Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM, is the Director of the Center for Health Services Research. He also serves as Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Kentucky. After graduating from  Emory University School of Medicine, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Williams established the first hospitalist program at a public hospital in 1998, and built two of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the U.S. at Emory (1998-2007) and Northwestern (2007-2013) Universities. A Past President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, he actively promotes the role of hospitalists as leaders in delivery of health care to hospitalized patients. He serves as Principal Investigator for SHM’s Project BOOST (Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions). With previous funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Aetna Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, NIND, HHS, AHRQ, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, and PCORI and more than 100 peer-reviewed publications including in journals such as JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Williams focuses on quality improvement, care transitions, teamwork and the role of health literacy in the delivery of health care.  

Jing Li
, MD, MS, is the Associate Director of the Center for Health Services Research and the Director of the Office for Value & Innovation in HealthCare Delivery. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She graduated from Tianjin Medical University and completed residency training in anesthesiology at the Tianjin Medical University General Hospital and subsequent clinical research training. In 2002, she completed a Master degree in Computer & Information Sciences from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Li has 13 years of experience and expertise in research methodologies, quality improvement, and program implementation & evaluation. She has directed multiple projects and collaboratives to develop community coalitions, promote team-based care, improve care coordination, and enhance in-setting & cross-setting teamwork. Prior to coming to UK, Dr. Li co-developed & led three statewide quality improvement programs, which were implemented in 60+ hospitals in Illinois to promote system and culture change, optimize processes, and improve patient care. Previously, she worked at the Alabama Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for 6 years and focused on improving health care through process improvement, performance measurement and health information technology. Dr. Li has received funding from NIH, PCORI, CMS, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.