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Contact Information:
Melissa Manolis
- Administrative Manager
HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety & Quality
Harvard Medical School
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area within walking distance to Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and public transportation. The Harvard Quality and Safety Fellowship Dana-Farber site is located within DFCI’s Center for Patient Safety, a research and development division of the hospital’s Department of Quality Improvement and Risk Management.

DFCI is dedicated to safe, effective, compassionate, and patient-centered care. Patient safety is at the core of the Institute’s mission and vision, and DFCI has been a leader in advancing safe practices and reducing the risk of medical error. The Center for Patient Safety, created in 2003, brings together clinicians, administrative staff, researchers, patients, and families to promote research, clinical improvement, and education at the Institute and beyond. Staff and members of the Center provide consultation, mentorship, and facilitation of patient safety projects, working closely with colleagues throughout Dana-Farber including Nursing and Patient Care Services, Clinical Oncology, and others.

Please visit our Quality and Patient Safety website at: http://www.dana-farber.org/Adult-Care/Treatment-and-Support/Care-Quality-and-Patient-Safety.aspx

Joseph O. Jacobson, MD
Site Director:
Joseph O. Jacobson, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief Quality Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Tel (617) 632-3450
Fax (617) 632-5786

Joseph Jacobson MD serves as Chief Quality Officer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where he is responsible for patient safety and quality of care in the principal disciplines of oncology at the main institution and its network programs. He is trained in Medical Oncology and Hematology, holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology, and completed advanced training at the Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research. He has practiced extensively in both academic and community settings. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Joe is committed to teaching and applying the science of quality improvement in healthcare settings with the goal of measuring and improving care, enhancing patient safety and maximizing value. As Chief Quality Officer at the DFCI, he is engaged in multiple projects locally, regionally and nationally to define and improve care delivery by applying the tools of quality improvement. For over eight years, he co-led a five month project-based training program at Partners Healthcare that trained hundreds of clinicians in how to undertake quality improvement and patient safety projects. He currently mentors physicians and other clinicians in quality improvement and patient safety, develops systems to measure, standardize and improve care, and continues to create the needed capacity for broad training in quality improvement leadership locally and nationally.

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