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About Peter Pronovost
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., FCCM, is the director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins, as well as Johns Hopkins Medicine’s senior vice president for patient safety and quality.
One of the world’s leading authorities on patient safety, Dr. Pronovost developed a scientifically proven method for reducing the deadly infections associated with central line catheters. His simple but effective checklist protocol virtually eliminated such infections in ICUs across the state of Michigan, saving 1,500 lives and $100 million annually. The checklist protocol has since been implemented across the United States, state by state, and in several other countries. The New Yorker magazine says that Pronovost’s “work has already saved more lives than that of any laboratory scientist in the past decade.”
He has chronicled his work in helping improve patient safety in his book, Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out. In addition, he has written more than 800 articles and chapters related to patient safety and the measurement and evaluation of safety efforts. He serves in an advisory capacity to the World Health Organizations’ World Alliance for Patient Safety.
The winner of several national awards, including the 2004 John Eisenberg Patient Safety Research Award and a coveted MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, known popularly as the “genius grant,” Dr. Pronovost was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 “most influential people” in the world for his work in patient safety. For several years Pronovost has been named one of the top 50 physician executives by Modern Healthcare, which also listed him in 2014 and 2015 as one of the 100 most influential people in health care. He regularly addresses Congress on the importance of patient safety, prompting a report by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform strongly endorsing his ICU infection prevention program. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and an honorary fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He serves on the expert panel for the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Scorecard and as chair of the World Innovation Summit for Health 2015.
Dr. Pronovost, who earned his M.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a practicing critical care physician and a professor in the departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Surgery, and Health Policy and Management. He previously headed the Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group and was medical director of the Hopkins Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care.
Follow Dr. Pronovost on Twitter: @PeterPronovost.
- US News & World Report “Hospitals Make Progress on the Path to Safety”
- Modern Healthcare “Ambitious Checklist App Comes as Hospitals Struggle with Basic Checklists"
- Forbes “Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger and Johns Hopkins Tackle Patient Safety”
- NPR “Health Safety Experts Call for Public Reporting of Medical Harms”
- “Katie” “The Must-Read Safety Checklist for Patients”
Column and Blog Posts
- The Wall Street Journal “Beware Bad Data About Hospitals”
- Voices for Safer Care “Hospital-acquired Infections: How do we reach zero?”
- The Wall Street Journal “The Myth of the Medical Diagnosis”
- Voices for Safer Care “Doctor Who?”
- The Huffington Post “Rethinking How We Think About Preventing Patient Harm”
MacArthur Fellow: Peter Pronovost
Critical care physician Peter Pronovost was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2008. The Fellowship is a $500,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more.