Donald M. Berwick, MD

Donald M. Berwick, MD

Donald M. Berwick, MD

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, is the former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an organization that he co-founded and led for over 20 years. He is one of the nation's leading authorities on healthcare quality and improvement.

In July 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which he held until December 2011. A pediatrician, Dr. Berwick has served as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Healthcare Policy at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the staffs of Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He also has served as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first "independent member" of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick served two terms on the IOM's Governing Council and was a member of the IOM's Global Health Board. He served on President Bill Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry.

He is a recipient of numerous awards, and in 2005 was appointed Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire by the Queen of England in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or coauthor of over 160 scientific articles and four books.