Duffy to serve as 2022-23 VA chief resident for quality improvement and patient safety

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Ryan Duffy, MD, senior assistant resident in the Duke Internal Medicine Residency Program, has been selected to serve as the Durham VA Medical Center Chief Resident for Quality and Safety (CRQS) for 2022-23.

During his chief resident year, Dr. Duffy will be part of a network of such chief residents across the country who lead quality improvement (QI) projects and receive expert training from mentors. He also will participate in a national curriculum designed to prepare a new generation of QI leaders able to help residents implement QI initiatives.

“Ryan has already been conducting research with Dr. Matthew Crowley in the division of endocrinology, and we look forward to watching him extend his QI skills over the coming months,” said Kathleen Cooney, MD, MACP, Chair of the Department of Medicine. “ We are excited that he will be working with the residency program leadership next year.”

Duffy will be the 11th Duke internal medicine resident to hold the chief resident for quality and safety role at the Durham VA.

“Ryan is a well-respected physician and colleague amongst his peers, amongst students and amongst faculty and staff.  He has a true passion for improving  care for all,  and particularly for our veterans,  and for teaching others.  I have no doubt he will thrive in the CRQS role and our program, as well as our patients, will benefit from his  leadership," said Aimee Zaas, MD, MHS, program director, Duke Internal Medicine Residency, and professor of medicine (Infectious Diseases).

Duffy will work closely with Joel Boggan, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine (General Internal Medicine) and CRQS mentor; David Simel, MD, Chairman of Medicine at the Durham VA; and previous and current chiefs, including Ryan Schulteis, MD.

"I am incredibly excited to accept this position," says Duffy. "This chief residency position will provide me with formal training in data analytics and QI implementation, which will allow me to identify and address problems that I will encounter throughout my career."

Duffy earned his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and medical degree from the Virginia Tech School of Medicine and Research Institute. 

Duffy will begin as chief resident for quality improvement and patient safety in July 2022. He will join 2022-2023 chief residents Lonnie Sullivan, MD; Sara Coles, MD; and Nathaniel Harris, MD. After his year as chief resident, Duffy plans to pursue a career in Endocrinology.

Former Chief Residents for Quality and Safety include

  • 2012-13 Ryan Schulteis, MD; Chief Health Informatics Officer, Durham VA Medical Center and founder/CEO, SV Analytics
  • 2013-14 Joel Boggan, MD, MPH; Associate Program Director, Duke Internal Medicine Residency Program and Assistant Professor working in GIM and Hospital Medicine, Durham VA Medical Center
  • 2014-15 Aaron Mitchell, MD, MPH; Assistant Member Level I, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • 2015-16 Lindsay Boole, MD; Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician, WakeMed
  • 2016-17 R. Matt Atkins, MD; Chief Medical Informatics Officer, OU Physicians Group and Director of Informatics and Quality Improvement, Department of Medicine, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • 2017-18 Sam Lindner, MD; Cardiology fellow, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2018-19 John Paul Shoup, MD; Medical Director of Process Improvement, BJC Physician Group, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2019-20 Lara Hayes, MD; Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine (Hospital Medicine) at the University of Utah.
  • 2020-21 Govind Krishnan, MD; Pulmonary / Critical Care fellow, Duke University
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