Dr. Aboumatar is an internationally recognized leader in improving patient-centered care. She is core faculty and Executive Committee member at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dually trained in family medicine and general preventive medicine, Dr. Aboumatar’s research focuses on improving patient-centered outcomes via increased patient and family engagement and activation and employment of multilevel strategies to improve patient-centeredness of care delivery.
She has published more than 30 peer- reviewed manuscripts and won research awards from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Picker Institute/Gold Foundation. Examples of her recent research include an assessment of impact of a quality improvement intervention on patient activation in primary care; a mixed methods study on treatment with respect and dignity in the intensive care setting; a national study on best practices in patient- centered care delivery in the hospital setting; and a randomized controlled trial to measure impact of a patient and family-centered transitional care program on patient-centered outcomes amongst patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Dr. Aboumatar is an expert in medical education on safety and health care quality. She is the Director of the Safety and Quality Horizontal strand and the Patient Safety Course within the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She currently holds a joint appointment with Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Society. Her Patient Safety Course curriculum has been published twice, serves as a model for medical education on this topic, and has been widely sought by academic medical centers in the United States and globally.