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Patient safety guru to make rare visit to U of M

January 13, 2014 — 

Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the U.S. Institute of Medicine, will present on “Quality, Safety and Value in Health Care” as part of the 2013 Friesen Prize Institutional Visit to the University of Manitoba’s Bannatyne Campus Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the U.S. Institute of Medicine

Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the U.S. Institute of Medicine

Fineberg is a global authority on patient safety, quality of care, public health policies, and educating health professionals for the 21st century and the recipient of the 2013 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. This prize was established by the Friends of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCHIR) in collaboration with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences to recognize exceptional innovation by a visionary health leader of international stature.

“It is an honour to host such an internationally respected health care visionary at our institution,” says Dr. Brian Postl, Dean of Medicine, University of Manitoba. “Dr. Fineberg’s record as a leader and innovator in multi-disciplinary education and public health practices will no doubt resonate with our faculty members, students and physician community, especially as we move toward an integrated health sciences faculty.”

What:  “Quality, Safety and Value in Health Care” presentation by Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the U.S. Institute of Medicine,
When: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Where: Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building, 745 Bannatyne Ave., University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus

9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2014
280 Brodie Centre, 727 McDermot Ave.

Fineberg served as Provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following 13 years as Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision-making. His past research has focused on the process of policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations.

Fineberg helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and has been a consultant to the World Health Organization. At the Institute of Medicine, he has chaired and served on a number of panels dealing with health policy issues, ranging from HIV/AIDS to new medical technology. He also served as a member of the Public Health Council of Massachusetts (1976-1979), as chairman of the Health Care Technology Study Section of the National Center for Health Services Research (1982-1985), and as president of the Association of Schools of Public Health (1995-1996).

Fineberg is co-author of the books Clinical Decision Analysis, Innovators in Physician Education, and The Epidemic that Never Was, the latter an analysis of the controversial federal immunization program against swine flu in 1976. He has co-edited several books on such diverse topics as AIDS prevention, vaccine safety, and understanding risk in society. He has also authored numerous articles published in professional journals. Dr. Fineberg is the recipient of several honorary degrees and the Stephen Smith Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health from the New York Academy of Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

For more information contact Ilana Simon, Director of Communications & Marketing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, 204-789-3427, (cell)204-295-6777 or ilana [dot] simon [at] med [dot] umanitoba [dot] ca

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