World-renowned physician and patient safety advocate to speak at VCU School of Medicine commencement

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., an international leader in health policy named one the most influential people in the world by Time magazine for his work in patient safety, will be speaking at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine commencement on May 10. 

Pronovost’s scientific work leveraging checklists to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections has saved thousands of lives. The intervention has been implemented across the United States. These catheter infections formerly killed as many people as breast or prostate cancer.

Pronovost currently serves as chief clinical transformation officer at University Hospitals health system in Northeast Ohio and is a clinical professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

Media are invited to attend Pronovost’s speech during the commencement at 3 p.m. in the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St. He is also available for interviews from 9 a.m. to noon.

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