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Current Safety Fellows

Michaela Sclafani headshotMichaela Sclafani, MBA, BSN, RN, CPPS is a clinical nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with experience in PeriOperative Services and intermediate care. She graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing Science from Villanova University. She recently just finished her Masters of Business Administration with specializations in Healthcare Administration and Finance at Villanova University. She plans to pursue a career in a healthcare administration.

Appointments:
2018 – 2019 PeriOperative Safety Fellow – Penn Medicine
2017 – 2018 Quality Committee Member – Silverstein 10

Education/Training:
2016 – 2018 MBA – Villanova University
2011 – 2015 BSN – Villanova University

Certifications:
Lean Six Sigma – Yellow Belt
Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS)

Alicia Ladak headshotAlicia Ladak MPH, BSN, RN, CNOR is a former Assistant Nurse Manager of PeriOperative Services at Pennsylvania Hospital. She obtained a Master of Public Health degree from University of Queensland. She also holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science and Bachelor of Healthcare Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master of Nursing at Drexel University.

Appointments:
2019 – 2020 PeriOperative Safety Fellow – Penn Medicine
2011 – 2018 Clinical Nurse III – Penn Medicine

Education/Training:
2016 – 2020 MSN – Drexel University
2008 – 2011 BSN – Barry University
2007 – 2008 MPH – University of Queensland, Australia
2003 – 2007 BS – Daemen College

Certifications:
Certified PeriOperative Nurse (CNOR)

Previous Safety Fellows

Takayoshi Kakiuchi headshotTakayoshi Kakiuchi, DO, MBA is a former general surgery resident who left the surgical field to pursue a career in anesthesia. He obtained his joint DO/MBA degree from PCOM in 2016. He plans to pursue a career in anesthesia with a focus on critical care and systems improvement.

Maralyn Lupus headshotMaralyn Lupus, BSN, RN, CPPS is a clinical nurse in Perioperative Services. She graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing Science from Drexel University, and is pursuing her MSN in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare from Drexel University.

Craig Katz headshotCraig Katz PA-C, MBA, CPPS is a surgical Physician Assistant in Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed his Physician Assistant training at Hahnemann/Drexel University in 2004. He just recently finished his MBA at Drexel and plans to pursue a career in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement.

Matthew Smart headshotMatthew Smart MSN, RN, CPPS is a clinical nurse in Perioperative Services. He graduated with his Bachelor of Nursing Science from DeSales University, and his Masters of Nursing Science from Wilmington University. He plans to pursue a career in health care administration and policy.

Santina Mazzola headshotSantina Mazzola, BSN, RN, CNOR, CPPS is a clinical nurse in Perioperative Services. She graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing Science from The College of New Jersey, and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to pursue a career dedicated to health policy in nursing and healthcare administration.

Tanya McKinney headshotTanya McKinney, RN, BSN, CNIII is a Clinical Level III nurse at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. She has a background in administration, progressive critical care and perioperative nursing specializing in cardiac, vascular and transplant. Throughout her tenure of 18 years with the health system she served on multiple committees to ensure patient safety and quality nursing care. She plans to pursue a master degree in healthcare administration with a concentration on process improvement and patient safety.

Veronica Zoghbi headshotVeronica Zoghbi, MD completed medical school at Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela. Her training was followed by a Research Fellowship in the department of Endocrine and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cornell University in New York, NY. She then completed two years of Residency in General Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where she is currently completing one year Fellowship in PeriOp Safety and Management. Her goals are to complete Residency in General Surgery followed by a Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery. Her interests include Patient Safety, PeriOp Quality Improvement and Surgical Education.

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