It is my pleasure to announce that Stephanie Conner, MD, Margo Girardi, MD, and Mustafa Husaini, MD, have been appointed as Medicine Teaching Service (Firm) Medical Directors, serving in dual roles to assist with Department of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital operations, patient safety, and quality for inpatient units. While working closely with hospital, nursing, and Department of Medicine leadership to improve patient care delivery and patient experience, they will also optimize learner experience on the teaching services as core faculty members of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
The medical directors will provide oversight of patient care on the General Medicine Firm Service/Cardiology Firm Service. Each medical director’s specific assignment includes:
- Dr. Conner on Medicine 2 Firm, Units 5400 and 5500;
- Dr. Girardi on Medicine 1 Firm, Units 14300, 14400, and 14500; and
- Dr. Husaini on the Cardiology Firm, Units 9200 and 10200
Per Emily Fondahn, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, “We are thrilled to have three exceptionally talented physicians as Firm Medical Directors with the Department of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Drs. Conner, Girardi, and Husaini are all outstanding leaders and educators, well-equipped to manage the patient experience and provide skilled instruction to our resident trainees.”
Stephanie Conner, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, joined the Department of Medicine in July 2022. Dr. Conner completed her undergraduate degree at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Chemistry in 2009. She attended medical school at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, graduating in 2013 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies. Upon graduation, she did her internship and residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, followed by a chief residency at an affiliate hospital, Greenwich Hospital. Upon completion of her chief residency, Dr. Conner accepted a position as an assistant professor of medicine within the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, where she worked for the past five years. She previously served as the Medical Director for the Night & Cardiology Hospitalist Services, and as the Associate Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Internal Medicine Residency. She is currently the Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound and the Chairperson of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee for the Division of Hospital Medicine. Her professional interests include point-of-care ultrasound, clinical operations, implementation of quality improvement and DEI initiatives, and resident and faculty curricular development.
Margo Girardi, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, joined the Department of Medicine in January 2012. Dr. Girardi completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She attended medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine graduating in 2005 as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. Upon graduation, she did her residency in internal medicine at the University of California-San Diego. She has worked in the Division of Hospital Medicine for over ten years, most recently as the medical director of the 3500 observation unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. During her time as the 3500 Medical Director, Dr. Girardi successfully implemented the SQUID protocol for treatment of patients in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), collaborated with Interventional Radiology on post-procedure patient monitoring, and assisted with COVID protocols for the unit. She currently is a member of the Hospital Medicine Leadership Team, the Chair of the Division’s Social Wellness committee and an active member in the Division’s Education Committee with focus on resident education.
Mustafa Husaini, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division, joined the Department of Medicine in 2020. Dr. Husaini graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He attended medical school at Michigan State University, followed by an internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester. Dr. Husaini was a fellow with the Cardiovascular Division from 2017-2020 prior to joining the division as the director of the sports cardiology program. He is currently working on a Master of Business Administration at Washington University (anticipated graduation spring 2023). Dr. Husaini has written, published, and presented on topics germane to his interests including health policy, communication biases, mentorship, and growth. He has assisted on numerous quality initiatives in Cardiology including the appropriate use of telemetry, outpatient EKG testing in the outpatient laboratory, DOM patient progression, and the Epic E1E transition. He currently serves on the Cardiology Division’s Anti-Racism Task Force Steering Committee, the faculty mentor for the Cardiology Fellowship Wellness Committee, and as an assistant program director for the Cardiology Fellowship.
Please join me in welcoming Drs. Conner, Girardi, and Husaini to their new leadership roles.