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David M. Gaba

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David M. Gaba

Director, Patient Safety Center of Inquiry
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
patient safety and medical errors
safety culture in hospitals
effects of fatigue on clinicians' performance
high-fidelity patient simulation
reporting of medical errors and \"near-misses\"


Dr. David M. Gaba is director of the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is also a professor of anesthesiology at the Stanford School of Medicine and a fellow with the university's Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR). He is interested in a wide variety of topics related to patient safety, including high-fidelity patient simulation, the effects of fatigue on clinicians' performance, and organizational learning through the reporting and analysis of medical errors or "near-misses." As director of the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, he works on teamwork and simulation training of health care personnel, the effects of fatigue on health care personnel, evaluating the "culture of safety" in healthcare institutions and seeking to improve the safety culture through specific interventions and the human factors involved in the use of medical equipment. Gaba is also secretary of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. He received a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, earned an M.D. from Yale University, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Stanford.

Anesthesia Service, 112-A
3801 Miranda Ave.
Palo Alto  California  94304
United States
Office Phone: 
(650) 858-3938
Office Fax: 
(650) 852-3423


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