Johns Hopkins Medicine names Dr. Allen Kachalia SVP of patient safety and quality

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Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine appointed Allen Kachalia, MD, senior vice president of patient safety and quality, effective Dec. 1. He will also serve as director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Here are four things to know about Dr. Kachalia:

1. At present, he serves as chief quality officer and vice president for quality and safety at Boston-based Brigham Health. He joined the health system in 2003 and stepped into his current role in 2014. As chief quality officer, Dr. Kachalia created a provider-based electronic mortality review system at Brigham Health and helped form a board quality committee to report on and encourage quality performance.

2. Dr. Kachalia also acts as an academic hospitalist at Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital and serves as an associate professor of medicine at Boston-based Harvard Medical School.

3. In his new role, Dr. Kachalia will manage all patient safety and quality initiatives at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He will also oversee academic and scholarly efforts at the Armstrong Institute, which was created to help coordinate and support the health system's patient safety and quality improvement efforts.

4. Dr. Kachalia earned his medical degree from St. Louis-based Washington University and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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