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Health care quality expert Berwick set for Discovery Lecture

Apr. 7, 2021, 3:10 PM


by Bill Snyder

Donald Berwick, MD, MPP

Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care quality and improvement, will deliver the next web-based Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 15, at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston.

His talk is titled “Next steps in health care transformation: the moral determinants of health.” Participants need to register in advance through the Office of Research to receive webinar instructions.

A pediatrician by background, Berwick is a lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He formerly chaired the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and served on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry.

During his lecture, which is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center, Berwick will discuss the disproportionate investment in delivering health care services, compared to improving underlying social determinants of illness and health.

Berwick is the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific articles and six books. He is the recipient of numerous awards and in 2005 was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his work with the National Health Service.

For a complete schedule of Discovery Lectures, archived video of previous lectures, and the webinar registration link, go to


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