Don Berwick, MD

by Jasmine Batchelor

February 14, 2018

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow,
Institute for Healthcare Improvement 

Dr. Don Berwick is the United States’ leading advocate for high-quality health care, and one of the top thinkers in health care today. He sees tremendous unrealized potential in American medicine. Despite our outstanding knowledge base, expert practitioners, and world-class equipment, our health care system can do better in pro­viding safe, high-quality care at reasonable costs. Dr. Berwick is currently President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Insti­tute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). From July 2010, to Decem­ber 2011, he served as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For 22 years prior to that, he was the founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improve­ment, a nonprofit dedicated to improving healthcare around the world. A pediatrician by background, he has also served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2005, he was appointed “Honourary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in recogni­tion of his work with the British National Health Service. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Ernest A. Codman Award, the American Hospital Association’s Award of Honor, the Heinz award for Public Policy and the Institute of Medicine’s Gustav O. Lienhard Award. He has been named as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and a Fellow of the Royal Col­lege of General Practice. His over 160 articles have appeared in professional journals on such topics as healthcare policy and healthcare quality management. His books include Promising Healthcare: How We Can Rescue Health Care by Improving It, Curing Health Care, and New Rules: Regulation, Markets and the Quality of American Health Care. A powerful motivator, Don encourages institutions and individuals to do their work better.