Meet the Speakers

The 2017 Crouse Lecture Speakers and Panelists


dave-mayerDave Mayer, MD

David Mayer, MD, is Vice President of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health. He is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure for clinical quality and its operational efficiency for MedStar and each of its entities. Dr. Mayer also designs and directs system-wide activity for patient safety and risk reduction programs.

Dr. Mayer joins MedStar from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. Over the course of 10 years, he held numerous roles including co-executive director of the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence, director of UIC Masters of Science Patient Safety Leadership Program, associate dean for Education, and associate chief medical officer for Quality and Safety Graduate Medical Education. Concurrent with his other roles, he served as vice chair for Quality and Safety for the Department of Anesthesiology, where he was an associate professor of Anesthesiology and director of Cardiac Anesthesiology. Read more

McDonald-Timothy B. McDonald, MD, JD

Timothy McDonald, MD, JD is the inaugural Service Chief for Anesthesiology at Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar. In this role, Dr. McDonald is responsible for providing clinical, educational, research and executive management leadership in anesthesiology. He also holds the position of Chair of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Dr. McDonald will also fulfill the role of Medical Director of Quality and Safety at Sidra.

Dr. McDonald is a pediatric anesthesiologist and also holds a degree in law. He is a national figure in the United States in patient safety and the delivery of high quality patient care. Prior to joining Sidra, Dr. McDonald was chief safety and risk officer for Health Affairs at the University of Illinois, professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and adjunct professor of law at Loyola University School of Law.

Dr. McDonald gained his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and his law degree from Loyola University School of Law. After completing an internship and junior residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. McDonald was a registrar in pediatrics at St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK. He then returned to complete a senior residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital before undertaking a residency in anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. From 1998 – 1999 he was a fellow in pediatric anesthesia and ICU at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. McDonald’s research, in part, funded by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has been published and presented widely. His research interests span his expertise in pediatric anesthesiology and patient safety. He is a member of and has held positions within a number of professional organizations and is a licensed attorney and counselor at law in the State of Illinois.

FarleyHeather Farley, MD, FACEP

Dr. Farley has been with Christiana Care’s Emergency Medicine Department for nearly 14 years.

She completed residency training at Christiana Care in 2005, serving as chief resident in her third year. She completed a fellowship in emergency medicine administration in 2006 and subsequently joined the clinical faculty. She was named assistant chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2010. She was instrumental in establishing the Middletown Emergency Department which opened in 2013, and served as medical director until March of this year.

Dr. Farley is an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She has held several leadership positions within the American College of Emergency Physicians on the state and national level. She has co-authored 16 peer reviewed journal articles, and has been the principal or co-investigator in 10 grant-funded studies. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College.

TortolaniJustin Tortolani, MD

Dr. Tortolani is currently the Director of the MedStar Union Memorial Spine Program. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in spine surgery. As a spine specialist, his vast experience includes treating all disorders of the spine, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, adult and adolescent scoliosis and spondylolisthesis (unstable vertebra that slips out of alignment). He is considered an expert in the field of cervical disc replacement surgery.

Dr. Tortolani's special interests include spine research and treating adults and children with spinal deformities (scoliosis and kyphosis). He was a leading investigator for an FDA sponsored clinical trial which compared the outcomes of spinal fusion to those of total disc replacement. The study revealed total disc replacement yielded better long term results and a faster recovery.

He is currently the principal investigator on a research study focusing on less invasive surgical methods to reduce pain and hasten recovery. Dr. Tortolani was named a B’saltimore magazine Top Doctor in 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 and serves as an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He strives to maintain a patient-centered approach whereby patients and their families share in the decision-making for their care.

Eileen Sharon Moore, MD

Bio coming soon

CherieRev. Cherie L. Smith, MDIV, BCC

The Rev. Cherie L. Smith is a Board Certified Chaplain and has served as Director of the Pastoral Care Department at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center since 2003. She is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management by the International Foundation for Critical Incident Stress Management,
and has completed a CPE Chaplaincy internship and residency in partnership with Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2007. Rev. Smith is passionate about staff care, and received the 2017 MedStar Care for the Caregiver Hero Award for her work on the MedStar Franklin Square Care for the Care Giver Team.

Rev. Smith has been successful in cultivating a robust Pastoral Care program caring for patients, families, and staff and integrating spiritual care into the culture of the hospital and into the multidisciplinary care team. Rev. Smith earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary in 1990, a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences in 1982 from Towson University, and is an ordained pastor. She is committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and respect.

Currently, Rev. Smith is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Transformational Leadership focusing on the moral distress of care providers.

CrystalCrystal Morales, MS, BSN, RN

Crystal Morales is the Director of High Reliability & Safety for MedStar Health. Previously she served as the System Safety Operations Manager for MedStar Health with a focus on serious safety events and understanding how systems and processes breakdown resulting in adverse events. Having experience as the System Safety Operations Manager, and serving as a Patient Safety Officer she is well versed in performing and leading event reviews, conducting interviews, implementing action plans, and lastly evaluating effectiveness. Crystal obtained her BSN from Spring Arbor University and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s in Patient Safety.


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