ASA Member Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology, critical care and surgery in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been named to this year’s Time magazine 100 most influential people.
The annual Time list recognizes the 100 people who are significantly influencing the world. Dr. Pronovost is recognized for his work to advance patient safety and improve the way medical care is delivered worldwide.
Dr. Pronovost is also Medical Director for the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care which supports quality and safety efforts at Johns Hopkins Hospitals. In 2003 he established the Quality and Safety Research Group to “advance the science of safety.”
A widely publicized study published in a 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reported on a five-step checklist devised by Dr. Pronovost to prevent infection when inserting a central venous catheter. When the state of Michigan adopted use of the checklist, infection rates dropped by a rate of 60 percent in three months.
Dr. Pronovost was the inaugural recipient of the ASA Presidential Scholar Award in 2003, for his work and research on the systemization of patient safety.
View the article featuring Dr. Pronovost at http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1733748_1733754_1735344,00.html
Review by Dr. Ramaz Mitaishvili