Daniel Alyesh Daniel Alyesh

Dr. Alyesh is a Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow at the University of Michigan. Previously at Georgetown, he founded and led the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Chapter which completed inter-professional QI projects and held a regional patient safety symposium in Washington, DC. He is trained as an IHI Improvement Advisor and has completed Dartmouth Medical School’s Chief Resident in Quality and Safety Program. His academic interests are in in developing actionable measures of value in cardiovascular care and his greatest passion is for high quality care with the patient at the center.

Jamie Beach Jamie Beach

Jamie Beach is the Frankel Cardiovascular Center’s Quality Data Manager, maintaining a large dashboard of clinical process and outcomes metrics. In addition, she partners with clinicians from across the CVC to help facilitate quality improvement and other pilots. After nine years working on nationally reported “Core Measures”, she has a strong interest in the measurement of healthcare quality and improving the way data are presented to clinicians. Other interests include telehealth and reducing waste in healthcare. Jamie is very proud of her clinical nursing experience in cardiology and will be forever grateful to the UMHS 7C staff nurses that shaped her career.

  Diane Drago

Diane Drago has served on the University of Michigan Cancer Center’s Patient and Family Advisory Board (PFAB) as a family member since it was created in 2011. Her husband was a patient at the Cancer Center for nearly four years during which he was cared for by a number of UMHS specialties, including cardiology. Diane also serves as a member of UMHS’ Department of Internal Medicine’s Quality Council. Professionally, Diane owns and manages Diversified Management Services, LLC, a conference and event planning firm, which has an extensive health care clientele.

Lauren Heidemann Lauren Heidemann

Dr. Heidemann works as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine as a hospitalist and is also a co-lead on the University of Michigan Chapter of Providers for Responsible Ordering (PRO). Her main interest is reducing overuse of inappropriate inpatient testing. Current projects include EHR-based interventions to help providers reduce inappropriate thrombophilia work-up, utilization of daily labs, inpatient nebulizer use, as well as aid in decision-making regarding anticoagulation for venous thromboembolism.

Shelly Lassey Shelly Lassey

Shelly Lassey received her RN in Nursing from St.Vincent School of Nursing and earned her BSN from Eastern Michigan University. She started her nursing career in 1991 and worked for 17 years at a community hospital in the cardiac care unit/ICU and cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs. She came to the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in 2007 to work with Drs.Froehlich, Weder and Ganesh in CVM (cardiovascular medicine) as their outpatient clinic nurse. She is also one of the clinic nurses for the interdisciplinary programs - Peripheral Artery Disease and Venous Health, and work closely with outstanding Nurse practitioners daily to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes.

Ran Lee Ran Lee

Dr. Lee is currently a Chief General Cardiology Fellow in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. He completed his medical education at Virginia Commonwealth University prior to undergoing Internal Medicine residency here at the University of Michigan. Career interests after general fellowship include academic cardiology, quality and process improvement, as well as further training in advanced heart failure and critical care cardiology. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lydia, and their two dogs.

Andrea Obi Andrea Obi

Dr. Obi is an Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery. She has a strong interest in vascular biology and has completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Conrad Jobst Vascular Laboratories. She is the recipient of the Servier Fellowship, the D. Emerick Szilagyi Award, the Jobst Award Vascular Research and the James W. Crudup Award for her research. Above all, she remains committed to high level, efficient patient-centered care.

Chris Petrilli Chris Petrilli

Dr. Petrilli works as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine as a hospitalist. His research and administrative interests focus on improving the utilization of healthcare resources. He co-founded the University of Michigan chapter of Providers for Responsible Ordering. His current targets to date include continuous cardiac monitoring, echocardiography, thrombophilia testing, "routine" daily labs, inpatient nebulizer use, vitamin D screening, immunosuppression and antibiotic drug level testing. Additionally, he is the medical director of the VA Ann Arbor Health System perioperative clinic aimed at improving perioperative patient outcomes and reducing unnecessary preoperative testing and specialty consults.

Nikki Taylor

Nikki Taylor

Nikki Taylor is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for 4c Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Unit and CVC 5 Cardiovascular Moderate Care Unit at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Nikki began her nursing career working as a dual unit cross trainer on 7c cardiac stepdown unit and 7d cardiac intensive care unit. She values her experience there because she worked with inspiring nurses and physicians who helped develop her into the nurse she is today.  Nikki has worked on various projects/committees at UMHS such as implementation of electronic charting systems, central line bloodstream infections on 7d and transfer of accountability from ICU to stepdown. She is also active in the community by working through her church to help reduce health disparities. 


Advisory Group

Our Advisory Group is a cross section of front line staff, mid and high-level leaders, and patient family advisors. We envision this group as one of our primary keys to success: