MARCQI Coordinating Center


brian Hallstrom

Brian Hallstrom, MD


Brian Hallstrom, MD is the Co-Director of MARCQI. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hallstrom received his medical degree from Boston University before completing a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Michigan. He completed an adult reconstruction fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital before returning to Ann Arbor to practice at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 2008.


richard e. hughes

Richard E. Hughes, PhD


Richard E. Hughes, PhD is the Co-Director of MARCQI. He is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering, and Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University and PhD from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1998, he worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in orthopaedic biomechanics.

Tae Kim

Tae Kim, MHSA


Tae Kim is the Senior Project Manager for MARCQI. She received her BS and MHSA from The University of Michigan. Tae comes to MARCQI from the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative, MUSIC. She led their surgical outcomes initiatives (peri-operative, oncologic and patient reported outcomes, skills outcomes, skill workshops, video library). Tae has developed patient education and physician support materials along with launching two new initiatives within the urology collaborative. She joined MARCQI in 2019.


Thomas Zheng, PhD

Thomas Zheng, PhD, MS, MSE


Thomas (Huiyong) Zheng, PhD, MS, joined MARCQI as the Technical Statistical Lead in 2016. Prior to joining MARCQI, Dr. Zheng has been a senior staff in Biostatistics and faculty member, Associate Research Scientist, in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan since 2004. He has BS, MS in Mathematics and PhD in Control Theory (NPU China) and post-doctoral in Scientific Computing (Tsinghua University China). He worked in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science EECS and Industrial & Operation Engineering IOE University of Michigan as post-doctoral research fellow from 2000 to 2004 (also earned an MSE in IOE with a focus on Statistics and Quality Control). Dr. Zheng has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in methodology and epidemiological/health studies. He has been a Principle Investigator or co-investigator in many research projects and playing leading role in analytics among collaborative studies.


Heather Chubb

Heather Chubb, MS


Heather Chubb, MS, joins us as Senior Analyst, Lead for MARCQI. She received her BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan Dearborn and her MS in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan. She is a published statistician with a background in both healthcare and manufacturing settings. She joins MARCQI after nearly 10 years in the Michigan Medicine Dermatology department where she served as a co-investigator on many
research studies with faculty, residents and medical students.


Qi Zhu

Qi Zhu, MS


Qi Zhu, MS, joins MARCQI as a Database Manager. Qi is part of the MARCQI data analytics team with Dr. Zheng and Heather Chubb. Qi received his BS from Hohai University, China. At Michigan State, Qi completed two masters’ degrees, one in Electrical Engineering and one in statistics. He has more than ten years of experience in data management and healthcare claims data analysis.



Joe Brooks

Joe Brooks, MSML


Joe Brooks is one of MARCQI’s Clinical Quality Assurance Coordinators. Joe received both his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. He has over 20 years of clinical anesthesia experience encompassing roles in clinical training, leadership, and research. He designed a nationally recognized Anesthesia Technology program and developed best-practices for intraoperative blood salvage for major surgical procedures. He has a keen interest in improving quality and clinical outcomes. Joe joined the team in 2021.


Kimberly Brown

Kimberly Brown, MPH


Kimberly Brown is one of MARCQI’s Clinical Quality Assurance Coordinators. She received her BS in Psychology from Wayne State University and her MPH from Michigan State University. Her entire professional career has been focused on Quality Assurance and Improvement with an emphasis on data integrity, reporting, analytics and data visualization. Kimberly has worked at large university hospitals as well as small outpatient community clinics making her QA/ QI experiences extensive and diverse. Most recently, she was at a federally qualified health center in California where she was the Healthcare Quality Improvement Director. Kimberly joined the MARCQI team in July 2021.



Sara Koraleski

Sara Koralewski, RHIT


Sara Koralewski is one of MARCQI’s Clinical Quality Assurance Coordinators. She is a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Sara has four years of infection prevention experience specializing in surgical site infection surveillance and reporting. She also worked on the Epic infection prevention software; implementing and supporting the application for a multi-state healthcare system. Sara joined the MARCQI team in 2021.


Devon Metiva

Devon Metiva, MSN,


Devon Metiva is one of MARCQI’s Clinical Quality Assurance Coordinators. After obtaining her Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing from Lake Superior State University, Devon received her Master’s in Science of Nursing from Michigan State University. She previously worked as a nurse at Michigan Medicine both on the floor and Surgical Short Stay. Her experience includes clinical quality improvement activities and developing and delivering nurse education. She is excited to bring her perspective to MARCQI. Devon joined the team in 2021.




Anne Kagay-Lidster

Anne Kagay-Lidster


Anne Kagay-Lidster is the Administrative Assistant for MARCQI. Anne received her Associates Degree from Washtenaw Community College in Visual Arts (Photography, Graphic and Web Design). In her previous position as a Lead Research Technician, she provided support to engineering projects with data processing, report preparation, and logistics. Anne joined the Coordinating Center staff in 2014.