Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS

Chief Clinical and Safety Officer | Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Tejal Gandhi

Free From Harm

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Closing Keynote

Session Abstract

Preventable medical harm is a serious public health issue in the United States. As outlined in the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF) report, Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human, harms caused during care have significant mortality, morbidity, and quality-of-life implications, and can impact patients in every care setting. The Free From Harm session will assess patient safety and identify recent advancements, recognize gaps in patient safety, and discuss recommendations to accelerate improvement.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify recent advancements in patient safety
  • Recognize gaps in patient safety
  • Discuss recommendations to accelerate improvement in patient safety initiatives
Tejal Gandhi

Speaker Bio

Tejal 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.