Advisory Board

Mark S. Smith, MDMark S. Smith, MD
Director, MedStar Institute for Innovation
Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine
Georgetown University

Neil J. Weissman, MDNeil J. Weissman, MD
President, MedStar Health Research Institute
Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University

David Mayer, MDDavid Mayer, MD
Vice President
Quality and Safety
MedStar Health

Ann M. Bisantz, PhDAnn M. Bisantz, PhD
Professor and Chair
Industrial and Systems Engineering
University at Buffalo

Deborah A. Boehm-Davis, PhDDeborah A. Boehm-Davis, PhD
Professor and Dean
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
George Mason University

Stan Caplan, MS, CHFPStan Caplan, MS, CHFP
President and Principal
Usability Associates, LLC
Rochester, NY

Brian M. Kleiner, PhDBrian M. Kleiner, PhD
Bogle Professor Fellow of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Director, Myers Lawson School of Construction
Virginia Tech

David Woods, PhDDavid Woods, PhD
Director, Center for Complexity in Natural, Social and Engineered Systems
Professor, Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
Ohio State University

John Wreathall, M.Sc.John Wreathall, M.Sc.
President and CEO, John Wreathall & Co., Inc.
Managing Partner, The WreathWood Group


In Memory and Appreciation of Founding Advisory Board Members Ben-Tzion Karsh and Robert Wears

Robert Wears, MD, MS, PhDRobert Wears, MD, MS, PhD
The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare lost a deeply embedded mentor and advisory board member Dr. Robert L. Wears who passed away on July 16 2017. Dr. Wears, an international thought leader in healthcare safety science, was Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and earned a PhD in Industrial Safety from the Crisis & Risk Research Centre at Mines Paris. He was a prolific writer of over 400 papers, books and book chapters and was one of the founding visionaries behind the new movement of Resilience Engineering. Dr. Wears practiced medicine for almost 40 years, mentored many student and resident physicians, and obtained millions of dollars in research funding while mentoring many young investigators, including Dr. Fairbanks, Dr. Hettinger, and many others here over the last decade. Bob took his role as a founding advisory board member seriously, was highly engaged from the start, and helped us quickly grow the organization to that of national and international impact and influence.

Ben-Tzion Karsh, PhDBen-Tzion Karsh, PhD
The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare lost an advocate and Advisory Board member when Ben-Tzion Karsh passed away on August 18, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Karsh, who was Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a member of our Advisory Board since the start, had an unprecedented influence on healthcare, and was a pioneer in healthcare human factors. Bentzi had a truly exceptional mind, but most of all he was a kind person and an exceptionally effective mentor. Dr. Karsh will be remembered as an influential Advisory Board member who helped shape this center from the beginning, and served as an important career mentor to key members of our group.