We recognized when the Centre was established that a number of groups with expertise and interests related to patient safety already existed within the University of Toronto community. Unfortunately, these groups often work in isolation, and we have sought therefore to foster connections between these diverse groups in order to enhance collaboration around initiatives to study and address patient safety and quality problems through holding symposia and rounds.

• Our annual symposium has attracted each year approximately 200 researchers, educators, clinicians, patient safety officers, and hospital executives from the Greater Toronto Area and around the province. Speakers have included prominent international researchers including

Dr. Lucian Leape, widely regarded as one the 'fathers' of the patient safety field
Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of the SAPPHIRE group, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety
Dr. Chris Landrigan, Research and Fellowship Director, Inpatient Pediatrics Service, Boston Children’s Hospital Inpatient Program; Director, Sleep and Patient Safety Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Tejal Gandhi from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard University known for her research and leadership in a range of patient safety topics (ambulatory medication errors, diagnostic errors, clinical informatics applications)
Dr. Alan Forster, Director of The Ottawa Hospital centre for Patient Safety and developer of the Ottawa Hospital's Data Warehouse, which has supported numerous research studies and internal improvement efforts
Dr. Thomas H. Lee, a senior executive at Partners Health Care in Boston, Professor at Harvard University, and Associate Editor at the New England Journal of Medicine
Dr. Eric Thomas, Director of a highly productive research group and one of the lead investigators of the Utah-Colorado study (one of the two seminal studies highlighted in the US Institute of Medicine Report To Err is Human)
Dr. Charles Vincent, Director of the Imperial Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality (CPSSQ) and the Clinical Safety Research Unit, which is based in the Department of Surgery and Cancer, editor of Clinical Risk Management and author of Patient Safety (2nd edition 2010)
Drs. Uma Kotagal and Stephen Muething from Cincinnati Children's, an internationally renowned Paediatric Hospital in general, but also known for its leading work in patient safety and quality improvement (Dr. Atul Gawande highlighted the extraordinary quality improvement work there for cystic fibrosis care in one of his New Yorker articles)

rounds - Tania  IMGP1716We initiated city-wide QI and Patient Safety rounds, which have included a number of prominent visiting researchers, and Research in Progress Rounds, which give members of the Centre (especially junior faculty) the chance to present work at an early stage and receive feedback. 

If you would like present at a future Research and Progress Rounds, please contact Leahora Rotteau at or 416-480-6100 ext. 2790.