Senior Vice President for Quality and Safety, Chief Quality Officer
David W. Bates, MD, MSc, is Senior Vice President for Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer for both BWH and the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, a position he assumed July 1, 2011.
Bates is an internationally renowned expert in patient safety, using information technology to improve care, quality of care, cost-effectiveness and outcomes assessment in medical practice.
In addition to serving as a practicing general internist and chief of General Internal Medicine, Bates also is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. He also serves as medical director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partners Healthcare. He directs the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. He is the associate editor of the Journal of Patient Safety.
At a time when patient safety has become a key driver for focusing national attention on health care quality, Bates’ work has not only shown the magnitude of the problem, he has also provided a blueprint for helping solve it. He led a seminal study on the epidemiology of drug-related injuries, demonstrating that the most effective way to prevent serious medication errors is to focus on improving the systems, and has performed many studies on how computerized, evidence-based guidelines can improve quality and efficiency.
Bates is a graduate of Stanford University, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He began his fellowship general internal medicine at BWH in 1988, and he received an MSc in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1990.
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