Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM is Professor & Director of the Center for Health Services Research at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as Chief Quality & Transformation Officer at UK HealthCare. 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 three of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the U.S. at Emory (1998-2007), Northwestern (2007-2013) and the University of Kentucky (2014-2019). 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 served 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, NHLBI, NCATS, CMS, and PCORI and more than 150 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.
Research Interests: Care Transitions; Quality Improvement; Social determinants of care; Value-based care; Health care delivery; Evidence-based Medicine; Health Literacy
Current Research Projects: Project ACHIEVE (Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health In Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence); Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities (KC-AHC); Tracking and Evaluation Core of UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Project MISSION (Developing a multicomponent, Multilevel Implementation Strategy for Syncope OptImalCare thrOugh eNgagement)
Jing Li, MD, MS, is the Co-Director of the Center for Health Services Research and the Director of the Office for Value & Innovation in HealthCare Delivery. She is also an Associate 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 16 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.
Research Interests: Health and health care delivery model; Implementation science; Quality and process improvement; Evidence-based practice/program uptake and implementation; Care transitions/coordination; Teamwork; Community engagement; and Social determinants of health.
Current Research Projects: Project ACHIEVE (Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health In Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence); Project BOOST; Project MISSION (Developing a multicomponent, Multilevel Implementation Strategy for Syncope OptimalCare through engagement); Tracking and Evaluation Core of UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities; Examining Social Influences on Syringe Exchange Uptake Among Rural PWID at Risk for HIV