Quality & Safety Initiatives

Our Team

Lawrence D. Ward, MD, MPH, FACP

Lawrence D. Ward, MD, MPH, FACP
Vice Chairman, Clinical Practice & Quality
Professor, Division of Internal Medicine
215-503-4567
Lawrence.Ward@jefferson.edu

Dr. Ward is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a general internist and clinical hypertension specialist. He completed his Masters of Public Health degree at George Washington University, his MD at Jefferson Medical College and completed residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Ward is the Executive Vice Chair and Vice-Chairman for Clinical Practice and Quality in the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. In that role, he develops innovative practice designs and coordinates the quality improvement and population health activities for the Department.


Bracken P. Babula, MD

Bracken P. Babula, MD
Assistant Quality Officer, Clinical Practice & Quality
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Internal Medicine
Bracken.Babula@jefferson.edu

Dr. Babula is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a board-certified internist practicing primary care at Jefferson Internal Medicine Associates. He received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and then completed his internal medicine/primary care residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He joined Jefferson in 2014, and is currently an Associate Quality Officer for the Department of Medicine and a Medical Information Officer with the Epic@Jeff Team.

Dr. Babula splits his time between seeing patients in primary care, and working to improve the quality of care provided by all Jefferson providers by focusing on the Electronic Health Record (EHR). With the help of the quality team, he has worked to improve the tools within the EHR to address both preventative and chronic disease care gaps, such as cancer screening and diabetes monitoring. He also works closely with the EHR reporting team to provide feedback on areas in need of improvement. Most recently, Dr. Babula has been working with the quality team and the EHR team to develop tools to help address the opioid crisis.


Edgar Chou, MD
Assistant Quality Officer, Clinical Practice & Quality
Associate Professor, Division of Internal Medicine
Edgar.Chou@jefferson.edu

Edgar Chou is board certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics, with an academic interest in leveraging health care technology to improve health outcomes and addressing health care disparities.  

His current projects include workflow analysis and system redesign addressing inpatient flow from admission to discharge and transitions to the ambulatory setting.  Additional projects relate to EHR design to maximize efficiencies and quality outcomes im addressing ambulatory quality metrics. 


Emmy Stup, MPH

Emmy Stup, MPH
Executive Vice Chair & Director, Practice Transformation & Value-Based Programs
215-503-0599
Emmy.Stup@jefferson.edu

Emmy Stup is Director of Practice Transformation and Value Based Programs at Jefferson. In this capacity, Ms. Stup leads the team responsible for partnering with primary care and specialty care practice across Center City Philadelphia to ensure optimal preventative care for patients. Ms. Stup is also responsible for directing grant-funded quality improvement and population health projects within Jefferson’s Department of Medicine and serves on the enterprise wide Population Health Leadership Team.