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, and oversees data management and analyses related to the Sentinel Event database.
Prior to coming to The Joint Commission, Dr. Wyatt served as the director of the Patient Safety Analysis Center at the Department of Defense (DoD) where he established and maintained the DoD Patient Safety Registries. These registries house de-identified clinical, root cause analyses, and failure mode and effects analyses data on the DoD’s adverse patient safety events.
Previously, Dr. Wyatt was the medical director at several health care organizations where his responsibilities included directing patient safety and quality improvement activities. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and was on active duty in the Internal Medicine Clinic at Reynolds Army Hospital in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He has received numerous awards, including a U.S. Army Commendation Medal for his service in Desert Storm.
Dr. Wyatt is an adjunct professor in the Department of Bio Informatics/Patient Safety and Quality Collaborative, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He currently serves on the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Safety Oversight Board, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Science of Public Reporting Special Emphasis Panel, and the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program to Eliminate Health Care-Associated Infections (CUSP) Technical Expert Panel. Dr. Wyatt is a mentor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMI) Advisors program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and was formerly a member of the American College of Physician Executives and the American College of Physicians. He co-authored the book “Taking Charge of Your Own Health.”
Dr. Wyatt is board certified in internal medicine and is currently licensed in the state of Alabama. He earned his medical degree and an Executive Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a George W. Merck Fellow with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dr. Wyatt was trained in performance improvement, measurement, epidemiological, and statistical principles. He also completed a Harvard School of Public Health program in Clinical Effectiveness – a joint program of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health.