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Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Medicine and Geriatrics

Anne Tomolo, M.D.,M.P.H. is Chief of Quality forMedical Specialty Service at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.  Dr. Tomolo completed her medical degree in 1996 at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM) and finished her Internal Medicine residency in 1999.  She was Chief Medical Resident for the Department of Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of VA Medical Center.  In 2002 she completed the National VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program at the Cleveland site and her Master's in Public Health at CWRU.

After completing her training, Dr. Tomolo served as the Emergency Department Director at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of VA Medical Center for eight years.  During this time she successfully led the Medical Center's initiative to transform patient care coordination through the development of the Patient Transfer Center (PTC).  The PTC provides an interdisciplinary approach to the management of all inpatient beds, coordination of all inpatient admissions, and case management of all fee-basis patients in non-VA facilities.  This initiative was recognized with a VHA Systems Redesign Champion Award in 2009.

Dr. Tomolo has served as a member of the National VA Learners' Perception Steering Committee from2000-2008 and National VA Emergency Medicine Field Advisory Committee from 2005-2008.   She was selected to the inaugural group to represent VA at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Managing Hospital Operations Course in 2006 and has served as a faculty member, planning committee member and coach for local, regional, and national VA system redesign initiatives related to patient flow. Currently she is a faculty member of VHA Systems Redesign Flow Academy.

Dr. Tomolo is nationally recognized for her research in curriculum development and assessment in the graduate medical education competencies of Systems-Based Practice and Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI). She received VA Health Services Research and Development Merit funding to develop and evaluate a PBLI Tool to assess resident competence and guide curriculum development in this arena.

Dr. Tomolo is the Director and Mentor of the Chief Resident in Quality and Safety position at the Atlanta VAMC.  In addition, she is the VA Quality Scholars Advanced Fellowship Site Director and Physician Senior Scholar at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Clinical

Dr. Tomolo has practiced as a general internist since 1999 in the primary care, emergency department and inpatient settings.  Currently her clinical work is in the inpatient setting.

2011- 2012                           Leader, Inpatient Pain Management Process Action Team, Atlanta VAMC

2011-2012                            Member, Process Action Team for Implementing Medication Reconciliation, Atlanta VAMC

2011 - present                      Member, Curriculum Advisory Board, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

2012 - present                      Consultant, “Fix the Phone Yellow Belt Project”, Atlanta VAMC, Primary Care Service Line

She is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and abstract reviewer for Medical Education, Quality Care, and PatientSafety Subcommittees at Annual Meetings.

Dr. Tomolo is an ad hoc reviewer for the following journals: Journal of General Internal Medicine, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Journal of Graduate Medical Education. She is an invited speaker, faculty, and planning committee member at VHA Office of System Redesign regional and national meetings.

Also she is an invited speaker for "Quality as an Academic Pursuit", Emory University School of Medicine, Faculty Development Lecture and "The Continuum of Care Project: An Exchange of Ideas between General Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine, Emory University SOM.

Teaching

Since her transfer to Emory her teaching at Emory School of Medicine has primarily involved supervision and teaching on the inpatient medicine wards at the Atlanta VAMC.  In April 2012 she participated in small group capstone teaching for 4th year medical students on handoffs and transitions in care.

She is a faculty member of Emory Healthcare's Quality Academy, Practical Methods for Healthcare Improvement Program and National Veterans Health Administration's Office of System Redesign's Flow Academy, both of which are interprofessional training programs.

Her future teaching will involve the development of Morbidity and Mortality conference at the Atlanta VAMC and training undergraduate and graduate medicine trainees in the areas of health care quality improvement and patient safety.

Research

Dr. Tromolo's research interests include health outcomes, implementation science, system redesign, and medical education.  Her work in education and implementation resulted inVA HSRD Merit (Co-PI) on the development and evaluation of a Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Tool to assess resident competence and guide curriculum development in this arena, and her service a Co-Investigator and Facilitator of the Heart Failure Quality Improvement Committee and Chair of the Systems Redesign/Improvement Curriculum and Advancement Team for the VHA Systems Redesign Improvement Capability Grant entitled "Developing localized diseaseregistries to enhance population management: An importable model forinfrastructure change."

Her current research efforts align with recent funding for the following training programs: Internal Medicine Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety and VA Quality Scholars Advanced Fellowship Program (both at the Atlanta VAMC).  These programs focus upon the development of leaders in improving health care quality through research and implementation of health care innovations.

Education

  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 1996.
  • Residency, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 1999.
  • MPH, Case Western Reserve University, 2002.
  • Fellowship, Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of VA Medical Center, 2002.