Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, Named Recipient of ABMS’ First Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announces that Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, has received the first ABMS Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award. This award recognizes extraordinary national or international contributions to the fields of quality and patient safety, with a particular focus on physician performance, professionalism and the improvement of clinical outcomes. Dr. Pronovost accepted the award at the April 25 ABMS Annual Assembly Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Pronovost is credited with developing an acclaimed five-step checklist protocol for doctors and nurses designed to prevent deadly bloodstream infections associated with central line catheters, which has saved more than 1,500 lives. His checklist is now being implemented in hospitals across the U.S. and in several other countries around the world, and has helped reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections by 60 percent.

“Through the Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award, ABMS recognizes outstanding individuals like Peter Pronovost who have made a significant difference in improving patient safety and health care quality,” said John B. McCabe, MD, ABMS Board Chair. “Peter has transformed infection control with a simple idea that is already influencing other areas of patient safety. Throughout his career, he has made important contributions to the science of safety and its implementation in everyday health settings. For these reasons, Peter is the ideal first recipient of the ABMS Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award.”

Dr. Pronovost has focused his career on finding ways to make hospitals and health care safer for patients. His research addresses several dimensions of patient safety: translating evidence into practice, identifying and mitigating hazards, measuring and improving safety culture, and program development, measurement and evaluation. Dr. Pronovost’s findings have been widely published.

“Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death and injury in our country, and many of these are preventable,” said Dr. Pronovost. “Our patients should be able to count on receiving health care that is safe. It is our role as medical professionals to ensure a strong culture of patient safety across the continuum of care, from the doctors who provide care in a large university hospital to the housekeeping staff at a local clinic. It is an honor to receive the first ABMS Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award. I am committed to continuing my work on this important issue and my efforts to further increase awareness about patient safety.”

Dr. Pronovost, a practicing anesthesiologist and critical care physician, is Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality and Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also a professor in the departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Surgery and Health Policy and Management. Dr. Pronovost is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and has a subspecialty certificate in Critical Care Medicine.

Patient safety is the driving force behind many ABMS initiatives, including the ABMS Maintenance of Certification® program, a lifelong learning process which demonstrates that physicians are engaged in measuring and improving their practice.

For more information or to request a photo of the award presentation, contact Lori Boukas at [email protected].

About ABMS

For more than 75 years, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has been the medical organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. It assists its 24 Member Boards in their efforts to develop and implement educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ABMS Member Boards provide physician certification information to ABMS for its certification verification service programs. ABMS is recognized by the key health care credentialing accreditation entities as a primary equivalent source of Board Certification data for medical specialists. Patients can visit or call toll-free (866) ASK-ABMS to see if their physician is Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board. For more information about ABMS, visit or call (312) 436-2600.

The 24 Member Boards that comprise the ABMS Board Enterprise and certify nearly 800,000 physicians include the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Genetics, American Board of Neurological Surgery, American Board of Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Ophthalmology, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Pathology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Preventive Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Radiology, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and American Board of Urology.


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