Rear Admiral Jeffrey Brady, M.D., M.P.H., is a member of the senior leadership team at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), where he has worked since 2006. Prior to becoming Director of AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in 2014, he led the agency’s Patient Safety Research Program and, earlier, the team that reports annually to Congress on the status of health care quality in the United States. Dr. Brady has also served as a medical officer and clinical reviewer for the Food and Drug Administration, medical epidemiologist for the Department of Defense, and primary care physician in the U.S. Navy.
The Betsy Lehman Center: You serve with Dr. Tejal Gandhi as co-chair of the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety. Please update us about the early stages of the Committee’s work.
Dr. Brady: The National Steering Committee for Patient Safety was formed last year to bring greater collaboration and coordination to patient safety work across the United States. This is something that was called for in the landmark report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, released by the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) nearly 20 years ago. AHRQ and many others have made progress on making health care safer as a result of several collaborative efforts since then, but there is still a long way to go.