New Associate Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer Named for UHealth

Lilian M. Abbo, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been named Associate Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for UHealth and Medical Director for Antimicrobial Stewardship for the UHealth system and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

As Medical Director for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Miami Hospital for the past six years, Abbo has been involved in several key quality and patient safety initiatives, including cost-effective improvements in antimicrobial stewardship.

In her new role, she will expand the antimicrobial stewardship program and promote best practices and quality care across UHealth. In addition to developing and standardizing patient safety and quality efforts, she will facilitate the Medical School’s strategic goals to achieve continuous performance improvement, standardize processes and support necessary cultural changes within the organization that focus on improving the quality of care provided across the healthcare system.

“We have a fantastic group of healthcare providers at UHealth making great efforts to provide outstanding quality of care in a safe environment, but there is always room for improvement,” Abbo said. “With the great talents that we have in clinical, administrative and research areas, we have a unique opportunity to engage patients and providers to be a leading healthcare system in patient safety and quality care.”

Along with the Patient Safety and Quality Office team, Abbo will help coordinate central support services for the Risk Management Office, Project Management Office and the Lean Six Sigma team to advance patient safety initiatives. She also will play an active role in the implementation of innovative systems that will mitigate potential patient harm, foster an environment to reduce hospital-associated infections, improve the use of antimicrobials to reduce antimicrobial resistance, and avoid medication errors.

Abbo has been recognized as a national expert in the field of antimicrobial stewardship and serves on national and international committees related to antimicrobial stewardship and promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials as a patient safety issue. Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Abbo also is a member of the infectious diseases team at the Miami Transplant Institute.

She received her medical degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas and completed her residency in internal medicine at Jacobi Medical Center in New York and Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach. Following a fellowship in infectious diseases at UM/Jackson, she joined the Miller School of Medicine faculty in 2008.

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