Board of Directors

Rakesh C. Arora MD PhD FRCSC FACS

Professor, Departments of Surgery, Anesthesia, Physiology and Pathophysiology, Director, Intensive Care Cardiac Sciences, St. Boniface Hospital, Associate Director of Research, Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

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Dr. Arora was born in London, Ontario and obtained a Baccalaureate of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. From there, he next achieved his Medical Doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1996 before moving to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia to undergo his Cardiac Surgery Residency. During his time in his residency in Dalhousie, he completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in the Department of Anatomy/Neurobiology under the supervision of Drs. Andrew Armour and David Hopkins in the field of neurocardiology.

Noll Campbell, PharmD, MS

Purdue University College of Pharmacy Indianapolis, IN

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Noll L. Campbell, PharmD, MS is a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue University. Dr. Campbell received his PharmD degree from Butler University, completed a pharmacy practice residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, then a geriatric pharmacotherapy residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. As an investigator with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., his research focuses on the effect of medications on the aging brain. He is a 2014 recipient of a career development award from the National Institute on Aging to continue his work in recognizing the adverse cognitive effects of medications.

John W. Devlin, PharmD, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP

Professor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University and Scientific Staff, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

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Dr. Devlin, in collaboration with members of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center, directs a federally-funded, clinical research program surrounding the assessment and treatment of delirium and agitation in the intensive care unit.

Ann Gruber-Baldini, PhD

Professor, Division of Gerontology, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

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Professor, Division of Gerontology, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Gruber-Baldini serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for the ADS and has been a member of the executive board since 2010. Dr. Gruber-Baldini’s research is focused on epidemiology of cognitive impairment (including delirium and dementia) and related psychological issues (depression, behavioral symptoms, functional outcomes) in a variety of settings, including hospital and rehabilitation sites (post-hip fracture) and long-term care settings, including assisted living and nursing home.

Babar A. Khan MD

Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine​, Indianapolis, IN

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Dr. Khan's research is at the critical intersection of acute illness and aging brain. He is a patient oriented-translational/clinical researcher with a principal focus on developing a biomarker profile among delirious patients in the intensive care unit to predict their long term cognitive, physical and psychological morbidity. In addition, he directs the "Critical Care Recovery Center- CCRC", located at Eskenazi Health Services. CCRC is an innovative center balancing research and clinical services that sought to implement the advances in the science of "Post-ICU syndrome" for expeditious recovery and rehabilitation of ICU survivors.

Karin Neufeld, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Clinical Director of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baltimore, MD

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Karin Neufeld MD MPH, Director of the General Hospital Psychiatry Service for the Johns Hopkins Hospital since 2008, is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In her clinical role, Dr. Neufeld has a broad clinical experience in the assessment of acute delirium, evaluating hundreds of surgical and medical patients each year. Dr. Neufeld has strong ties with clinician faculty of multiple specialties and disciplines throughout the institution and has brought together the Johns Hopkins Delirium Consortium, described in a recent publication (Neufeld, et al JAGS. 2011, 59:s233-s304). Her area of research expertise is in the of area measurement methods in relation to delirium and has successfully administered research projects involving neuropsychiatric assessments in the acute inpatient settings including Oncology and Surgery.

Pratik Pandharipande, MD, MSCI, FCCM

Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

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Pratik Pandharipande, MD, MSCI, FCCM, is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is a physician scientist with a research focus in delirium, PTSD and long term cognitive impairment after critical illness. Dr. Pandharipande has been studying the role of iatrogenic risk factors and pathogenesis of brain dysfunction, including the role of neurotransmitters and inflammation in delirium. Since completing the MENDS study (RCT of sedation with benzodiazepines versus alpha2 agonists; JAMA 2007), he been the site-PI for Vanderbilt University’s ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group and has recently completed a 800-patient NIH-funded multicenter study examining the independent role of delirium and potent sedatives in long-term cognitive impairment and functional decline.

Marianne Shaughnessy, PhD, CRNP

Director of Policy, Veterans Affairs Community Living Centers, Washington, DC

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Dr. Shaughnessy’s clinical and research expertise focus on the care of older adults.  She has conducted clinical research and published in the areas of geriatric rehabilitation, motivation to exercise, post stroke care and delirium  She has been the recipient of numerous small grants and has been a Merit-funded investigator in the VA.  She has served on numerous grant review panels, served as Vice-Chair of the University of Maryland Institutional Review Board and chaired the first content expert panel of Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Dr. Shaughnessy's professional experience as an educator includes mentoring junior faculty and doctoral students, teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing students, and educating VA staff as the Associate Director of Education and Evaluation in the Baltimore VA Geriatric, Research, Education and Clinical Center.  Following a 20+ year career in academia,  Dr. Shaughnessy recently accepted a position in the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care Policy in the Veterans Health Administration, where she currently works with VA leaders to establish and implement programs and services for older Veterans and their families.

Christine Waszynski DNP, RN, GNP-BC

Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

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Christine Waszynski APRN attended the University of Connecticut for her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. She is currently the coordinator of the Geriatric Consult Service and NICHE Program at Hartford Hospital in Hartford Connecticut where she functions in the role of geriatric nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. Christine is the co-chairperson of ADAPT (delirium workgroup) and the Geriatrics Council within the Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Institute of Hartford HealthCare. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Sacred Heart University School of Nursing where she is pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Her research interests involve non-pharmacological interventions for persons at risk for or experiencing delirium.

Jose Maldonado MD,FAPM

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult), Stanford University Medical Center

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Dr. Maldonado is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and by courtesy of Medicine, Surgery and Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Law at Stanford School of Law. He serves as the Chief of the Medical and Forensic Psychiatry Section, and Medical Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Service.  In September 2003 Dr Maldonado joined the faculty of Stanford’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and served as co-Chair of the Biomedical Ethics committee at Stanford Medical center, for ten years ending in 2009. Dr. Maldonado is director of the Psychiatry & the Law course at Stanford Law School.

James Rudolph, MD, SM

Director, Center of Innovation in Geriatric Services, Providence VA, Providence, RI, Director, Measurement and Quality Improvement, VA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, Washington, DC

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Dr. Rudolph is the Director of the Center of Innovation in Geriatric Services at the Providence VA Medical Center and the Director of Measurement and Quality Improvement for the VA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, and a faculty member at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.  He is a clinician, researcher, and educator.  His area of expertise is the relationship of functional (cognitive and physical) deficits as a predisposition to negative health events in older persons, particularly those who are hospitalized.  He is an active clinician who works with interdisciplinary teams to implement programs to improve patient care with a focus on returning patient’s function. Driven by his clinical work, his research assesses on thinking and recovery after hospitalization across the healthcare system.

Clay Angel, MD

Medical Site Director for Kaiser Permanent’s Hospital Medicine Program Expansion, Santa Cruz County, CA.

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Dr. Clay Angel currently serves as the medical site director for Kaiser Permanent’s hospital medicine program expansion in Santa Cruz county, CA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine and has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2006 after completing IM residency in Chicago.

In 2009, Dr. Angel started and co-led a multidisciplinary team, based in the medical surgical setting, which has worked to improve, manage and ultimately prevent delirium in fragile elderly inpatients. This work has continued to grow and develop and has led to implementation of a standardized, regional approach to delirium management across Northern California.

His interest in implementation science and national best practices around delirium management in the hospital setting led to continued and increasing involvement in the American Delirium Society, which he has been a member since 2013.