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Great healthcare in a complex world: It's you AND the system

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The EDC is privileged to welcome Dr David Roberson, Pediatric Otolaryngologist and lead for patient safety at the Children’s Hospital, Harvard University. He is founder and CEO of The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, an international, multi-disciplinary quality improvement collaborative to improve tracheostomy care worldwide.

The talk will be on ’Great healthcare in a complex world: It’s you AND the system’ in Lecture Room 5, in the Engineering Department on Monday 15 April at 11:00.

Dr Roberson has been on Harvard Medical School’s faculty of the program for Patient Safety and Quality since 2005. This will be an invaluable opportunity to examine the American perspective on the issue of safety and quality.

The talk will be starting with welcome speech and the introduction of the Engineering Design Centre Healthcare Group by Prof John Clarkson, the Director of Cambridge Engineering Design Centre.

Plan:

11.00-11.15: Prof John Clarkson: Presentation – Introduction of the Cambridge University Engineering Design Centre – Healthcare Group

11.15-12.00: Dr David Roberson: Presentation – “Great healthcare in a complex world: It’s you AND the system”

12.00-12.30: Discussion

12.30-13.00: Tea & Coffee

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About David Roberson:

Dr. Roberson graduated from Princeton University in 1981, and spent two years teaching math and science in the Peace Corps in Nepal. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Medical School with honors in 1988 and then spent a year in a basic science lab studying cell division in the inner ear. He completed an two-year preliminary program in General Surgery at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle from 1989-1991, residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1991-1995 and a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital Boston in 1995-1996. He has been on the full-time faculty at Children’s Hospital Boston since 1996. He is founder and CEO of The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, an international, multi-disciplinary quality improvement collaborative to improve tracheostomy care worldwide.

Research Overview:

Dr. Roberson studied hair cell regeneration in the inner ear from 1988-2003. Since 2003, his research has focused on quality and safety in Otolaryngology and in Pediatrics. He has led several major national studies investigating causes and solutions of errors and adverse events in Otolaryngology. He has developed a novel tool, the “complexity ruler,” which makes it possible to measure the complexity of a child’s disease and medical care, and has demonstrated that complexity is a risk factor for adverse events at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Key Publications:

Shah RK, Kentala E, Healy GB, Roberson DW. Classification and consequences of errors in otolaryngology. Laryngoscope 2004;114:1322-1335.

David W. Roberson, MD; Erna Kentala, MD; Gerald B. Healy, MD. Quality and Safety in a Complex World: Why Systems Science Matters to Otolaryngologists, Laryngoscope 114: October 2004

http://www-edc.eng.cam.ac.uk/research/healthcaredesign/

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