The Maternl leadership and professional advisory team

    The Maternl© leadership and professional advisory team is comprised, international, experienced professionals from the disciplines of health sciences, specifically obstetrics, 'mother-baby' nursing, patient safety, mid-wifery, ethics, medical education (faculty, medical students, House Staff) and health informatics. All are committed to the mission and "ethos" of Maternl©

    Founder, President and CEO
    Michael R. Berman, MD, MBI, FACOG

    I received my Doctor of Medicine Degree from New York Medical College and my Masters Degree in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) with an area of concentration on Personal Health Records.1 I completed my Post Graduate Residency Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and one year fellowship in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital. I am currently Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science and Associate Dean for Quality and Patient Safety for Graduate Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Chief Quality Officer and Ombuds at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, New York. Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Sinai, I was in Clinical Practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale School of Medicine. I founded the Hygeia Foundation for Perinatal Loss and Bereavement 2 (now Hope After Loss) and am the author of numerous poems and essays documenting the human condition. I am also author of the book, Parenthood Lost, Healing the Pain After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death. Currently, as Chief Quality Officer, I have oversight for Quality and Safety at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, the Mount Sinai Downtown Ambulatory Care and Surgery facility at Union Square and the The Blavatnik Family Chelsea Medical Center. I joined the faculty and attending staff of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in 2012 where, as the medical director of the Labor and Delivery Unit, I implemented the hospital's first full-time laborist program, which provided a structured, collaborative, patient-centric approach to improving the quality, safety, and patient experience on the labor floor. In 2017, I was appointed Chief Patient Safety Officer for Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and Associate Dean for Quality and Patient Safety in Graduate Medical Education. In this role, I led efforts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and the Health System to meet the goals of the Clinical Learning Environment Review Program developed by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

    Significant areas of organizational interest and specialized training, which I have acquired, are in the domains of Just Culture, Adverse Event Disclosure, 'Second Victim' Counseling, Physician Communication Skills, Ombuds, Patient Experience and Healthcare Disparities. I also serve in the Ombuds Office for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System, a resource for faculty and students in the Graduate Medical Education programs, providing an impartial and informal venue for promoting fair and equitable conflict resolutions for those who have identified problems in their workplace or studies.

    With my collective interests in informatics, quality and safety metrics and information technology, I developed several quality improvement software programs optimized for both in-hospital and community / ambulatory organizations which encourages settings. These programs can be customized and licensed to in-kind organizations. Information is available at
    1 Master's Thesis: A PERSONAL PRENATAL HEALTH RECORD FOR A CULTURALLY DIVERSE URBAN COMMUNITY: A portable, secure and interactive electronic personal health record, designed specifically for pregnant women in underserved, urban communities.

    2 The Hygeia Foundation for Perinatal Loss and Bereavement was a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission was to comfort those who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or newborn child (from all causes; e.g. Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Genetic Disorders), to address disparities in access to healthcare services for medically and economically underserved families with respect, dignity and advocacy and to provide advocacy and resources for maternal and child health.

    Full Curriculum Vitae 2020
    Professional Advisory Board (in process of formation)

      Linda Bergonzi-King, MPH

      Linda Bergonzi-King holds a master of public health degree from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH). In 1990, Ms. Bergonzi-King founded TriBella Productions, a health communication company which provides consultation in health communication, project management, eLearning development and research coordination, including producing, directing and editing videos for health agencies. She is currently the System Workplace Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Yale New Haven Health System where she coordinates efforts to eliminate workplace violence incidents and supports and grows existing programs across the health system. Previously, she was an eLearning developer at Eversource Energy where she developed online trainings for IT implementations. She also served as Director of Development, Communications & Community Outreach at Trauma Recovery, EMDR HAP where she set and guided the strategy for all communications, website, and social media messages, developed awareness and goodwill for the agency's global mission and coordinated a national network of mental health clinicians who respond to disasters with pro-bono therapy assistance. Prior to this, she was a Senior Associate at the Yale New Haven Health System, Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response, and was responsible for the design and development of both online and instructor-led courses, with a specialty in video interface. She also organized educational workshops for health care staff throughout Connecticut and served as Project Lead for two subcontracts at YSPH and the New Haven Health Department for which she designed the current logo used by the department. Linda has made it a career goal to reach many individuals of all cultures and backgrounds.

      Yvette Calderone, MD, MBA

      As a Puerto Rican physician raised on New York City's Lower West Side, I have always been strongly committed to the needs of my community and to creating solutions for the health care disparities, which persist. I received my medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) in 1990 and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at Jacobi Medical Center. I have been a full-time Emergency Medicine (EM) faculty member for over twenty-five years. I am a full-Professor of Emergency Medicine and was the Associate Dean for the Diversity Enhancement Office at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
      In 2005, I obtained my master's degree with distinction after completing the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) at Einstein. The HIV counseling, testing, and prevention intervention for the adult Emergency Department (Project BRIEF) was the basis of my master’s degree and demonstrated an increase in patient acceptance and linkage to care. Subsequently, I acquired a K23 award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to continue conducting HIV Prevention studies engaging adolescent and young adults.
      For the past four years, I have been the Chair of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Despite the challenges, I was able to advance my department academically, operationally and in research. My department has successfully obtained several grants from NIH, New York City Department of Health and multiple foundations.
      Lastly, in 2018 I became the first Vice-Chair of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity for the system-wide Emergency Medicine Service line. Initially we developed a climate survey to identify the needs of the faculty. We then developed the following action items: a lecture series on health disparities and race, a faculty dashboard that looked at race, academic level, leadership title and a health disparity dashboard for our patient population. We continue to develop the framework to address recruitment and retention of the residents and faculty, which included curriculum development, mentorship and faculty development.

      Claudia Esposito

      William Hersh, MD, FACMI, FAMIA, FACP

      Dr. Hersh is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research. In education, he serves as Director of OHSU's Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, which includes two master's degrees (research and professional), a PhD degree, and Graduate Certificate. Dr. Hersh also spearheaded OHSU's efforts in distance learning for biomedical informatics, which is available up to the master's degree level. He also conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10x10 ("ten by ten") program, which has provided education to over 2500 health care professionals and others in biomedical informatics. He also serves as Co-Editor with Robert Hoyt, MD of the textbook, Health Informatics: Practical Guide, Seventh Edition (, 2018), which is available in paper and eBook format.

      Veronica Jackson

      Thandiwe Kangwa, MPA

      Thandiwe has always been passionate about providing compassionate care to the communities that she serves. Originally from Kitwe, Zambia, she has a strong dedication to the origin and continuation of equitable health locally, and internationally. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Policy from Seton Hall University, where she competed as a full-time Division One tennis player whilst completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Currently, Thandiwe works in Patient Experience at Mount Sinai Bath Israel and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. The foundation of her work is, and always will be, addressing the needs of the people. As result of her dedication to the human element of healthcare, she has been able to drive patient-centered care, assist in the launch of the organization's first mentorship program for people of color, and consult in the innovation of system professional development programs.

      Leslie Shanahan, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator, Bridgeport Hospital

      Leslie Shannehan is a wife, mother of 4 children and lives in Fairfield, CT. After graduating with a marketing degree from TCU in Texas; she moved to the east coast and now considers herself a “Northerner”. Leslie worked for Unilever and Kraft Foods and has dedicated her life raising her 3 living children and has kept her oldest son’s memory alive by volunteering at the Bridgeport Hospital. She has created and is working on a Perinatal Bereavement Program to help families through their journey of loss. Leslie and her family founded the William Shannehan Book Nook which has helped provide children’s books to her local library and NICU hospitals. Leslie reads William’s books to the babies in the NICU. In her free time, she is a cheerleader/chauffer for her children’s many activities, plays tennis, hangs at the beach and slopes and loves connecting with family and friends.

      Janet Stein, MD, MS

      Shelise Valentine