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Renowned Experts Join Editorial Board of Journal of Patient Safety

Prime Movers of Patient Safety Movement to Provide Editorial Direction and Guidance

The editors and publisher of the  Journal of Patient Safety are proud to announce that its Editorial Team and Editorial Advisory Board have been expanded and reshaped to respond to its increasing global acceptance as the premier journal in patient safety.  Many of the world's foremost authorities in patient safety and healthcare quality improvement have joined the editorial team.  The journal is published by  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of  Wolters Kluwer Health.

"The new additions to our team mean that our journal will be receiving editorial guidance from world-class leaders of the patient safety movement from around the globe," comments Editor-in-Chief Charles R. Denham, MD.  "These are leaders whose ideas and innovations can translate knowledge into action. They are pointing the way to a future where healthcare is patient-centered, evidence-based, and driven by systems performance dedicated to verifiable value." Dr Denham is Founder and Chairman of the Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT), a private, not-for-profit medical research and development organization whose mission is to save lives, save money, and create value in the global communities it serves ( 

Editorial Roster Raises International Profile of JPS
The journal is adding three new Associate Editors and several new Editorial Board members.  Continuing as Assistant Editor and taking on a new role as Lead of Global Programs is Professor Thomas Zeltner, MD, LLB, Envoy for Finance to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Director of the Global Patient Safety Forum.  Dr Zeltner, former Director of the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland, played a key role in transforming that country's health system into a consumer-driven, high-quality healthcare system accessible to all and respected as a role model for healthcare reform. 

The new Associate Editors are:

  • Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, MD, ChB, FRCS(Ed), FRCP, FRCP(Ed), FMedSci, FRCA, Envoy for Patient Safety to the WHO and Former Chief Medical Officer of England.  He is also Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety.
  • Stephen Swensen, MD MMM, Medical Director for Leadership and Organization Development and Professor of Radiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.  He is responsible for establishing the Mayo Clinic's Quality Academy and the Value Creation System, which has saved lives and lowered costs while training thousands of staff members in the highest-quality safety standards.
  • J. Michael Henderson, MB ChB, FRCSEd, FACS, Chief Quality Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Health System.  He was instrumental in the implementation of the Cleveland Clinic's Quality and Patient Safety Institute, an innovative program to align quality outcomes and patient safety with clinical practice across the healthcare team.

They join David Westfall Bates, MD, Executive Director of The Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, based at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, a multi-institutional organization that works to improve the overall quality of healthcare through scientifically proven systems, methods and practices.  He is also the leader of Research and Development for the WHO. 

Dr Denham also announced several prominent additions to the journal's editorial board.  Perhaps best known is US Airways Flight 1549 pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, who has assumed a global leadership role in the drive to apply aviation safety principles and practices to health care, drawing on both his experience in aviation and academic training in human performance.  Other board members are prominent and respected names within the world of patient safety and quality improvement, including:

  • Jann Balmer, RN, PhD, Director of Continuing Education at University of Virginia
  • Nancy Conrad, MA, Founder and Chairman of the Conrad Foundation and patient safety champion.
  • David Classen, MS, MD, Associate Professor University of Utah, CMIO Pascal Metrics
  • Frank Federico, RPh, Executive Director, Strategic Partners, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Edward Kelley, PhD, Coordinator and Head of Strategic Programs for WHO Patient Safety.
  • Carol Keohane, BSN, RN, Assistant Vice President of CRICO, insurer of the Harvard Medical Institutions.
  • Joseph Mandato, MA, DM, Senior Fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative and Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at Stanford University 
  • John Nance, JD, ABC Safety Correspondent and Member of the Global Patient Safety Forum
  • David Parda, MD, MBA, Chair Radiation Oncology, Trustee West Penn Allegheny Health System
  • Pablo Pulido is MD, MSc, DMSc (hon), FACP, FACC, Former Minister of Health, Venezuela
  • Dr Brian Robson, Executive Clinical Director of Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Sharon Rossmark, MBA, Trustee Sinai Health System and Chair Patient Safety Committee
  • Sue Sheridan, MBA, Deputy Director of Patient Engagement at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

"We're pleased and humbled by the honor of adding this impressive group of internationally recognized opinion leaders to our editorial masthead," adds Dr Denham.  "We're confident that their leadership and advice will build on our journal's success and help us build the momentum that will be essential to building a patient care system that leverages the triad of Leadership, Practices, and Technologies to deliver great care and safe care around the world." 

About the Journal of Patient Safety
The  Journal of Patient Safety is dedicated to presenting research advances and field applications in every area of patient safety. While Journal of Patient Safety has a research emphasis, it also publishes articles describing lessons learned from near-miss incidents, system modifications that are barriers to error, and the impact of regulatory changes on healthcare delivery. It prioritizes articles that translate knowledge to action as healthcare transitions from a volume driven to value driven paradigm…making certain that safety is the core intrinsic property. The mix of research and real-world findings makes Journal of Patient Safety a valuable resource across the breadth of health professions and from bench to bedside. 

About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher of trusted content delivered in innovative ways to practitioners, professionals and students to learn new skills, stay current on their practice, and make important decisions to improve patient care and clinical outcomes.  LWW is part of  Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of  Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2011 annual revenues of €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion).