Institute of Medicine Elects Dr. Peter Pronovost ’87 as a New Member

Submitted by Lisa Calderone MFA '11 on October 28, 2011

On October 17, 2011, Dr. Peter Ponovost ’87 joined the 1,870 preeminent members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an honorary membership and advisory organization in the fields of health and medicine. Recognized for distinguished professional achievement and commitment to service, the 65 new members and 5 foreign associates were named at IOM’s 41st annual meeting.

“Each of these new members stands out as a professional whose research, knowledge, and skills have significantly advanced health and medicine, and their achievements are an inspiration,” said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg, according to IOM’s website. “The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues.”

Peter J. Pronovost ’87, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.C.M. is a Johns Hopkins critical care specialist who was named a 2008 winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called “genius grant,” as well as one of the “most influential people of 2008″ by Time magazine. Recognized for his ground-breaking critical-care checklist to avoid line infection, a formerly routine complication involving patients using a catheter, Pronovost’s approach to the simple practice of using a “checklist” has far-reaching implications – as chronicled in The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Oprah.com.

Author of Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out (2010), Dr. Pronovost ’87 has also published more than 200 research articles. Current appointments of Pronovost at Johns Hopkins Medicine include:

  • Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Professor of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Surgery
  • Professor of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Professor of Health Policy and Management

Established in 1970 as the health branch of the National Academy of Sciences, IOM charges its new members with active participation in the Institute, including service on IOM committees, boards, and projects. Through a highly selective process that recognizes key contributions of the medical sciences, health care, and public health, new IOM members are elected by active current members.

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