Office of the Chief Medical Officer

Office of the Chief Medical Officer Biographies

Theresa Brennan, MD, FACC
Chief Medical Officer

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Theresa M. H. Brennan received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1992.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency, cardiology fellowship, and interventional cardiology fellowship training at the University of Iowa.  Her clinical interests include prevention of cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular disease in women, treatment of peripheral arterial disease, and interventional cardiology.

She has been CMO of UI Hospitals and Clinics since July 2011 and in this role she oversees CQSPI (Clinical Quality Safety and Performance Improvement), Operations Excellence, the Office of the Patient Experience, the Clinical Staff Office, and other hospital based programs including: the Hospitalist Program, Palliative Care, and Documentation Improvement.   The CMO works closely with the Physician Director for University of Iowa Physicians, the Clinical Department Chairs, the Chief of Staff, and Hospital Leadership (CNO, COOs, Chief Counsel, Compliance Officer, etc.) to strive to improve value for the patients, faculty, and staff.

Darci Roehler
Administrative Services Coordinator

Darci joined the CMO team in June 2022. In her role, she manages the administrative functions for the Chief Medical Officer and office. Her responsibilities include managing the schedule and lines of communication for the Chief Medical Officer, acting as a key liaison for the CMO office to both internal and external contacts, coordinating CMO office activities, including but not limited to record keeping, presentation management, event planning, and coordinating the Caring Funds request process.

Darci’s hobbies include spending time with family and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.


Phone:  319-356-4754
Office Address:  1352-R

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“I am inspired by how the team at UIHC works together, with a commitment to each other, the patients, families, and excellence.  There is a great energy across the organization that can be felt in the hallways, and it inspires me to be my best self.”

Heidi Bodensteiner, MHSA, BA
HR Generalist

Heidi supports the HR functions for all the departments that report to the Chief Medical Officer. In her HR role she consults and collaborates with department directors and their staff on issues related to University HR policies and procedures, employee recruitment, performance management, compliance monitoring, leave and disability, employee engagement, and reward and recognition, just to name a few.

Heidi received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa and Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis. She has been employed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since 1985 and has been performing in an HR capacity since 2005.

Heidi’s hobbies include gardening and working outside in the yard, volunteering on Saturday mornings for a local animal shelter and enjoying time with her family and friends.  She also enjoys crafting, cooking, and hanging out watching TV.


Address: CC405 GH
Phone: 319-356-7552

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“I am inspired by people who overcome adversity and challenges to achieve their goals, who seek to continually learn and grow and stretch outside their comfort zone, who push themselves to raise the bar of personal excellence and integrity, and who strive to make a positive impact on the people within their sphere of influence. “

Deanna L. Brennan, RN BSN, MBA, CCDS
Senior Vizient Analyst

Deanna oversees the UIHC Vizient data and assure that the data is accurate and valid for interpretation, lead the efforts to analyze the areas of success and opportunity, and oversee the efforts of members of the UIHC Vizient analytic team. She promotes collaboration, decision making, and timely problem resolution through effective interactions or facilitation with members of the hospital organization. She is responsible for overall assessment of the Vizient data, opportunities, and areas of success, and work collaboratively with the Chief Medical Officer and UI Health Care senior leadership to promote recognition for areas that have shown significant improvement, and in determining areas to focus improvement efforts on annually.

Deanna is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist. She received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Kirkwood Community College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Walden University and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Dubuque. She has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau since 2016.

Deanna’s hobbies include spending time with family and Aussies puppies.


Pager: 6706
Phone: 319-353-7033

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“I am inspired by my children. I have two adult children with special medical needs. As they have grown, I have been proudly watching them take life’s challenges in stride and continue to live life to its fullest.  In an age when it is so easy to take our lives for granted, my children not only remind me of how precious life truly is, but also how important it is to meet challenges head on and continue to work toward meeting my goals in life.”

Anita Frazier
Data Analyst

Anita is responsible for collaborate with and assist clinicians, managers, department heads, and others to design, develop, and review reports in the Decision Support System and within Vizient. Providing data from Vizient and build Tableau dashboards and reports for the Clinical Documentation Team. Collaborating with Clinical Documentation Improvement, Information Systems, Health Information Management, and other departments for the ongoing development and refinement of the structure and applications within the system. Data abstraction and reviews for ad-hoc projects. Developing, reviewing, interpreting, and evaluating reports through the Vizient and the Decision Support System in response to requests from Administration and others. Supporting other professional staff by creating Tableau reports, Excel templates and graphs, formatting documents, and database management.

Anita has a certification in computer programming from Kirkwood Community College and is trained in EPIC Reporting Workbench.

Anita’s hobbies include gardening, spending time with family and cooking.\


Office address: W305-2
Available via skype

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“I am inspired when I see the outcomes and processes improved for our patients and families through projects that I am a part of. ”
“The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight”. Carly Fiorina

Francisco S. Olalde, MBA, MHA, MS
Vizient Analyst

Francisco’s work focuses on all aspects of data management, analyst and improvement interventions that have a direct impact on UIHC performance for the Vizient Quality & Accountability Study. Working directly with Vizient tools and data, he assists with everything from High level organizational performance metrics to granular encounter level data.  Francisco is a member of the team responsible for ensuring that the UIHC Vizient data is accurate and valid for interpretation. His analysis focuses on finding areas of success and opportunity in coordination with the UIHC Vizient analytic team members. Our combined efforts support organizational initiatives and projects, promote ongoing collaboration, decision-making, and timely problem resolution through effective interactions or facilitation with members of the hospital organization.


  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts (BS/BA) University of Iowa
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Iowa
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA), University of Iowa
  • Master of Science Business Analytics (MS), University of Iowa

Francisco’s hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, visiting extended family in Northwest Illinois, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, and seeing the Chicago Cubs play in the summer.


Office address: W305-2 GH/ Hybrid Remote
Phone:  319-678-3262

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“My inspiration comes from the examples set by my parents. They instilled the value of learning something new each day and using that knowledge to improve the environment around me.”

Evelyn Kinne, MHA
Quality and Operational Improvement Engineer

Evelyn joined the team in October of 2022. She received her Masters’ in Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 2015. Following graduation, she joined UI Health Care as the Associate Administrator of the Adult Hospitalist Program prior to joining the Office of the CMO.

Evelyn is responsible for managing the following:

  • Executive Leadership Academy
  • Blind Spots
  • New Provider Orientation
  • Communication Corner
  • Facilitating and implementing quality and operational improvement initiatives for CMO-led projects

Evelyn’s hobbies include running, hiking with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.


Address: CC403 GH

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“I am inspired by our people, whose talent, knowledge, and energy motivates me to bring my best self to work each day.”

Sam Mitchell, MFA, MA
Quality and Operational Improvement Engineer

Sam joined the team in February of 2017. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University and her Master for Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. She has been with UI Health Care since 2015. She has previously worked as the coordinator for the Patient Safety and Infection Prevention programs and as a Program Manager within the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. Prior to joining UIHC she worked as an adjunct professor.

Sam is responsible for managing the following:

  • Resident Orientation
  • Just Culture Initiative
  • PARS/CORS programs
  • Disseminating CMO based communications
  • Facilitating and implementing quality and operational improvement initiatives for CMO-led projects
  • Applying broad knowledge, best practices, and contemporary project management tools to produce desired improvement results.


Address: CC404 GH
Phone: 319-678-3035

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“I am inspired by the teamwork I see happening every day at UIHC, people working together to create positive changes for the fellow coworkers and our patients.”