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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Experts Available on Patient Safety - 03/11/2015

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Experts Available on Patient Safety

Release Date: March 11, 2015

The following Johns Hopkins Medicine experts are available for interviews during Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 9-14, 2015:

Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.C.M., is a world-renowned patient safety champion. His scientific work leveraging checklists to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections has saved thousands of lives and earned him high-profile accolades, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. Dr. Pronovost is an adviser to the World Health Organization’s World Alliance for Patient Safety and regularly addresses the U.S. Congress on patient safety issues.

J. Matthew Austin, Ph.D., is a renowned researcher in quality improvement and patient safety measurement. He has written extensively on the use of performance measures to guide improvements in health care delivery and the need for greater transparency in quality, safety and service of care data shared with the public. Austin has done media interviews with The New York Times and National Public Radio on how national rating systems disagree on the “best” and “worst” hospitals, and how this may confuse rather than inform patients’ care decisions.

Rhonda Malone Wyskiel, R.N., B.S.N., is a nurse leader and a patient safety innovation coordinator with the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Wyskiel’s 17 years of bedside nursing experience have been an integral and critical force in the development and implementation of technology-based solutions that redesign intensive care units’ workflow to provide safer and more patient-centered care. She was one of 75 nurses chronicled in the 2012 award-winning book The American Nurse.

Michael Rosen, Ph.D., is a human factors psychologist who specializes in identifying gaps in accountability and finding sustainable solutions to patient safety problems, balancing top-down leadership approaches with creativity from the frontlines. Rosen was part of the Johns Hopkins multidisciplinary team that developed the CDC’s interactive Ebola training modules for health care staff.  

Alicia Arbaje, M.D., M.P.H., is an internal medicine physician, specializing in geriatrics. She is director of Transitional Care Research in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, providing care for people as they get older. She is particularly interested in helping older adults stay at home as they age and working with a team to coordinate care for her older patients.