Donald Berwick, MD
“As the former President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, I know that pathologists and laboratory professionals are facing some big challenges today. I'm looking forward to discussing my vision on the future of healthcare in the US with attendees at the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting.”
Donald Berwick, MD, is the United States' leading advocate for high-quality health care. He stepped down in December 2011 as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For the previous 22 years, Dr. Berwick was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a nonprofit dedicated to improving health care worldwide.
Dr. Berwick sees tremendous unrealized potential in U.S. medicine. Despite our nation's outstanding knowledge base, expert practitioners, and world-class equipment, many Americans do not have access to safe, high-quality care. He has a vision for how the United States can change through well-applied information technology, new methods of healthcare delivery, and effective legislation. This new system would satisfy its patients, economic realities, and moral obligation to care for those who need treatment. Dr. Berwick has studied the management of healthcare systems, with emphasis on using scientific methods and evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness research to improve the tradeoff among quality, safety, and costs.
A Harvard-educated pediatrician, Dr. Berwick has won accolades and the endorsements of major healthcare groups for his academic work, which focused on reducing the cost of care while improving quality and patient experience. For his important role in designing Great Britain's healthcare system, he was named as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London and Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.