50 experts leading the field of patient safety | 2015

50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety | 2015

Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to announce the 2015 edition of its list of "50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety."


This list consists of advocates, professors, researchers, administrators and healthcare providers who have won awards, published articles, spoken out and led initiatives to reduce patient harm and ensure safety in the industry. 

The Becker's editorial team considered nominations and selected leaders for this list through an editorial review process.

Note: Leaders are presented in alphabetical order and could not pay for inclusion. 

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James Bagian, MD. Chairman of the Patient Safety Advisory Group Joint Commission. Dr. Bagian has served as chairman of the Joint Commission Patient Safety Advisory Group since 2009. [READ MORE]

David J. Ballard, MD, PhD. Chief Quality Officer for Baylor Scott & White Health (Dallas) and President of the STEEEP Global Institute. As chief quality officer of Baylor Scott & White, Dr. Ballard designs, implements and evaluates clinical quality improvement initiatives across the system. [READ MORE]

David Westfall Bates, MD. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Patient Safety. Dr. Bates was recently made the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Patient Safety. In February, he was also made chief innovation officer at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. [READ MORE]

David Louis Battinelli, MD. CMO of North Shore-LIJ Health System (Great Neck, N.Y.). Dr. Battinelli has served as CMO of North Shore-LIJ since 2013. [READ MORE]

Don Berwick, MD. President Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Berwick served at the helm of IHI for nearly 20 years, starting in 1991, where he oversaw the cultivation of innovative concepts for improving patient care and the implementation of programs to put the ideas into action. [READ MORE]

Leah F. Binder. CEO of The Leapfrog Group (Washington, D.C.). Since 2008, The Leapfrog Group — a national organization focused on helping healthcare achieve the triple aim that awards patient safety scores to hospitals based on the survey data — has been led by Ms. Binder. [READ MORE]

David Birnbach, MD. Director of the Center for Patient Safety at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine-Jackson Memorial Hospital. Since being made director of the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety in 2006, Dr. Birnbach has worked to ensure that patient safety is a universal priority across the academic healthcare system. [READ MORE]

John Bulger, DO. Chief Quality Officer and Lead of the Geisinger Health System (Danville, Pa.) Division of Quality and Safety. Dr. Bulger has served as chief quality officer of Geisinger since 2011. [READ MORE]

Maureen Bisognano. President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Ms. Bisognano became president and CEO of IHI in 2010, prior to which she served as IHI's executive vice president and COO for roughly 15 years. [READ MORE]

Pascale Carayon, PhD. Human Factors Engineering Expert. As an expert in human factors engineering Dr. Carayon has studied medical errors and their causes in a variety of healthcare settings, including outpatient surgery, intensive care units, information technology, medical devices, medication administration, and working environment for healthcare professionals. [READ MORE]

Christine Cassel, MD. President and CEO of the National Quality Forum. Dr. Cassel was made president and CEO of the NQF in 2013. [READ MORE]

MaryAnn Chanes, RN. Quality and Risk Manager at Children's Hospital of Orange County at Mission Hospital (Orange, Calif.). Ms. Chanes was made quality and risk manager at CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital in 2011. [READ MORE]

Mark R. Chassin, MD. President and CEO of The Joint Commission. In addition to leading The Joint Commission, Dr. Chassin is also president of TJC's Center for Transforming Healthcare. [READ MORE]

Michael Cohen. President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. For more than two decades, Dr. Cohen has served at the helm of ISMP, a nonprofit healthcare organization that specializes in understanding the causes of medication errors and providing error-reduction strategies to the healthcare community, policy makers and public. [READ MORE]

Patrick Conway, MD. CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMO of CMS. As deputy administrator and CMO of CMS, Dr. Conway leads the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality — the center responsible for all quality measures, quality improvement programs and clinical standards in all 50 states — and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. [READ MORE]

Katrina Crist. CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Prevention. As CEO of APIC, Ms. Crist oversees the collection and analysis of data to track trends in infections and prevention, establishment of scientifically based infection prevention practices and education of healthcare personnel and the public about infectious diseases. [READ MORE]

Jacqueline Daley. Corporate Director of Infection Prevention and Control at LifeBridge Health-Sinai Hospital (Baltimore). Ms. Daley became director of infection prevention and control at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore in 2014. [READ MORE]

Krishna Das, MD. Chief Quality Officer for Cook County Health & Hospitals System (Chicago). As chief quality officer, Dr. Das leads quality improvement and patient safety initiatives for the third largest public hospital system in the nation. [READ MORE]

Louise-Marie Dembry, MD. President-elect of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. As SHEA's 2015 board of trustees president-elect, Dr. Dembry supports the organization's mission to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and advance the field of healthcare epidemiology. [READ MORE]

Cynthia Deyling, MD. Chief Quality Officer at Cleveland Clinic. In addition to serving as Cleveland Clinic's chief quality officer, Dr. Deyling has also served as chairman of regional operations for the Board of Governors since 2007 and executive director of Cleveland Clinic Allied Health Education since 2006. [READ MORE]

Sir Liam Donaldson. Patient Safety Envoy for the World Health Organization. An international champion for patient safety, Sir Donaldson serves as the patient safety envoy for the WHO and chairman of the Independent Monitoring for the Polio Eradication Programme. [READ MORE]

Samuel Flanders, MD. Chief Quality and Safety Officer of Beaumont Health (Royal Oak, Mich.). Dr. Flanders joined Beaumont Health — a nonprofit formed by Beaumont Health System, Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Botsford Health Care and Dearborn, Mich.-based Oakwood Healthcare — from Beaumont Health System, where he served as executive vice president of quality, safety and clinical effectiveness. [READ MORE]

Tom Frieden, MD. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Frieden has served as director of the CDC and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry since he was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. [READ MORE]

Karen Frush, MD. Chief Patient Safety Officer of Duke University Health System (Durham, N.C.). Dr. Frush became chief patient safety officer at Duke University Health System in 2004, shortly after she completed the National Patient Safety Leadership program sponsored by the American Hospital Association and the National Patient Safety Foundation. [READ MORE]

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD. President and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation. After being made president of NPSF in 2013, Dr. Gandhi quickly moved up to president and CEO of the foundation in 2014. [READ MORE]

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH. Dr. Gawande is a prominent surgeon — practicing general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston — a public health researcher and prolific writer. [READ MORE]

Mark Graber, MD. Senior Fellow in the Health Care Quality and Outcomes Program for RTI International. Dr. Graber has more than 30 years of experience in academic medicine and healthcare research, specializing in diagnostic errors and patient safety. [READ MORE]

Linda Groah, RN, MSN, CNOR, CNAA, FAAN. Executive Director and CEO of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. Ms. Groah has led AORN as CEO and executive director since March 2007, and she has years of experience practicing perioperative medicine and as a nurse leader in a variety of roles at various hospitals. [READ MORE]

Anthony Harris, MD. President of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Dr. Harris is an infectious disease physician, hospital epidemiologist and a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. [READ MORE]

Helen Haskell. Founder of Mothers Against Medical Error. Ms. Haskell founded Mothers Against Medical Error after her son, Lewis, died after a medical error in 2000. [READ MORE]

Brent James, MD. Chief Quality Officer of Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City). In addition to serving as CQO of Intermountain, a 22-hospital system, Dr. James is also the executive director of the Intermountain Institute for Healthcare Leadership. [READ MORE]

Joe Kiani. Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. More than 200,000 preventable patient deaths happen in U.S. hospitals each year, and Mr. Kiani created the Patient Safety Movement Foundation in 2013 to reduce that number. [READ MORE]

Clifford Y. Ko, MD, FACS. Director of American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Dr. Ko is a practicing surgeon, specializing in colon and rectal surgery, and serves as a professor in the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health and holds the Robert and Kelly Day Chair in Surgical Outcomes at UCLA. [READ MORE]

Richard Kronick, PhD. Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In August 2013, Dr. Kronick was appointed as director of AHRQ by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. [READ MORE]

Lucian Leape, MD. Dr. Leape helped bring healthcare safety issues to light when his article Error in Medicine was published in JAMA in 1994. [READ MORE]

Jeffrey C. Lerner, PhD. President and CEO of ECRI Institute. Dr. Lerner has led the ECRI Institute (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute) since 2001, and he also served as vice president for strategic planning of ECRI Institute for 17 years. [READ MORE]

Mary Lou Manning, PhD. President of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Prevention. In addition to her role as president of APIC, which she assumed in 2015, Dr. Manning is an associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing in Philadelphia and is on the editorial board of several journals. [READ MORE]

James Merlino, MD. President and CMO of Press Ganey's Strategic Consulting Division. Dr. Merlino, an experienced physician and executive, joined Press Ganey in 2015. [READ MORE]

Elizabeth A. Mort, MD. Senior Vice President for Quality and Safety at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). In addition to serving as senior vice president for quality and safety at Mass General and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Dr. Mort is also the associate CMO of the hospital. [READ MORE]

Brigitta Mueller, MD. Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Patient Safety Officer at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine (St. Petersburg, Fla.). Dr. Mueller joined All Children's in 2013 after serving as director of the division for clinical, operations, quality and safety at the Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers in Houston for 12 years. [READ MORE]

Margaret E. O'Kane. President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Ms. O'Kane is the founding and current president of the NCQA, which was created in 1990. [READ MORE]

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM. Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore). Dr. Pronovost wears many hats — he is a practicing anesthesiologist and critical care physician, the senior vice president for patient safety and quality and the director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and a professor in several departments of Johns Hopkins University. [READ MORE]

Gina Pugliese RN. Vice President of Premier Safety Institute. With more than 40 years of experience in healthcare safety, Ms. Pugliese serves as the vice president of the Premier Safety Institute and has adjunct faculty appointments at Rush University College of Nursing and the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago. [READ MORE]

Kenneth Sands, MD. Chief Quality Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). Dr. Sands is the chief quality officer and senior vice president of healthcare quality at BIDMC as well as an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. [READ MORE]

Pranavi Sreeramoju, MD. Chief of Infection Prevention at Parkland Health & Hospital System (Dallas). In addition to her role at Parkland, Dr. Sreeramoju is an assistant professor of medicine-infectious diseases at UT Southwestern Medicine Center. [READ MORE]

Kaveh G. Shojania, MD. Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality & Safety. Dr. Shojania is a scientist at the Toronto-based Sunnybrook Research Institute and director of the Centre for Patient Safety at the University of Toronto. [READ MORE]

Joan Silver, RN. Vice President of Organizational Quality and Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Officer for PinnacleHealth (Harrisburg, Pa.). Ms. Silver, who has more than 25 years of experience, took her current role at PinnacleHealth in 2000. [READ MORE]

Robert K. Stoelting, MD. President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. Dr. Stoelting became the full-time president of the PAPSF in 2003 after a long career in academic medicine. [READ MORE]

Robert M. Wachter, MD. Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine University of California, San Francisco. A prolific author, Dr. Wachter has penned 250 articles and six books, including two on healthcare safety. [READ MORE]

Gail Warden. President Emeritus of Henry Ford Health System (Detroit). Mr. Warden served as president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System from 1988 to 2003 and is currently the system's president emeritus. [READ MORE]


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