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Grace Bommarito
Administrative Manager
HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety & Quality
Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women's HospitalBrigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area within walking distance to the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and public transportation.

BWH is dedicated to serving the needs of our local and global community; providing the highest quality health care to patients and their families; expanding the boundaries of medicine through research; and educating the next generation of health care professionals.

A founding member of Partners HealthCare, BWH is a 793-bed hospital committed to excellence in patient care with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery. As New England’s largest birthing center, and a regional leader in high-risk obstetrics and newborn care, approximately 9,000 babies are born annually at BWH, and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit cares for more than 1,300 infants annually.

In addition to being the regional leader in preeminent women’s health services, BWH is also one of the nation’s leading transplant centers, performing heart, lung, kidney, and heart-lung transplant surgery, as well as bone marrow transplantation. BWH is a pioneer in face transplantation and performed the nation’s first full facial transplant in 2011.

A teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, BWH sponsors or co-sponsors 118 Graduate Medical Education programs with Massachusetts General Hospital and/or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

BWH is a top recipient of research grants from the National Institutes of Health with an annual research budget of more than $537 million. The hospital is internationally known for its clinical, translational, bench and population-based research studies, including the landmark Nurses Health Study, Physicians Health Study, and the Women’s Health Initiative.

A national leader in quality improvement and safety initiatives, BWH has earned prestigious local and national recognitions including:
  • Named a Top Hospital for quality and safety by the Leapfrog Group;
  • Ranked eighth on the 2011 U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals;
  • Named one of Thomson Reuters’ 100 Top Hospitals for 2011 and honored with the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award;
  • Named to Becker's Hospital Review list of 50 Best Hospitals in America for 2010.
Allen B. Kachalia, MD
Site Director:
Allen B. Kachalia, MD, JD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor, Dept of Health Policy & Management, HSPH
Chief Quality Officer and Vice President for Quality and Safety, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Tel (617) 732-8937
Fax (617) 738-6732

Allen Kachalia, MD, JD, is the Chief Quality Officer for Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In this role, he oversees the institution’s inpatient and ambulatory quality and safety initiatives. Dr. Kachalia is a general internist and practices as an academic hospitalist on the hospital wards with medical students and residents. Dr. Kachalia also teaches at the Harvard School of Public Health on legal issues in clinical medicine. His research focuses on how the law affects medical care, particularly how liability system reform and the disclosure of medical error relate to the quality and safety of health care.

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