Dr. Christine (Chris) Goeschel is a health care consultant, teacher, mentor, and implementation scientist who recently retired from her role as a system leader at MedStar Health and professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. During her tenure as Assistant Vice President in the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) and inaugural Director of the Center for Improving Healthcare Diagnosis, Chris focused her research on clinical and administrative leadership to improve the science of health care delivery and on improving diagnostic processes.
Her experience includes diverse health care roles: as a critical care nurse, a hospital executive, as founder and first executive for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality, and as an implementation scientist/quality and patient safety researcher. Dr. Goeschel was Michigan PI on groundbreaking research to reduce bloodstream infections in intensive care units from 2003-2005, ("Keystone ICU"). From 2006 until 2013 she was an assistant professor in the schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing at Johns Hopkins and an advisor to the World Health Organization Patient Safety Program, where she contributed to large scale improvement projects in Spain, England, and Peru and the Middle East. She was a member of the 2013-2015 "NAM" Committee that produced "Improving Health Care Diagnosis" as part of the IOM Crossing the Quality Chasm series.
Dr. Goeschel served on The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council for Quality and Safety Research (NAC), and for five years on the SIDM National Advisory Committee for the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis. Chris was PI on three unique multi-year awards focused on building diagnostic capacity and improving diagnostic processes to achieve diagnostic excellence. In addition to peer reviewed publications and 12+AHRQ issue briefs (developed by national leaders addressing diverse aspects of diagnostic safety), resources developed during the awards include publicly available tools focused on diagnostic calibration, measurement, patient and family engagement and teamwork.Dr Goeschel continues to teach a required healthcare leadership course at Johns Hopkins and serves on the Board of a multi-hospital system in Michigan.