SIDM Appoints Doug Salvador, MD, MPH as New Board President

Alpharetta, Ga, November 14, 2022–The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) announced that Doug Salvador, MD, MPH, has been appointed as its new president of the Board of Directors. Dr. Salvador has been a SIDM board member since 2020. He is also the senior vice president and chief quality officer of Baystate Health; and associate professor of medicine for the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School-Baystate.

Each year, diagnostic errors affect 12 million adults in outpatient settings, and they are the most common cause of medical errors reported by patients. SIDM is the only organization focused solely on the problem of diagnostic error and improving the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis.

“As SIDM continues to advance the agenda to attain excellence in diagnosis, we are excited to receive new leadership to our board of directors and as an essential thought partner to the organization,” said Jennie-Ward Robinson, PhD, CEO of SIDM. “Doug’s experience and commitment to the field will enable SIDM to further grow through its next phase and continue its singular strategic focus.”

As a leader at Baystate Health, Dr. Salvador collaborates with colleagues throughout the healthcare system to promote a learning health system, develop quality and patient safety strategies, and coordinate healthcare for the community. Trained as an infectious disease physician, he brings his experience in medicine, engineering, and epidemiology to build a high-reliability health system focused on delivering the best and most equitable care including diagnostic excellence. Taken together, he is well-recognized for this integrative systemic approach that underscores his commitment to quality improvement, while fostering a culture of patient safety.

“SIDM has been the inspiration, support, and intellectual home for my work to promote diagnostic excellence. I am honored and excited to work with the entire SIDM community at a time of unprecedented attention, promise, and opportunity in the field,” said Dr. Salvador about his new role as Board President. “We hope to grow the community, advocate for change, and engage patients to ensure everyone benefits from timely and accurate diagnosis.”

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University (biomedical engineering) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Salvador trained in infectious diseases at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. After receiving a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, he practiced as a hospital epidemiologist. His post-graduate training includes Patient Safety Officer Training from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and service on the board of examiners for the Baldrige National Quality Program.

About SIDM
The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm from diagnostic error. We work in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community, and every interested stakeholder. SIDM is the only organization focused solely on the problem of diagnostic error and improving the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis. In 2015, SIDM established the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis to increase awareness and actions that improve diagnosis. Members of the Coalition represent hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and patients, and the leading health organizations and government agencies involved in patient care. Together, we work to find solutions that enhance diagnostic safety and quality, reduce harm, and ultimately, ensure better health outcomes for patients.

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