|Nirvani Goolsarran, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Associate Director of Residency Program
Associate Vice Chair for Quality,
Safety and Compliance
Chair of Patient Safety Quality Council
Dr. Nirvani Goolsarran is an Academic Hospitalist and Professor of Clinical Medicine. She also serves as one of the Associate Program Directors of the Internal Medicine Residency, and the Associate Vice Chair for Quality, Patient Safety, and Compliance in the Department of Medicine. These clinical and administrative roles have enabled her to focus on improving the learning environment for our residents and integrate patient safety/harm prevention into clinical practice.
Dr. Goolsarran graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, NY, with a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to enrolling into medical school, she worked as a pediatric and neurosurgery Physician Assistant at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Goolsarran received her medical education at Ross University in Dominica, West Indies; completed internal medicine residency training program at Stony Brook University Hospital and was then appointed to serve as chief medical resident; and joined as faculty in the Department of Medicine in July 2014.
Her research areas of interest include medical education, quality improvement and patient safety outcomes research. Dr. Goolsarran has developed a systematic approach to analyze medical errors and conduct mortality reviews. Her passion is active engagement in process improvements and using a systematic approach to analyze medical errors. She has authored numerous quality improvement projects that resulted in improvement in early patient discharge, safer MRI screening, increase in event report rates and standardization of the physician hand-off. She is also the founder and chair of the Internal Medicine Residency Patient Safety Quality Council (PSQC). This peer-elected forum was formed so residents can discuss quality and safety issues that affect patient care in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Goolsarran is graduate of the Society of Hospital Medicine Quality and Safety Educators Academy Patient Safety Training Program; and a Certified Master Trainer of the AHRQ TeamSTEPPS Patient Safety Training Program. As a certified six sigma lean blackbelt leader, she has served as a regional Quality Improvement mentor in the Brooklyn/Queens area as part of Society of Hospital Medicine QI education initiative. Dr. Goolsarran also serves on the AAMC Integrating Quality Steering Committee and the AAMC Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee.
Dr. Goolsarran has won numerous teaching awards including the Attending Teacher of the Year and Inpatient Attending of the Year for five years in a row. She has also received the Faculty Mentorship award for her guidance and supervision of quality improvement projects. In March 2019, Dr. Goolsarran was inducted into the distinguished AOA Honor Medical Society. The prestigious AOA Honor Medical Society, founded in 1902, has elected more than 4,000 students, residents/fellows, faculty and alumni annually, and recognizes high medical achievement and a lasting commitment to professional excellence and leadership.
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