B.S. (1979) – Stanford University, California
M.D. (1983) – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maryland
M.Sc. (1990) – Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts (Health Policy & Management)
David Bates is an internationally renowned expert in using information technology to improve clinical decision-making, patient safety, quality-of-care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice.
effectiveness and medical practice; and outcome assessment. He has published on medication errors and injuries due to drugs, and the use of information systems to improve medication safety and the use of ancillary tests, as well as on predictors of bacteremia and evaluation of patients with suspected sepsis. He has over 600 peer-reviewed publications.
A practicing general internist, Dr. Bates is Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. He also serves as Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partners Healthcare Systems. He serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. He is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Patient Safety.
He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics, and was chairman of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association.