Posted September 10, 2013
|ACH Welcomes Dr. Brigitta U. Mueller as VP, Medical Affairs and CSO|
Brigitta Mueller, M.D., has joined All Children’s Hospital as Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Safety Officer. In this role, she will work closely with physicians, other clinicians and hospital leaders on a range of quality and patient safety initiatives and oversight.
Dr. Mueller comes to ACH from Texas Children’s Hospital, a top ten children’s hospital that is also the nation’s largest freestanding children’s hospital, and the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, where she was a tenured Professor of Pediatrics.
“Dr. Mueller brings a wealth of experience in the domains of patient care, quality and safety, leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration,” says Jonathan Ellen, M.D., ACH President and Physician-in-Chief. “She will play a key role in our focus on a culture of safety, physician engagement and academic transformation.”
For the past 12 years, Dr. Mueller was Director of the Division for Clinical, Operations, Quality and Safety for the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, a multisite program with more than 1,600 new patients and 33,000 outpatient visits per year. Leading a staff of 74 clinical faculty, she also served as Clinic Chief, Section of Hematology-Oncology and Chief Safety Officer for the Cancer Center. Dr. Mueller created and chaired the Chemotherapy and Safety Committee and the Clinical Practice Committee, working with physicians, ARNPs, nurses, pharmacists and nurse educators to establish more than 35 evidence-based clinical pathways and order sets now used throughout the institution to treat hematology-oncology problems.
Sickle cell disease has been a focus of Dr. Mueller’s clinical and research efforts. From 2001 through 20012 she was Director of the Texas Children’s Sickle Cell Center, which follows more than 1,000 patients. She previously was principal investigator for several NIH-supported studies for sickle cell disease and thalassemia, and was named to several NIH expert panels and workshops dedicated to these disorders.
In 2012, Dr. Mueller was named Associate Medical Director for Quality with the Texas Children’s Health Plan, focusing on the management of quality and patient safety as well as efforts to establish new models of care delivery aligned with accountable care and population health.
A native of Switzerland, Dr. Mueller received her medical degree from the University of Bern, where she also completed a pediatric residency. Following a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at the National Cancer Institute (Pediatric Branch) in Bethesda, Maryland, she served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, participating in clinical investigations at Children’s Hospital Boston and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. Mueller earned a master’s degree in healthcare management from the Harvard School of Public Health and served as an adjunct professor of management, policy and community health at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston. She holds certification as a Physician Executive (CPE) from the American College of Physician Executives and is an Examiner for the National Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
Dr. Mueller served on the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and on the Executive Committee of the Section for Hematology/Oncology of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is the author of 84 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 30 book chapters.