Mike Eisenberg is director of "To Err Is Human," a documentary film about 20+ years of efforts to solve the vexing problems of patient safety. In 2015, he and his partners at Tall Tale Productions were considering topics for future projects when news about the possible defunding of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) caught Mike’s attention. His father, John M. Eisenberg, M.D., was director of AHRQ until shortly before his death in 2002 from brain cancer, when Mike was 17. Dr. Eisenberg remains an inspiration today. Each year, individuals and organizations receive Eisenberg Awards for exemplary work in patient safety and health care quality.
Mike Eisenberg has been traveling the country screening the film since it was released in early 2018. The film is now available through Amazon and other retailers. Eisenberg talked with the Betsy Lehman Center recently about his experience as a filmmaker and son.