Peter J. Pronovost

Director and Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Peter J. Pronovost is senior vice president of patient safety and quality and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. A patient safety champion and critical-care physician, he is an advisor to the World Health Organization’s World Alliance for Patient Safety and regularly addresses the US Congress on patient safety issues. His scientific work leveraging checklists to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections has saved many lives and earned him accolades, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine and receiving a MacArthur Foundation genius grant in 2008. Pronovost was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2011.

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