OBI Program Director
Daniel M. Morgan, M.D. is an Obstetrician Gynecologist specializing in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.
He completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Michigan. In the past 5 years, he has worked with the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) to develop the Hysterectomy Initiative. His work in health care services has focused on efforts to reduce morbidity and optimize resource utilization.
Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN focuses her research on advancing evidence based care practices during childbirth that promote optimal outcomes for childbearing women and their families. She conducts clinical research aimed at answering significant questions about the ways in which care can best be provided during birth particularly during second stage labor to prevent pelvic floor injury. She also has extensive experience working with multi-stakeholder groups to develop and implement national guidelines focused on the provision of improving maternity care, including the National AIM bundles for hemorrhage and safe reduction of cesarean birth. Her focus on reducing cesarean birth safely also extends to being part of the executive team leading the Reducing Primary Cesarean Birth project with the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She is in practice as a certified nurse midwife at Michigan Medicine and on faculty in the School of Nursing, Women’s Studies and Department of OB/GYN.
Elizabeth Langen, M.D. is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who did her training at Stanford University and has been at the University of Michigan since 20012. In addition to providing sub-specialist care, she regularly cares for women on Labor and Delivery.
In addition to her role as Co-Director, Dr. Langen serves as the Michigan Medicine Clinical Lead. She started a Safe Birth Committee to examine Michigan Medicine's practices and implement new practices that can make birth safer for our patients.
Michelle Moniz, M.D., MSc is a generalist obstetrician gynecologist and health services researcher. Dr. Moniz’s research focuses on opportunities to improve value in reproductive healthcare. She studies the research to practice gap in obstetrics and evaluates interventions to help implement evidence-based obstetric practices, with a goal of improving outcomes and lowering healthcare expenditures. Dr. Moniz completed her residency training at the Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh before moving to the University of Michigan in 2013 to complete the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars fellowship in health services research.
OBI Program manager
Nina P. Bobowski, MPH leads the management, performance, and coordination of the Obstetrics Initiative including strategic planning and budget oversight with a focus on quality improvement. Nina has more than 10 years of experience managing health programs and research studies. Nina has a Master of Public Health in International Reproductive Health & Population Studies from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.
OBI Clinical site engagement coordinator
Jill Brown, BS, RN serves as the Obstetric Initiative’s primary contact for maternity hospital outreach and member hospitals’ quality improvement initiatives. Jill is an experienced Clinical Research Nurse with a strong background in Maternal Child Health. As a RN, she worked in many settings including direct patient care, state public health, and most recently clinical research at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor. She brings her dedication to improving obstetric care along with her public health background to the OBI team and maternity hospitals across Michigan. Jill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Central Michigan University and an ADN in Nursing from Washtenaw Community College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing at Eastern Michigan University.
OBI DATA MANAGER
April Richmond, BSN, RN ensures the Obstetric Initiative’s data accuracy and integrity by assuring that the Clinical Data Abstractor’s (CDAs) have the tools and knowledge needed for optimal data collection and reporting. April received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Michigan-Flint and has a broad range of clinical expertise. For the past 13 years, April has focused on patient safety and improving surgical outcomes, with involvement in several CQIs and database registries.
OBI Program Coordinator
Evalyn Yanna supports the daily operations of OBI, including supporting webinars, workgroup video conferences, regional meetings, and hospital site visits. She also manages the hospitals’ OBI participation points. Evalyn holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Administration and Psychology from Central Michigan University. She is passionate about theater, crafting, traveling and being a Big Sister mentor with our local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Chelsea Abshire, MPH serves as the Data Analyst for the Obstetrics Initiative as well as the Michigan Value Collaborative. Chelsea has more than four years of experience researching Maternal and Child Health based health outcomes both as a graduate student the University of Michigan Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health and as an Epidemiologist at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Neil Kamdar, MA is the Lead Statistician for the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His focus is in applying statistical methods to health services research for large administrative claims datasets (i.e. Medicare, Truven Marketscan, Optum, and Healthcare Cost Institute) and clinical registries. Neil has a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education with a focus on biostatistics and Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Biochemistry all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
OBI Program Associate
Kirsten Bonawitz, BS is the OBI Program Associate supporting the OBI Coordinating Center team. Kirsten received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Duke University in 2017. After graduation, she spent a year in Guatemala working with the Global Public Service Academies and collaborating with a government health clinic on community wellness projects. She plans to attend medical school in the future.
MVC Associate Project Manager / Senior Analyst
John Syrjamaki's, MPH responsibilities with MVC include data management and analysis, managing partnerships with other BCBSM Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQIs), interacting with hospital leaders, participating in the preparation of manuscripts, and directly working with BCBSM and ArborMetrix concerning data needs and improvements. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology, he earned a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences and Toxicology from the University of Michigan.