Robert M. Wachter
Robert M. Wachter is a prominent academic physician on the faculty of UCSF. He is generally regarded as the academic leader of the hospitalist movement, the most rapidly growing field in modern medical history. Hospitalists are internists and other physicians who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients. He and his colleague, Lee Goldman, are known for coining the term "hospitalist" in a 1996 New England Journal of Medicine article. In 1999-2000, he served as president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, the professional society representing hospitalists.
He is also a noted expert in the field of medical errors and patient safety. He edits the U.S. government's two leading patient safety websites, AHRQ WebM&M and AHRQ Patient Safety Network; together these sites receive nearly one million visits each year. He has also written two books on safety, Internal Bleeding and Understanding Patient Safety. In 2004, he won the John M. Eisenberg award, the nation's top honor in patient safety.
He is the immediate past-chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2011, he studied at Imperial College London on a US-UK Fulbright Award. He has been ranked as one of the 50 most powerful physician-executives in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine each year from 2008-2013, the only academic faculty physician to achieve that distinction.
- Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes (2005).
- "Understanding Patient Safety, 2nd Edition" (2012).
- "Holding Doctors Accountable For Medical Errors" By Pauline Chen The New York Times, 2009.
- "The Emerging Role of “Hospitalists” in the American Health Care System" By Robert M. Wachter, MD and Lee Goldman, MD, 1996.
- "Reorganizing an Academic Medical Service" By Robert M. Wachter, MD; Patricia Katz, PhD; Jonathan Showstack, PhD, MPH; Andrew B. Bindman, MD; Lee Goldman, MD, MPH, 1998.
- "Balancing 'No Blame' with Accountability in Patient Safety" By Robert M. Wachter, MD and Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, 2009.