IPS Advisory Board
Founding Board Members
Brett Giroir, MD
Dr. Brett Giroir is an internationally recognized expert in life science innovation and the founding CEO of Health Science and Biosecurity Partners, LLC, and Managing Director of the Kirchner Group, a traditional merchant bank.
His clients include major academic institutions, federal agencies, global corporations, and biotechnology new ventures. He currently serves as Senior Fellow at the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute, Strategic Advisor for the TMCX Innovation Institute, Member of the Texas Task Force for Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Giroir previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Professor in Medicine and Engineering, and Vice Chancellor for Research for the Texas A&M University System. He was the founder and Principal Investigator of the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing at Texas A&M – a novel public-private partnership designed to enhance the nation’s biosecurity preparedness, with a contract value approaching $3 billion.
Dr. Giroir’s background includes national service as the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office, where he led ground breaking research initiatives in the fields of physics, materials science, engineering, mathematics and biology.
Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Giroir was Professor, Endowed Chair, and Associate Dean at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the inaugural chief medical officer at Children’s Health, Dallas, where he practiced pediatric critical care medicine.
William M. Jordan, DO, FACOI
Dr. William Jordan, Associate Professor and Fellow of the Institute for Patient Safety, is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. His medical oncology career of more than 30 years ranges from research and education to advanced business system development.
He has extensive experience in strategies for multi-organizational, multilevel collaboration and integration, as well as the application of advanced business strategies. His emphasis is on highly effective, practical delivery of services and outcomes within an oncology organization, focusing on innovative quality and economic concerns in today’s health care environment.
He is founding partner of Matrix Holdings, LLC, which owns and manages multiple medically related assets, technologies, and management organizations, and is founder, past-president, and CEO of The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders.
The Center owns and manages multiple cancer centers in the North Texas region and has developed business collaborative relationships with multiple organizations, including private and public hospital systems, academic centers, clinical providers, and payer systems. Dr Jordan is a past recipient of the Foley & Lardner “Innovator of the Year” Award for innovative strategies in cancer center business structuring.
Dr Jordan attended Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology. He attended medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed his internal medicine residency at Botsford Medical Center in Detroit and completed his oncology fellowship and was on faculty in Developmental Therapeutics at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
He has participated in clinical research through the Cancer Education and Research Foundation of Texas, the National Cancer Institute, and multiple national cooperative research organizations and university-based cancer centers.
Claire Peel, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Dr. Claire Peel’s interest in making health care safer for all patients began many years ago when she witnessed how “alarm fatigue” affected the care of patients in an inpatient rehabilitation center where she worked as a physical therapist.
In her current position as Dean of the School of Health Professions at UNTHSC, she is committed to educating future health care professionals about patient safety, from recognizing the problem and its complexity to creating and implementing innovative solutions. She also serves as Vice Provost of Academic Resources.
Dr. Peel is a nationally recognized expert in education programs to prevent falls and enhance mobility for older adults. Prior to joining UNTHSC in 2013, she served at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in a variety of challenging roles, including six years as Associate Dean for the School of Health Professions and four years as Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs. From 2007 to 2010, she served as principal investigator of UAB ADVANCE, an NSF-funded program to advance women in science and engineering.
She also served as a senior scientist with UAB’s Center for Aging and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Birmingham VA Medical Center’s Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center.
As a member of Delta Hearts of Gold, a local non-profit organization, she and her dog Luke provide animal-assisted therapy at several geriatric facilities in Fort Worth.
A committed and passionate community member, Michele Reynolds has served in leadership roles with multiple Fort Worth area non-profits and organizations.
Her service to the community began as a member of the Junior League of Fort Worth over 30 years ago, where she received training in education, leadership and fundraising for the needs of the public. Her passion for collaboration and desire to improve the health and lives of those living in Fort Worth, motivates her as a “connector,” helping facilitate those with like-minded values and interests to meet and work together.
She has served as Jewel Charity President, fundraising chair for Leukemia Texas, Child Study Center, UNTHSC Golf Tournaments, Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints, and The Heart Ball. She was a founding board member of SINACA Glass Art School and chaired Vitro Moda, its major fundraising event. She is a board member of the Salvation Army and chaired its Doing the Most Good Luncheon in Fort Worth.
Reynolds is currently a member of Go Red for Women (AHA), sits on the boards of the Presbyterian Night Shelter and Cook Childrens Medical Center Women’s Board and is the current Chair of UNT Health Science Center Foundation Board. She created the first civic council at UNTHSC, the Healthy Aging Council, to link the community with the Health Science Center.
Her experience and community perspective adds value throughout the governing, fundraising and marketing processes of running non-profits with a strong focus on improving health and promoting preventative care.
Frank Rosinia, MD
Dr. Frank Rosinia is the Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at JPS Hospital. He has been directly involved with quality improvement and patient safety for most of his career at the local and national level.
Dr. Rosinia also serves as Professor of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at UNT Health Science Center. He is former Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Tulane University School of Medicine.
Prior to that, he was Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, and Medical Director of Anesthesiology at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, La.
A graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dr. Rosinia served residencies in obstetrics and gynecology and anesthesiology at Ochsner Medical Foundation.
He is a Fellow of the Division of Obstetrics Anesthesiology and of the Division of Orthopedic Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School.
His goal is to help grow and mature the Institute for Patient Safety to improve the care of patients in Fort Worth.
Born in Chicago, Dr. Rosinia lived in New Orleans for 30 years before moving to Fort Worth. He has three daughters and has been married for 26 years.
Susan Mace Weeks, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP, FAAN
Dr. Susan Weeks is the Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas Christian University, and also serves as the Director of the Health Innovation Institute at TCU.
She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of a local hospital, and serves on the Board of Directors for a Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice, and serves as an Appraiser with the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.
Her work focuses on forging collaboration among practice and academic partners. In addition to her academic role, Dr. Weeks serves on the Healthcare System Excellence Expert Panel and the Quality Health Care Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing, and maintains a private practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
She is an active member of numerous professional organizations, and has been recognized with awards honoring her professional and community service. She leads the TCU Evidence Based Practice and Research Collaborative comprised of over 50 hospitals and the TCU Evidence Based Practice Fellowship that provides an intensive year-long learning experience for 70 nurses representing 26 hospitals.
Dr. Weeks has disseminated her work in various publications as well as regional, national, and international presentations. She holds multiple professional licensures and is recognized as a Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Lorraineá Williams, PharmD
Lorraineá Williams is the Patient and Medication Safety Officer at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth Texas. She is responsible for the systematic implementation of effective practices in clinical processes and advancing the culture of healthcare to reduce medical errors and improve the safe care of children.
She has played an integral role in the oversight and implementation of many key safety strategies such as smart infusion pumps, computerized provider order entry, electronic trigger tool, and gained national recognition in 2013 for barcoding across the spectrum of the medication use process.
Dr. Williams is a graduate University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and she joined Cook Children’s in 2002. She serves as a consultant for the Institute of Safe Medication Practices and her academic experience includes six years as an adjunct Professor at Texas Wesleyan University’s Graduate School for Nurse Anesthesia.
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