Robert Wachter, MD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||505 Parnassus Ave, Moffitt|
San Francisco CA 94143
School or Department
|University of Pennsylvania||M.D.||School of Medicine||1983|
|American Board of Internal Medicine||2013
||2014||Chair of the Board|
|Assoc of Specialty Professors of Medicine||2011||Neilson Distinguished Professor Award (leadership of specialty medicine in US)|
|Fulbright Commission||2011||US-UK Fulbright Scholar (study at Imperial College London)|
|Society of Hospital Medicine||2010||Master of Hospital Medicine|
|UCSF||2008||Holly Smith Award for exceptional service to School fo Medicine|
|2007||Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine|
|Modern Healthcare Magazine||2007
||2013||Named one of 50 most influential physician-executives in US|
|National Quality Forum/Joint Commission||2004||John M Eisenberg Award (nation's top honor in patient safety)|
|Society of Hospital Medicine||2000||First elected president|
|UCSF||1996||Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award|
Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs the 55-physician Division of Hospital Medicine. Author of 250 articles and 6 books, he coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the immediate past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the US government’s two leading websites on safety (they receive about one million yearly visits) and has written two bestselling books on the subject, including Understanding Patient Safety, whose 2nd edition was published in 2012. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. For the past six years, Modern Healthcare magazine has named him one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S. (#14 in 2012). He has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google. His blog, www.wachtersworld.org, is one of the nation’s most popular healthcare blogs. In 2011, he studied patient safety and hospital medicine at Imperial College London as a Fulbright Scholar. He is currently writing a book on how computers are transforming the practice of medicine – it will be published by McGraw-Hill in 2015.
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