Ronald M. Wyatt, M.D., is the medical director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission. In this role, Dr. Wyatt promotes quality improvement and patient safety to internal and external audiences, works to influence public policy and legislation for patient safety improvements, and serves as the lead patient safety information and education resource within The Joint Commission. Dr. Wyatt collaborates in the development of National Patient Safety Goals, Sentinel Event Alerts, and Quick Safety publication, and oversees data management and analyses in the Office of Quality and Patient Safety. He is very interested in disparity, equity and professionalism in health care.
Previously, Dr. Wyatt served on the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Safety Oversight Board, and as a mentor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMI) Advisors program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Dr. Wyatt served as Director of the Patient Safety Analysis Center for the Department of Defense Military Health System. He also serves as The Joint Commission representative on The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention. He was named one of the 2013 and 2014 “Top 50 Patient Safety Experts” in the USA by Becker’s Magazine.
Dr. Wyatt is a Board-Certified Internist with over 20 years practice experience and is currently licensed in the state of Alabama. He earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama Birmingham and completed residency at the St. Louis University hospital, where he served as Chief Resident in the department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Wyatt earned the Executive Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2000, the Morehouse School of Medicine conferred Dr. Wyatt with an honorary Doctor of Medical Sciences degree. He was a George W. Merck Fellow with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement 2009-2010. He also completed a Harvard School of Public Health program in Clinical Effectiveness.