Babson College Fellow, received the Edwin M. Appel Prize for Bringing Entrepreneurial Vitality to Academia and was the recipient of the Thomas Kennedy award for teaching excellence in the graduate school at Babson.
Alfred E. Smith IV
Mr. Smith is CEO of AE Smith Associates a firm he founded in 2009. In December 2006, Mr. Smith retired from his position as Senior Partner of Bear Wagner Specialists LLC, a member firm of the New York Stock Exchange, after 35 successful years on Wall Street.
As the great-grandson of the legendary Gov. Al Smith he served as Chairman of Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, as well as Master of Ceremonies at the annual Al Smith Dinner for the last 29 years. He currently serves on the Boards of the Stamford Hospital Foundation, Mutual of America, Genco and Provectus Pharmaceuticals.
Al co-founded Hackers for Hope in 1988. Since inception, Hackers for Hope has donated over $20,000,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and other organizations committed to treating and finding a cure for cancer.
Al has received numerous honors and awards including:
- Ellis Island Medal of Honor
- National Brotherhood Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews
- American Cancer Society’s Gold Sword of Hope Award
- Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award
- 2013 Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City
He is married to Nan Moore Smith. They have two children and six grandchildren.
Nan Moore Smith
Philanthropist / Spouse
Nan has been involved in her community for over 30 years. A native of Chicago and a graduate of Manhattanville College, Nan was a mother of two young children when her husband Al was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 35. Nan and Al decided to do something positive with their experience and help others in similar crisis. Together they founded Hackers for Hope. Hackers for Hope raises money for cancer research and programs to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. To date the Foundation has donated over $20 million to worthy charities including MSKCC and Stamford Hospital. Nan has held leadership positions at Americares and Changing our World. She served as a long time trustee of the Alfred E. Smith Foundation. Nan and Al reside in New Caanan, CT and enjoy spending time with their children and 6 grandchildren.
Erin Ward, Ms.Ed., CAS
Co-Founder of TrachCare, Inc.
Faculty Associate, Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, Children’s Hospital Boston
Erin holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling and is committed to combining her personal experiences as a mother of a child with complex medical needs with her professional skills to work towards improving parent-professional relationships and the quality of healthcare for children and adults with tracheostomies.
Erin is a founding member of TrachCare, Inc., a Massachusetts-based, non-profit organization established in 2005 providing support and information to parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers of children who have, or previously had a tracheostomy (www.trachcare.org).As a Faculty Associate for the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Children’s Hospital Boston since 2005, Erin contributes to developing curricula and facilitates medical education programs that focus on enhancing relational and communication skills.(http://www.ipepweb.org/ward.html) Previously, Erin also worked for the Center for Families at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she coordinated the Family Initiatives program and developed a Family Advisory Board for the Complex Care Service Department. (http://www.childrenshospital.org/chnews/09-01-06/erin_ward.html)
Erin’s interests include promoting parent-professional partnerships, improving the transition of care process from the hospital to home, care coordination, and supporting inclusion of individuals with tracheostomies in schools and communities.
GTC Committee Members:
Asit Arora, ENT SpR
Co-Founder, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative
North Thames London Deanery
St Mary's Hospital, London
Mr. Asit Arora is an ENT SpR in the North Thames London deanery and works at St Mary's Hospital, London. In 2008, he established a Tracheostomy MDT in this department. He is the author of several peer reviewed publications in this field and served on the NPSA (National Patient Safety Agency) committee which developed national guidelines for tracheostomy care in the UK. He was an invited expert panel member at the AAO-HNS (2011) and BACO (2012) meetings contributing to seminars which outline how the multidisciplinary approach improves tracheostomy care. He has been instrumental in establishing the 1st International Tracheostomy QI Collaborative.
Neil Bateman, MD
Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Neil Bateman is at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital. As well as having a general paediatric ENT practice his main clinical interests are airway and head and neck surgery. He is secretary of The British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology and Training Programme Director for South Yorkshire ENT.
Dr. Jo Harrison, MBChB, MRCP, MRCPCH, FRACP
Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia
Jo is a paediatric respiratory physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia where she cares for patients with a wide range of respiratory conditions including patients with tracheostomies. She undertook her training in Glasgow, UK as well as spending time in London, Vancouver, Sydney and Melbourne. Her research interests include preschool lung function testing and novel lung function techniques such as the Forced Oscillation and Multiple Breath Washout Techniques. She has a passion for providing high quality to care to children and their families. Jo is married to a haematologist and they have 3 children.
Haytham Kubba, MD
Glasgow's Yorkhill Hospital
Mr. Kubba qualified in Newcastle in 1992 and trained in Glasgow with two years as research registrar at the MRC Institute for Hearing Research, and a year's clinical fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Appointed consultant at Glasgow's Yorkhill Hospital in 2003, he is now head of department and lead clinician for Scotland's national service for pediatric airway disorders. His clinical interests are airway, congenital head & neck anomalies and neurodisability.
Brendan McGrath, MB ChB MRCP FRCA EDIC DICM AHEA FFICM
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Honorary Senior Lecturer
University Hospital South Manchester, UK
Brendan is at the University Hospital of South Manchester, UK and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at both the University of Manchester and the University of Salford. He has an interest in critical care airway management and his research into airway-related critical incidents led to the development of the UK National Tracheostomy Safety Project. The project has pulled together a multidisciplinary working party with representation from the Difficult Airway Society, Intensive Care Society, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, ENT UK, British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, College of Emergency Medicine, Resuscitation Council UK, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care and the National Patient Safety Agency. The project developed collaborative guidance and algorithms to manage tracheostomy and laryngectomy emergencies. These are supported by educational resources, documents, e-learning and videos housed at www.tracheostomy.org.uk and related smartphone apps, with courses available from the Advanced Life Support Group (www.alsg,org). Dr. McGrath was appointed in 2015 as the National Tracheostomy Lead Clinician by NHS England. Brendan’s other interests centre on undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Outside of medicine, Brendan is entertained by a young family and tries to get out on his road bike when it isn’t raining (too hard).
Executive Manager, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative
Christine is currently the Executive Manager at the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative. Her work as a research coordinator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a tracheostomy study and database creation led to her involvement with the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative. Her experience as a Business Manager at Macquarie Real Estate and McHann Financial Services strengthen her organization skills for the GTC. In addition to her managerial work, Christine is an aromatherapy artisan and blogger at a Scented Muse, Inc and loves to travel.
Linda L. Morris, PhD, APN, CCNS, FCCM
Clinical Nurse Educator, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Anesthesiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Morris is the clinical nurse educator and tracheostomy specialist at the #1 rated rehabilitation hospital in the US. She is also associate professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation and anesthesiology for the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. She is co-editor and author of Tracheostomies: The Complete Guide, (Morris & Afifi, 2010, NY: Springer), a comprehensive reference book developed for all health professionals who care for patients with tracheostomies. Her clinical background includes critical care and education. Current research interests include quality of life, social support, and body image perception with tracheostomy patients.
Margaret Skinner, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery & Pediatrics
Co-Director, Center for Aerodigestive Disease and Research
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Skinner completed her pediatric subspecialty training at Children's Hospital Boston and served as a Clinical Fellow in Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. As Co-Director of the Center for Aerodigestive Disease and Research, she has implemented a multi-disciplinary team approach towards children with complex gastro-pulmonary processes. Her research efforts have focused on aerodigestive disorders, congenital airway anomalies and tracheotomy complications as well as quality improvement initiatives in the delivery of multidisciplinary care for children with complex airway disorders.
Joanne Sweeney, B Sp Path, M App Ling
Director, Speech PathologyDirector, Speech Pathology
Joanne manages Speech Pathology service at Austin Health, in Melbourne, Australia. She has a longstanding interest in safety, quality and risk and concepts of clinical governance as they apply to patient care, including patients with tracheostomy. In 2003, Joanne was awarded an inaugural Victorian Travelling Fellowship which enabled her to travel to the northern hemisphere to investigate models of care in tracheostomy. Other interests include the implementation and evaluation of advanced practice roles such as Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). In 2005, she was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health to develop a statewide training program in this area in conjunction with LaTrobe University.
Stephen Warrillow, MD
Deputy Director, Department of Intensive Care at Austin Health
Director of Intensive Care, Epworth Eastern Private Hospital's Intensive Care Unit
Stephen trained in internal medicine prior to completing specialty studies in critical care. He is a senior specialist and Deputy Director of the Department of Intensive Care at Austin Health and is also the Director of Intensive Care at Epworth Eastern Private Hospital's Intensive Care Unit. He is trained in aeromedical retrieval and has previously worked on fixed and rotary wing aircraft. As a senior research fellow with the University of Melbourne, he has research interests across critical care hepatology, critical care outreach and ICU survivor outcomes. Stephen is an active medical educator who directs physician training across four teaching hospitals and examines for the College of Intensive Care Medicine and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is the Victorian chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and sits on the Victorian State Committee of the RACP. Outside of medicine, he enjoys outdoor pursuits and is the current Australian National Amateur Radio Field Day Champion.
Karen Watters, MC BCh BAO, MPH, FRCSI
Associate in Otolaryngology, Boston Children's Hospital
Instructor in Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School
Medical Degree from University College Dublin, Ireland. Completed specialist registrar training in Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Boston Children's Hospital 2009-2011. MPH Harvard School of Public Health 2010-2011 with concentration in Quantitative Methods. Clinical interests pediatric aerodigestive disorders and congenital head and neck anomalies.
Dr. Hannah Zhu, BA (Hons), MB BChir
Foundation Year Doctor
Hannah is a foundation year doctor in Cambridge, having graduated from the University of Cambridge in June 2012. In 2011, she and her colleague Preety Das had an extremely productive QIPS medical elective with Dr David Roberson in Boston Children's Hospital, where they published 2 papers in the Laryngoscope, based on the results of a national survey of tracheotomy complications and surveillance. As well as this, she undertook a hospital-wide audit of direct communication between the inpatient attending to primary care physicians in the community.Hannah is interested in paediatrics, quality improvement and medical education. In 2010, she co-founded and led the IHI Cambridge Open School Chapter. She designed and led multiple patient safety workshops to recruit and teach healthcare professional students how to run quality improvement projects. Her quality improvement projects include implementation and audit of the SBAR communication tool in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and the creation of a bedside pre-procedural safety checklist for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.