Medical Directors


    The Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance is overseen by a Board of Managers that is comprised of physicians on the Baylor medical staff who represent many specialties, as well as members of the Baylor Scott & White Health Care System administrative team and a member of the community.

    BSWQA Board of Managers

    BSWQA Executive Leadership

    BSWQA Medical Directors


  • Robert Kowal, MD, PhD

    Dr. Kowal leads the following committees:

    • Cardiology
    • Neurology
    • Pathology
    • Nephrology

    Dr. Kowal is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.   He is a practicing clinical cardiac electrophysiologist based at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital.  Dr. Kowal specializes in the study and treatment of rhythm disorders of the heart focusing on complex arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.  He is experienced in medical approaches and interventional therapy to treat these arrhythmias.  In addition to assisting his patient’s hearts to beat as they should, Dr. Kowal serves on the boards of Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital as well as the Heart Rhythm Society.  He was most recently named as Vice President and Medical Director of Best Care and Clinical Integration for Baylor Quality Alliance (BSWQA).   Dr. Kowal will lead the BSWQA Best Care and Clinical Integration committee in developing BSWQA quality metrics and protocols that are expected to improve care and reduce unnecessary health care costs to our patients.

    Dr. Kowal received his MD and PhD degrees from University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.  He completed his electrophysiology training and post-doctoral research at UT, Southwestern Medical Center.

    Michael Massey, MD

    Dr. Massey leads the following committees:

    • Primary Care
    • Post-Acute Care
    • Patient Centered Medical Home
    • Endocrinology
    • Pediatrics

    Dr. Michael Massey is a board certified internal medicine physician practicing at Internal Medicine Associates at Southwest Fort Worth in Fort Worth, TX.  In addition to meeting the healthcare needs of his patients, Dr. Michael Massey holds leadership positions within the Baylor Quality Alliance (BSWQA) currently serving as: Vice President for Clinical Integration and Chairman of the Best Care Committees Primary Care Subcommittee.  Dr. Massey plays an integral role in BSWQA’s quality journey as the principal leader for initiatives such as Patient Centered Medical Home recognition and Generic Prescribing.  Dr. Massey is also highly involved in developing the Care Coordination program for BSWQA as well developing quality metrics and protocols to improve patient care.

    Dr. Massey received his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University, a world-class teaching hospital and research center.  Pursuant to receiving his medical degree he completed a residency at Legacy Healthcare System in Portland, OR.  To further hone his leadership skills, Dr. Massey completed the SMU Cox School of Business Advanced Leadership for Physician Development Program in 2009.

    Shahid Shafi, MD, MPH

    Dr. Shafi is the Medical Director for Surgical Services, chairs the General Surgery Committee, and serves on the Finance Committee.

    Dr. Shafi’s career goal is to promote evidence-based and data-driven changes in healthcare delivery systems that promote high-quality, cost-effective, and patient-centered care. He is an accomplished general/trauma surgeon with a broad perspective on the U.S. healthcare system as well as its current challenges. His clinical and healthcare management experience encompasses public, private, and academic settings, with proficiency in public health, statistics, clinical research, quality improvement, training, and mentoring. Currently, he is the Medical Director for Surgical Quality at Baylor Scott & White Health and Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance. He also serves on the Finance Committee of the Quality Alliance.

    Dr. Shafi’s primary clinical and research interest is in measuring quality of care using risk-adjusted patient outcomes. He has extensive experience leading multi-site research collaborations and working with large clinical and administrative datasets. He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on a grant from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study long-term functional outcomes for patients with traumatic brain injuries. Previously, Dr. Shafi has served as a PI on several grants including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded R-01 grant to measure the relationship between structural characteristics of trauma centers and their patient outcomes, and a study funded by the National Trauma Institute and the Department of Defense to measure compliance with evidence-based practices at major trauma centers. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has presented his work at multiple national conferences.

    Dr. Shafi has served in multiple leadership roles in his career. Previously, he was the Medical Director of Trauma Surgical Services at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Director of Research at the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, and Director of the Research Institute at John Peter Smith Health System in Fort Worth. He was a founding member of the Trauma Quality Improvement Project (TQIP) of the American College of Surgeons. He also served on the board of directors of EAST (Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma) and chaired the committee on Patient Assessment and Outcomes for AAST (American Association for the Surgery of Trauma). Dr. Shafi has also served on the Governor of Texas-Trauma and EMS Advisory Committee that advises the state on statewide trauma and EMS systems, and how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters. In addition, he served on the North Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Committee that coordinates trauma and disaster management through local EMS agencies in the DFW Metropolitan Area.

    Dr. Shafi graduated from the Aga Khan Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan in 1988. Subsequently he obtained an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He then completed a residency in general surgery at New Jersey Medical School in Newark, followed by a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

    Brett Stauffer, MD

    Dr. Stauffer leads the following committees:

    • Hospitalists
    • Pulm/CC
    • GI

    Dr. Brett Stauffer is the Director of Clinical Decision Support for the Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in Dallas, Texas.  Before joining BHCS, he served as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellow at Yale University, where he was part of the team that developed the Medicare 30-day readmission measure.  Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.  His research efforts focus on the improvement of health care delivery and transitions of care, particularly for patients with congestive heart failure.  He continues to practice internal medicine as a hospitalist and teach residents at the flagship academic hospital for the system, Baylor University Medical Center.

    Robert Watson, MD, MMM, CPE

    Dr. Watson leads the following committees:

    • Colorectal Surgery
    • Readmissions
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Medical Oncology
    • Urology

    Dr. Watson completed his internship and residency in OB-GYN at BUMC and has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Fort Worth for the last 30 years. He was a founding member of the Texas Health Care medical group which has grown to include 155 multi-specialty physicians. Over the years, he has held numerous hospital leadership positions and was the Medical Director of the Ob-Gyn Division for Texas Health Care for 10 years.

    In 2005, he was named as the Medical Director for the Andrews Women’s Hospital at Baylor All Saints. He had the opportunity to help with the design, construction oversight, and opening of this new hospital. In 2010, he received his Masters in Medical Management degree form Tulane University and became the Physician Co-Leader of the BHCS Women’s Service Line. In 2012, Dr. Watson was named as the Physician Informatics Leader for Women and Children and helped with the development of the Allscripts system for that service line.

    Dr. Watson has been a member of the BSWQA since the beginning and has served on the Membership and Standards Committee as well as being the Women’s and Children sub-committee co-chair. In April, 2014, he became one of the Medical Directors for the BSWQA.