Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has been a geriatric nurse practitioner caring for older adults and their families for over 28 years. From 2009-2011, Dr. Bonner was the Director of the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. From 2011 to 2013, she served as Director of the Division of Nursing Homes in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Bonner has been an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Bouve College of Health Sciences and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Health Policy at Northeastern University. Her research interests include quality and safety in health care systems and community-based settings; elder abuse; falls prevention; improving dementia care and reducing unnecessary antipsychotic medication use; and improving care transitions.
Stephen Muething, MD, is Co-Director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was recently awarded the Michael and Suzette Fisher Family Chair for Safety at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he is also a Safety Officer. As a leader with the strategic goal of eliminating all serious harm for patients and employees, Dr. Muething focuses his improvement work and research on high-reliability culture, situation awareness, and managing by prediction. He is also the Clinical Director of the Children’s Hospital Solution for Patient Safety, a network of more than 90 US children’s hospitals collaborating to eliminate serious harm for all patients. Dr. Muething participates in multiple national pediatric safety groups and is a frequent consultant for regional, national, and international safety initiatives. After starting his career by building a pediatric practice and inpatient unit in rural Indiana, he became a leader of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medicine Program, a role that put him at the forefront of multiple transformations in care delivery, including family-centered rounds, systematic adoption of evidence-based practice, and inpatient microsystems.
Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, Chief Clinical and Safety Officer, IHI, leads IHI programs focusing on improving patient and workforce safety. Dr. Gandhi was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) from 2013 until 2017, when the Foundation merged with IHI. She continues to serve as President of the Lucian Leape Institute, a think tank founded by NPSF that now operates under the IHI patient safety focus area. She also holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gandhi is a prominent advocate for patient safety at the regional, national, and international levels, driving educational and professional certification efforts, and helping to create and spread innovative new safety ideas. In 2009, she received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for her contributions to understanding the epidemiology and possible prevention strategies for medical errors in the outpatient setting. An internist by training, Dr. Gandhi previously served as Executive Director of Quality and Safety at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Partners Healthcare. She received her MD and MPH from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and trained at Duke University Medical Center.