Celebrating 10 Years of SIDM
A Series of Interviews

An Introduction by Paul L. Epner, MBA, MEd, SIDM Chief Executive Officer

Can it really be ten years since Mark Graber, Elizabeth Montgomery and I signed the papers that created SIDM? Together with Art Papier, David Newman-Toker and Ruth Ryan, the initial Board of Directors was created and the journey began. The past ten years has been exhilarating and impactful, and while there is much left to be done before eliminating harm from diagnostic error, SIDM can rightly claim credit for ensuring the issue is on the radar screen of health care needs. Catalyzing the National Academy of Medicine report, convening the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, establishing the DxQI quality improvement seed grant program, creating the Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence, using the annual conference to build community... the list goes on.

In this special issue of ImproveDx, we will visit with some of the pioneers and supporters who became key partners of SIDM and contributed to its growth and sustainability while also driving broader impact to the field of diagnostic quality and safety. As you read their perspectives, reflect on that period pre-2011 when SIDM didn’t exist, when “the delivery of healthcare had proceeded for decades with a blind spot: diagnostic errors” (NAM, 2015), and let us be thankful for their efforts and for SIDM.

Jeff Brady
Jeff Brady, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, AHRQ
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Karen Cosby, MD, FACEP, CPPS
Program Director, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Carmel Crock, MD, FACEM, OAM
Director, Emergency Department, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Mark Graber
Mark L. Graber, MD, FACP
SIDM Founder and President Emeritus
David E. Newman-Toker, MD, PhD
David E. Newman-Toker, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology, & Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Director; Director, Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence, Johns Hopkins Medicine
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Art Papier, MD
CEO & Founder, VisualDx; Associate Professor in Dermatology and Medical Informatics, University of Rochester
Ruth Ryan
Ruth Ryan, RN, BSN, MSW, CPHRM
Senior Risk Management Education Specialist (Retired), LAMMICO
Gordon Schiff
Gordon D. Schiff, MD
Quality and Safety Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care Practicing Internist and Associate Director, Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA, DHL
Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA
Director of Patient Engagement (Emeritus), SIDM; Founding Director, Patients for Patient Safety US
Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
Chief, Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Laura Zwaan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam