Wallace and Sampene to co-lead department’s Quality and Safety program

As part of the ongoing changes to the UW Department of Ob-Gyn’s Quality and Safety platform, Sumer Wallace, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Katie Sampene, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, will co-lead the Department of Ob-Gyn’s Quality Improvement Review Committee!

Wallace was appointed the first-ever Director of Gynecology Quality and Safety last fall. She has a dedication to quality improvement and data-driven outcomes that will serve her well in this role. She is a longtime member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Policy, Quality and Outcomes committee, and has served as Director of Clinical Informatics for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology since 2021.

Sampene was recently appointed the Director of Obstetrics Quality and Safety. She has been an active leader in obstetrics quality at UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital for several years: she served as chair of the UPH-Meriter Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2017-2019, during which time she was also a member of the OB Quality Improvement Committee. Sampene is currently an active member of the UPH-Meriter Pregnancy and Childbirth Care Committee. She has ongoing research projects focused on standardized communications practices during unscheduled Cesarean birth, contraceptive counseling within a reproductive justice framework, and quality improvement research on prenatal aspirin recommendations. In addition, Sampene has co-chaired the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee since 2021 with a particular focus on improving patient experience.

In these new roles, Wallace and Sampene will co-lead the Department of Ob-Gyn’s Quality Improvement Review Committee. They will also advise department leadership on quality improvement opportunities in clinical practice, develop data infrastructure to track and monitor quality metrics in all areas of practice, initiate and facilitate educational programs on quality and safety that can benefit trainees, faculty, and clinical providers, and so much more. 

Congratulations to Dr. Wallace and Dr. Sampene!