Mission

To improve the field of knowledge in Evidence-based Medicine for clinical practice. This means to add to the scientific understanding of how scientific studies can be applied in clinical practice and what needs more study. Once the information is known, then SEMPI will help practicing professionals learn as well as give a place to provide feedback for future improvements.

Organization

SEMPI is a nonprofit, 501(c)4, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. It represents, however, many practicing professionals across the United States, who are interested in the goal of using evidence-based medicine to improve the practice of medicine for the benefit of patients and the community. The participants who serve on panels represent a broad array of organizations, including the military, academic health institutions, private practices, Evidence-based Practice Centers, clinics, and hospitals. The topic areas of expertise vary, as well as the professional health degrees that they hold. All of this all- encompassing array of experience and background gives the content development process a more robust quality. The panels represent more than just one local “practice” or specialty or organizational perspective. This means that the diversity of panelists’ backgrounds ensures there is greater generalizability of the recommendations.

Board of Directors and Governance

Ayis Pyrros, MD

Ayis Pyrros, MD

Chair

Ayis Pyrros, MD is board certified in diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology. Dr. Pyrros graduated from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and completed his residency and fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. He has been on the staff at Community Healthcare Partners for Munster Radiology Group for the last 7 years and is currently practicing radiology with the DuPage Medical Group, Chicago, IL. Dr. Pyrros has a Diplomate certificate in Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Pyrros is a recognized entrepreneur and co-founder of MDNetX, a start-up helping doctors understand local market dynamics.

Dr. Jeffrey Albrecht

Dr. Jeffrey Albrecht

Secretary

Dr. Jeffrey Albrecht obtained his medical degree at the University of Michigan and is board certified in Minnesota for internal medicine and gastroenterology. Dr. Albrecht is the Director of Liver Clinic and a member of the Gastroenterology Section at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Dr. Albrecht’s specialty in Hepatology and Gastroenterology includes research in liver regeneration and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Dr. Albrecht has 22 years of experience as a physician at Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Medical School. Currently, Dr. Albrecht is a professor on staff with the University of Minnesota Medical School (2007 to present).

Naveen Garg, MD

Naveen Garg, MD

Treasurer

Dr. Garg currently serves as an Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Dr. Garg obtained his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. Dr. Garg completed his fellowship in body MRI from The University of Texas Houston.
Dr. Garg is interested in improving the practice of radiology by more effective utilization of computing resources and data. His research interests include development of radiologist user interface tools, imaging segmentation, search and analytics of the electronic medical record.

Executive Director

V. Katherine Gray, PhD

V. Katherine Gray, PhD

Executive Director

V. Katherine Gray, PhD, who is Executive Director of SEMPI, has been called “a pioneer in health care quality and efficiency improvement.” Her twenty-five year career has included management positions in many segments of the health care industry, including HMO's and managed care, health care management for self-insured employers, long-term care, hospital systems, Medicaid and Medicare risk contracting, and specialty care clinic systems. She has been a senior executive at Physicians' Health Plan (now Medica)--a United Healthcare Corporation managed health plan, Health Risk Management, the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, HealthOne Corporation--a hospital corporation, the Ebenezer Center for Aging and, in 1997, Dr. Gray founded Sage Health Management Solutions, Inc. and has led an experienced team to develop a patented technology to improve the diagnostic process using Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) combined with evidence-based imaging clinical decision support.
As part of SEMPI, Dr. Gray will provide expertise on various panels in one or more of the following areas: clinical trial or research design, statistical analysis, medical informatics, and quality improvement.