University of Miami Hospital Names Interim Chief Medical Officer

Tanira B.D. Ferreira, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and Director of Clinical Services in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has been named Interim Chief Medical Officer of University of Miami Hospital.

Ferreira, who also serves as Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy Services, and Executive Director of Critical Care Services at University of Miami Hospital, began her new role November 1.

“I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to work with an amazing team,” Ferreira said.

Ferreira will bring continuity to the seminal efforts of her predecessor, Rafael E. Campo, M.D., focusing on three key areas – efficient admission and discharge processes, decreased length of stay and reduced readmissions. She also will be essential in UMH’s preparation for the Joint Commission visit in late 2015 and continuing work to ensure close collaboration between UHealth and private practice physicians in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.

“Dr. Ferreira brings to this role exceptional clinical acumen and a true passion for collaborating with professionals in all healthcare disciplines to improve the lives of those we serve,” said David Zambrana, DNP, MBA, RN, Chief Executive Officer of University of Miami Hospital. “The feedback from faculty, private physicians, and staff has been overwhelmingly positive about the decision to place her in the interim CMO role.”

Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Ferreira graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul and came to Miami through the Harrington Latin American training program. She completed her residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Internal Medicine, followed by fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Disorders.

Ferreira, who is quadruple board certified in those specialties, worked in private practice in Miami for four years and then shifted to public health to become Medical Director of the TB Program in Palm Beach County and Interim Director for the TB program in Miami-Dade County. She then worked for the Department of Health providing expert TB consultation and management of co-infections with TB, HIV and hepatitis C in multiple counties.

Subsequently, she lent her expertise to establishing a ventilator unit at Miami Jewish Home and Hospital in 2006, where she became Medical Director for Pulmonary Services until 2009. As the Miller School of Medicine was expanding operations in the community, she joined the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine to help develop services at University of Miami Hospital, where she continues to assist in expanding clinics and inpatient services.

Ferreira, along with the critical care and respiratory teams, has created numerous protocols in the ICU, including spontaneous breathing trials and a sepsis alert. She also implemented ICU multidisciplinary rounds as well as restructured code blue and rapid responses.

“Tanira will be able to leverage her ICU knowledge and viewpoint to augment all of our quality, safety and center of excellence initiatives,” said David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., Chief Medical and Systems Integration Officer for UHealth. “Our CMO council that coordinates these activities across the health system will certainly benefit from her presence.”

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