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Rosemary Gibson, MSc

Rosemary Gibson is a Senior Advisor to The Hastings Center and an editor for JAMA Internal Medicine.

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., she led national health care quality and safety initiatives for 16 years. She was chief architect of the foundation’s decade-long strategy that successfully established palliative care in more than 1,600 hospitals in the U.S. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Gibson worked with Bill Moyers and Public Affairs Television on the PBS documentary, "On Our Own Terms," viewed by more than 20 million people, which showed how the U.S. health care system can better care for seriously ill patients and their families. She initiated a series in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life."

She is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties Public Policy Committee and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education CLER Evaluation Committee that is assessing quality and patient safety in sponsoring institutions for residency training. She is a member of Consumers Union Safe Patient Project.

Gibson is principal author of the critically acclaimed book, Wall of Silence, which tells the human story behind the Institute of Medicine report, To Err is Human. She wrote The Treatment Trap which puts a human face on overtreatment. The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama’s Health Care Reform Means for America’s Future is a nonpartisan analysis of the future state of health care and its impact on the economy. Medicare Meltdown examines the business of Medicare and its impact on the fiscal challenges facing the federal program for older Americans.

Gibson has given more than 100 keynote speeches at hospitals and health care systems around the country, including the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente. She has keynoted meetings of the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, American Academy of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, Council of State Governments, Consumers Union, National Patient Safety Foundation, Institute for Health Care Improvement, AARP, and the British Medical Journal-IHI International Forum on Quality and Safety, among others. She speaks to public audiences in venues such as the New York Public Library. She serves as faculty for the annual Dartmouth Summer Symposium on Quality Improvement.

Earlier in her career, Gibson was a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute, Vice President of the Economic and Social Research Institute, a policy think tank, and consultant to the Medical College of Virginia and the Virginia state legislature's Commission on Health Care. She worked as a volunteer and Board member at a free medical clinic in Washington, D.C.

Gibson is a graduate of Georgetown University and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

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