Muwaffak Abdulhak, MD, FRCS(C)
Dr. Abdulhak joined Henry Ford Hospital in July 2001 as Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program. He was board certified in internal medicine before training in Neurosurgery. After completing his neurosurgery training at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. In addition, he completed a complex spine fellowship program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Abdulhak is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He leads the Spine and Neuro trauma program at Henry Ford Hospital; a multi-disciplinary effort with a strong collaboration with the orthopedic department. Dr. Abdulhak has very extensive experience focusing on minimally invasive approach as well as complex and reconstructive/deformity correction spine surgery for degenerative, traumatic, as well as metastatic spine disease.
David R Nerenz, PhD.
Associate Director – Registry, Patient Reported Outcomes
Dr. Nerenz served as Director of what is now known as the HFHS Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research from 1987 – 1999 and then again from 2005 – 2018, when he stepped down as Director and now holds the title of Director Emeritus. He has served as Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Neurosurgery and as Director of Outcomes Research for the Neuroscience Institute at Henry Ford. His own research has been in the area of health system performance measurement and elimination of racial/ethnic disparities in quality of care. From 2012 to 2018, Dr. Nerenz served on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) as one of 17 Commissioners. MedPAC is a policy-setting body that advises Congress on a variety of payment issues in the context of the Medicare program. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the National Quality Forum’s Scientific Methods Panel, as Co-Chair of the CMS Impact Assessment Technical Expert Panel, as a member of the CMS Hospital Star Rating Technical Expert Panel, and as a member of the NQF Disparities Standing Committee. Dr. Nerenz received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979.
Jason Schwalb, MD, FAANS, FACS
Chair, Publications Committee
Jason M. Schwalb, MD is the Surgical Director of the Movement Disorder and Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers at Henry Ford Health System and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Wayne State University. He also holds an appointment as a Research Scientist in the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford.
Dr. Schwalb obtained his BA in Classical Greek summa cum laude from CUNY Brooklyn College. He obtained his MD from Yale University. He completed his surgical internship at Johns Hopkins University and his neurosurgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania with an infolded fellowship in spine surgery. He then completed a fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, during which time he also obtained additional training in epilepsy and peripheral nerve surgery.
He has served as the President of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain and Section Editor for Pain for Neurosurgery. He is the current Vice President of the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is a member of the AMA Pain Care Task Force and the National Quality Council for the AANS and CNS and serves on the Coding and Reimbursement Committee of the AANS and CNS.
Victor W Chang, MD, FAANS
Dr. Chang is currently the Co-Director of Minimally Invasive and Deformity Spine Surgery within the Department of Neurosurgery within Henry Ford Hospital, and is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Wayne State University School of Medicine. His practice is primarily out of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital currently. He received a B.A.S. at Stanford University and his MD from the University of Michigan. He completed both his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. From there, Dr. Chang also completed a Spine Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles and rejoined the faculty at Henry Ford in 2014. He is an active member of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorder of Spine and Peripheral Nerve as well as the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
Jamie Myers, BSN, RN
Jamie joined Henry Ford in December of 2017. She comes to us with a strong clinical background in ICU nursing and patient safety & quality. Jamie comes to us from Beaumont Health System Grosse Pointe where she was a nurse clinician in the external quality department. Jamie was instrumental in MSSIC project development and the implementation of successful MSSIC QI initiatives at Beaumont Grosse Pointe. In addition to her quality work Jamie was an active member of the Professional Nurse Council, Daisy Award Chairman and Bwell Wellness Ambassador. Prior to her transition into quality Jamie was a Clinical Nurse II, charge nurse and preceptor in the medical ICU for over 20 years. Her ICU career took her to William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, Detroit Receiving Hospital and The Regional Medical Center in Memphis, TN where she also trained in ER and trauma nursing. Jamie graduated from Northern Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Kari Jarabek, BSN, RN
Sr. MSSIC QI Lead
Kari joined Henry Ford Health System September of 2016. She comes to us with a strong background in Patient Safety & Quality, program development, management, and regulatory agency compliance experience. Her background includes a working knowledge of the BCBSM Pay-for-Performance Program as a whole with special attention to the Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQIs). Kari comes to us from Covenant HealthCare where she collaborated with medical staff and nursing regarding CMS Core Measures and Value-Based Purchasing. She also worked with the Covenant PHO as their Quality Administrator for several BCBSM PGIP Initiatives. Kari was responsible for the development and implementation of MSSIC at Covenant HealthCare and was the Collaborative Clinical Lead to assist other staff with process development and quality improvement for their particular CQIs and to support hospital administration in the tracking of all CQI goals. She has been involved with and has led several successful quality improvement initiatives and is Lean Healthcare certified through the University of Michigan. She prides herself on taking difficult concepts and transforming them to be practical and easy to understand. Kari’s advice for successful Quality Improvement: “Go to the people who do the work, where they do the work, and show them respect. They are the experts. They know what is happening, why it is happening, and they have the insight as to which interventions will work.” Kari graduated from Saginaw Valley State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Jessica Mehl, RN, MSN
MSSIC QI Lead
Jessica has been a part of the MSSIC project since 2014. She initially joined Henry Ford Health System in 2014 as a MSSIC Abstractor at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and became a part of the MSSIC Coordinating Center team in 2020. Prior to joining the Coordinating Center, Jessica served as a member of the MSSIC Abstractor Committee and MSSIC Executive Committee. Jessica comes to us with a background in Quality and Process Improvement. Jessica completed her BSN at Madonna University and has a master’s degree in Nursing Business and Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan in 2012. Prior to her career with MSSIC, Jessica worked primarily in Oncology Research at the University of Michigan and Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital.
Karalyn O'Connor, RN, BSN, CNOR
Education and Auditing Specialist
Karalyn is a new addition to the Henry Ford team as of November 2019. She brings with her a strong clinical background in surgical nursing and patient quality and safety. She comes to us from Beaumont – Farmington Hills where she was a Nurse Educator for Surgical Services. Prior to that, she spent over three years in quality where she was responsible for the development and implementation of MSSIC at Beaumont Troy. Karalyn is certified as a perioperative nurse (CNOR) and is an active member in the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. Prior to her transition into quality, Karalyn was a surgical nurse for Beaumont Health System – Royal Oak and the Detroit Medical Center Harper Hospital for six years. Karalyn graduated from Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies of Social Sciences, and the University of Detroit Mercy where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Education and Auditing Specialist
Sharon Jones, AAS
Sr. Registry Data Analyst
Sharon has been with MSSIC since 2013 and with the Henry Ford Health System since 2004, first as an acute care medical transcriptionist for 4 years at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, followed by 2 years in their Service Excellence Department as the Senior Administrative Secretary. There she facilitated the process of using survey results for process improvement by charting scores and creating presentation materials showing trends and goals for use by management and administration. In 2010 Sharon joined the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research department in the role of Special Project Coordinator. There she designed and programmed electronic data collection forms, scanning processes for paper forms; as well as databases to suit the needs of multiple clinic and research projects. She facilitated the data collection processes with tracking tools, instructional materials, and quality check processes. Sharon earned her Associates of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems from Wayne County Community College, specializing in database administration.
Jason Violette, BS, BBA
Registry Data Analyst
Jason is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences together with former experience in laboratory quality control in the pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical research industries. He brings to MSSIC 9 years’ experience as a Solutions Manager and Solutions Specialist for Verizon Wireless, coaching and developing their sales team. He also recently acquired a second Bachelor of Business Administration Degree majoring in Business Analytics and completed a Quicken Loans Data Engineer Internship.
Registry Data Analyst
Special Project Coordinator
Lonni Schultz, PhD
Hsueh-Han Yeh, PhD
Kylie Springer, MS
Kylie initially joined Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in the summer of 2019 as an intern with the Department of Public Health Sciences while working on her master’s degree. In 2020, Kylie returned to HFHS full-time as a Biostatistician working with the biostatistics consulting team. One of the projects she is assigned to is assisting the MSSIC Coordinating Center as a Statistician. She brings to MSSIC 7 ½ years of vast experience working in the medical field as a Nursing Assistant at Beaumont Health Royal Oak, as well as 2 years of statistical consulting experience. Kylie graduated from Grand Valley State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics with a minor in Biology and Master of Science in Biostatistics.