Lean Fox Solutions Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is a network of health care experts who have agreed to advise our Lean Coaches and Senseis in its strategic decision-making process and day-to-day work. Their abilities, experience, and knowledge were selected for how they complement a particular Lean Fox project, or the organization as a whole. Sometimes questions will be posed to the whole group, sometimes individual members will be consulted.

Dr. Ernest Yoder

Dr. Ernest Yoder is the founding dean of Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine. Ernie previously served as Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Vice Chairman of Medical Education and Research for St. John Health and Ascension Health in Michigan. With doctoral degrees in education and medicine from Wayne State University, he has held faculty positions at WSU School of Medicine and Oakland University, where he taught quality improvement in health care. His clinical and academic efforts focus on improving primary care medical practice, medical education, educational program evaluation, evidence-based medicine and continuous quality improvement.

Dr. Stephen Mendelson

Dr. Stephen Mendelson, an orthopedic surgeon at Mendelson Kornblum Orthopedic & Spine Specialists was named 2011 Top Doc in Orthopedics/Sports Medicine by Hour Magazine. Steve was instrumental in the adoption of Lean at his practice which significantly increased patient throughput and patient/staff satisfaction. Steve is a an advocate for the use of technology to improve patient care, like Orthopad, digital xrays taken in the office and web-based patient-education videos. He has been published in over a dozen medical journals. He earned his medical degree at Wayne State University and did his research fellowship at Haddasah Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Jeffrey King

Dr. Jeffrey King serves as a hospice physician with Seasons Hospice and as a team physician. Prior to that, Jeff practiced in the department of Emergency Medicine at Detroit Medical Center, Chief at Harper University Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor with Wayne State University School of Medicine. Jeff has advocated and practiced continuous improvement throughout his career, including the transformation to deliver prompt patient care in 29 minute minutes or less at Detroit Medical Center and the Continuous Quality Improvement Committee Detroit Receiving Hospital. He authored a chapter in “The 5 Minute Emergency Medicine Consult.” Jeff earned his medical degree at the University of Michigan and did his postgraduate work at Cook County Hospital.


Mark S. Teachout, Ph.D.

Mark S. Teachout, PhD, MS, is an HR, OD and training consultant, with 30 years of combined experience in change & culture, strategic planning, training, leadership development, program evaluation and research & development for Fortune 200, private sector and public sector organizations. Dr. Teachout currently serves as Associate Professor in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration-University of the Incarnate Word in Texas and as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Behavioural and Healthcare Research (IJBHR). He teaches graduate courses in HR Management for Healthcare Administration, Leading Change, Organizational Development and Organizational Behavior. Earlier, he was the Assistant Vice President of Learning and Performance Solutions, at USAA, and a Senior Scientist at the USAF Research Lab where he received the Scientific Achievement Award for outstanding research. He has served on the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (ibstpi). He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University.


Debra Williams

Debra Williams

Debra Williams is a Registered Nurse who has served in Director and VP positions at Garden City Hospital for the majority of her career.    As VP of Operations she emphasizes a continuous improvement environment promoting innovative patient care delivery.   Debra was the featured cover story in Health Management Technology, September 2009.  She received her MBA and BS in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Some of her more innovative accomplishments included:Increased point-of-service collection in the ED by 50%; Re-location of offsite Pain Management Services resulting in 85% increase in Pain Service Clinic volume and a 35% increase in pain procedure volume in 60 days; Clinical Decision Unit/Chest Pain Unit in Emergency Department resulting in a 63% reduction in the use of outpatient beds and a 54% reduction in Observation hours; Streamlined Surgical Services boarding process and block boarding scheduling resulting in increase in first case starts; improved physician communication; reduced case cancellation rate by 50% and an increase in block utilization in 5 months; Implemented process improvement initiatives resulting in 75% reduction in patient fall rate; Reduced agency use hospital wide within 3 months resulting in $1.8 million cost saving

Dr. Abigail Schildcrout

Abigail SchildcroutDr. Abigail Schildcrout, a board certified internist, is the Founder and owner of Practical Medical Insights, which was created to be the paradigm for patient empowerment. Its mission is to advocate for, teach, and help clients become their own (or their loved one’s) best health advocate. Abi works to educate clients so they can maintain control through the tumult of dealing with a serious illness; arm them with the tools to take control of their health; help them navigate the pathways they encounter as they care for an ill or aging parent; guide them to second (or subsequent) medical opinions; and help to ensure that their wishes and medical goals are respected. She lectures and runs workshops for the general public and for health professionals. She also does professional development and communication facilitation and coaching for physicians. Dr. Schildcrout earned her medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1996, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Oakwood Hospital, and worked as a hospitalist prior to founding her business.