Dr. Cerasale received his undergraduate degree in biology from Purdue University, and then attained his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, where he stayed for a fourth year to serve as a Chief Medical Resident, and continued on to being an attending in the Division of Hospital Medicine. As an attending at Henry Ford, Dr. Cerasale served as the Performance Improvement Director for Hospital Medicine and was the QI Teaching and Research Director for Inpatient Services within the Internal Medicine residency program. In those roles, he helped to implement a quality improvement/patient safety focused curriculum on the Hospital Medicine teaching service and started the implementation of an EHR-based venous thromboembolism risk stratification tool across the health system. During his time at Henry Ford, Dr. Cerasale also received his Master of Public Health from Michigan State University.
Currently, Dr. Cerasale is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine and is the Director of Quality Improvement for the Section of Hospital Medicine. In this role, Dr. Cerasale assists in the QI curriculum for Internal Medicine residents at both the University of Chicago and at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, while also giving QI lectures to undergraduates, medical students, and faculty at the university. His major improvement projects include EHR optimization for provider use and data collection, development of actionable provider-level clinical metrics, and continued implementation of evidence-based venous thromboembolism practices via EHR-supported tools. In addition to his work at the University of Chicago, Dr. Cerasale is actively engaged with the Society of Hospital Medicine, from whom he has received the designation of Senior fellow and is the current chair of the Quality Improvement Special Interest Group.