Keynote Speakers

Keynote “Patient safety in 2013: reflections on progress and challenges in the field”

Kaveh Shojania

Dr. Kaveh Shojania is Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety and Director of the Centre for Patient Safety at the University of Toronto, where he also holds a Canada Research Chair and sees patients as a hospital-based general internist. His has published 100 peer review articles, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He has lectured widely on issues related to the scholarly advancement of patient safety and quality improvement, including twice delivering invited lectures to the US Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Shojania obtained his medical training at the University of Manitoba in Canada, followed by residency training at Harvard University. After a clinical research fellowship at the University of California San Francisco, he joined the faculty there for several years before returning to Canada in 2004.
In addition to his research, Dr. Shojania has also developed a number of educational initiatives in patient safety, including, two websites produced for the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which now receive approximately 1 million visits a year. He has also written a book on patient safety for a general audience that received excellent reviews in the New York Times in addition to many other media, and has sold over 50,000 copies since its release in 2004. For this and other work, Dr. Shojania received (with Dr. Robert Wachter his co-author and collaborator from the University of California) one of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards from the US Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Quality Forum for work in patient safety that has had an impact at a national level.


Keynote “Medical Incident Reporting Systems, what you can and cannot do with them“


Dr. Pham is a practicing emergency physician, practicing critical care physician, educator, and patient safety research at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. His cross-training in two clinical disciplines provides a unique perspective on the presentation and progression of patient illness. As a researcher, Dr. Pham has a PhD in clinical investigation. His area of research involves evaluating the quality and safety of healthcare. Recent publications involve studying adverse event analysis, medical error reporting systems, adverse event reporting system analysis, and medical device safety. 



Keynote “Medical Error Disclosure”

Albert W. Wu

Albert W. Wu is a practicing internist and Professor of Health Policy and Management and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and the Hopkins DEcIDE center for comparative effectiveness research. He received BA and MD degrees from Cornell University, and completed 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 has studied the handling of medical errors since 1998, 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 has over 320 published papers and developed an award-winning educational video on disclosure “Removing insult from injury: disclosing adverse events.” 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 is editor of the book “The Value of Close Calls in Improving Patient Safety,” published by the Joint Commission in 2011, and teaches a series of courses on measurement, quality of care and patient safety.