The INQUIRI Team

Michael Avidan, MBBCh

Michael Avidan, the Director of INQUIRI, is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery at Washington University. He is also the Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care. His research interests include intraoperative awareness, postoperative cognitive alteration, brain monitoring during surgery, and postoperative outcomes.


Anshuman Sharma, MD

Dr. Anshuman Sharma, MD, MBA, the Director of Quality Improvement for INQUIRI, is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine.


Daniel Helsten, MD

Dan Helsten, MD is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist with special clinical interests in trauma and pre-operative medicine. He was the clinical lead for the development and deployment of the department's anesthesia information management system (AIMS). As the Director of Informatics for INQUIRI, he plays a critical role in bringing technical and clinical experts together for effective collaboration.


Troy Wildes, MD

Troy Wildes, MD is an an Assistant Professor in the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Division at Washington University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Center for Preoperative Assessment and Planning (CPAP), the adult preoperative evaluation clinic at Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University. His research interests include identifying patients at risk for perioperative complications and identifying new strategies to improve patient outcomes.


Anke Winter, MD, MSc

Dr. Winter is a clinical epidemiologist and assistant professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Surgery. During her work as a physician, Dr. Winter developed a strong interest for population-based research and preventive medicine, and subsequently obtained additional training in clinical epidemiology. Dr. Winter’s current interest is to establish an independent clinical and outcomes research program within the Division of Public Health Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology and the Department of Surgery. Dr. Winter provides an important interface between INQUIRI and other epidemiological and outcomes research at Washington University.


Arbi Ben Abdallah

Arbi Ben Abdallah, Research Assistant Professor, joined the INQUIRI team in 2011, having gained extensive experience in psychiatric epidemiology, economic research and statistical analysis. Currently, Dr. Ben Abdallah provides support for the INQUIRI team in data management, measurement, and analysis. He provides guidance and mentoring to investigators and trainees in areas relevant to the quality improvement and research priorities of INQUIRI. Dr. Ben Abdallah’s research interests include the assessment of human behavior when facing risk, and analyzing the cost effectiveness of medical interventions.


Andrea Vannucci, MD

Andrea Vannucci, MD, DEAA is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the General Anesthesia Division at Barnes Jewish Hospital and the Patient Safety Officer of the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests focus on patient safety and patient outcome in the perioperative period and anesthesia care for patients receiving liver transplantation.


Penny Candelario

Penny has worked in the Department of Anesthesiology for one and a half years. Shortly after her hire in April 2010, she provided MetaVision data for the Bag Recall study for several thousand patients. In addition to providing other ad hoc research queries, Penny has worked on the implementation of MetaVision at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.


Laura Veramakis

Laura joined the Department of Anesthesiology in 1998. From early on her brief was to assist with processes aimed at improving quality assessment and promoting patient safety. Laura has helped to elevate the standard and rigor of the Morbidity and Mortality review process. In general, Laura is a patient advocate and is excited that, through INQUIRI, important strides will be made in elevating the quality of perioperative care. Apart from her role in Quality Improvement, Laura has made important contributions to clinical research endeavors, including the B-Unaware trial. Laura is also skilled in Information Technology, and has played a pivotal role in the implementation of the perioperative electronic medical record.


Sherry McKinnon

Sherry, Project Manager, joined the Department of Anesthesiology in 2011. Sherry is responsible for facilitating all logistical aspects of INQUIRI-related projects. Prior to stepping in to the Project manager role she worked as the Clinical Research Specialist assisting investigators with IRB submissions, coordinating scientific reviews and the department’s research education and compliance. She recently revamped and initiated the department’s internal review monitoring of research studies.


Mara Bollini

Mara Bollini, Performance Improvement Consultant, joined the Department of Anesthesiology in March 2013. She is responsible for further developing the quality improvement and patient safety related processes and functions within the department. She will be collaborating with other members of the INQUIRI team as well as quality and patient safety representatives from each division to facilitate the availability and use of data from a variety of sources to track, trend and promote system level improvements. Mara joins the INQUIRI team with prior experience in the field of patient safety and quality at both the hospital and corporate health system level.