Rama Musalia Mwenesi, MSE

Rama Musalia Mwenesi

Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
UH South F3925

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: 734-998-0232


  • Implementation Science
  • Learning Health Systems
  • Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety
  • Global Surgery
  • Perioperative Nursing Leadership

With an interdisciplinary background in systems engineering, innovation, and healthcare administration, Rama has dedicated his career towards advancing the deployment of healthcare quality and patient safety initiatives across complex medical and surgical settings. His specialty is in implementation science and the creation of socio-techincal infrastructures necessary to support quality & safety improvement in surgery. Since 2016, Rama has been responsible for leading the transformation of Michigan Medicine’s Operating Rooms/PACUs Department and setting it on a path towards becoming the nation’s first high-reliability perioperative learning health system. His passion is in nursing leadership coaching and all things  interdisciplinary.


Rama’s goal as a faculty is for students to develop a holistic (socio-technical) view of the world of healthcare as it is (current state, challenges, and opportunities), an understanding and appreciation of where it was (before the technological affordances of today), and a curiosity for what the future could be under the premise of a Learning Health Systems model. The Learning Health Systems model is continuously evolving and believed by many to be a catalyst towards the future of healthcare and quality improvement. Rama’s objective is to enable students of all levels to consider this future of healthcare and envision the roles that they could play in shaping it.

Affiliations / Service

  • Quality Assurance & Innovations Manager, Michigan Medicine Perioperative Services Department, 2016 - Present
  • Member (Healthcare Administrator), Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses, 2018 - Present
  • Member, Catalysis “Healthcare Value Leaders Network”, 2018 - Present


  • Ph.D.(c), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2021
  • M.S.E, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2016
  • B.S.E, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2013

Publication Highlights

  • Mwenesi, R., Brennan-Wydra, E., Sanchez, C., Ellis, M., Koch, D., Davis, C.S., Millunchick, J. (2018). “The WREASN Typology of Student Involvement Activities,” IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), San Jose, CA, USA, 2018, pp. 1-3. DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2018.8659260

  • Abbott, PA; Omollo, K., Bell, S., Rana, G., Hammond, N., Mutumba, M., Jiang, Y., & Mwenesi, R. (2016). “An Exploration of National Policies and Effective Practices for Electronic & Mobile Learning for Nursing and Midwifery Education,” WHO Commissioned Peer-Reviewed Monograph #N020433-00. January, 2016 World Health Organization. WHO Press: Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Maass, K.L., Liu, B., Daskin, M.S., Duck, M., Mwenesi, R., Wang, Z. and Schapiro, H. (2015). “Incorporating Nurse Absenteeism Into Staffing With Demand Uncertainty,” Health Care Management Science. DOI: 10.1007/s10729-015-9345-z

  • Scheinberg, N., Zhang, B., Raschid, L., Mwenesi, R., Grum, M., Cohn, A., DeRosier, J., Bagian, J. (2016). “A Systematic Approach to Improve the Reprocessing of Surgical Instruments,” Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics. Springer Verlag. (Vol. 482, pp. 275-286). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-41652-6_26.