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Jessica Behrhorst.jpeg.jpgJessica Behrhorst, MPH, CPPS, CPQH, CPHRM, is Senior Director, Patient Safety at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Prior to joining IHI, she served as the Assistant Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at Ochsner Health System where she oversaw various projects involving patient safety, performance improvement, regulatory readiness, ambulatory nursing, and quality outcomes. In her time there she also led the system-wide implementation of Root Cause Analysis and Action (RCA2). She has presented her work on (RCA2) and Improving the Culture of Safety at various regional and national meetings. She has also worked on research projects involving reduction in s​epsis mortality and access to health care for underserved populations. Jessica received her bachelor's degree from Tulane University and her Master of Public Health Degree from the Louisiana State University School of Public Health. She is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM).


Rollin J. "Terry" Fairbanks, MD, MSRollin J. "Terry" Fairbanks, MD, MS, CPPS, is Vice President for Quality and Safety at MedStar Health, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University, and Founding Director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare. A board-certified emergency physician, he practices in the MedStar Washington Hospital Center emergency department. Dr. Fairbanks also holds an academic appointment as adjunct associate professor of industrial systems engineering at the University at Buffalo. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics and a master's degree in industrial systems engineering/human factors engineering. After medical school he completed specialty training in emergency medicine, the HRET/NPSF Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship, and Wharton's Physician Leadership Certificate Program at MedStar Health. Trained in safety science prior to entering the medical field, Dr. Fairbanks is also a former paramedic, EMS medical director, and general aviation pilot. He is known for inspiring people to think differently about health care's approach to quality, safety, and risk. As a member of the MedStar Health leadership team, he is responsible for system-wide quality and safety. Dr. Fairbanks has contributed more than 120 publications to the health care quality and safety, human factors engineering, and medical literature and co-edited a book on cognitive systems engineering in health care. 

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPSTejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, Chief Clinical and Safety Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (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.