Planning committee

Jeffrey Cooper, PhD

Jeff Cooper is Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and APSF Executive Vice President.

Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP

Meghan Lane-Fall is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania and the Co-Director of the Penn Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation.

Aalok Agarwala, MD, MBA

Aalok Agarwala is Division Chief of General Surgery Anesthesia and Associate Director of Anesthesia Quality and Safety at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Philip Greilich, MD, FASE

Philip Greilich is the  
S.T. "Buddy" Harris Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Anesthesiology and Health System Quality Officer at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Amanda Burden, MD

Amanda Burden is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Simulation Program at Cooper University Health Care.

Jay Vogt, MEd

Jay Vogt is an organizational and human development consultant with over thirty years of experience. He is an accomplished facilitator, mediator, trainer, management consultant and coach. He is a master at facilitating large groups, having led hundreds of events averaging one hundred or more participants.  


Mark Warner, MD

Mark Warner is APSF President and Professor of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic

Stacey Maxwell

Stacey Maxwell is APSF Administrator, based at the Mayo Clinic

Panel 1: Evidence from the Field

Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP

What is a handoff supposed to do?

Amanda Lorinc, MD

What are the possible perioperative handoffs and how do they differ? 

Joseph Keebler, PhD

Human Factors - Tools and Teaming

Aalok Agarwala, MD, MBA

Impact of evidence of association of handoffs with adverse outcomes 

Amanda Burden, MD

Principles of standardization in perioperative handoffs

Panel 2: Education & Implementation

Brian Mittman, PhD

Principles of implementation science that apply to handoffs 

Lee Ann Riesenberg, PhD, RN, CMQ

Educational strategies and tactics 

Patrick Guffey, MD

Use of EMR to promote HRT 

Raj Srivastava, MD, MPH

Successful handoff implementation 

Philip Greilich, MD, FASE

Provocative issues in handoffs

Breakout Groups

Group 1: Handoff processes

What are critical common process elements for any handoff to be successful? What essential behaviors (and roles) should be present in highly reliable handover teams? Facilitated by Aalok Agarwala and Amanda Lorinc.

Group 2: Metrics

What metrics (process and outcomes) can we use to measure handoff effectiveness? Facilitated by Meghan Lane-Fall and Arna Banerjee.

Group 3: Handoff research

What are the most important unknown questions about handoffs? That is, what should the research agenda be? Facilitated by Atilio Barbeito and Trent Bryson.

Group 4: Training and Mnemonics

What are the essential characteristics of durable handover education/training?  Is there a single mnemonic that can be used for perioperative handoffs? Facilitated by Steve Greenberg and Aditee Ambardekar.

Group 5: Handoff implementation

What are best practices for handoff process implementation? Facilitated by Philip Greilich and Isaac Lynch.

Group 6: Patient engagement in handoffs

How should patients be engaged in/notified of perioperative handoffs? Facilitated by Erin Pukenas and Amanda Burden.