ATLANTA – Tyler & Company is pleased to announce that Susan Abookire, BSEE MD MPH, has been selected as the Interim Chief Medical Officer at Jersey City Medical Center. Susan will begin her role on March 25, 2019, while Jersey City Medical Center conducts its search for the permanent CMO.
Abookire is an award-winning senior physician executive with over 20 years’ experience leading organizations in quality, patient safety, medical staff affairs, credentialing, and clinical excellence. She served in multiple c-suite positions for several large academic teaching hospitals. Additionally, she was the first chair of quality and patient safety at Mount Auburn Hospital, a Harvard Teaching Hospital in Cambridge Massachusetts, where she founded and led the award-winning program in Quality and Patient Safety.
Dr.Abookire began her career as an electrical engineer designing flight management systems in commercial aviation for a decade before her medical training. During that time, she served as a design engineer for commercial aviation safety systems, project manager for Boeing 757/767 flight management systems, and led human factors design in-cockpit warning systems.
A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Abookire completed her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and practiced Internal Medicine full-time before devoting herself to leading patient safety and quality. She earned a master’s in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health, focusing on Clinical Effectiveness. Abookire teaches nationally and internationally on topics including health care technology, human factors, high reliability, systems analysis, effective learning systems, disclosure and apology, and applying lessons from aviation safety to healthcare.
She served on the Clinical Advisory Board of Elsevier and was vice president of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. She completed a Harvard Fellowship in Medical Education and led as Curriculum Director for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Quality and Patient Safety.