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Albert W. Wu, M.D.

Albert Wilson Wu, M.D.
President-Elect, Faculty Senate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Joint Appointment in Medicine

Male  | Languages: English, Swedish

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410-955-0670

Main Location

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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Titles

  • President-Elect, Faculty Senate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Director, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine
  • Joint Appointment in Surgery

Centers & Institutes

Departments

Locations

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower Suite 7143
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 443-287-6120
Fax: 410-614-1195

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Halstead
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Contact for Research Inquiries

624 N Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205 map
Phone: 410-614-5089

Expertise

Infectious Disease

Biography

Albert W. Wu is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Medicine, with joint appointments in Epidemiology, International Health, Medicine and Surgery.  He received BA and MD degrees from Cornell University, and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital and UC San Diego. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCSF and received an MPH from UC Berkeley.  His research and teaching focus on patient outcomes and quality of care. He was the first to measure the quality of life impact of antiretroviral therapy in HIV clinical trials. He developed the MOS-HIV health survey, and other questionnaires to measure quality of life, adherence, satisfaction, attitudes and behaviors for people with chronic disease. He was co-founder and director of the outcomes research committee of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group of the NIH, and President of the International Society for Quality of Life. He advises many US and international organizations on PRO methods. He is director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, director of the AHRQ-funded DEcIDE center for patient centered outcomes research. He is a PROMIS investigator, and co-developer of PatientViewpoint, a patient portal to link patient reported outcomes to electronic health records. He has studied the handling of medical errors since 1988, and has published influential papers including “Do house officers learn from their mistakes” in JAMA in 1991, and “Medical error: the second victim” in the BMJ. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee on identifying and preventing medication errors, and was Senior Adviser for Patient Safety to WHO in Geneva. He has authored over 350 peer review publications. and was editor of the Joint Commission book “The Value of Close Calls in Improving Patient Safety.” He leads the PhD program in health services research, and the Certificate program in Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He maintains a clinical practice in general internal medicine.

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    Additional Information

  • Education +

    Degrees

    • Cornell University Medical College / MD (1984)

    Residencies

    • Mount Sinai Hospital/ICAHN SOM / Internal Medicine (1986)

    Fellowships

    • University of California - / Medicine (1987)

    Certifications

    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1987)
  • Research & Publications +

    Technology Expertise: Patient Safety, Patient Reported Outcomes, Patient Centered Outcomes Research, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Quality of Life, Quality of Care, Disclosure, Second Victim

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +

    Graduate Program Affiliation

    Faculty Member, Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Courses and Syllabi

    Quality of Medical Care. (Co-Instructor - Dy) (HPM 311.615.81)
    Distance

    Patient Safety and Medical Errors. (Lead Instructor) (HPM 309.730.81)
    Distance

    Assessing health status and patient outcomes. (Lead Instructor) (HPM 309.712.81)
    Distance

    Introduction to comparative effectiveness and outcomes research. (Co-Instructor - Segal) (HPM 312.693.01)

    Organizational and human factors in patient safety. (Co-instructor - Gurses) (HPM 309.732.01)

    Patient safety in developing countries. (Co-instructor - Syed) (HPM 309.781.11)
    2011 - 2011

  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    • Delta Omega Honor Society
    • Fellow, Association for Health Services Research
    • Fellow, American College of Physicians
    • Bronze World Medal for ''Removing Insult from Injury: Disclosing Adverse Events', New York Festivals: Film and Video: Health Care Professional Education, 2006
    • Outstanding Faculty Award, Student Association, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013

    Memberships

    • AcademyHealth
    • American College of Physicians
    • International Society for Quality of Life Research
    • Society of General Internal Medicine

    Professional Activities

    • AcademyHealth HSR Consortium Advisory Committee; Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum
    • Board of Directors, Ray Wu Memorial Fund
    • Chair, Johns Hopkins Medicine
      Epic Questionnaire Task Force
    • Chair, Johns Hopkins Medicine
      Task Force for the Systematic Collection of Patient Reported Outcomes
    • Director, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
    • Director, Phd Program in Health Services Research and Policy
    • Director, DEcIDE Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research
    • Director, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research
      Certificate Program in Quality
    • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Patient Safety
    • Editorial Advisory Board, Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
    • Editorial Board, The Patient: Patient Centered Outcomes Research
    • International Editorial Board, Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
    • International Editorial Board, Health and Medicine
      Psychology
    • Johns Hopkins University Urban Health Institute Community University Coordinating Council 
    • President Elect, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
      Faculty Senate
    • Scientific Advisory Committee, MAPI Research Institute, Lyon, France
    • Steering Committee, National Quality Forum Patient Safety Measures Project
    • Transparency Roundtable, Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation
  • Videos & Media +

    Lectures and Presentations

    Isabelle Christenson Memorial Lecture. 
    Grand Round Lecture , Pittsburgh, PA (03/06/2013)
    Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital

    Outcomes research.  How can we make it patient centered? 
    Division of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds , Houston, TX (04/05/2013)
    MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Changing the Patient Safety Paradigm. 
    Division of General Internal Medicine Grand Rounds , Beijing, China (07/12/2013)
    Peking Union Medical College

    Disclosing Medical Errors to Patients.  
    Medicine Grand Rounds , Baltimore, MD (12/12/2013)
    Sinai Hospital

    Isabelle Christenson Memorial Lecture
    Pittsburgh (01/06/2013)
      Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital

    Outcomes research
      Houston (01/05/2013)
      MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Changing the Patient Safety Paradigm
    (01/12/2013)
    Peking Union Medical College

    Disclosing Medical Errors to Patients
      Baltimore (01/12/2013)
    Sinai Hospital

    Development of a comparative functional approach to identifying mutations in noncoding sequences
    53rd American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting (01/01/2003)

    Comparative functional genetic approaches to HSCR. International Hirschsprung and associated neurocristopathies meeting
    Italy (01/01/2004)

    Establishing the functional potential of conserved non-coding sequences
    18th International Mouse Genome Meeting , Seattle (01/01/2004)

    Regulatory mutations - the new Holy Grail of human genetics
    Institute for Child Health , London (01/01/2004)
    University College London

    Efficient functional examination of human non-coding sequences in transgenic zebrafish, The biology of genomes
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (01/01/2005)

    Fishing for functional DNA: Efficient functional examination of non-coding sequences in transgenic zebrafish
    55th American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting , Salt Lake City (01/01/2005)

    RET regulation: Efforts to understand control of a critical developmental and disease gene. Development of the Enteric Nervous System: Cells, Signals, and Genes
    New York (01/01/2006)

    RET regulation and other journeys: Efforts to understand control of critical developmental and disease genes.
    Center for Vertebrate Genomics (01/01/2006)
    Cornell University

    Efforts to understand control of critical developmental and disease genes: RET regulation among others.
    Dept Human Genetics (01/01/2006)
    University of Chicago

    Genomics and the control of critical genes in development and disease.
    Program in Genomic Medicine (01/01/2006)
    University of Maryland

    Efforts to understand control of critical developmental and disease genes
    National Institute of Aging , Baltimore (01/01/2007)

    Human, mouse, and fish: a menagerie a trois in comparative functional analysis
    Experimental Biology Annual Meeting , Washington DC (01/01/2007)

    Unraveling critical genetic mechanisms in development and disease
    National Institute of Aging (01/01/2007)

    Deciphering regulatory control: the role of cis-regulation in development and disease. The Medical Research Council
    Human Genetics Unit , Edinburgh (01/01/2007)

    Deciphering regulatory control: the role of cis-regulation in development and disease
    St Louis (01/01/2007)
    Washington University

    Unraveling critical genetic mechanisms in development and disease.
    (01/01/2008)
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Models of Success: In Search of a Better Understanding and Improved Treatments of Genetic Disease
    58th American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting (01/01/2008)

    Unveiling the regulation of genes contributing to Hirschsprung Disease and other neurocristopathies
    The 2nd International Symposium on Development of the Enteric Nervous System , University College London (01/01/2009)

    An Irishman abroad in life and at home in science: Introduction to Biomedical Research and Careers
    Johns Hopkins University (01/01/2009)

    Taking the Genome Apart to See How it Works: Applying Functional Genetics to Development and Disease.
    Center for Human Genetics Research Seminar – Annual Graduate Student Selected Speaker (01/01/2009)
    Vanderbilt University

    Taking the Genome Apart to See How it Works: Applying Functional Genetics to Development and Disease.
    Human Genetics (01/01/2009)
    Michigan University

    Functional Genetic Dissection of Regulatory Control and Human Disease.
    Biological Sciences (01/01/2011)
    James Madison University

    Functional Genetic Evaluation of Cardiovascular Disease Genes In Zebrafish
    Leducq Consortium Planning Meeting , Baltimore (01/01/2012)

    Implementing A Functional Genomics Pipeline To Illuminate GWAS-derived signals.
    IBD Genetics Consortium meeting (01/01/2013)

    Early Examples: Testing Functional Requirement for RBM24 and SKI Orthologs During Zebrafish Development
    Leducq Consortium Meeting , Antwerp (01/01/2013)

    Implementation of Genome Editing In Zebrafish And Development of Novel Tools
    Leducq Consortium Meeting , Stockholm (01/01/2014)

    Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression
    Bar Harbor: Short Course in Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics (01/01/2008)

    Genetics and Genomics A Voyage Of Discovery
    8th annual Young Investigator Symposium on Genomics and Bioinformatics – Opening Speaker (01/01/2014)

    Systematic Exploration Of Clinically Implicated Sequence Variation.
    MD/PhD Retreat (01/01/2014)
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Fishing For Functional Variation
    Netherlands (01/01/2015)
    Radboud Medical Center

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    Elizabeth Weise. Older medicine spreads meningitis. USA Today, November 11, 2012

    Cheryl Clark. Medical error second victims get some help finally. HealthLeaders Media. Jaunary 17, 2013.

    Claudia Bloom. Preventing medication errors. Real Simple. March 2013.

    Barone JE. Patient complications have profound effects on surgeons. November 22, 2013. Reuters Health Information. Medscape.

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