Peter J. Pronovost, M.D.

Senior Advisor

Peter J. Pronovost, M.D. is a world-renowned patient safety champion, a practicing critical care physician, a prolific researcher, publishing over 800 peer review publications and a thought leader informing health policy in the United States and throughout the world.

Dr. Pronovost’s scientific work leveraging checklists to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections has saved thousands of lives and earned him high-profile accolades, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, receiving a coveted MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2008, and regularly recognized as one of the most influential executives and physician executives in healthcare.  The life-saving intervention has been implemented state by state across the U.S.  Today, these catheter infections that used to kill as many people as breast or prostate cancer, have been reduced by 80% compared to 1999 before the “To Err is Human” report was published.

After demonstrating the ability to eliminate one harm in most health systems, Dr. Pronovost sought to eliminate all harms in one health system, Johns Hopkins.  Toward that goal, Dr. Pronovost is the Johns Hopkins Medicine Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality and the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.  The Institute coordinates research, training and operations for patient safety and quality across JHM, bringing together over 18 different disciplines from every school and division of the university.

Drawing upon principles of high reliability, Dr. Pronovost created operating management system, integrating the governance, leadership, management, human resources, and data systems to improve safety and quality and to support learning and accountable.  As a result, Johns Hopkins Medicine is significantly safer.  Dr. Pronovost is also working with several large health systems across the globe to implement this management system.   

Dr. Pronovost was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2011 and has received multiple honorary degrees.  Dr. Pronovost is an advisor to the World Health Organizations’ World Alliance for Patient Safety and regularly addresses the United States Congress on patient safety issues.

Dr. Pronovost regularly writes a column for the Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report.  Also, Dr. Pronovost is a founder of Doctella, a health information platform for quality of care.