Sara L. Merwin received an MPH in epidemiology from the Columbia University School of Public Health. Her career trajectory has been varied with immersion in many disciplines as a clinical and health services investigator, research skills teacher and patient educator. Most recently she was the Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Research in Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate in Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Formerly she was a research associate at the Northwell Health System where she was Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery and Internal Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University. Her investigations are across multiple medical specialties: orthopaedic and cardiothoracic surgery, internal medicine, endocrinology, geriatrics, critical care and pulmonary medicine with publications in pneumonia, venous thromboembolism prevention, delirium, hip fracture and osteoporosis. Ms. Merwin's career and research focus includes professional education and communication and patient activation. Her previous careers as an art director and pharmaceutical representative have expanded her skill set and world view, as have her post bac premedical studies. She presents nationally and internationally on research topics and quality improvement research.