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  • I mainly see speed as a positive, not a negative, even if you have to remain careful to guard against premature closure and other premature actions. Having faster turnaround time on diagnostic tests for example allows for faster iterations in the overall ...

  • Good point, Tom. Time/waiting is arguably among the most powerful of the diagnostic tools we have. Mike Michael A. Bruno, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.R. Professor of Radiology & Medicine Vice Chair ...

  • Start with necessity. Does every complaint need a diagnosis? Pressure to make a diagnosis too early leads to errors. This is how error cascades start. Waiting can be good. Tom Benzoni

  • Accuracy alone is not sufficient. We must also include timeliness , as a delayed diagnosis is one form of Dx error. I would also suggest that completeness be considered, in that a partial Dx implies that some of what is going on may have been missed. ...

  • As the goal in diagnosis is to accurately infer the disease causing iilness from data in a patient with symptoms, I propose the following equation for diagnostic excellence: Diagnostic excellence = Diagnostic ...


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  • Jennie Ward-Robinson, PhD New Chief Executive Officer

    The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine Announces Jennie Ward-Robinson, PhD as New Chief Executive Officer

    Evanston, IL — (October 12, 2021) The Board of Directors of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) announced today that after an extensive national search, Jennie Ward-Robinson, PhD, has been appointed as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ward-Robinson will succeed current Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of SIDM, Paul L. Epner, MBA, MEd, who’s held his role since the organization was founded in 2011. Dr. Ward-Robinson’s employment with SIDM will commence immediately.


    Dr. Ward-Robinson is an internationally recognized global health leader with over 20 years of executive leadership experience within academic, multilateral, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations. She has successfully lead initiatives in the United States, the Caribbean, Asia, Latin America, and Africa throughout her career, from which peer-reviewed publications and related policy products have resulted.


    “We are thrilled that Dr. Ward-Robinson will be joining us as the new CEO of SIDM,” said Robert Trowbridge, MD, President of the SIDM Board of Directors. “The Board selected Dr. Ward-Robinson from a slate of extraordinary candidates and strongly believes she is the right person to lead SIDM in pursuit of achieving its mission.  Her experience, leadership abilities, and perspective make us very confident she will have a great and positive impact on the organization and the field as a whole.”


    Prior to joining SIDM, Dr. Ward-Robinson served as Senior Advisor to the Dean of College and Arts and Science at Georgia State University, and as Co-Director of the Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora. She also served as the President and CEO for Uniting for Health Innovation (formerly PAHO Foundation), founded the Institute for Public Health and Water Research, and served as the Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at the Alzheimer’s Association.


    “I am humbled and proud to join SIDM at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified attention to the ecosystem of patient care,” said Dr. Ward-Robinson. “Globally, providers are being challenged to deliver safe care and reduce patient harm. I join SIDM among the voices of citizens in a call to action – to better understand the patients’ determinants of health and health risk, practices, and the systems of related work, to foster the reduction of harm and promote safe practices. As a global health professional, safe care is an integral component to strengthening our health care systems and foster universal access. SIDM is well aligned as a trusted partner in the ecosystem of care to collaborate, convene, and foster education and research to advance evidence-based solutions towards promoting safe care and reducing patient harm.”

    Dr. Ward-Robinson lends her strategic leadership as an appointed Board member to various organizations, including the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance, Smithsonian Science Education Center, United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Council, Institute of Medicine Roundtable, Alliance for Water Efficiency, and many more. Dr. Ward-Robinson holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.


    The Board would like to recognize Paul Epner’s tenure as SIDM’s inaugural CEO and is grateful for all he has done for the organization, its members, and especially patients. The Board looks forward to celebrating his many contributions at the upcoming Diagnostic Error in Conference later this month.

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