Gordon Schiff

Associate Director
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Dr. Gordon Schiff is a general internist and Associate Director of Brigham and Women’s Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Quality and Safety Director for the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care. Before coming to Harvard in 2007, he worked for 3 decades at Chicago's Cook County Hospital where he directed the general medicine clinic and chaired the hospital’s quality improvement committee. He headed the AHRQ Developmental Center for Patient Safety Research Project focusing on diagnostic errors and the 4 year AHRQ PROMISES (Proactive Reduction in Outpatient Malpractice: Improving Safety Efficiency and Satisfaction) malpractice and patient safety improvement project. More recently, Dr. Schiff was PI on a FDA CPOE Medication Safety project and led the AHRQ-Brigham medication safety HIT CERT CEDAR (Calling for Earlier Detection of Adverse Reactions) Project. He was recently awarded a grant from the Gordon and Betty More Foundation to create a multifaceted research learning network (PRIDE (Primary-care Research in Diagnosis Errors) to study and improve diagnosis. He is also the PI of a multi-year AHRQ HIT Safety project to enhance electronic prescribing safety by redesigning computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) to incorporate the medication indication into the prescription order. He is author of numerous articles on patient safety, diagnosis error, test management, lab-pharmacy linkages, health IT, and medication quality improvement and editor of a book on handling critical test results published by Joint Commission Resources, "Getting Results: Reliably Communicating and Acting on Critical Test Results." He chairs the editorial board of "Medical Care," and is on the editorial board of the "Journal Public Health Policy" and "BMJ Quality and Safety in Healthcare." In 2006 he was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the top “30 People for the Future” in medicine.