K. Alex Daneshmand, D.O., MBA, FAAP, is the chief quality and patient safety officer. Daneshmand is responsible for quality and safety across Lee Health, including national hospital grading, hospital accreditations, conformance risk assessments and process improvement throughout the health system. He also oversees infection prevention and continues to lead Lee Health’s safety program.
Dr. Daneshmand’s experience leading quality and safety programs within Lee Health made him an excellent fit for this high-profile, high-impact position. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our patients, and we’re excited to continue building and improving to ensure we provide the best experience to those we serve,” said Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, Lee Health president and chief executive officer.
Daneshmand previously served as vice president for quality and safety for the health system, where he provided leadership to improve quality and safety across Lee Health in collaboration with physicians and staff. In the past year, Lee Health’s adult, acute care hospitals have earned two straight “A” report cards from the Leapfrog Group and have consistently increased their Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings.
Daneshmand joined Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in 2007 as a physician in the pediatric intensive care unit. During his tenure with the hospital, he also served as founder and medical director of the pediatric procedural sedation center, on the oversight system medical staff quality services committee and as chairman of the pediatric medical staff quality committee. Daneshmand assumed the role of medical director of quality and safety at Golisano Children’s Hospital in August 2015 and served as acute care medical officer for the facility until 2018.
Before joining Golisano Children’s Hospital, Daneshmand served as director of pediatric intensive care quality utilization, co-medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric intensive care assistant professor at UF Health at Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville.
Daneshmand earned his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale. He completed a pediatric residency at Michigan State University and Sparrow Hospital in East Lansing, Mich., as well as a pediatric intensive care fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Daneshmand also earned his Master of Business Administration at Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.