David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc.

Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Medical Director
Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partners Healthcare
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Harvard School of Public Health

B.S. (1979) – Stanford University, California
M.D. (1983) – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maryland
M.Sc. (1990) – Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts (Health Policy & Management)


Dr. Bates is an internationally renowned expert in using information technology to improve clinical decision making, patient safety, quality-of-care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice. A practicing general internist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Bates is Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. He also serves as Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partners HealthCare.

Dr. Bates is a graduate of Stanford University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He began his fellowship in general internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1988, and received his M.Sc. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1990. Dr. Bates has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics, and is past chairman of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Dr. Bates served as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization's Global Alliance for Patient Safety. He is the past president of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). He is the editor of the Journal of Patient Safety. He served as a member of the U.S.'s HIT Policy Committee from 2009 - 2015, and was a member of the meaningful use subgroup, which helped define meaningful use. Dr. Bates served as the chair of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup which advised the FCC, FDA, and Office of the National Coordinator about issues around regulation of health information technology. He also chaired a number of other workgroups for ONC.

Dr. Bates' special research interests include clinical decision-making and affecting physician-decision making, particularly using computerized interventions; quality of care and cost-effectiveness and medical practice; and outcome assessment. He has published over 1,000 peer-reviewed papers which have been cited over 100,000 times; he has an H-index of 147, which ranks him among the 400 most cited biomedical researchers of any type.