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|Gerald B. Hickson, MD|
Gerald B. Hickson, MD, is Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs , and Joseph C. Ross Chair in Medical Education and Administration, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he also holds the positions Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Family and Health Systems Nursing. He sits on the Board of Directors at the National Patient Safety Foundation and has served as its chair.
Since 1990, Dr. Hickson’s research has focused on why families choose to file suit, why certain physicians attract a disproportionate share of claims, and how to identify and intervene with high-risk physicians. His work has resulted in over 150 peer reviewed articles and chapters; the development of PARS® (Patient Advocacy Reporting System), and several educational initiatives to promote disclosure of medical errors and address behaviors that undermine a culture of safety.
Dr. Hickson has served as chair of the Quality Care Committee for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Quality Improvement. He has been recognized by receipt of the Excellence in Research and Teaching award from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, the National Healthcare Patient Advocacy award from the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy, and the Vanguard Award for the Advancement of Patient Safety from The Doctor’s Company Foundation.
Dr. Hickson has published over 140 works including articles, chapters, invited review articles and abstracts. Examples include the chapter, “Balancing Systems and Individual Accountability in a Safety Culture,” in Berman S. (ed.), From Front Office to Front Line, 2nd edn.; “Identifying and Addressing Physicians at High Risk for Medical Malpractice Claims,” in Youngberg B. (ed.), The Patient Safety Handbook, 2nd Edition; and “Patient Complaints and Malpractice Risk” in Journal of the American Medical Association (2002; 287:2951–57).
Dr. Hickson received his MD degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt along with a Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics. He joined the Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics in 1982 and served six years as Vice Chairman and Chief of Pediatric Outpatient Services for the Vanderbilt Clinic. In 2003, Dr. Hickson was appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy. In 2005, he was named Director of Clinical Risk and Loss Prevention and Chairman of the Self-Insurance Trust Committee.