Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery Emeritus at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, is a general surgeon, and serial entrepreneur. Dr. Vazquez practiced general surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois for 38 years. Dr. Vazquez is the creator of the SafeStart surgical safety and efficiency and software mobile application suite and is the CMO/CEO/founder of SafeStart Medical, Inc.
Dr. Vazquez frequently lectures on surgical safety and holds certifications by the ARDMS (RVT, RPVI) for vascular ultrasound. He is a member at MATTER Chicago HIT incubator. He acted as the Director of medical affairs at Soft Tissue Sciences/PSD (PolyPro® Hydrocoat Hernia Mesh).
Dr. Vazquez sits on the advisory boards of several HIT startups including TapCloud, LLC, Mondopoint, LLC. He is currently the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Medical Informatics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Senior executive experienced in information technology, strategic planning, and finance, program management with specific market expertise across several different industries including health care and manufacturing. Proven ability to strategize, propose and manage new business opportunities. Consistently successful in analyzing emerging market trends in order to capitalize on these opportunities. Critical thinker and innovative problem solver able to bridge effectively between business and technology worlds. Results focused and proven effective leader able to motivate diverse teams across both internal and external organizations. Published author and conference speaker.
Fluent and experienced in outsourcing and insourcing, IT strategy, consulting, financial modeling, program management, business case development, budgeting and capital analysis, benchmarking, management consulting, performance analysis, process improvement, strategic planning, optimization, governance, project management, contract negotiation, vendor management, and IT transformation, and mobile.
Spencer L. Byrum is a founding member and the Chief Executive Officer of HRS Consulting, Inc., a premier human performance improvement company that was specifically created and designed to enhance individual and team decision making in high-risk industries. Mr. Byrum’s specialty is taking lessons learned in aviation and other dangerous occupations and developing innovative process improvements and training for professions in which people need to make critical decisions in a stressful, demanding environment.
Since becoming integrally involved in healthcare almost 20 years ago, Mr. Byrum has worked with over 600 healthcare facilities ranging from major tertiary care centers to Ambulatory Surgery Centers to Critical Access Hospitals. He has developed tools for the quantitative and qualitative assessment of the processes associated with the HAIs, SSIs, H&Ps, Informed Consent, Surgical Time Out, Surgical Site Marking, Surgical Counts, Medication Errors, and other processes that have been implemented by some of the largest healthcare institutions and companies in the country. Mr. Byrum has deep experience in assessing over 1,000,000 “near miss and sentinel events” and is an expert in evaluation of the causal factors and remediation of their impact. Finally, Mr. Byrum’s programs have been recognized by major insurers to reduce losses, leading to medical malpractice premium reductions for physicians and facility premium reductions for individual hospitals and related healthcare entities. Mr. Byrum is also the author of High Reliability for a Highly Unreliable World released in January 2018.
Lee D. Flowers is a founding Member and President of HRS Consulting, Inc. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a BS in biology, he is a senior corporate executive with extensive experience leading product development and operations, major performance improvement initiatives and operational turnarounds in complex global businesses.
Throughout his career, Mr. Flowers has led the planning and execution of effective “top to bottom” change in highly regulated, complex organizations with entrenched cultures and critical day to day operations. In addition to his extensive industrial background, he has conducted numerous engagements on safety and performance improvements in large and small hospitals, outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and rehabilitation centers focusing on perioperative, critical care, emergency and med-surg services. He has served as a consultant on expert committees of healthcare organizations for applying proven high reliability organization techniques to enhance communications, teamwork and training to achieve safety and performance improvements that drive reductions in adverse events, claims and improvements in productivity.
Dr. Bisterfeldt is a general dentist at the Northwestern Dental Center located within Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. He attained his BS in molecular biology from Benedictine University in 2006 and his DDS from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry in 2010. Dr. Bisterfeldt has a keen interest in the use of technology in medical and dental applications and has been an advisor for SafeStart Medical since 2017
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