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Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence Patient Care Symposium

The 2023 class of the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence will be inducted at the Annual Excellence in Patient Care Symposium on Monday, October 16, 2023, 8-9:30 a.m. The event will be held virtually. Anyone can join via this Zoom link:

This year, Dr. Youngjee Choi, assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and program director of the Primary Care for Cancer Survivors Program, Dr. Rani Hasan, assistant professor in the Division of Cardiology and director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program, and Dr. Jose Manuel Monroy-Trujillo, assistant professor in the Division of Nephrology and associate program director of the Nephrology Fellowship, will be inducted from the DOM. Attend the symposium to learn more about their contributions to clinical excellence at Hopkins.

Each year, the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence also recognizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants at the symposium for the NP/PA Clinical Excellence Award. Two from the DOM will be recognized.

Kimberly Patel, CRNP, nurse practitioner in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, started her career in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital as an acute nurse practitioner in 2013 and was promoted to ICU Manager for the MICU and Oncology ICU in 2021. During that time, she has become an exceptional critical care clinician who routinely anticipates and avoids challenges in the transmission of care plans to the nursing staff by filling in communication gaps when they occur between other providers and nurses. She is also skilled in the use of bedside ultrasonography in the MICU, which expedites important clinical decisions that improve patient care and outcomes. Kim has an aptitude for managing complicated patients from an organ and system approach. She has robust and accurate clinical instincts, a highly developed understanding of disease pathophysiology and incredible insight when it comes to predicting clinical trajectory. She is a team player and an exemplary model for all clinicians who work in the MICU. “Even on the busiest of days, with chaos, uncertainty and limited resources, Kim is an unflappable, proactive, upbeat presence who raises the excellence of all in her orbit."

Patty Mattox, CRNP, nurse practitioner in the Division of Hospital Medicine, began her career in 1986 as a nurse before becoming an acute adult nurse practitioner in 1996. She has been a nurse practitioner in the Division of Hospital Medicine at JHBMC since 1999. Over the past 24 years, she has improved patient care and delivery by helping to shape clinical workflows for Advanced Practice Providers in the division. In the Addiction Medicine Unit, she has successfully streamlined the flow of patients in order to ease the workload on staff. During the COVID surge, Patty was instrumental in keeping the Addiction Medicine Unit functional by establishing a triage system into the unit, diverting patients from the Emergency Department. She also assisted with taking care of acutely ill patients in the Medical Intermediate Care Unit and gave input in designing the hospitalist-run We Care model. Patty treats all patients with the upmost care, helping to create a service line for psychosocially complex patients as part of a long-stay service and even helps those who aren't admitted by arranging admission to outside detox programs to ensure a safe transfer of care. "She is always going the extra mile for her patients."


Kelsey Bennett