Faculty

Carlo Ciotoli, MD, MPA, is Associate Vice President for Student Health and Executive Director of the Student Health Center at New York University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. Carlo oversees the NYU Student Health Center, which is comprised of a comprehensive and integrated set of medical, counseling, health promotion, and ancillary services; staffed by more than 225 FTE employees; and generates over 130,000 patient visits a year. Carlo has a track record of leadership and achievement in medical management and re-engineering of ambulatory care processes and outcomes, and improving access to preventive health services on college campuses. Under Carlo’s leadership, the NYU Student Health Center has received numerous national awards increasing access to health care services; instituting a comprehensive and multidimensional approach to preventing high risk drinking; creating an integrated health care delivery system with preventive, medical, and mental health services; implementing a comprehensive approach for depression identification and management including universal screening for depression. Carlo is co-Project Director of a SAMHSA funded project, “LiveWellNYU: The Development and Evaluation of a Holistic Approach to Improving Wellness, Building Resilience, and Preventing Suicide,” Project Director of an AHRQ funded project “Quality Improvement in College Health,” and Co-Project Director of the Network for Improvement and Innovation in College Health. He is the PI of the National College Depression Partnership, an award-winning, 42 school quality improvement collaborative focused on supporting college health systems and clinicians in providing optimal depression care through the use of outcomes measurements and collaborative learning. He also serves as Co-chair of the American College Health Association (ACHA)’s Benchmarking Advisory Committee. Previously Carlo was a staff physician in Bellevue Hospital’s Chest and Asthma clinics and was part of the team that developed an Asthma Primary Care clinic that resulted in improved clinical outcomes for patients enrolled in the clinic.

Eleanor (Nell) Davidson, MD, is an internist specializing in college health medicine as her focus.  She has been Director of the Health Service at Case Western Reserve University for over 25 years.  Her involvement in quality improvement using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s change model began in 2006 with the College Breakthrough Series-Depression, a national project that was led by NYU.  She became a “convert” to the change concepts and systems approach to care through subsequent participation in the National College Depression Project, first as a pioneer school member and later as faculty for the project.  Nell has overseen Continuing Medical Education for American College Health Association since 2001, and she has chaired the Continuing Education Committee of ACHA since 2005.  Education of professionals working in the field of college health along with quality improvement initiatives remain top priorities for her.

Megan C. Lindley MPH, is the Deputy Associate Director for Science in the Immunization Services Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her areas of research interest include vaccine financing, immunization law and policy, immunization quality measurement, and healthcare personnel vaccination. Ms. Lindley was the leader of the team that received the 2012 CDC/ATSDR Honor Award for Excellence in Quantitative Sciences for developing, testing, and implementing the first nationally-accepted standardized measure of healthcare personnel influenza vaccination. She is the lead subject matter expert for the Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Module of CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, which is used by more than 16,000 healthcare facilities nationally to submit data in accordance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality reporting requirements.  Ms. Lindley is a member of the Quality Measures Workgroup of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, which is currently undertaking the development and testing of multiple composite quality measures for adult vaccination. She previously represented CDC on the adult immunization committee convened by the National Quality Forum to identify and prioritize gaps in adult immunization quality measures. Ms. Lindley has authored and co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications appearing in the American Journal of Public Health, Annals of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, among others. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Administration from the Yale University School of Public Health.

Gary Oftedahl, MD, recently retired from his role as Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)’s Chief Knowledge Officer.  During his time at ICSI, Dr. Oftedahl applied his knowledge of the health care system and change management to numerous ICSI health care redesign initiatives and quality improvement efforts. He helped develop the Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering a New Direction (DIAMOND) program, a new way to deliver and pay for care for patients with depression in primary care. He helped lead ICSI’s work on medical homes and worked on multiple initiatives including addressing avoidable hospital readmissions and shared decision-making. Additionally, Dr. Oftedahl has worked with medical groups on quality improvement, culture change, adaptive leadership and the collaborative process.  While retired from ICSI, he has become a collaboration catalyst, spending some of his time working on a national project addressing geriatric care, funded by PCORI and The John Hartford Foundation, as well as serving as an advisor and participant in many local improvement efforts.  He is also Board Chair of Kairos Alive, an intergenerational dance troupe using dance, music, stories and movement to enhance well being.   Prior to joining ICSI in 2002, Dr. Oftedahl served as medical director and medical director for quality at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minn. He also has served as medical director of five long-term care facilities and on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota’s board of directors. Dr. Oftedahl also served as vice chairman of the Quality Council for Mayo Clinic’s MMSI health plan and president of the Zumbro Valley Medical Society. His impact on health care improvement earned him recognition as one of Minnesota Physician magazine’s 100 Influential Health Care Leaders in 2008.  

Elizabeth Rausch-Phung, MD, MPH,  is the director of the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Immunization, which oversees efforts to maintain high immunization rates in order to prevent vaccine preventable diseases in New York State.  Prior to becoming bureau director, Dr. Rausch-Phung had served as Medical Director of the Bureau of Immunization for four years, where she had supervised the Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance, Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program, Adolescent and Adult Immunization and School Surveillance initiatives, and served as medical advisor to the Vaccines for Children Program.   Dr. Rausch-Phung received her M.D. degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and completed residency training in Preventive Medicine as well as a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. She has delivered presentations on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases at the national, state, and local levels.

Allison J Smith, MPA, is the Manager of Public Health Initiatives and Assessment at New York University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management, both from New York University.  Her focus is on implementing population-level health interventions and developing new strategies to activate young people to be engaged in their health.  Her leadership to create an innovative campus-wide public health model, LiveWellNYU, resulted in the 2010 Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Award from the American College Health Association (ACHA), a 2013 NASPA Excellence Award, and a SAMHSA funded grant, “LiveWellNYU: The Development and Evaluation of a Holistic Approach to Improving Wellness, Building Resilience, and Preventing Suicide”.  Additionally, Allison serves as Chair of the ACHA Healthy Campus 2020 Coalition, Assistant Director for the National College Depression Partnership, Co-Project Director of the Network for Improvement and Innovation in College Health, and on the ACHA-National College Health Assessment Advisory Committee.

Karen Stein, RN, MS, is a registered nurse and holds a B.S.N and an M.S. in community health nursing, with expertise in community assessment, health system re-design, strategic health planning and evaluation. She served as a fellow for the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drugs and Violence Prevention and was on the advisory committee for the ACHA-National College Depression Partnership Quality Improvement Initiative. Ms. Stein currently serves as director of Student Health Services, Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC). She directs quality assurance initiatives, strategic planning, and all clinical and outreach operations.  She leads the FLCC Healthy Campus 2020 project, and has administered and utilized National College Health Assessment and other data for over fifteen years, to identify and plan evidence-based programs to address student health priorities.   Ms. Stein’s current focus is improving access to health care and preventive services for FLCC students. She led FLCC’s health service system redesign to achieve a greater than 98% screening rate for depression. FLCC students followed as part of the National College Depression Partnership exceeded assessment criteria to develop a self-care plan and to articulate their educational and personal needs toward meeting their educational goals

Jane Zucker, MD, MS, has served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Immunization at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since August 2005. She is responsible for policy development, program management and integrity of the NYC Immunization Program. Dr. Zucker’s responsibilities also include development of programs and policies to increase vaccine coverage of adults, adolescents and children citywide, introduce new vaccines and oversight of the Vaccines for Children program (VFC) and the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR). Under her leadership, vaccination coverage for routinely recommended vaccines, including influenza, have continued to increase among young children, adolescents and adults, while racial disparities have decreased. Dr. Zucker recently had the privilege of deploying to Sierra Leone with the CDC Ebola Vaccine Team for nearly 6 weeks. She was responsible for implementing protocols for medical management and surveillance for Ebola virus disease in study participants.  Dr. Zucker started with the CDC in 1990 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Malaria Branch, Division of Parasitic Diseases. In 1996, she was assigned to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to oversee their global polio eradication initiative. She joined the Bureau of Immunization as the Medical Director in 2000.  Dr. Zucker received her MD degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and her MSc degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine residency at Kings County Hospital/SUNY Downstate and her Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Beth Israel, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute program in Boston. Dr. Zucker is board certified in internal medicine and infection diseases and a Fellow in the Infectious Disease Society of America. She is widely published in peer-reviewed medical journals.