Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, is the patient safety officer and medical director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission. In this role, Dr. Wyatt focuses on health care quality and patient safety at both the organizational and health-care system levels. He promotes quality improvement and patient safety to internal and external stakeholders, and expands The Joint Commission’s role as an influencer in public policy and legislation. Dr. Wyatt also directs data management and event analysis in the Office of Quality and Patient Safety, and he collaborates in the development of National Patient Safety Goals, Sentinel Event Alerts and Quick Safety publications. Dr. Wyatt leads The Joint Commission’s efforts to address health and health care disparity and equity. Additional areas of interest include professionalism and work-place safety in health care.
Previously, Dr. Wyatt was director of the Patient Safety Analysis Center at the Defense Health Agency (formerly the Department of Defense military health system). He also served on the Food and Drug Administration Drug Safety Oversight Board and as a mentor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Advisors program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Dr. Wyatt is a board-certified internist with over 20 years of experience and is licensed in the state of Alabama. He was a George W. Merck Fellow with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in 2009-2010.
Dr. Wyatt earned his medical degree and the Executive Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed the Harvard School of Public Health program in Clinical Effectiveness in 2009. Dr. Wyatt recently earned Green Belt Certification (lean, six-sigma and change management) at The Joint Commission.