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Phone: 717-346-0469
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Board of Directors
 

The Board of Directors has 11 members: a physician appointed by the Governor who serves as Board chair; six other members appointed by the Governor to fill seats designated for specific professional occupations; and four members appointed by the General Assembly.

Rachel Levine, MD, Chair
Stanton N. Smullens, MD, FACS, Vice Chair
John Bulger, DO, MBA, Secretary/Treasurer

Radheshyam Agrawal, MDMary Ellen Mannix, MRPE
Jan Boswinkel, MDCliff Rieders, Esq.
Daniel J. Glunk, MDLinda Waddell, RN, MSN, CJCP, CPPS
Arleen G. Kessler, PharmD, MBA, RPhEric Weitz, Esq.

Radheshyam Agrawal, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, is currently a practicing Gastroenterologist at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, a part of the newly formed Allegheny Health Network. Dr. Agrawal is Associate Clinical Chief of Research and Education in the division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine. At Allegheny General he served for over 30 years as the Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, training over 100 GI fellows. In 1994 he was selected as a member of the Medical Licensure Workgroup of the Council on Graduated Medical Education, with the US Department of Health and Human Services. Since 2005 Dr. Agrawal has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Board of Medicine, chairing several committees. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s Medical Legal Advisory Board on Elderly Abuse and Neglect, and the Governor’s Advisory Board of Commissioners on Asian American Affairs. He is a Fellow of the Federations of State Medical Boards, and was appointed to the Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. He is also a member of the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation. Dr. Agrawal serves as series editor for the journal “Practical Gastroenterology” and is a consulting editor for Pleural Publishing, International Publishers for the Health Professions.


Jan Boswinkel, MD, is the Vice President of Medical Operations and Patient Safety Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In this role, Jan provides executive leadership for the Office of Patient Safety & Quality which includes Patient Safety, Performance Improvement, Clinical Regulatory Accreditation, Infection Prevention and Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Health. Jan received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and his Medical Degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his medical career, Jan was a Vice President of Cross Markets Proprietary Trading at J.P. Morgan where he worked for 9 years in both London and New York. Jan completed his pediatric residency training at CHOP and served previously as Section Chief of Inpatient Services, division of General Pediatrics. In addition to his academic training, Jan is certified as a Patient Safety Officer through the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and served as an instructor for CHOP Safety and Leadership Methods for Error Prevention.


John B. Bulger, DO, MBA, is the chief quality officer at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. In this role he leads Geisinger's division of Quality and Safety and is responsible for leading and disseminating Geisinger Quality. Dr. Bulger founded Geisinger Medical Center's hospitalist model in 1999 and lead the program's development to include six hospitals and over 60 physicians. Dr. Bulger is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Regional Assistant Dean at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. He is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. He received his BS at Juniata College, his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and MBA from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. Dr. Bulger was appointed to the Board by the Governor to fill the vacant position designated to be held by a physician: Residence: Danville (Montour County)


Daniel J. Glunk, MD, practices internal medicine in Williamsport, PA. He splits his professional time between active practice and as Susquehanna Health System's Chief of Quality Officer. Dr. Glunk chairs Susquehanna Health's Continuing Medical Education Committee and CQI Committee of the Medical Staff as well as serves as the system's Continuing Medical Education Director. In 1991 he won Teacher of the Year Award from his hospital. He has participated in many media interviews. Dr. Glunk served as chair on the board of the Pennsylvania Medical Society from 2003-2006 and then president from 2008-09. He is accredited with designing the Pennsylvania Medical Society's medical history card. Dr. Glunk earned a bachelor's degree from Wilkes University, PA and medical degree from Hahnemann University, PA. His residency was completed at University of Pittsburgh where he was chief resident at Shadyside Hospital. Dr. Glunk was appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate of Pennsylvania. Residence: Williamsport (Lycoming County)

Arleen Kessler, PharmD, MBA, RPh, is Director of Pharmacy at Jersey Shore Hospital. She serves on the hospital’s quality/safety Committee and has twice been selected for the hospital’s quality/safety Award.  Dr. Kessler has a wide variety of clinical experiences including community hospitals, mental health facilities, home health care, and a military hospital.  She received her BS in Pharmacy from Saint John’s University, Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Haven, and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado. Dr. Kessler was appointed to the Board by the Governor to fill the position designated for a pharmacist. Residence: Williamsport (Lycoming County)

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Rachel Levine, MD, is Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As Physician General, Dr. Levine advises the Governor and the Secretary of Health on health matters and policy. In her role as Physician General, Dr. Levine also becomes chair of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority per Act 13, 2002. Dr. Levine is also Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Levine was vice-chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. It was there she initiated a Division of Adolescent Medicine for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. In addition, Dr. Levine also started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College and Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Levine was nominated Physician General by Governor Tom Wolf. Residence: Middletown (Dauphin County)

Mary Ellen Mannix, MRPE, is the Healthy Early Childhood Coordinator for Get Healthy Philly, the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education combined with over ten years as an advocate in patient safety.  Previous to her placement with Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health, she led a statewide initiative on developmental screening with Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. Her service to patients and their safe care has included serving on the Patient Safety Authority’s Patient’s Voice Advisory, the inaugural board of the Newborn Coalition, co-founder of EngagedPatients.org, a PCORI panel member on obstetric issues, pediatric community board representative for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, an early member of Mothers Against Medical Errors (MAME). She has led numerous workshops and presentations on the prevention of medical errors from the patient and family perspective. Mary Ellen has effectively collaborated with clinicians to author multiple published articles (i.e., Clinical Guidelines on Tonsillectomy in Pediatrics, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 2011), textbook chapters on patient safety and created curriculum for continuing medical education and university courses. Her book “Split the Baby: One Child’s Journey through Medicine and Law” which chronicles the medical error experiences of her infant son, James, is given away freely to medical, nursing and law students. She was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf. Residence: Wayne (Delaware County)


Cliff Rieders, Esq., is a partner in the Williamsport firm of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Harris, Waters & Waffenschmidt, where he has demonstrated a strong interest in healthcare, particularly patient safety. He is the author of Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania: Law and Forms and numerous articles on healthcare issues. Rieders has devoted much of the past 20 years to analyzing medical malpractice insurance and other healthcare and patient safety issues, and has frequently worked closely with the General Assembly and health industry stakeholders in proposing and drafting legislation. A past president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the first president of Citizens for Consumer Justice, the state's largest umbrella consumer organization, Rieders is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the subject of patient safety, healthcare issues and medical malpractice. He received a BA from New York University and his JD from Georgetown University School of Law. He was appointed to the Board by the Minority Leader of the Senate. Residence: Williamsport (Lycoming County)


Stanton N. Smullens, MD, FACS, is the Clinical Professor of Surgery of the Jefferson Health System, Inc. Prior to this position, he was Chairman of the Care Coordination Committee and leads the care coordination activities of the ACO. 

Dr. Smullens received his undergraduate education at Harvard College and earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical School where he was a member of AOA. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College, has published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature, and is a member of many local, national, and international medical societies. He is board certified in General, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery. He was the founding President of JeffCare, the Physician Hospital Organization of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and led the organization through a successful full risk contract with US HealthCare. He has been the President of the Medical Staff of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and has been President of the Jefferson Alumni Association. He has received the Leon A. Peris Memorial Award. His portrait was presented to the University in October 2010.

In the area of patient safety, he has testified before U.S. Congress on issues relating to patient safety, and was appointed in 2002 to the eleven-person Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority board as part of the Mcare Law (Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act). He was elected the Vice Chairman of the Authority in 2002 and completed his term on the PSA on June 30, 2004. He was reappointed to the Authority in January 2005 and has been re-elected Vice Chair, a position he currently holds. He served as the Acting Chair from 2011 until March of 2013. Residence: Philadelphia (Philadelphia County) 


Linda Waddell, RN, MSN, CJCP, CPPS, is the Senior Manager of Quality and Crisis Intervention at UPMC. In this role, Linda provides expert leadership on a wide variety of patient safety topics and manages clinical crisis intervention for the 20-plus hospitals in the UPMC health system. Linda has worked across the health system’s U.S. and international facilities on patient safety and regulatory activities since 2006. She has been a member of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory Editorial Board since 2012 and is a certified Joint Commission Professional active in supporting hospitals during surveys. Linda is certified as a National Patient Safety Professional by the National Patient Safety Foundation. She received her BSN from Pennsylvania State University and her MSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Linda spent the first 18 years of her nursing career in the emergency department, including 10 years at UPMC Shadyside. Ms. Waddell was appointed to the Board by the Governor to fill the position designated for a nurse. Residence: New Kensington (Westmoreland County)

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Eric H. Weitz, Esq., is a trial attorney based in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has a nationwide practice representing individuals in a wide variety of complex matters. Mr. Weitz believes strongly in serving the legal profession and his community. Mr. Weitz is an active member in many national and local organizations. He was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Bar Association and he currently serves as vice-chairman of the that board. Mr. Weitz serves on the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formerly known as the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers) and he currently serves on the executive committee. For six consecutive years, Mr. Weitz has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Law and Politics magazine and Philadelphia Magazine, including being named among the Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 in Philadelphia for 2011 and 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he was awarded a bachelor of science, cum laude, in Television, Radio, and Film Management. Mr. Weitz received his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law. Mr. Weitz was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children. Residence: Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)

 
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