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

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

Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Co-Director, Program in Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard School of Public Health

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 patient safety, using information technology to improve care, quality-of-care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice. As a practicing general internist, he is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. He directs the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. Dr. Bates is the immediate past president of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and the editor of the Journal of Patient Safety. He serves as the principle investigator of the Health Information Technology CERT.
He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American College of Medical Informatics, and was chairman of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association.  

Dr. Bates has published over 700 peer-reviewed papers and has an h-index of 115, which ranks him among the 400 most cited biomedical researchers of any type.