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New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Department of Emergency Medicine Leadership Appointments

The Department of Emergency Medicine has announced the promotion and appointment of several faculty members.  Drs. Antonio Dajer, Brenna Farmer, Peter Steel and Robert Tanouye all have been appointed to new leadership positions, effective January 1, 2019.


Dr. Brenna Farmer appointed Site Director for NYP-Lower Manhattan Hospital Emergency Department 

Dr. Farmer will oversee all day to day ED operations at NYP-LMH and will work closely with Nursing and Hospital leadership to ensure that we continue to provide the highest quality patient-centered care to our patients.  Since 2013, Dr. Farmer has served as Assistant Residency Program Director for the New York Presbyterian Hospital's Emergency Medicine Residency, helping to increase resident education in the areas of quality and patient safety. Additionally, Dr. Farmer has served as the Director of Patient Safety in the NYP-Weill Cornell Medical Center Emergency Department and she has also served on several national committees. Dr. Farmer’s administrative activities have focused on quality improvement, patient safety, and medication safety.  She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and is currently completing the combined executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership Program through Weill Cornell Medicine and the Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Dr. Farmer completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a Medical Toxicology fellowship at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center and the New York City Poison Control Center.

Dr. Robert Tanouye promoted to Associate Director of NYP-Lower Manhattan Hospital Emergency Department 

Dr. Tanouye currently serves as the Assistant Director of Operations for the NYP-LMH Emergency Department as well as the Assistant Director of the Healthcare Leadership and Management Fellowship, offered through the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Tanouye will now have an expanded role in the day to day operations of the NYP-LMH ED and will work closely with Dr. Farmer and Hospital leadership in continuing to enhance the operational workflows and patient experience at NYP-LMH.   He has been instrumental in the launch of several new educational and operational programs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, including the Healthcare Leadership and Management Scholars Program at Weill Cornell Medical College as well as the new NYP-LMH ED team-based pod redesign. Dr. Tanouye is a graduate of the combined MD/MBA program in Health Management at Tufts University School of Medicine and the NYP Emergency Medicine Residency.

Dr. Peter Steel promoted to Director of Clinical Services for the Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Peter Steel currently serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Services for the Department of Emergency Medicine at both the Weill Cornell and LMH Emergency Departments, leading cross-campus operational, quality and patient safety initiatives.  

In this new expanded role, Dr. Steel will manage clinical services for the  NYP-Weill Cornell ED patient experience, lead three grant-funded departmental projects, and participate in multiple collaborative institutional projects. He will also continue to facilitate alignment of clinical services and QPS goals at the Lower Manhattan ED. Dr. Steel has held several leadership roles in the department, including Assistant Director of Operations for the Weill Cornell ED and Associate Director of the NYP-LMH ED. He has helped execute several institutional initiatives, including serving on the NYP Sepsis Steering Committee, NYP-WCMC's Surge and Flow Initiatives and was formerly the Clinical & Operational Co-Director of DSRIP's ED Care Triage for At-Risk Populations Project. He has implemented numerous ED initiatives at Weill Cornell, including Code Sepsis, the Area D and Area A Redesigns and the Patient Navigator program. Dr. Steel earned a pre-clinical M.A. (Hons) at Oxford University and received his medical degree at University College London-Royal Free Medical School, England.  He completed emergency medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian, serving as chief resident.


Dr. Antonio Dajer appointed Director of Quality Assurance and Coordinator of Undergraduate Medical Education for NYP-Lower Manhattan Hospital Emergency Department

Dr. Dajer has been a central part of Lower Manhattan Emergency Department leadership for two decades, most recently serving as the Site Director. On 9/11, as the attending physician on shift and ED assistant director,  Dr. Dajer led the ED team that treated hundreds of individuals who were injured in the World Trade Center attacks. In 2008, ACEP recognized him as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine.” In his role as Co-chair of the MCIC ED Best Practices Committee, Dr Dajer has led a number of ED-based institutional quality initiatives and research projects.  He also has a true passion for teaching medical students and has been twice awarded the Weill Cornell Medical College Award for Teaching Excellence.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.


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