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Advisory Panel  

James Adams, MD
Dr. Adams is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. He serves as Senior Associate Editor, Academic Emergency Medicine and Section Editor, Rosens Principles and Practice of Emergency Medicine. He is on the national board of directors of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and is a member of the national Patient Safety Task Force of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He co-directed the first national consensus conference on error in emergency medicine in 2000. He has numerous publications as well as ongoing research projects and operational initiatives focused on improving the safety of emergency care, specifically related to information management, process controls, communication, and teamwork.

Eric Alper, MD
Dr. Alper is Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA. As Physician Safety Officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, he works to improve patient safety and quality in the institution. Recent efforts include developing standard order templates and clinical practice guidelines, facilitating information and communications systems enhancements, and improving the process of medication reconciliation. He helped to found its hospitalist program in 1996; he is currently a practicing hospitalist within its 26-member Division of Hospital Medicine. He is the Director of the third year Internal Medicine clerkship and is a member of the council of Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine, the national organization of medicine clerkship directors.

Michael Astion, MD, PhD
Dr. Astion is an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He has authored more than 25 peer reviewed articles, most of which focus on medical education and medical informatics. He has also published 20 educational software titles that are in use at over 2000 institutions worldwide.

David W. Bates, MD, MSc
Dr. Bates is Chief of the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partner's Healthcare Systems, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bates is nationally recognized for his work on the epidemiology of adverse drug events and for his role in developing and evaluating technological solutions to improving quality, most notably with computerized order entry. Dr. Bates recently received the John M. Eisenberg Award from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for lifetime achievement in research relating to patient safety. Dr. Bates is also a practicing general internist and is the former medical director of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Physician Hospital Organization.

Lisa Bellini, MD
Dr. Bellini is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she is Vice Chair for Education and Inpatient Services, and director for the internal medicine residency program. Dr. Bellini’s combined responsibilities for education and inpatient care enables her to appreciate the broad spectrum of issues affecting patient safety. Her areas of research include the evaluation of new educational curricula and, most recently, the significance of fatigue and personal distress among medical residents.

Mark Bernstein BSc, MD, FRCSC, MHSc
Dr. Bernstein is Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a neurosurgeon at The Toronto Western Hospital within the University Health Network. He was Head of the Division of Neurosurgery at the University Health Network from 1992-2002. His main interest in neurosurgery is neuro-oncology. He has a strong interest in Bioethics and in 2003 completed a Master of Health Science in Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Besides patient safety and error, his main interests in bioethics include surgical teaching, surgical innovation, resource allocation, and research ethics.

Sidney T. Bogardus, Jr., MD
Dr. Bogardus is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has written more than 30 articles covering a range of clinical epidemiological and health services topics in geriatrics. His work focuses on the care of persons with dementia and delirium, on issues of patient-physician communication and medical decision making, and on the care of hospitalized older patients, including ways to improve the care and safety of vulnerable older patients in the hospital. He is the recipient of an American Geriatrics Society New Investigator Award and a Pfizer/American Geriatrics Society Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Health Outcomes in Geriatrics.

Troyen A. Brennan, MD, JD, MPH
Dr. Brennan is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and President of the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization. He is also Professor of Law and Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Brennan received law, medicine, and public health degrees from Yale University, and trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Brennan is best known for his work as the lead investigator in the Harvard Medical Practice Study and the more recent Colorado-Utah study assessing prevalence of adverse events from medical care experienced by hospitalized patients. In addition to his major contributions to our understanding of the epidemiology of medical error and adverse events, Dr. Brennan has written extensively on legal and ethical issues in medicine and public health, as well as numerous other areas of clinical and health services research. In addition to these academic activities, Dr. Brennan serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Committees on Recertification and General Internal Medicine, and he chairs the ABIM Foundation/ACP-ASIM Foundation/European Society for Internal Medicine Medical Professionalism Project 2000.

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, DSc
Dr. Cohen is president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a nonprofit medical safety agency. ISMP reviews all reports submitted to the USP Medication Errors Reporting Program. Dr. Cohen and his group provide medical error prevention features in publications circulated to over 2.6 million health professionals monthly. He edits ISMP Medication Safety Alert!, a biweekly sent to over 6200 U.S. hospitals and health care institutions. Dr. Cohen is author of the text, Medication Errors and associate editor of Hospital Pharmacy. In addition, Dr. Cohen serves on the editorial boards of J. Intravenous Nurse Society, Healthcare Risk Control (ECRI), The Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement and Sentinel Event Alert, (both JCAHO publications). He also serves on the Drug Safety and Risk Management Subcommittee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Kathleen Dracup, RN, FNP, CS, DNSc
Dr. Dracup is the Dean of and Professor at the School of Nursing at University of California, San Francisco. She has written more than 200 articles on patient safety, critical care, and cardiovascular care. In her most recent research she has studied the role of patient-nurse partnerships and patient self-management strategies to reduce errors in patient care, particularly in the out-patient setting. Dr. Dracup is a consulting editor of Quality Grand Rounds, the series of articles in Annals of Internal Medicine involving case-based discussions of issues in healthcare quality and patient safety.

Bradford W. Duncan, MD
Dr. Duncan is an Internist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and a former Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Fellow at Stanford University's Center for Primary Care & Outcomes Research. His areas of interests include medical error and patient safety, quality assessment, and evidence-based medicine. He was an editor of Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, the synthesis of the patient safety literature produced for AHRQ and was also a contributor to the Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators and the HCUP Patient Safety Indicators.

Mark H. Ebell, MD, MS
Dr. Ebell is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at Michigan State University, and is Editor of the Journal of Family Practice. He is also author of Evidence-Based Diagnosis, a handbook of clinical decision rules accompanied by software, author of the InfoRetriever evidence-based medical reference software, co-editor of the Evidence-Based Practice newsletter, and co-editor of the Essentials of Family Medicine textbook. Dr. Ebell is also the author of over 80 peer reviewed journal articles, including work in the areas of meta-analysis, medical informatics, and medical decision-making.

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD
Dr. Gandhi is a practicing internist and Director of Patient Safety at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. In her role as director of patient safety, Dr. Gandhi works with nursing, pharmacy, and medical staff to reduce medical error and create a culture of safety. Current initiatives include conducting executive "walk rounds" on patient safety, implementing a web-based error reporting system, and improving the systems approach to analysis of adverse events. In addition, a large educational effort is in place to educate staff about patient safety and disclosure of errors to patients. Dr. Gandhi’s research interests include improving quality and safety using information systems, with an expertise in outpatient medication errors and adverse drug events. Current project include reducing outpatient adverse drug events with computerized prescribing, improving guideline compliance and tracking and follow-up of abnormal test results with decision support, and improving provider communication in the outpatient referral process using information systems.

John Gosbee, MD, MS
Dr. Gosbee has been involved in research and development activities related to patient safety and human factors engineering since 1988. His focus has been on the application of principles from human factors engineering and ergonomics to healthcare, and he has written numerous practical and theoretical articles, reviews, and editorials about this multidisciplinary area. His ideas are summarized in the most recent edition of Clinical Risk Management, Charles Vincent (Ed.). Dr. Gosbee has also given many lectures and led numerous practical workshops on the crucial role of human factors engineering in patient safety at many clinical and engineering conferences. He has provided policy and scientific advice to committees at FDA, Institute of Medicine, and National Academy of Sciences. He has co-written the American National Standard guidance document, Human Factors Design Process for Medical Devices. In addition, Dr. Gosbee has led numerous efforts to introduce concepts from human factors engineering to medical students, residents, and nursing students.

Richard Gross, MD
Dr. Gross is the leader of the Program in Internal and Hospital Medicine at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. He has spoken nationally on various aspects of medical safety and has authored two textbooks on medical decision making and evidence-based medicine, Making Medical Decisions, American College of Physicians, 1999, and Decisions and Evidence in Medical Practice, Mosby, 2001. Most recently, he was co-author of an overview of important safety concepts in the hospital setting in the July 2002 issue of Medical Clinics of North America.

Lee H. Hilborne, MD, MPH
Dr. Hilborne is Director of the UCLA Center for Patient Safety and Quality and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. Dr. Hilborne is also a consultant to the Health Sciences program at RAND in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Hilborne is a member of the Professional and Economic Affairs Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). He is a member of the American Medical Association’s CPT Editorial Panel, on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and chairs the University of California Patient Safety initiative known as the Strategic Alliance for Error Reduction in California Healthcare (SAFER California Healthcare). Dr. Hilborne is also a member of JCAHO's Professional and Technical Advisory Committee for Hospitals.

Thomas J. Krizek, MD
Dr. Krizek has published more than 200 articles in general and plastic surgery. Though his major areas of clinical expertise are in burns, wound healing, trauma, and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Krizek was also one of the investigators of the seminal Lancet article in which trained ethnographers observed surgical rounds and conferences over a 6 month period to document a staggeringly high rate of self-identified major errors and injuries. Dr. Krizek has since written other articles promoting increased awareness of and attention to medical error among surgeons. Dr. Krizek’s past academic appointments include chairmanships of plastic surgery at 4 institutions, and chair of surgery at the University of Chicago. He recently semi-retired from surgery and now teaches Religion and Medicine at the University of South Florida. Dr. Krizek recently completed a term as First Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons, with a particular focus on patient safety

Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH
Dr. Landrigan is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a pediatric hospitalist, and Research Director of the Children's Hospital Inpatient Pediatrics Service. He has been evaluating pediatric hospitalist systems and patient safety for several years, and has written multiple articles in both fields. He is particularly interested in the impact of sleep deprivation and working conditions on patient safety.

Norma M. Lang, RN, PhD, FAAN, FRCN
Dr. Lang is the Lillian S. Brunner Professor in Medical Surgical Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her pioneering work identified standards for measuring nursing care and quality and her Lang Model has been adopted in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. In 2001 the JCAHO awarded the Codman Award for her leadership in promoting performance measures. Dr. Lang developed the Nursing Minimum Data Set with Dr. Harriet Werley. From 1989-1997 she chaired the ANA Steering Committee on Data Bases for Clinical Practice and was a consultant to the International Council of Nurses for the development of the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP). She has been president of the American Nurses Foundation and has served as the dean of the Schools of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Pennsylvania.

Lucian L. Leape, MD
Dr. Leape is an Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. Beginning with his work in the famous Harvard medical Practice Study, Dr. Leape has been one of the leading researchers and writers on the epidemiology of medical error and need for new approaches in medicine to improving patient safety. Dr. Leape was a founding Director of the National Patient Safety Foundation and led the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's first Breakthrough Collaborative on Prevention of Adverse Drug Events. Dr. Leape was also a member of the Institute of Medicine Quality of Care in America Committee, responsible for the seminal reports, To Err is Human (1999) and Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001). In addition to his extensive work on medical error and patient safety, Dr. Leape has conducted extensive research on aspects of health services research, most notably the overuse and underuse of cardiovascular procedures.

Richard Lilford, MD
Dr. Lilford is the professor of clinical research at the University of Birmingham. He is also the director of The Patient Safety Research Programme at the University of Birmingham. He was head of research for the NHS (National Health Services) Executive, West Midlands, between 1995 and 2001 and still undertakes research on behalf of the Government.

Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc
Dr. Lindenauer is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also the Medical Director of Clinical Information Systems, and Associate Medical Director of the Division of Healthcare Quality at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Lindenauer's work focuses on the role of computerized physician order entry systems to improve quality and enhance safety, the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines, and improving perioperative care. Dr. Lindenauer is a member of the technical expert panel of the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System, serves as an advisor to the University Healthsystems Consortium, and is past chair of the Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Committee of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Sylvia C.W. McKean, MD
Dr. McKean is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Medical Director of the Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitalist Service as well as the General Medical Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr McKean is a scholar of the Academy at Harvard Medical School in recognition of excellence in medical education and recently received the Brigham and Women's Physician Organization Physician Award in recognition by her peers in the area of clinical collaboration. In addition to implementing hospitalist programs at two hospitals, Dr. McKean has led multiple quality improvement initiatives at BWH and is currently attempting to develop innovative teaching programs addressing topics not traditionally covered in residency training.

Michael D. Murray, PharmD
Dr. Murray is Bucke Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Purdue University and Scientist at Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, where he serves as Director of the Health Data & Epidemiology Section. His research involves developing pharmacy services to improve drug therapy in older adults with chronic disorders, health care utilization of low-income minority people, pharmacoepidemiology using large population computer databases, and the clinical pharmacology of NSAIDs and diuretics in older adults. He is an active member of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics serving from 1998 to 2001 as Chair of the Scientific Section on Pharmacoepidemiology, Drug Safety, & Outcomes Research. He is now Chair of the Committee on the Coordination of Scientific Sections. He is also a member of the United States Pharmacopeia’s Safe Medication Use and Therapeutic Decision Making Expert Panels. Dr. Murray is a former board member of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and has served on its scientific programs committee since 1988. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and 9 book chapters on drug safety.

Elizabeth Nilson, MD
Dr. Nilson is the Director of Quality Assurance for the Department of Medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital, a free-standing community hospital in lower Manhattan affiliated with the NYU Medical Center. She is increasingly involved throughout the Hospital with its Performance Improvement initiatives. Dr. Nilson performs bioethics consultations for the NYU Downtown Hospital’s Ethics Committee. Lastly, Dr. Nilson is active in graduate medical education, and has published an article in Academic Medicine exploring the use of case studies in ethics teaching for residents.

Karen L. Posner, PhD
Dr. Posner is Research Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Posner’s projects combine qualitative and quantitative methods, drawing on her doctoral training in sociocultural anthropology and health services research. She is project manager of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Closed Claims Project, a longitudinal study of anesthesia malpractice and patient safety; the Pediatric Perioperative Cardiac Arrest Registry; and the Postoperative Visual Loss Registry, projects designed to collect large sets of rare complications to investigate their causes and possible preventive strategies. In A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Surgical Patient Safety, Dr. Posner is collaborating with a team of anesthesiologists, surgeons, and nurses to improve patient safety in the operating room. Dr. Posner has published numerous articles and chapters on patient safety, quality improvement, and medical liability, and serves on the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation’s Scientific Evaluation Committee and Editorial Board.

Donald A. Redelmeier, MD
Dr. Donald Redelmeier is Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto where he has conducted clinical and health services research on a wide range of topics. His most important contributions have involved research in the field of traumatic injury and driver error (including his 1997 New England Journal of Medicine article on the association between cellular-telephone calls and motor vehicle collisions), which has led to major policy changes in the United States and other countries. Dr. Redelmeier's other research has addressed numerous practical and theoretical topics in the fields of medical decision science, clinical epidemiology, and cognitive psychology. Prominent among these articles have been analyses of the impact of "off hours" and weekend staffing on inpatient mortality, differences in hospital expenditures in the US and Canada, and the under-treatment of patients with chronic illnesses. Dr. Redelmeier has also published engaging articles on the survival impact attributable to winning an Academy Award (published in Annals of Internal Medicine) and an analysis addressing the question "Why cars in the next lane seem to go faster" (published in Nature).

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH
Dr. Saint is a Hospitalist and Research Investigator at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan and. He received his MD from UCLA and completed a medical residency and chief residency at the UCSF School of Medicine. He then went on to the University of Washington where he completed a two-year clinical research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and concurrently completed the requirement for a Masters in Public Health. His research interests have focused on enhancing patient safety by preventing hospital-acquired device-related infections. He has authored over 75 peer-reviewed papers and co-authored three clinical manuals, including the Saint-Frances Guide to Inpatient Medicine (published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins). He is a co-editor of Quality Grand Rounds, a series of articles designed to explore a range of quality-of-care and patient safety issues published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In addition, he has authored several articles that have appeared in the "Clinical Problem-Solving" section of the New England Journal of Medicine. He currently directs the VA/UM Patient Safety Enhancement Program.

Steven M. Selbst, MD
Dr. Selbst is a Professor of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University. He is Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Thomas Jefferson University and AI duPont Hospital for Children. He has written more than a dozen articles about medication errors and patient safety. His book, Preventing Malpractice Lawsuits in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, published by the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1999, explores the causes of medication errors and other errors in pediatric emergency medicine and suggests methods to decrease their frequency.

Dr. Sheikh is an epidemiologist at Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, where his research has focused on medical errors, patient safety and health system quality. He has been involved in important conceptual work outlining the workings of a national database of medical error for the British National Health Service and is focused on prescribing errors and the identification of strategies to improve safety of medication use.

Carl Sirio, MD
Dr. Sirio is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Sirio is a co-developer of the APACHE (Acute Physiology, Age and Chronic Health Evaluation) system, a widely available tool designed to assess severity of illness in the critically ill, and his research has covered a variety of topics relating to the organization and delivery of health care services, performance measurement, and economic analysis.

Dr. Sirio is the sole physician representative on the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. He also serves on the Health Policy Board as an advisor to the Governor and Secretary of Health in Pennsylvania and he chair a Department of Health effort regarding statewide health data and quality initiatives. In addition to patient care and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Sirio is medical director of a comprehensive program for assessing the quality and cost associated with care of the critically ill at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Patrice Spath, RHIT, BA
Ms. Spath is a health care quality specialist based in Forest Grove, Oregon. Her most recent book, Partnering with Patients to Reduce Medical Errors (AHA Health Forum, 2004) describes how physicians and other caregivers can collaborate with patients and their family members to reduce untoward incidents. Another of her books, Error Reduction in Health Care: A Systems Approach to Improving Patient Safety (Jossey-Bass, 2000) won wide acclaim and in the Patient Safety Improvement Guidebook (Brown-Spath & Associates, 2001) she explains how practical process improvement techniques can be used to reduce the likelihood of medical accidents. Ms. Spath writes a monthly column in Hospital Peer Review, is a regular contributor to other health care quality and patient safety improvement journals, and lectures widely on patient safety and performance improvement topics.

Sven Ternov, MD
Dr. Ternov is a researcher at the Lund Institute of Technology, where his work focuses on accident prevention in complex systems. He also works for the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration on hazard identification in air traffic control. He wrote a chapter, The human side of medical mistakes published in Error reduction in health care, Jossey Bass, 2000.

Dr Ternov has been working for 8 years as an investigator for the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, investigating several hundred serious cases of iatrogenic accidents. He has adopted and applied a method for accident analysis to health care and aviation (MTO analysis), originally used by the nuclear power industry. As a consultant he has held several seminars on accident investigation for health care personnel in Denmark and Sweden. He is a qualified systems auditor and has been used as advisor to the Danish and Swedish Boards of Health, and the Danish Medical Association, concerning systems safety. As part of his research he has developed a proactive method for risk analysis (DEB analysis) and applied this amongst others to an oncological ward unit at a university hospital and to a cytostatic agent manufacturing unit at a pharmacy. He has extensively lectured at international seminars on "human factors" issues in health care, pharmacy and aviation. He has done extensive research and teaching on how to develop organizations into "learning organizations, thereby developing a good safety culture, by implementing error reporting systems."

Eric J. Thomas, MD, MPH
Dr. Thomas is a general internist at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, where he is Principal Investigator of the AHRQ-funded University of Texas Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice. The center studies on teamwork, medical devices, close call reporting, organizational learning, and surveys of healthcare providers. His previous research included the Utah and Colorado Medical Practice Study. This study provided population-based data on the epidemiology of adverse events in acute care settings as well as exploring methodological issues in peer review and legal and economic issues related to negligent care.

Heidi Wald, MD
Dr. Wald is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Director of the Penn Hospital Care Practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wald’s professional interests include clinical quality improvement and patient safety. She has participated in health system-wide QI initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and published in the areas of hospital safety, sentinel event reporting and root cause analysis.

Saul Weingart, MD, PhD
Dr. Weingart is an internist at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he serves as Director of Patient Safety for the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care. He is also Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weingart's research interests include the development of voluntary reporting systems for medical errors, quality improvement education for house officers, and executive leadership in patient safety. He chairs the Minnesota and Indianapolis Patient Safety Executive Sessions.

Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH
Dr. Weingarten is the Director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai Health System, a Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Zynx Health Incorporated.

Dr. Weingarten has published more than 70 articles, editorials, and book chapters on the development, implementation, and evaluation of medical practice guidelines, medical outcomes research, disease management, and other topics in healthcare quality. He serves on the editorial boards of 5 outcomes research-related publications and the Disease Management Advisory Committee of NCQA. Dr. Weingarten was a Quality Leader for the American College of Physicians on health care issues in Washington, DC. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of California Medical Association’s Institute for Medical Quality. Dr. Weingarten is an active clinician and teacher and has won the President’s Award at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Matthew B. Weinger, MD
Dr. Weinger is Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego, and the Director of the San Diego Center for Patient Safety. His research and other academic activities have focused on patient safety, human factors research, and clinical decision making for almost two decades. He received the James S. Todd Memorial Award for Patient Safety Research from the National Patient Safety Foundation in 1998. Dr. Weinger is on the Board of Directors of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and is Co-Chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Human Factors Committee, which focuses on developing national standards for all medical device user interfaces.

Mark V. Williams, MD
Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and Director of the Hospital Medicine Unit. He is also Executive Medical Director for the Emory HCA Medical Centers. Dr. Williams established the first hospitalist program at a public hospital in 1998, and now supervises one of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the U.S., and is a past-President of the Society of Hospital Medicine. His research focuses on the role of health literacy in patient care, and he has published more than 20 articles on this topic. His more recent interest in patient safety and medical errors has included co-authoring five chapters in the AHRQ funded evidence report, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices.

Richard E. Wolfe, MD
Dr. Wolfe is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Wolfe’s research interests include ultrasound applications in emergency medicine, use of the laboratory in the evaluation of sepsis, and education and structure in postgraduate emergency medicine training. An active clinician and teacher, Dr. Wolfe was previously director of the residency in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and served as Chair of the Education Committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is currently a member of the Emergency Medicine Connections task force.


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