Neera Agrwal, MD, Ph.D, Chair
Dr. Agrwal is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine with a Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. She is a hospitalist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, where she has been employed since 2005.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Agrwal was employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Agrwal is involved in curriculum development with Mayo Medical School and is the co-Director for High-Value Care Domain of the Science of Health Care Delivery Curriculum. She is also a member of the Quality Academy and in that role, leads Quality Certification courses. Dr. Agrwal is the Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency at Mayo Clinic Arizona and previously was the Chief Medical Residency Program Director. She is the Director of the Evidence Based Medicine Conference series for the Internal Medicine Residency. She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Hospital Medicine Self-Assessment Committee.
She is a member of the ABIM Hospital Medicine Self-Assessment Committee.
Dr. Agrwal received her undergraduate degree in microbiology from Michigan State University, and a doctoral degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University. She received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska. She completed her internship at the University of Nebraska, followed by residency in internal medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital/Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
As of February 2019, Dr. Agrwal reported the following external relationship:
- Dr. Agrawal assists with the development of a curriculum on High Value Care for the Mayo Clinic medical students.
Jordan C. Messler, MD
Dr. Messler is a hospitalist at Morton Plant Hospital, employed by Incompass Health. He is volunteer faculty at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, teaching in the medical humanities. Additionally, he is guest faculty in a summer abroad Emory University course in Italy, teaching Medicine and Compassion to undergraduates.
Dr. Messler was Medical Director of the Morton Plant Hospitalist Group from 2005 to 2014. Prior to that role, he was Assistant Professor in Medicine at Emory University, at the Grady Memorial Hospital Hospitalist Group. Dr. Messler mentors hospitalists nationally, as part of the Society of Hospital Medicine's (SHM) Glycemic Control Project. He has also mentored nationally on projects around venous thromboembolism improvement and transitions of care.
He was chair of SHM's Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Committee from 2012-2014 and continues to serve as a member on the committee. He is also a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Hospital Medicine Self-Assessment Committee. Additionally, Dr. Messler has served on the American College of Physicians annual meeting planning committee in 2014 and 2016. He has given national talks on teamwork, physician engagement in quality and mentoring quality improvement.
Dr. Messler graduated with a biology degree from Duke University and his medical degree from the University of South Florida. He completed his internal medicine training in the primary care track at Emory University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.
As of April 2019, Dr. Messler reported the following external relationships:
Dr. Messler serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:
- Society of Hospital Medicine, Mentor for Quality Improvement for Hospital Glycemic Management, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and consulting fees.
Dr. Messler also reported that he is Executive Director of Quality Initiatives at Glytec, an insulin management software company.
Kelly Sponsler, MD
Dr. Sponsler is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Section of Hospital Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is an experienced academic hospitalist who has excelled in diverse clinical, quality, and education initiatives during her career. She has a particular interest in care transitions, specifically related to medication reconciliation/medication safety as well as strategies to reduce readmissions.
Dr. Sponsler completed her internal medicine residency training at Emory University in 2007, at which time she became board certified in Internal Medicine. She worked as a hospitalist at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA from 2007-2008 and has been a hospitalist at Vanderbilt since 2008. She was re-certified in Internal Medicine with a Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine in 2017.
Dr. Sponsler has authored several reviews on best practices for care transitions and has spoken at national and regional meetings on related topics. She also serves as the Medical Director for the Vanderbilt Familiar Faces program, which aims to provide continuity across care settings for medically complex patients who experience frequent ED and hospital visits. She has additional expertise in clinical documentation best practices and is the medical director for Clinical Documentation and Coding Excellence at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has held multiple roles related to medical education, including director for Faculty Development for the Section of Hospital Medicine, and director for the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety courses for 3rd and 4th year Vanderbilt medical students.
She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and earned her medical degree at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.
As of August 2020, Dr. Sponsler reported no external relationships.
Scott Wilson, MD, Ph.D
Dr. Wilson graduated from Des Moines University. After the Internal Medicine Residency at University of Wisconsin in Madison he moved back to Iowa and worked for 10 years as a hospitalist. He is currently ABIM certified with a Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine.
In 2000, Dr. Wilson was recruited to initiate and lead the Adult Hospitalist Program at the University of Iowa. As Director of the Hospitalist Program, he developed a Surgical Co-management Service and Hospitalist Services for General Medicine, General Cardiology, Cardiomyopathy, Hematology/Oncology, as well as coverage for Bone Marrow and Solid Organ Transplant Services. The Hospitalist Program has over 40 physicians, 5 Advance Practice Providers, and 2 program coordinators. Dr. Wilson's special interests include management of patients' medical issues in the perioperative period, diabetes management, and teaching procedures. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Internal Medicine residents; he was nominated twice for the M4 Teacher of the Year, and was a Faculty AOA inductee.
In 2015, he returned to University of Wisconsin as a clinician-educator and hospitalist. Dr. Wilson has attended courses in point of care diagnostic ultrasound and has utilized this technology to perform and teach bedside procedures since 2011. His current position is Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine.
As of September 2020, Dr. Wilson reported no external relationships.