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Matthew Grossman, MD; Vicki K. Smetak, MD; Eric Jose Velazquez, MD


Matthew Grossman, MD, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital’s quality and safety officer, has won the 2018 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Award for Quality and Patient Safety from the Academic Pediatric Association.The award, presented at the organization’s national conference in Atlanta, celebrates significant achievements by a pediatric hospitalist in quality improvement and patient safety during the prior year. Dr. Grossman has led a number of quality and safety efforts at YNHCH, including his work to improve outcomes for children born opioid-dependent by using infant-mother bonding.

Vicki K. Smetak, MD, has been named Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital medical director of Regional Strategy and Partnerships. In this role, she will lead efforts to expand YNHCH partnerships throughout the region and advance clinically integrated network efforts with pediatricians and family practitioners. Before joining YNHCH, Dr. Smetak was chief medical officer for Methodist Children’s Hospital and Women’s Services, San Antonio, TX. Prior to that, she held several positions at Norwalk Hospital, including chair of Pediatrics and medical director of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine. Dr. Smetak earned her MD at New York University School of Medicine and completed a residency in pediatrics, followed by a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She had additional fellowship training in pediatric critical care medicine at Yale School of Medicine and YNHCH.

Eric Jose Velazquez, MD, has been appointed chief of the section of Cardiovascular Medicine in the department of Internal Medicine, chief of cardiovascular medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, and physician-in-chief of the Heart and Vascular Center for Yale New Haven Health System. He was recently named the Robert W. Berliner Professor of Cardiology, Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Velazquez was previously professor of medicine in the division of Cardiology at Duke University, and held appointments at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Global Health Institute. He earned his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his internal medicine and cardiology training at Duke University, including fellowships in clinical research and echocardiography.