Sala Institute National Expert Advisory Panel

Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, values the guidance and diverse perspectives of our National Expert Advisory Panel members. The collective expertise of panel members helps Sala Institute design and test innovative strategies and tactics to advance family-centered care and improve patient outcomes, safety, and experience. The new models of care are shared through professional conferences and symposiums, white papers, and other ongoing educational opportunities dedicated to children’s healthcare.

The panel is composed of thought leaders in patient and family engagement, safety, resilience, outcomes research, education and learning, technology, and innovation. Members represent leaders from key institutions within the children’s healthcare, technology, and education communities.

The following leaders are members of our panel:

  • Maren Batalden, MD, MPH, Associate Chief Quality Officer, Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education for Quality and Safety, and Director of Medical Management within the Accountable Care Organization at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Christina D. Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Professor at Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at Johns Hopkins University
  • Cindy W. Christian, MD, the Anthony A. Latini Endowed Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean of Admissions at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Benard P. Dreyer, MD, Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at NYU Langone Health
  • Kathleen Chavanu Gorman, MSN, RN, FAAN, Executive Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer at Children’s National Health System
  • Leora Horwitz, MD, Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science, Director of the Division of Healthcare Delivery Science, and Associate Professor of Population Health at NYU Langone Health
  • Ron-Li Liaw, MD, the Cannon Y. and Lyndia Harvey Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Health-in-Chief for Children's Hospital Colorado; Vice Chair of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Michele Lloyd, Vice President of Children’s Services and Sala Institute at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone
  • Catherine S. Manno, MD, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Health
  • Nader Mherabi, Senior Vice President, Vice Dean, and Chief Information Officer at NYU Langone Health
  • Stephen Muething, MD, Co-Director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH, MBA, Vice President of Program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Leilani Schweitzer, Assistant Vice President for Communication and Resolution at Stanford Health Care
  • Paul Sharek, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, Medical Director of LPCH Center for Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, and Chief Clinical Patient Safety Officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, Dean of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing
  • Mark Wietecha, MS, MBA, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Association