The Safe Surgery 2015 Team
The Harvard School of Public Health
Atul Gawande, MD, MPH
Atul Gawande is the Executive Director for the Safe Surgery 2015 initiative and the Director of Ariadne Labs: a joint center for health system innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He became director of the World Health Organization's global campaign to reduce surgical deaths in 2007. He has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 1998. He has written three New York Times bestselling books: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, and The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right. To learn more about Dr. Gawande click here.
Bill Berry, MD, MPH, MPA
Bill Berry is the Program Director for the Safe Surgery 2015 initiative based at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Deputy Director and Chief Science and Implementation Officer of Ariadne Labs: a joint center for health system innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also a Surgical Consultant to the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions. He also serves as the Boston Project Director of the Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative with the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Program. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has achieved board certification in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. After 17 years in practice as a Cardiac Surgeon, he attended the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health at Harvard University. For the last eight years, he also has served as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in collaborative projects focused on improving the safety of surgical patients.
Sara Singer, MBA, PhD
Sara Singer is the Implementation Research Director for the Safe Surgery 2015 initiative. She is also an Assistant Professor of Health Care Management and Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research is examining how hospitals bring change to their operating rooms and how those changes affect checklist use and surgical teamwork. She earned an MBA at Stanford and her PhD at Harvard. In 1997, she founded and served as Executive Director to Stanford’s Center for Health Policy, where she was also a Senior Research Scholar and a Lecturer.
Lizzie Edmondson is the Senior Project Manager for the Safe Surgery 2015 initative based at the Harvard School of Public Health. Over the last four years she has worked in collaboration with the Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative with the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Program on developing implementation strategies to effectively spread the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist to operating rooms throughout the world.
Katie Jahreis, MPH
Katie Jahreis is the Project Manager for the Safe Surgery 2015 initiative based at the Harvard School of Public Health. Katie received her Masters in Public Health from Boston University with a focus on Social and Behavioral Health.
Jim Sachetta is the Project Assistant for the Safe Surgery 2015 initiative based at the Harvard School of Public Health. Jim has background in medical malpractice, patient safety, and psychology.
Beth Norton, BSN, RN, CNOR
Beth Norton has over 30 years of professional nursing practice that has been dominated by caring for patients and families as well as establishing quality improvement initiatives in throughout Boston Children's Hospital. Beth has been a leader in the implementation and management of many quality improvement initiatives for the operating room and throughout Boston Children's Hospital. She led the hospital wide implementation of Universal Protocol in 2005 and in the Pediatric Surgical Safety Checklist in 2009. Beth has been collaborating with the Safe Surgery 2015 team throughout this initiative.