(Aaron) Zachary Hettinger, MD
Medical Director and Director of Cognitive Informatics
Dr. Hettinger is the medical director and director of cognitive informatics for the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Georgetown University of School of Medicine. He is dual board certified in emergency medicine and clinical informatics. In these roles, Dr. Hettinger has the opportunity to translate between the languages of medicine, informatics, and human factors with the goal of improving patient safety and healthcare processes. His primary interests include health information technology, adverse event analysis, and data visualization as they pertain to reducing hazards in the healthcare environment. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and several foundations to pursue these avenues of applied research while practicing clinically in Baltimore at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.