PETER PRONOVOST, MD, PHD

Senior Vice President for Patient Safety & Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Pronovost is a practicing anesthesiologist and critical care physician, teacher, researcher, and international patient safety leader. Dr. Pronovost is a Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Surgery); in the Bloomberg School of Public Health (Department of Health Policy and Management) and in the School of Nursing. He is also Medical Director for the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, which supports quality and safety efforts at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals. In 2003, Dr. Pronovost established the Quality and Safety Research Group to advance the science of safety. Dr. Pronovost and his research team are dedicated to improving health care through methods that are scientifically rigorous, but feasible at the bedside. Dr. Pronovost holds a doctorate in clinical investigation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The author of more than 260 articles and chapters in the fields of patient safety, ICU care, quality health care, evidence­based medicine, and the measurement and evaluation of safety efforts, Dr. Pronovost is also a frequent speaker on the topics of quality and safety leadership and implementation of large­scale change. He chairs the JCAHO ICU Advisory Panel for Quality Measures, the ICU Physician Staffing Committee for the Leapfrog Group, and serves on the Quality Measures Work Group of the National Quality Forum. He also serves in an advisory capacity to the World Health Organizations (WHO) World Alliance for Patient Safety and is leading WHO efforts to improve patient safety measurement, evaluation, and leadership capacity globally. He has won several national awards for his research, including the 2004 John Eisenberg Patient Safety Research Award.

Dr. Pronovost was chosen by the editors of Time Magazine as one of their 100 most influential people for 2008. His work in innovating ways to improve patient safety and care are changing the way the world thinks about medical care. Dr. Pronovost was one of 25 individuals awarded a coveted MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, known popularly as the genius grant. Also in 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Henry A. Waxman (D­Calif.), released a report strongly endorsing Dr. Pronovost’s ICU infection prevention program. Dr. Pronovost was also awarded the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 2009 Preclinical and Clinical Teaching Award, the 2009 American Society of Anesthesiology Rovenstine Memorial Lectureship, and an honorary Doctorate in Science from Fairfield University