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.
mvc site engagement coordinator & midwife
Deby Evans, MBA, BSN, RN is a nurse trained in the United Kingdom. After graduation, she worked for a few years on a 40 bedded medical unit specializing in diabetes and endocrinology disorders. From there, Deby moved to a smaller hospital to study midwifery. Deby uses her clinical and managerial experience to help lead hospital engagement initiatives as the MVC Site Engagement Manager and is an integral part of hospital collaboration. Deby's MVC experience and midwifery background has been an invaluable asset to OBI.
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.
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.