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Dr. Ken Catchpole

Endowed Chair in Clinical Practice and Human Factors

Health Facilities Design and Testing

Dr. Ken Catchpole is a cognitive scientist and human factors practitioner who has spent over a decade studying the influence of task, team, technology and environment on safety and performance in acute care.

He began his work at the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London, working with congenital heart surgery teams, followed by six years as a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford extending this research and quality improvement to vascular, general, and orthopedic surgery, utilizing techniques from other industries such as aviation, production, and formula one motor racing. This was followed by a four year position as Director of Human Factors research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, working on trauma care, robotic surgery and the Operating Room of the Future.

He recently moved to a new position as SmartState Endowed Chair in Clinical Practice and Human Factors at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has also contributed to healthcare research and improvement at hospitals in the Netherlands, Norway, Australia and New Zealand, and his work has been adopted internationally by hospitals as far away as Dubai and Sao Paulo.

Through over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, speeches to more than 15,000 people, and media coverage that has reached at least 30 million worldwide, he has sought to engage clinicians, scientists and the public in the improvement of safety and quality in healthcare from a human-centred perspective.

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