Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD
Co-Founder, Aurora Forge LLC (Venture Studio)
Managing Director, Aurora Forge Venture Fund I LP1
Chief Quality + Clinical Transformation Officer, University Hospitals
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, is a world-renowned patient safety champion, innovator, critical care physician, a prolific researcher (publishing over 800 peer review publications), entrepreneur (founding a healthcare start-up that was acquired), and a global thought leader, informing US and global health policy. His scientific work leveraging checklists to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections has saved thousands of lives and earned him high-profile accolades, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, receiving a coveted MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2008.
As Chief Quality + Clinical Transformation Officer, Dr. Pronovost is charged with fostering ideation and implementation for new protocols to eliminate defects in value and thereby enhance quality of care; developing new frameworks for population health management for UH’s more than one million patients; and managing the UH Accountable Care Network – one of the nation’s largest.
Previously, Dr. Pronovost served as the Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine as well as the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Dr. Pronovost also served as the Senior Vice President for Clinical Strategy and the Chief Medical officer for UnitedHealthcare.
Dr. Pronovost was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2011, elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has received multiple honorary degrees. Dr. Pronovost is an advisor to the World Health Organizations’ World Alliance for Patient Safety and regularly addresses the U.S. Congress on patient safety issues. In response to a White House executive order, Dr. Pronovost co-chaired the Healthcare Quality Summit to modernize the Department of Health and Human Services quality measurement system. He currently serves as a member of the President’s Council on Science and Technology to improve patient safety.
Dr. Pronovost earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He completed his anesthesiology and critical care medicine residency as well as a fellowship in critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He earned his PhD in Clinical Investigation from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.