Education, especially that of the next generation of caregivers, is critical to any success we will have in moving to a true, long-standing culture of high quality, low risk healthcare. We will use this site to share stories on new thinking around educating caregivers, young and old, across the globe in the areas of patient safety, transparency, patient advocacy, and most importantly, open and honest communication between caregivers, patients and families.
David Mayer, MD, is Vice President of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health and is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure for clinical quality as well as for designing and directing systemwide patient safety and risk reduction programs for MedStar and each of its entities. Over the course of 10 years, at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago he held numerous roles including co-executive director of the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence, director of UIC Masters of Science Patient Safety Leadership Program, associate dean for Education, and associate chief medical officer for Quality and Safety Graduate Medical Education. He also served as vice chair for Quality and Safety for the Department of Anesthesiology, where he was an associate professor of Anesthesiology and director of Cardiac Anesthesiology. Dr. Mayer also founded, and has led the Annual Telluride International Patient Safety Roundtable and Patient Safety Student Summer Camp for the last eight years. In addition, he has significant experience in the private sector as director of Medical Affairs of the Hospital Products Division of Abbott Laboratories and was president and founder of Esurg Corporation.
Additionally, he co-produced the patient safety educational film series titled “The Faces of Medical Error…From Tears to Transparency,” which won numerous awards including the prestigious Aegis Film Society Top Short Documentary Award. Based on his commitment to teaching, service and patient advocacy, Dr. Mayer received the University of Illinois/American Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award. He also was recognized by the Institute of Medicine in Chicago in 2010 with the Sprague Patient Safety Award. He regularly presents and writes on topics related to quality and patient safety, and has received grant funding from the United States Department of Education, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.
Tracy Granzyk MS is Managing Editor for Educate the Young, and a freelance writer and social media consultant who specializes in healthcare, wellness and sport. She spent 15 years in sales, marketing and global strategy in the biotech industry, and joined Dr. Mayer in 2008 as a writer on the award-winning Transparent Health film series where a passion for patient safety took hold. With a graduate degree in sport psychology and an undergraduate degree in non-fiction writing, Tracy is well positioned to take complex science and healthcare information and share it in a narrative form that resonates with audiences coming from all sides of healthcare.
Tracy has written for print, web and film using her experience in the healthcare industry as the foundation for producing realistic content creatively. Her insatiable quest for acquiring and sharing knowledge in innovative ways via social and digital media has led to a greater understanding of where technology can take healthcare. As such, her research has most recently been focused in education technology, serious games/simulation, and storytelling.