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Peter Doyle, Ph.D.

Peter Doyle

Peter Doyle is a human factors engineer with 35 years of experience performing human factors analysis, design and test activities in the fields of nuclear power generation, defense contracting, simulation and training, information and communication systems, and health care and medicine. Given his interest in analysis and design he orients his efforts to applied solutions for operational challenges. Since 2007, he has worked in the Clinical Engineering Services department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital using accepted human factors methodologies and established human factors design criteria in the design and improvement of information-based, mechanical and process technologies. He addresses patient safety issues to assess and control risk associated with medical devices, work processes and information technologies.

Examples of projects include medical device evaluation and selection, design for alarm management, tubing misconnections studies, prototype development and testing of infusion pump design, simulations to assess and improve delivery of emergency services, integration of nurse call and communication systems and participation in root cause analyses of events involving patient harm. He also evaluates critical care processes via hands-on simulations and conducts usability analyses of medical devices and information technologies. Pete has worked collaboratively with the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation on national level efforts to improve infusion pump design and to assist in the integration of complex medical technologies into health care settings.


  • Ph.D., Human factors track of the applied experimental psychology program at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD
  • B.A., Psychology, Towson State University, Towson, MD

Research and Publications

Certifications and Memberships

Pete is certified as a Human Factors Practitioner (# 0053) and as a Certified Usability Analyst.

He holds memberships in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

  1. Sharon H. Allan, Peter A. Doyle, Adam Sapirstein, Maria Cvach, Data-Driven Implementation of Alarm Reduction Interventions in a Cardiovascular Surgical ICU, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2017; 43:62–70.
  2. Pham, J.C., Carson, K.A., Benson, J., Doyle, P.A., Ijagbemi, M., Ravitz, A., Wyskiel, R., and Tran, G. Comparison of Automated versus Manual Programming of Infusion Pumps. Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology, July/August, 2016.
  3. Doyle, Peter A., Improving Safety of Medical Device Use through Training. In: Safety of Health IT, Agrawahl, A. (Ed.), Springer, 2016.
  4. Doyle, Peter A., Gurses, Ayse P. Pronovost, Peter J. Mastering Medical Devices for Safe Use: Policy, Purchasing, and Training. American Journal of Medical Quality, I-3, 2016.
  5. Gurses A.P., Doyle P. Medical devices in the "wild." AHRQ WebM&M [serial online]. December 2014. Available at:
  6. Maria M. Cvach, Robert J. Frank, Pete Doyle, Zeina Khouri Stevens, PhD, RN, Use of Pagers With an Alarm Escalation System to Reduce Cardiac Monitor Alarm Signals. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Volume 29, Number 1, January-March, 2014.
  7. Maria M. Cvach, Andrew Currie, Adam Sapirstein, Peter A. Doyle and Peter Pronovost. Managing Clinical Alarms: Using data to drive change. Safety Solutions, November, 2013.
  8. Ravitz, Alan D., Sapirstein, Adam, Pham, Julius C. and Doyle, Peter A. Systems Approach and Systems Engineering Applied to Health Care: Improving Patient Safety and Health Care Delivery. Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest, Volume 31, Number 4 (2013).
  9. Kurt R. Herzer, M.Sc.; Meredith Mirrer, M.H.S.; Yanjun Xie, B.A.; Jochen Steppan, M.D.; Matthew Li, B.A.; Clinton Jung, B.S.; Renee Cover, R.N., B.S.N.; Peter A. Doyle, Ph.D.; Lynette J. Mark, M.D. Patient Safety Reporting Systems: Sustained Quality Improvement Using a Multidisciplinary Team and “Good Catch” Awards, In: Strategies for Creating, Sustaining, and Improving a Culture of Safety in Health Care, 2nd Edition, and Joint Commission Resources, Jan., 2017, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, August 2012 Volume 28 Number 8.
  10. Doyle, P.: Human factors engineering at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In Gosbee J.W., Gosbee L.L. (eds.): Using Human Factors Engineering to Improve Patient Safety, 2nd ed. Oakbrook, IL: Joint Commission International, 2010, pp. 103-115.
  11. Kurt R. Herzer; Jose M. Rodriguez-Paz, M.D.; Peter A. Doyle, Ph.D.; Paul W. Flint, M.D.; David J. Feller-Kopman, M.D.; Joseph Herman, M.D., M.Sc.; Robert E. Bristow, M.D.; Renee Cover, R.N., B.S.N.; Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D.; Lynette J. Mark, M.D. A Practical Framework for Patient Care Teams to Prospectively Identify and Mitigate Clinical Hazards, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, February 2009 Volume 35 Number 2.
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