Dennis Quaid Dennis Quaid:
Actor and Patient Advocate

Hollywood, CA, USA
Dennis Quaid has become an international champion for patient safety following the near-death experience of his newborn twins, due to a preventable adverse drug event.
Charles Denham Charles R. Denham, MD:
Chairman, TMIT
Austin, TX, USA
Dr. Denham is an international leader in patient safety and high performance care solutions.
He has taught and led research in medicine, engineering, and business leadership.
Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA:
Deputy Director of Patient Engagement at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Lead, Consumer Action, World Alliance for Patient Safety, World Health Organization       Washington, DC, USASusan Sheridan’s family experienced two serious medical system failures.
Dan Ford, MBA:
Vice President, Furst Group
 Member, Board of Directors, TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member, GE Healthcare Patient Safety Advisory Board
Oro Valley, AZ, USA
Dan Ford developed a deep passion
for patient safety as a result of serious
medical errors experienced
by a family member.

Mary E. Foley, RN, MS, PhD(c):
Associate Director, Center for Nursing Research and Innovation, University of CA San Francisco School of Nursing; TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
San Francisco, CA, USA
Mary Foley is Associate Director of the Center for Nursing Research and Nursing Innovation at the University of California.
Jennifer Dingman:
Founder, Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Healthcare (PULSE), Colorado Division; Co-founder, PULSE American Division;
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member  Pueblo, CO, USA                                                              Jennifer Dingman founded Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Healthcare (PULSE), Colorado Division, and she co-founded the American Division
Becky Martins:

TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Warren, ME, USA
Becky Martins found that the life-saving treatments her father needed for end-stage renal disease were not available in her small community, so she became a daughter advocating on behalf of her father – out of
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Adult Primary Care and Psychiatry;

TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Port Richey, FL, USA
Patti O’Regan is a Nurse Practitioner who developed the first medical errors and patient safety module incorporated into an undergraduate course curriculum in the U.S.
Steve and Lorna Rel:
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Members;Co-founders, Braxton Memorial Hockey Scholarship Fund
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Steve and Lorna Rel lost their 10-year-old son, Braxton, early in 2008. Their story will be featured in a soon-to-be released Discovery Channel patient safety documentary.

Arlene Salamendra:
Former Board member and Staff Coordinator, Families Advocating Injury Reduction (FAIR); TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member LaGrange, IL, USA
Arlene Salamendra is a former Board Member and Staff Coordinator for Families Advocating Injury Reduction (FAIR).

Julie Thao, RNC:
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member;
Albuquerque, NM, USA
After the death of a patient in her care at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison due to a medical error caused in part by fatigue and systems failures, Julie was invited to become a Patient Safety Fellow at TMIT

Karen Curtiss
Founder, CampaignZERO

Lake Forest, IL, USA
Karen Curtiss is the founder of CampaignZERO – Families for Patient Safety ( and author of the hospital handbook for patients and families, Safe & Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools for Your Loved One’s Care (

Ellen Canepa Brzytwa, RN, MSN, MPH:
Principal, Ellen Brzytwa and Associates
Cleveland, OH, USA
Ellen Canepa Brzytwa is the principal of Ellen Brzytwa and Associates, a healthcare consulting group, and consults on healthcare research; the design of integrated delivery systems of healthcare; institutional advancement; board governance issues; and the nursing profession.

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