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Albert W. Wu, MD

Albert Wilson Wu, MD
President-Elect, Faculty Senate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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

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  • Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Health Services and Outcomes Research, Center for


Infectious Disease

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


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.


  • English
  • Swedish



American College of Physicians

International Society for Quality of Life Research

Society of General Internal Medicine


Additional Resources +
  • Education +


    • Cornell University Medical College (Ithaca NY ) (1984)


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


    • University of California - / Medicine (San Diego CA ) (1987)


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

    Graduate Program Affiliation

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

    Courses and Syllabi

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Activities & Honors +


    Fellow, Association for Health Services Research

    New York Festivals: Film and Video: Health Care Professional Education 2006 - Bronze World Medal for ''Removing Insult from Injury: Disclosing Adverse Events’

    Fellow of the American College of Physicians

    Delta Omega Honor Society

    Outstanding Faculty Award.  Student Association, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013

    Professional Activities

    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, Certificate Program in Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research

    President-Elect, Faculty Senate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Chair, Epic Questionnaire Task Force, Johns Hopkins Medicine

    Chair, Task Force for the Systematic Collection of Patient Reported Outcomes, Johns Hopkins Medicine

    Steering Committee, National Quality Forum Patient Safety Measures Project

    Scientific Advisory Committee, MAPI Research Institute.  Lyon, France

    Board of Directors, Ray Wu Memorial Fund

    Board Member.  The Sorry Works! Coalition 

    Johns Hopkins University Urban Health Institute Community University Coordinating Council 

    AcademyHealth HSR Consortium Advisory Committee; Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum

    Transparency Roundtable, Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation

    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

    Editorial Board Member.  Comparative Effectiveness Research

    International Editorial Board.  Polish Archives of Internal Medicine

    International Editorial Board, Psychology, Health and Medicine


  • Videos & Media +

    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.

  • Events +

    Grand Rounds Lectures

    Isabelle Christenson Memorial Lecture.  Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. March 6, 2013.

    Outcomes research.  How can we make it patient centered?  Division of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.  MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Houston, TX. April 5, 2013.

    Changing the Patient Safety Paradigm.  Division of General Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. Peking Union Medical College.  July 12, 2013

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

  • Contact & Locations +


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    Phone: 443-287-6120
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670
    Fax: 410-614-1195
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    • Medicine - General Internal Medicine

    For Research Inquiries Contact

    Joyce Hines
    624 N Broadway
    Baltimore MD 21205

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