Dr. Todd Smaka Named Associate Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for UHealth

Todd Smaka, M.D., associate professor of clinical anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, and Associate Chief of Anesthesiology at University of Miami Hospital, has been named Associate Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for UHealth-the University of Miami Health System.

In his new role, Smaka will be actively engaged in all activities that enhance electronic health records reporting, convert and analyze medical and health data, and leverage data mining and qualitative or quantitative analysis across multiple information systems to improve quality of care and patient safety throughout the health system.

In addition to developing and standardizing patient safety and quality efforts, Smaka will facilitate the strategic goals of achieving continuous performance improvement, standardizing processes and supporting necessary cultural changes within the organization that focus on improving the quality of care.

Smaka received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, completed an internship in neurological surgery at the University of Utah, and completed a residency in anesthesiology at Oregon Health and Science University. He received undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Smaka is board certified in anesthesiology, and he patented a method of facilitating medical consultations. He joined the Miller School of Medicine faculty in 2009.

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