Mediware Consulting and Analytics

Susann NienhausSusann Nienhaus, BSN, RN, JD

Director, Client Services & Patient Safety

Susann Nienhaus is a Registered Nurse and attorney. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude, in 1979, she spent nearly 20 years focused on cardiovascular surgical nursing. In 1990, she was among the first class to achieve Certification as a Registered Nurse First Assistant from the Association of Operating Room Nurses. In 1999, Mrs. Nienhaus graduated from the IU School of Law at Indianapolis where she was an editor on the International and Comparative Law Review and received the Jordan Constitutional Law Award. As Director of Risk Management at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital from 2002 through 2007, Mrs. Nienhaus developed and implemented a patient safety program that combined quality improvement initiatives and risk reduction strategies to improve departmental efficiencies and prevent healthcare errors.

CA-Staff-Photos---150x201px_0007_cclancy1Carolyn Clancy, MSN, CNS, RN

Transfusion Safety Nurse Consultant

Carolyn Clancy is licensed registered nurse with her master’s in nursing as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist. Carolyn began her nursing career as a perioperative nurse and became an expert in her field progressing on to serve as a staff development coordinator and CNS for a level-one trauma hospital. She is an expert in malignant hyperthermia, transfusion safety, and endoscope reprocessing. Carolyn’s contributions to nursing are evidenced in her service as member and chair of nursing research committees, nurse practice councils, team effectiveness committees, and journal clubs, and was elected to serve as ambassador for magnet designations on several accounts. With her advanced training and years of perioperative and trauma experience she is ideally suited to influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staffs and by implementing improvements in health care delivery systems.

CA-Staff-Photos---150x201px_0008_carolyn-burnsCarolyn Burns, MD, FASCP

Physician Advisor, Transfusion Services

Carolyn Burns, MD is a Board Certified Pathologist (AP/CP) and served as Medical Director of the Jewish Hospital Healthcare System, Department of Pathology (Louisville, KY.) from 1991 to 2011. This included medical directorship of the Transfusion and Tissue Services for this 5- hospital system. Additionally, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Louisville and until recently, had been the Medical Advisor for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program.

After earning her Microbiology degree with Honors from the University of Kansas in 1981, and her Medical Degree Cum Laude from the University of Missouri in 1986, Dr. Burns completed a surgical internship and subsequent pathology residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky in 1991. During residency she received the John P. Miles Award for Outstanding General Surgery Resident in Neurosurgery and served as Chief Resident in Pathology.

Sarah DaccarettSarah Daccarett, MD, FCAP

Physician Advisor, Clinical Laboratory Utilization Services

Sarah Daccarett, MD, FCAP is board certified in clinical pathology. She currently advises on effective laboratory test utilization so that physicians can provide healthcare that is high in quality, reliable and low in cost. She was raised in the mountain west and completed both her engineering and medical doctorate degrees at the University of Utah. She then completed training in Pathology at the University of Utah and ARUP National Laboratories in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Sarah brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in analyzing and standardizing physician ordering patterns, as well as in the development and implementation of evidence-based decision support tools that deliver value.

Jay MenitoveJay Menitove, MD

Physician Advisor, Transfusion Services

Dr. Jay Menitove’s blood banking/transfusion medicine career spans 36 years. Dr. Menitove extended his internal medicine/hematology background to focus on mitigation of transfusion-transmitted disease risks and appropriate utilization of blood and blood components (now considered patient blood management). For almost 17 years, Dr. Menitove headed the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC-KC), an organization providing outstanding service to 70 hospitals in 70 counties spanning mid-Missouri to eastern Kansas. In addition to management responsibilities, he guided the implementation of innovative programs such as being the first regional blood center to introduce ISBT 128 symbology and the first to establish a region-wide Antibody Registry. He is an author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, book chapters, etc.

Dr. Menitove is committed to transfusion medicine activities including Chairing the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability, Chairing an Alliance for Blood Operators committee addressing Risk-based Decision Making, and serving as an Associate Editor of Transfusion. He believes Transfusion Medicine is an exciting and important discipline that continuously seeks improvements in patient outcomes and donor care.

Alex RyderAlex Ryder, M.D., Ph.D.

Independent Physician Advisor for Mediware Consulting & Analytics

Alex Ryder, M.D., Ph.D., is board certified in clinical pathology and transfusion medicine/blood banking. He currently serves as Director of Transfusion Services at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. A fully licensed physician/surgeon in the state of Tennessee, Dr. Ryder completed his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of medicine and his residency and fellowship programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. He has recently completed his Ph.D. in Investigative Medicine at Yale Graduate School. Dr Ryder is a strong advocate of patient blood management who enjoys advising and lecturing on effective transfusion practices as well as being an adhoc reviewer of Transfusion. He also authored or co-authored several articles and book chapters and presented at numerous medical society meetings and symposia.