AHRQ’s latest grantee profile explores how Mark Graber, M.D., a professor emeritus of medicine at Stony Brook University, New York, and a senior fellow at RTI International, pioneered efforts to understand and improve diagnostic safety. Dr. Graber, founder of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and the journal Diagnosis, established the “Diagnostic Error in Medicine” conference with AHRQ funding in 2008. He helped establish the conference as a recognized forum in which researchers and clinicians could focus on issues that intersected with diagnostic reasoning and medical error. Dr. Graber is also credited for raising the profile of patient safety in general. In 2002, he co-founded Patient Safety Awareness Week, an internationally recognized health observance that is occurring this week. Access his profile and profiles of other AHRQ grantees who have made major advances in patient safety and health services research.
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