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Bonnie Zell, MD, MPH, Joins HQI

Dr. Bonnie Zell joined the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) this month as executive director of clinical improvement, as Michele Davenport Lambert completes her contract as director of the California Hospital Engagement Network (CalHEN) at the end of the year.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Zell join the team. She is exceptionally qualified and will contribute greatly to our statewide improvements,” said Julie Morath, CEO of HQI. “The ability to attract a candidate of Dr. Zell’s caliber speaks to the exciting work being accomplished in California.”

Prior to joining HQI, Dr. Zell served as strategic advisor, community health for Contra Costa County, providing model development and leadership for a regional community health initiative focused on achieving the “triple aim” – population health, better care experience and lowered per capita cost. She has held various positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was senior director of population health for the National Quality Forum (NQF), where she provided leadership for the organization to advance population health strategies at national, state and community levels.

Dr. Zell’s clinical experience includes serving as medical director for Aurora Women’s Health Pavilion in Wisconsin; chief of obstetrics and gynecology for Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, CA; attending physician OB-GYN for Kaiser Permanente; and registered nurse in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A graduate of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Zell also earned a master’s in public health (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health, completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) at California State University, Fresno, and earned a Master of Science at UC Berkeley. She was a recipient of the George W. Merck Fellowship for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and completed the certificate program in clinical effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. She has extensive continuing education in areas of quality and patient safety.

Dr. Zell is a frequent speaker and is published in the areas of women’s health, health reform and quality improvement.