Featuring experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Department of Medicine:
Inga T. Lennes MD, MPH, MBA SVP, Service Excellence and Practice Improvement, MGPO
Dr. Lennes is the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) senior vice president for Service Excellence and Practice Improvement, as well as a clinically active thoracic medical oncologist, director of the Pulmonary Nodule Clinic, and quality of care researcher. Since coming to Mass General in 2009, she has become a leader in the Cancer Center – serving as the director of Clinical Quality, the physician lead for Partners eCare (Epic) implementation, and as the medical director of Ambulatory Services.
Dr. Lennes leads several important initiatives for the MGPO. She is responsible for conceiving and implementing new approaches to ambulatory practice that improve patient care. Outpatient practice redesign work involves maximizing Epic, helping practices create efficient operations for staff and physicians, and expanding patient access. She also directs the activities of the MGH/MGPO Practice Improvement and Service Excellence Division.
Dr. Lennes received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a fellowship in hematology/oncology in the Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare program. In 2011, she earned her MPH from Harvard University and completed her MBA at MIT in 2014.
Areas of interest include defining quality improvement metrics for oncology care, improving efficiency in oncology care delivery and integrating electronic health record technology into routine oncology visits. Her areas of research interest include outcomes related to supportive care of cancer patients and measuring the quality of oncology care.
Leigh H. Simmons, MD Medical Director, MGH Shared Decision Making Program
Dr. Simmons is an internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
She is the medical director of the MGH Health Decision Sciences Center where she studies the use of decision aids to help patients and clinicians in the shared decision making process. Dr. Simmons develops and conducts training of physicians and staff in communication skills focused on improving decision making with patients.
Her clinical practice is with the Internal Medicine Associates at Mass General. In addition to her clinical and research interests, Dr. Simmons is a medical student educator and directs the internal medicine clerkship for Harvard Medical School students at Mass General.