Barbara Fain was appointed Executive Director of the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety in December 2013. Barbara’s career has been devoted to health policy development and analysis, public engagement, and strategic planning for government agencies, academic institutions, policy think tanks, and healthcare organizations. Her work for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies focused on developing standards for allocating scarce medical resources in disasters.
Before then, Barbara was executive director of a health policy research center at Harvard Law School. For over a decade she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she spearheaded the state’s Community Benefit Guidelines for hospitals and health plans. Since 2010, Barbara has taught public health law at the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Barbara received her BA from Brown University, a JD from UC Berkeley, and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School.
M.E. Malone joined the Betsy Lehman Center in 2014 as the director of policy and planning. In her role as deputy director, she works with state agencies, the provider community, consumers, and other stakeholders to research and develop policy approaches to ensuring that patients in Massachusetts receive high-quality, safe care in all settings. Together with the executive director, she sets strategic goals and priorities to advance the Center’s vital public health mission.
Prior to joining the Betsy Lehman Center, she spent 25 years as a news journalist, including more than 10 as a staff reporter and assistant editor at the Boston Globe. She was a researcher for the newspaper’s investigative unit, the Spotlight Team, and a daily beat reporter covering government affairs at Boston City Hall and the Massachusetts State House.
In 2014, M.E. earned both a master’s degree in public health from Tufts University's School of Medicine and a master's in science from Tufts' Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She also holds a B.A. in English from Boston College.
Editor, Patient Safety Beat
Susan has worked as a writer and editor in healthcare for the past 20 years and concentrated on patient safety and quality improvement since 2004. Having worked with a wide range of professionals, advocates, and engaged consumers across the United States and overseas, Susan is delighted to join the Betsy Lehman Center and focus on Massachusetts, where she has lived for most of her adult life.
Achieving meaningful safety and quality improvement requires individuals and organizations with different kinds of expertise to work together, which is what Susan loves about this work. As founding editor of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, Susan had an unusual opportunity to solicit guidance, writing and feedback from experts across many domains of healthcare. In addition to her work for the Betsy Lehman Center, Susan currently works with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, the Engaging Patients blog and an association of radiology educators.
Director, Research and Analysis
Paul Karner, Research Director, leads the Betsy Lehman Center’s efforts to analyze new and existing data sources on patient safety, provide analytic support to other state agencies and collaborate with partner organizations, and conduct research for its other initiatives.
Prior to joining Betsy Lehman Center in February of 2016, Paul managed research and consulting engagements on topics such as patient safety, treatment patterns, direct and indirect health care costs, and drug effectiveness at Analysis Group, a Boston-based economic consultancy. His work spans a variety of disease areas and has led to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has also consulted and conducted extensive research on energy as well as international development.
Paul completed his doctorate in economics at Boston University and undergraduate education in business and international relations at the University of Pennsylvania.
Data Analyst Intern
Hamed Lahijani, Data Analyst for the Betsy Lehman Center, supports the center’s efforts to analyze data and conduct research on patient safety and medical errors.
Hamed completed his Masters in Biomedical/Healthcare Informatics at Rutgers University and his undergraduate education in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island.
Adriana Lopera, Program Manager for the Betsy Lehman Center, joined the team in July 2017. She supports a number of the agency's ongoing initiatives and stakeholder engagement work.
Prior to joining the Betsy Lehman Center, Adriana worked for the Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts’ Human Milk Initiative. She coordinated logistics and communications for this statewide collaborative of Neonatal Intensive Care Units that uses QI methodology to support mothers of very low birth weight infants in the provision of breast milk. Adriana has also worked for the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital; supporting health equity related projects and educational events as well as a national leadership program for healthcare professionals.
Adriana received her Masters of Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Columbia University and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.
Senior Project Manager
Brigido Ramirez Espinosa, Senior Project Manager for the Betsy Lehman Center, supports the agency’s operational functions and ongoing initiatives, including the development of an innovative web-based tool aimed at helping Massachusetts health care providers understand, communicate about, and report adverse events in patient care.
Prior to joining the Betsy Lehman Center, Brigido worked for the Oklahoma Department of Public Health where he collaborated in the design, application and early implementation of a State Innovation Grant, sponsored by the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. He also worked for the Medicaid agency in Oklahoma where he participated in the development of a pioneer online enrollment system to determine eligibility in real-time.
Brigido earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma, and has focused his professional career on improving the functioning and operations of government organizations in health care. Prior to coming to the U.S. he received his B.A. in communications from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Director of Communications
Elizabeth is a communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and journalism. Most recently, she was a senior writer for Ambassador Swanee Hunt, creating global awareness for the research and ideas generated by the ambassador and her team of social change innovators. At Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, she led the writing and development of healthcare social marketing campaigns for the US Department of Health and Human Services and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She also served as a Presidential Speechwriter for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush and reported for the National News Desk at USA TODAY. She is a graduate of Drexel University and The American University.Email
Yvonne Torres, Administrative and Executive Assistant for the Betsy Lehman Center, ensures the smooth operation of the office on a day-to-day basis. She engages in database and budget management for the Center as well as internal policy-development and new staff training.
Prior to joining the Betsy Lehman Center in 2012, Yvonne provided paralegal and administrative services to the Narragansett Bay Insurance Company in Rhode Island. She also has worked in the legal division of the Massachusetts Division of Insurance where she compiled legal briefs and case summaries, maintained the law library, and supervised and provided training to staff.
Yvonne earned a certificate in paralegal studies from Northeastern University and training in Business Management and Accounting from Bunker Hill Community College.