Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, ILThursday, March 10, 2011
Safe Care Town Hall

Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH

President, The Joint Commission

Mark R. Chassin

Mark R. Chassin, M.D., M.P.P., M.P.H., is president of The Joint Commission. In this role, he oversees the activities of the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized worldwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to quality improvement and to meeting state-of-the-art performance standards.

Previously, Dr. Chassin was the Edmond A. Guggenheim Professor of Health Policy and founding Chairman of the Department of Health Policy at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and Executive Vice President for Excellence in Patient Care at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Before coming to Mount Sinai, Dr. Chassin served as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. He is a board-certified internist and practiced emergency medicine for 12 years. His background also includes service in the federal government and many years of health services and health policy research.

While at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Chassin built a nationally recognized quality improvement program. The focus of the program was on achieving substantial gains in all aspects of quality of care, encompassing safety, clinical outcomes, the experiences of patients and families, and the working environment of caregivers.

Dr. Chassin has been recognized for his contributions to the fields of quality measurement and improvement with several honors. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and was selected in the first group of honorees as a lifetime member of the National Associates of the National Academies, a new program which recognizes career contributions. In addition, Dr. Chassin was a member of the IOM committee that authored "To Err is Human" and "Crossing the Quality Chasm." He is a recipient of the Founders' Award of the American College of Medical Quality and the Ellwood Individual Award of the Foundation for Accountability.

Professor Didier Pittet, MD, MS

Director, Infection Control Program and WHO Collaborating Center on Patient Safety,
University of Geneva Hospitals, Switzerland,
Lead, First Global Patient Safety Challenge, WHO Patient Safety

Professor Didier Pittet, MD, MS

Dr. Pittet is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Infection Control Program at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland; Professor of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology at the University of Geneva; and Attending Physician in Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Geneva Hospitals.

He holds Honorary Professorships at the Division of Investigative Sciences and School of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK, the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Health Science, and First Medical School of the Fu, Shanghai, China. Professor Pittet is a member of the Advisory Board of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety and Lead of the First Global Patient Safety Challenge "Clean care is safe care", a core component of the Alliance. Professor Pittet is co-author of more than 300 publications and several chapters in textbooks.

He is the recipient of several national and international honors including a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II for services to the prevention of healthcare-associated infection in the UK (2007), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Lectureship for his contribution to infection control and healthcare epidemiology (2008), and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases' Award for Excellence (2009). Professor Pittet's current research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections, methods for improving compliance with barrier precautions and hand hygiene practices, as well as methods for improving the quality of patient care and patient safety. He is also involved in research on the epidemiology of infectious diseases.

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