Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH
Dr. Landrigan is a Founder and Board Member of the I-PASS Institute, as well as Principal Investigator of the I-PASS Study Group. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Research Director of the Inpatient Pediatric Service and a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Director at the Sleep and Patient Safety Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Landrigan has led numerous studies documenting the frequency and nature of medical errors and injuries due to medical care, and the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce them. He began developing an interest in the role of miscommunications as a cause of medical errors in 2008, both from his own observations as a hospitalist, and from emerging national data indicating that miscommunications were the leading cause of the most serious errors in hospitals. He served as the Principal Investigator of the I-PASS pilot study, the multicenter I-PASS Study, the I-PASS Mentored Implementation Study, and the Patient and Family Centered I-PASS Study, collaborating with the other members of the I-PASS Executive Council as well as hospitalists, medical educators, and researchers from around the country to develop and evaluate innovations to improve communication and patient safety. I-PASS has been found to significantly improve handoffs, and to reduce injuries due to medical errors by 30%. The I-PASS Institute seeks to disseminate this work, helping hospitals to implement a proven handoff improvement program in an effective, efficient, and sustainable manner.