Christopher Beach, MD is Vice Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University – The Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. NMH is the primary teaching facility for NU where he is appointed as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. He is also the Chief of Northwestern Medicine community ED sites at NMLake Forest Hospital and NMGrayslake Freestanding Emergency Center, as well as Director of NM Immediate Care Centers. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and a member of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has received funding to study healthcare communication in the area of patient care transitions from AHRQ, NPSF and ACEP. He has a number of executive administrative and teaching responsibilities within NU, NM and the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is a member of ACEP’s Quality and Performance Committee and is the immediate past Chair of ACEP’s Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Section. His research and scholarly interests include quality, clinical operations, communication, and transitions of care. Dr. Beach has received a number of clinical and academic awards locally and nationally for his research and patient care. He has written and lectured extensively at both national and international forums on shift change and interservice handoff communication during patient care transitions.