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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.
Dr. Pronovost is the winner of several national awards, including the 2004 John Eisenberg Patient Safety Research Award, a coveted MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, known popularly as the “genius grant,” and the 2017 David E. Rogers Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges. 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.
- Check Yourself, NPR Hidden Brain podcast
- "Aggressive Diagnoses and Care Spark Big Rise in Medicare Sepsis Discharges", Modern Healthcare
- "How Doctors Have Contributed to—and Can Help Reverse—the Opioid Epidemic", Wall Street Journal
- "What Does a 'High Performing' Health Care Delivery System Mean? New Study: There's No Consensus", MarketWired.com
- "Results of CMS' Readmissions Program has Hospitals, Experts Questioning its Purpose", Modern Healthcare
Column and Blog Posts
- "A Blockbuster Way to Save Lives", U.S. News & World Report
- "How to Keep Doctors From Overprescribing Antibiotics", Wall Street Journal
- "Cut This One Regulation- and Save $500 Million in Health-Care Costs", Wall Street Journal
- "Hospitals Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Safety", Voices for Safer Care
- "Why Surgical Volumes Should be Public", Voices for Safer Care
- "How We Can Engineer a Less Costly Health Care System", Voices for Safer Care
- "More Science, Less Sausage-Making Needed for Hospital Quality Measures", Voices for Safer Care
- “Beware Bad Data About Hospitals”, The Wall Street Journal
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.