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Russell Gonnering, M.D.

Institution: Arizona State University

Department: School for the Science of Health Care Delivery

City: Elm Grove

State: Wisconsin

Country: United States

Trained as an oculofacial reconstructive surgeon, I spent the first 25 years of my career caring for patients, teaching and performing basic and clinical science research. Along the way I was given increasing responsibilities for clinical quality improvement and realized the importance of clinicians' involvement in this activity. In 2006, changes in my professional trajectory led me to obtain a master's degree in medical management from USC. Soon afterwards I was introduced to complexity science and non-linear systems dynamics. While I still see patients, since 2007, my major academic thrust has been applying the tools of systems and complexity sciences to understanding performance, particularly in health care. I believe it is imperative to introduce the next generation of health care professionals to these tools, and that is the basis for my excitement with the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery at ASU.

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