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Dr. Ross Baker, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Baker is a Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Together with Dr. Peter Norton, at the University of Calgary, he led the landmark Canadian Adverse Events study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2004.

Dr. Baker was a member of the National Patient Safety Steering Committee that recommended the creation of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and he has helped lead the Safer Healthcare Now! Campaign, the Canadian adaptation of the well known 100,000 lives campaign in the United States (and the subsequent five million lives initiative) focused on implementing widespread implementation of concrete improvements in patient safety. Further reflecting his national and international recognition as a patient safety researcher, Dr. Baker co-chairs key committees for the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Alliance.

Dr. Baker’s educational and research activities focus on the epidemiology of patient safety problems and organizational innovations that enhance healthcare quality and safety. His book, “High Performing Healthcare Systems: Delivering Quality by Design” (2008), analyzed seven health care systems that have successfully used quality improvement tools and knowledge management strategies to transform their health delivery. In 2007, he received the Filerman Prize for Innovation in Health Management Education by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
Dr. Baker leads the Masters concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety run in collaborations with IHPME.