Faculty Bios

Abigail M. Crocker, Ph.D.

Mark Fung MD, PhD

Melissa D. Holman, RHIA, CHDA 

Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH

Cyrus Jordan, MD, MPH

Steven Kappel

Randy Messier, MT, MSA, PCMH CCE

Mark Pasanen, MD

Allen Repp, MD, MS, FHM, FACP

Justin Stinnett-Donnelly MD, MS

Jill S. Warrington, MD PhD

Bonnie Walker

 

Abigail M. Crocker, PhD

Dr. Crocker is an Applied Biostatistician with post­‐doctoral training in outcomes research. She is a data expert with a proven track record of complex analyses and evaluation, statistical programming and study design.

She is a research assistant professor at the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, where her research has focused on: healthcare utilization and outcomes analysis of medication assisted therapy for opioid dependence; prediction model development for neonatal abstinence syndrome; evaluation of state public health policy related to neonatal abstinence syndrome; and, pharmacoepidemiology related to obesity in Vermont. 

Dr. Crocker received her Ph.D. in Clinical and Translational Sciences and M.S. in Biostatistics from the University of Vermont.  She earned a B.A. in Humanistic Studies from McGill University.

 

Mark Fung, MD, PhD

Dr. Fung received both his PhD and his MD from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and subsequently trained in Pathology at Washington University in Saint Louis, and at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, including fellowship training in Transfusion Medicine/ Blood Banking.  He also obtained fellowship training in Outcomes Research at the University of Vermont.  

He is currently the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Pathology and President of the Medical Staff at Fletcher Allen Health Care.  He is the Director of the Blood Bank and HLA Laboratories at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and is also an Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Vermont.  He serves on a number of international and national committees and taskforces in the area of transfusion medicine, including those responsible for creating national transfusion guidelines.  His professional interests include health services research, transfusion safety, regional and national transfusion practices, blood donor motivation, and HLA platelet compatibility.

 

Melissa D. Holman, RHIA, CHDA

Melissa is a Senior Measurement Analyst in the Jeffords Institute for Quality - Analytics Group, at The University of Vermont Medical Center.

Melissa has been active in the health information industry for over 20 years.  Her background is in Health Information Management, Cancer Registry and data analytics. In the past, she has worked in several teaching hospitals in Boston, including Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, MACP, FRACP, FRCP Edin

Dr. Hood is a physician from Burlington, Vermont, Professor of Medicine at University of Vermont College of Medicine and a nephrologist at University of Vermont Medical Center.

She cares for patients with chronic kidney disease, other kidney, blood pressure and fluid and electrolyte disorders. She teaches acid-base physiology, epidemiology, ethics, and internal medicine to medical students, residents and community physicians. 

Her scholarly activity has included acid-base metabolism research, health promotion research in diabetes prevention, blood pressure control quality improvement activities and presentations nationally and internationally on chronic kidney disease, medical ethics and professionalism and high value care. 

She is President Emerita of the American College of Physicians (ACP), a past chair of the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights committee and the International Council and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Patient Partnerships in Health Care. 

She has had a longstanding interest in patient participation and building partnerships that foster patient-centered care. Most recently she has been a strong advocate for the ACP High Value Care and has spearheaded the UVM Department of Medicine HVC Initiative.

A medical graduate of the University of Sydney, she completed internal medicine residency training at Mater Misericordiae Hospital, North Sydney and a nephrology fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Dr. Hood also received a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA.

 

Cyrus Jordan, MD, MPH

Dr. Jordan will direct the overall operation of the project.  He is the Director of the Vermont Medical Society’s Foundation for Research and Education, a public-benefit corporation.  His goals for the Foundation are to: 1) design solutions and recruit resources to solve problems for Vermont’s practitioners and their communities; and 2) promote value and science driven health care by providing premier evaluative resources to policy makers at both the state and local levels.

Dr. Jordan completed a residency in family medicine at UVM and a second residency in pediatrics split between UVM and Boston University. After an extended career in primary care, he received a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and has since focused on improving the care in the state for the past two decades.  He is a faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics at UVM as well as the University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.

 

Steven Kappel

In 2007, Mr. Kappel founded Policy Integrity LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in health policy and financing.  PI has worked with several state agencies, non-profits, and universities.

Steve has been involved in the development and evaluation of health policy for over 25 years.  Prior to starting Policy Integrity, he was an Associate Fiscal Officer in the Vermont legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office.  Previously, he worked for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration / Health Care Authority, Vermont BlueCross BlueShield, and the Vermont Department of Health.  

He has a uniquely comprehensive view of Vermont health data, having developed data systems for the Department of Health (hospital discharges), Blue Cross (end-user data warehouse), and the Health Care Authority (Medicare claims).  He also has extensive experience working with Medicaid claims and the Vermont Healthcare Claims Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System (VHCURES).

 

Randy Messier, MT, MSA, PCMH CCE 

Mr. Messier has 28 years of experiences in many aspects of health care from Laboratory Medicine to outpatient Primary Care Clinics and is currently coaching faculty for The Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy (TDIMA) e-Coach-The-Coach Program, a private consultant at Randy Messier, LLC and an associate at the Tupelo Group.   Mr. Messier is certified as an NCQA Primary Care Medical Home Content Expert as well as a Level 3 Clinical Microsystems Coach. He consults with many hospital based and private primary care clinics and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation working with hospital based CF clinics and CF Center leaders across the United States on systems and process improvement and measurement.  He also consults with the Vermont Medical Societies Physician Foundation working to create physician leadership and education communities in Vermont as well as with many other health care organizations and groups.

Mr. Messier was co-author of an article in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, March 2009, Volume 16, Number 1, titled, The problem of Integrating Behavioral Health in the Medical Home and the Questions it Leads to.
  
Mr. Messier also co-authored an article in  Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research titled,  Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Health Behavior Intervention As Part of the Patient Centered Medical Home: A Case Study.

Mr. Messier is Adjunct Clinical Faculty and a member of the Curriculum Committee in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program at the University of Vermont.

 

Mark Pasanen, MD

Dr. Pasanen is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he has been an active clinician and educator since 1996. Currently, he serves as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency and directs the Section of Hospital Medicine at Fletcher Allen Health Care. His interests include medical education, diagnostic reasoning and delivery of high-value care.

 

Allen Repp, MD, MS, FHM, FACP

Dr. Repp is an academic hospitalist at Fletcher Allen Health Care and associate professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  He currently serves as Health Care Service Leader and Division Chief of Primary Care Internal Medicine.  He has been extensively involved in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives for hospitalized patients.  His faculty bio can be found here

 

Justin Stinnett-Donnelly, MD, MS 

Dr. Stinnett-Donnelly is a Hospitalist and Physician Informaticist at Central Vermont Medical Center and a Value Care Coordinator through One Care Vermont at Fletcher Allen Health Center.  His clinical and quality interests include health care delivery systems, the interaction between providers and the electronic medical record and eliminating waste while improving the reliability and quality of care delivered.  Dr. Stinnett received his M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, completed residency in Internal Medicine at Fletcher Allen Health Care and joined the hospitalist group at Central Vermont Medical Center in 2013.  Prior to his medical training Dr. Stinnett was trained as a mechanical and biomedical engineer and worked in heavy industry.  He is the winner of the Vermont resident research day three years in a row and the Harriet P. Dustan, MD award for research performed through residency related to his work in quality, systems and High Value Care in the Department of Medicine.  

 

Jill S. Warrington, MD PhD

Dr. Warrington is Assistant Director of Clinical Chemistry in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Fletcher Allen Health Care and Laboratory Director of Burlington Laboratories, a Vermont-based drug testing laboratory. Dr. Warrington’s research interests include the areas of substance abuse and laboratory test utilization. Current funded research includes the study of HPV and Pap smear test utilization and methods for improving communication of new guidelines.

 

Bonnie Walker

A co-founder of the Tupelo Group, LLC, Ms. Walker has more than 15 years experience in quality and process improvement, change and behavior management, leadership development, project management, Electronic Health Records implementation and coordination, and Meaningful Use. 
Her commitment to her work has helped to develop a strong quality improvement infrastructure in many health care practices and hospitals throughout VT.  She prides herself in building strong relationships with her clients, which over the last 15 years have included the Blueprint for Health, University of Vermont Health Center, Bi-State Primary Care Association, Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Information Technology Leaders, and the Vermont Rural Health Alliance.

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