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Keynotes

​​​​​​​​​Get ready to bring a new perspective to your work and prepare for the patient safety challenges ahead. Meet the IHI Patient Safety Congress 2021 keynote speakers!

Lucian Leape Lucian Leape, MD, is a former Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Leape is an outspoken advocate of the non-punitive systems approach to the prevention of medical errors. He has talked and written widely about the need to make patient safety a national priority in the United States. Dr. Leape was one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Error, and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Session on Medical Error. IHI's Lucian Leape Institute is named for Dr. Leape​, who served as the founding chairman and remains an active member. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine's Quality of Care in America Committee that published the reports, To Err Is Human​ and Crossing the Quality Chasm.​​​​​​​​​​​

Robert M. Watcher, MD Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The department leads the nation in NIH grants and is generally ranked as one of the best in the U.S. He is the author of 300 articles and 6 books. He coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is often considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest-growing medical specialty in US history. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has written two books on safety and quality, including Understanding Patient Safety, the world’s top-selling safety primer. His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age was a New York Times science bestseller. Dr. Wachter has received several honors for his work. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. Thirteen times, Modern Healthcare magazine has ranked him as one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S.; he was number one on the list in 2015. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. In 2020-21, his tweets on Covid-19 were viewed over 150 million times by 165,000 followers and served as a trusted source of information on the clinical, public health, and policy issues surrounding the pandemic. He is currently serving as the interim host of the Covid-19 podcast “In the Bubble,” which is downloaded about 1 million times each month.​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​Laurel BraitmanLaurel Braitman, PhD, ​is a New York Times bestselling author, historian, and anthropologist of science. She is the first Writer-in-Residence and the Director of Writing and Storytelling at the Medicine & the Muse Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she is helping medical students and physicians communicate more meaningfully--for themselves and their patients. She holds a PhD in Science, Technology, and Society from MIT, is a Senior TED Fellow and a 2019 National Geographic Explorer. Her last book, Animal Madness, was a NYT bestseller and has been translated into eight languages. Her next book House of the Heart, (forthcoming, Simon & Schuster) is about growing up, mortality, and how we might live with the perspective of a terminal disease without the dire prognosis. Her work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Good Morning America, and Al Jazeera. Her stories have appeared in The Guardian, on Radiolab, in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, National Geographic, and other publications. She is a Contributing Writer and frequently performs live for Pop Up Magazine, and has taught interdisciplinary courses at Harvard, MIT, Stanford​ School of Medicine, and Smith College and she loves collaborating with musicians, physicians, scientists engineers, and artists-- helping them learn to communicate better with the audiences that matter most. Laurel splits her time between the remote Alaskan wilderness and Berkeley, California with her partner and a few million wild salmon.

​​​​​​​​​​​Drum Cafe​Drum Cafe USA​, has been performing live events all over the world for the past two decades, bringing people together in a direct experience of inclusion, breaking barriers, unlocking potential, and effecting change. Through group drumming, Drum Cafe​​​ uses the universal language of rhythm to energize audiences, inspire change, and build relationships. ​