50 Most Influential Clinical Executives
Director, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality; senior VP for patient safety and quality.,
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Dr. Peter Pronovost, 50, doesn't mince words when he warns about patients being harmed or killed from preventable medical errors. It's like two 747s crashing every day, or having Sept. 11 occur every two months, he said as he addressed members of a Senate subcommittee in 2014. Collective action to improve patient safety "pales in comparison to the magnitude of the problem," said Pronovost, who is most recognized for use of a checklist approach at hospitals across Michigan. That effort led to a significant drop in rates of deadly central-line associated blood stream infections. In fact, his focus on making patient care safer dates to 2001, when an 18-month-old at his hospital died after complications from a hospital-acquired infection. "That moment is etched in my memory," he has said. A practicing anesthesiologist and critical-care physician, Pronovost has directed the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins since 2011.