Clinical Focus

  • Diagnostic Radiology

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor, Radiology

Professional Education

  • Fellowship:Massachusetts General Hospital Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship (2008) MA
  • Board Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology (2007)
  • Residency:Baylor College of Medicine Radiology Residency (2007) TX
  • Internship:Naval Medical Center (1999) CA
  • Medical Education:Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (1998) MO


All Publications

  • Multisite Implementation of Radiology-TEACHES (Technology-Enhanced Appropriateness Criteria Home for Education Simulation). Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR Willis, M. H., Newell, A. D., Fotos, J., Germaine, P., Gilpin, J. W., Lewis, K., Stein, M. W., Straus, C., Sepulveda, K. A. 2020


    PURPOSE: After encouraging results from a single-institution pilot, a novel case-based education portal using integrated clinical decision support at the simulated point of order entry was implemented at multiple institutions to evaluate whether the program is scalable and results transferable. The program was designed to fill key health systems science gaps in traditional medical education curricula, ultimately aiding the transition from volume to value in health care. The module described uses commonly encountered medical vignettes to provide learners with a low-stakes educational environment to improve their awareness and apply curricular content regarding appropriate resource utilization, patient safety, and cost.METHODS: In 2016 and 2017, the team implemented the modules at eight US medical schools. A total of 199 learners participated in this institutional review board-approved study; 108 completed the module, and 91 were in the control group.RESULTS: The module group had higher posttest scores than their control group peers, after controlling for pretest scores (beta= 4.05, P < .001). The greatest knowledge gains were on questions related to chest radiography (22% improvement) and adnexal cysts (20.33% improvement) and the least on items related to pulmonary embolism (0.33% improvement). The majority of learners expressed satisfaction with the educational content provided (70.4%) and an increased perception to appropriately select imaging studies (65.2%).CONCLUSIONS: This program is promising as a standardized educational resource for widespread implementation in developing health systems science curricula. Learners at multiple institutions judged this educational resource as valuable and, through this initiative, synthesized practice behaviors by applying evidence-based guidelines in a cost-effective, safe, and prudent manner.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.12.012

    View details for PubMedID 31930982

  • Optimizing Performance by Preventing Disruptive Behavior in Radiology. Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc Willis, M. H., Friedman, E. M., Donnelly, L. F. 2018; 38 (6): 1639?50


    Disruptive behaviors impede delivery of high-value health care by negatively impacting patient outcomes and increasing costs. Health care is brimming with potential triggers of disruptive behavior. Given omnipresent environmental and cultural factors such as constrained resources, stressful environments, commercialization, fatigue, unrealistic expectation of perfectionism, and burdensome documentation, a burnout epidemic is raging, and medical providers are understandably at tremendous risk to succumb and manifest these unprofessional behaviors. Each medical specialty has its own unique challenges. Radiology is not exempt; these issues do not respect specialty or professional boundaries. Unfortunately, preventive measures are too frequently overlooked, provider support programs rarely exist, and often organizations either tolerate or ineffectively manage the downstream disruptive behaviors. This review summarizes the background, key definitions, contributing factors, impact, prevention, and management of disruptive behavior. Every member of the health care team can gain from an improved understanding and awareness of the contributing factors and preventive measures. Application of these principles can foster a just culture of understanding, trust, support, respect, and teamwork balanced with accountability. The authors discuss these general topics along with specific issues for radiologists in the current medical environment. Patients, providers, health care organizations, and society all stand to benefit from better prevention of these behaviors. There is a strong moral, ethical, and business case to address this issue head-on. 命SNA, 2018.

    View details for DOI 10.1148/rg.2018180019

    View details for PubMedID 30303780

  • R-SCAN: CT Angiographic Imaging for Pulmonary Embolism. Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR Frigini, L. A., Hoxhaj, S., Wintermark, M., Gibby, C., De Rosen, V. L., Willis, M. H. 2017; 14 (5): 637?40

    View details for PubMedID 28284675

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