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Thea Rosenbaum

TitleChief Cllinical Transformational Officer
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentAnesthesiology, College of Medicine
DivisionAnesthesiology Faculty
AddressS2/20B Shorey
4301 W.Markham
Mail Slot # 728
Little Rock AR 72205
Phone501-686-5007
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    Other Positions
    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    DepartmentAnesthesiology, College of Medicine
    DivisionAnesthesiology Faculty

    Other Roles
    Associate Chief Clinical Officer - patient safety, relations, and clinical risk
    Chief Medical Officer on call
    Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

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    Dr. Rosenbaum is a board-certified anesthesiologist and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at UAMS. She currently serves as a Chief Clinical Transformation Officer (CCTO) of UAMS Health and is a member of the UAMS Health executive team. Dr. Rosenbaum continues to serve as an Associate Chief Clinical Officer for Patient Safety and as a clinical anesthesiologist. As CCTO, she is responsible for driving care model redesign strategies for UAMS Health, encompassing all aspects of clinical quality, patient safety, clinical effectiveness, and efficiency. She develops strategic initiatives to support clinical excellence, expansion of the clinical footprint and enhance the population health of the state. In addition, she leads organization-wide initiatives to achieve the safest, highest quality, and most cost-efficient levels of patient care.

    After graduating high school, Dr. Rosenbaum earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, GA with magna cum laude distinction. She went on to pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a physician when she began her education at the Emory University School of Medicine. She joined UAMS in 2006 to complete two years of general surgery residency training in addition to full-residency training in Anesthesiology. Dr. Rosenbaum then joined the UAMS faculty in 2011 and has been active as a clinician, teacher, mentor, and hospital executive leader. She received her medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine and recently her MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Dr. Rosenbaum chose to pursue the MBA because she values the importance of strong physician leadership. In addition, the experience of the pandemic has shown her that matters of economics, supply chain, finance, leadership skills, health policy, and analytics have a tangible impact on the optimal delivery of healthcare.

    Dr. Rosenbaum enjoys teaching medical students and resident physicians, doing this not only in the lecture hall but through the development of a hands-on residency curriculum within the Department of Anesthesiology. Her academic interests include clinical and research practice in trauma medicine, transfusion medicine, and regional anesthesia. Her interests in patient safety, transformation in the delivery of care, changed management, and implementation science has provided her with a diverse administrative portfolio. Among projects in her portfolio, Dr. Rosenbaum has led successful initiatives including an on-target High-Reliability Training Behaviors for Error Prevention and an organization-wide Tiered Safety Huddle structure changing the course of how serious safety events and daily operational concerns are escalated to the executive leadership level. Dr. Rosenbaum has led cultural change at UAMS by weaving the culture of safety and fair and just culture into our organization’s DNA. She also combats hospital-acquired infections, being the first at UAMS to successfully enforce mandatory hand hygiene practices based on a novel employee
    accountability process she developed. Dr. Rosenbaum has experience restructuring institutional departments, most recently by leading the complete restructure of the Department of Patient Safety, Relations, and Clinical Risk. This has resulted in more effective management of patient safety concerns across the organization.

    Outside the operating room and hospital activities, Dr. Rosenbaum enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Eric Rosenbaum, M.D., M.P.H., who serves as an Associate Professor of Pathology at UAMS. They met while at Emory University School of Medicine and now continue their careers as 16-year Arkansans dedicated to the health of our state and missions around the world.


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    Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Leadership Alliance
    The National Society of Leadership and Success
    Healthcare Business Association
    American College of Healthcare Executives
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
    Patient Safety Organization (PSO)
    American Medical Association
    Arkansas Medical Society
    American Society of Anesthesiologists
    Arkansas Society of Anesthesiologists
    Dean’s Scholarship | The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School MBA Program | 2019
    Participation and completion certificate, Culture of Safety & a journey to becoming High-Reliability Organizations | Press Gainey | UAMS | 2018-2019
    Honorary award recipient, a membership into the division of Transfusion Medicine of the Department of Pathology | UAMS | 2017
    Honorary award recipient, Transfusion Medicine Above and Beyond in the Department of Pathology | UAMS | 2017
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    Pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative management of anesthetic, blood/fluid, hemodynamic, and pain management
    Initial and ongoing resuscitation/hemodynamic management, vascular access, and airway management
    Pain and sedation management throughout hospitalization including: during initial resuscitation, periods of mechanical ventilation
    Pain and sedation management during post-operative/follow-up period including post-delivery unit (obstetric patient population) and intensive care unit or other surgical/medical floors
    Anesthesiologist in Charge (AIC) pool
    Provision of Perioperative Anesthesia services on as a needed basis for inpatient and outpatient adult patients requiring other specialty surgical services at UAMS, including: a. Ophthalmology b. Plastic surgery c. Orthopedics d. Vascular e. Otolaryngology f. General surgery g. Obstetric anesthesia h. Trauma surgery and management i. Transplant surgery (kidney) j. Cardiac catheterization/EP lab services k. Radiology services (CT/MRI/PET) l. Gastroenterology services m. Other endoscopy services (bronchoscopy)

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    Chief Clinical Transformation Officer

    Associate Chief Clinical Officer - patient safety, relations, and clinical risk

    Chief Medical Officer on call

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    The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Baltimore, MDMBA12/2021Business
    Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GAM.D.05/2006Medicine
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, ARResidency in Anesthesia06/2011Anesthesia
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, ARResidency in General Surgery06/2008General Surgery
    North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, GABachelor of Science in Chemistry06/1999Chemistry - pre-med

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    1. Rosenbaum T, Mhyre JM. The Anesthesiologist's Role in the National Partnership for Maternal Safety's Hemorrhage Bundle: A Review Article. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2017 06; 60(2):384-393. PMID: 28169855.
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    2. Spond M, Burns T, Rosenbaum T, Lienhart K. Crisis Management of Accidental Extubation in a Prone-Positioned Patient with Klippel-Feil Syndrome. A A Case Rep. 2016 Jun 15; 6(12):383-6. PMID: 27301052.
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    3. Rosenbaum T, Rosenbaum ER, Lienhart KL, Choate AI. Obstetric anesthesia for harlequin ichthyosis: a unique challenge. A A Case Rep. 2015 Jan 15; 4(2):19-21. PMID: 25611001.
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    4. Richards DC, Mikiashvili T, Parris JJ, Kourbatova EV, Wilson JC, Shubladze N, Tsertvadze T, Khechinashvili G, del Rio C, Blumberg HM. High prevalence of hepatitis C virus but not HIV co-infection among patients with tuberculosis in Georgia. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2006 Apr; 10(4):396-401. PMID: 16602403.
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