Dr. Wachter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is author of 250 articles and 6 books. He coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is often considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the U.S. government’s leading website on patient safety and has written two books on the subject, including Internal Bleeding and Understanding Patient Safety, the world’s best selling safety primer. His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller.


Recent Posts by Robert Wachter

Hospitals, Hospital Medicine, And Health For All

The field of hospital medicine---which combines knowledge in acute care and inpatient medicine with expertise in hospital care delivery---can steward the valuable resource of hospital care toward high performance. The global community should manage and cultivate it across health care contexts.

The ‘Must Do’ List: Certain Patient Safety Rules Should Not Be Elective

The time has come to articulate criteria for “must do” safety practices: practices that have sufficiently compelling supportive evidence that clinicians should not have the right of individual veto.

You Can’t Understand Something You Hide: Transparency As A Path To Improve Patient Safety

Among those of us in the patient safety field, the story of Mary McClinton is achingly familiar. Unfortunately, the transparency demonstrated in this case is an exception. As members of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute, we hope to promote the national discussion...