Lab Members

tara cohen

Tara Cohen, PhD

Research Scientist Email:

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Tara Cohen, PhD is a research scientist at Cedars-Sinai. She earned her doctorate in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL in 2017 and joined Cedars shortly after. Her research interests involve proactive approaches to patient safety through potential threat identification. Tara has published her work in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Anaesthesia, the American Journal for Medical Quality, the Journal for Patient Safety, the Journal for Medical Systems, and the Journal for Healthcare Quality. She has also given a number of presentations at both national and international meetings.

Sarah Francis, MA, LSSBB

Administrative Svcs Assoc Email:

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Sarah Francis is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who initiates projects to improve the systems and processes within the Department of Surgery and Interventional Services. In this role, Sarah identifies opportunities to improve communication and streamline processes by analyzing data from a number of sources including direct observation, the electronic medical record, and stakeholder interviews. Sarah seeks to implement long-term solutions that are designed with and for the process owners and informed by best practices. Her past work has focused on improving patient flow, standardizing roles and responsibilities, and evaluating the effect technology has on in-person communication. Sarah also manages the Leadership in Healthcare Improvement Program, which is a 9-month quality improvement and leadership development course for residents and fellows.

Eric J. Ley MD, FACS

Eric Ley, MD

Medical Director, Surgical Critical Care Unit Email:

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Eric Ley, MD, is a surgeon who has worked on multiple projects that utilize human factors to improve the delivery of trauma and intensive unit care. In addition, his translational benchtop research investigates the catecholamine response after trauma and the role of beta blockers in traumatic brain injury. Dr Ley is the medical director of the Cedars-Sinai surgical critical care unit and program director for the trauma and critical care fellowship.

Daniel Shouhed, MD

Faculty, Minimally Invasive Surgery Email:

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Dr. Shouhed is a minimally invasive, bariatric and foregut surgeon at Cedars Sinai. He completed his surgical training at Cedars Sinai and his fellowship training in metabolic, endocrine and minimally invasive surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY. Currently, his research is focused on Human Factors in surgery and the role of emotional intelligence in patient outcomes and litigation. He has presented his research at several national surgical meetings and has authored publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons and World Journal of Surgery.

Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH

Jennifer Anger, MD

Associate Professor of Urology and Associate Director of Urological Research Email:

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Jennifer Anger, MD, received her bachelor's degree in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley, her master's degree from the UCLA School of Public Health and earned her medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Her research has focused on the quality of care for women with urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse, including the safety and efficiency of robotic-assisted surgery.