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Lucian Leape Institute at NPSF Announces New Member Robert Wachter, MD

Thursday, August 16, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Boston, MA (August 16, 2012)–The Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert M. Wachter, MD, as a new member, effective August 1.

As a member of the Leape Institute, Dr. Wachter joins a distinguished panel of national thought leaders working to provide vision and calls to action to forge transformational paths to safer health care. The Institute’s namesake, Dr. Lucian Leape, serves as chairman.

“An outstanding innovator, writer, and student of health policy, Bob Wachter brings substantial knowledge and a unique perspective to our work. We are delighted and honored that he is joining the Lucian Leape Institute,” said Dr. Leape.

Dr. Wachter is a recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award (2004), the country’s top honor in patient safety. For the past five years, Modern Healthcare magazine has named him one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the US (number 14 in 2012), the only academic physician with this distinction. In 2011, as a Fulbright scholar, he studied patient safety and hospital medicine at Imperial College London.

In the course of his clinical and academic career, Dr. Wachter has authored more than 250 articles and 6 books, including Understanding Patient Safety (2012) and Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America’s Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes (2005). He also serves as editor of the US federal government’s two leading websites on safety.

Earlier this year, Dr. Wachter became chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Having coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996, he is a past-president of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is also professor and associate chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs the Division of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Wachter has served on the health care advisory boards of several companies, including Google; and is a member of the Board of Governors at the National Patient Safety Foundation. His blog, Wachter’s World, is one of the nation’s most popular health care blogs.

Dr. Wachter’s background and expertise are in close parallel to the Leape Institute’s work. In recent years the Institute has focused on identifying and framing vital transforming concepts that require system-level attention and action, including medical education reform; consumer engagement in health care; transparency; care integration; and restoring joy and meaning in work and addressing workforce safety.

To read more about the Lucian Leape Institute and its members, visit

About the Lucian Leape Institute
The Lucian Leape Institute at NPSF, established in 2007, is charged with defining strategic paths and calls to action for the field of patient safety, offering vision and context for the many efforts under way within health care, and providing the leverage necessary for system-level change. Its members comprise national thought leaders with a common interest in patient safety whose expertise and influence are brought to bear as the Institute calls for the innovation necessary to expedite the work and create significant, sustainable improvements in culture, process, and outcomes critical to safer health care.

About The National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997–to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the work of the National Patient Safety Foundation, please visit:

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