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HPEd Graduate Receives Excellence in Heath Care Award

March 31, 2021
Dr. Farrukh Jafri recently was appointed medical director of WPH Cares at White Plains Hospital in New York.
Dr. Farrukh Jafri recently was appointed medical director of WPH Cares at White Plains Hospital in New York.

Farrukh N. Jafri, MD, MS-HPEd, a 2019 graduate of the MGH Institute’s Master of Science in Health Professions Education (HPEd) program, has been named a 2021 Tribute to Excellence in Health Care Award recipient from the United Hospital Fund. 

Dr. Jafri, who currently is pursuing his PhD in HPEd at the Institute, was recently appointed medical director of WPH Cares at White Plains Hospital in New York, part of the Montefiore Health System, where he oversees transitions of care. Prior to this, he served as the assistant director of Education and Simulation. 

He is among 72 quality improvement leaders who will receive their award in May for their exemplary efforts to improve quality of care, patient safety, and the patient experience at their institutions. The honorees were chosen for their leadership including special efforts to respond to COVID-19 or address health care disparities. 

Jafri executed several patient safety initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working as a co-principal investigator, he designed and implemented a novel hybrid in simulation/quality improvement programs to improve COVID-19 airway management across multiple emergency departments in New York City and Westchester County.  

He also led numerous simulation-based quality improvement initiatives including hospital-wide COVID airway management, pediatric shock inpatient floors, airway management in cardiac catheterization labs among code teams as well as training core/contingency team interactions with adult rapid response, pediatric resuscitation, mass casualty drills, and interprofessional sepsis teams. 

“The MGH Institute provided me the skills and mentorship I needed in order to develop successful programs that have resulted in an impact on our learners as well as the community,” said Jafri.  

The United Hospital Fund is an independent nonprofit organization based in New York City. Its mission is to build a more effective and equitable health care system, one that is affordable and accessible, provides the highest quality of care, and achieves optimal health outcomes with a special emphasis on equity and the needs of those who are disadvantaged.