Posted on March 06, 2018

Four renowned international speakers have been confirmed as plenary lecturers for this year’s sixth Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, which will take place from 23 to 25 March in Doha, Qatar. The theme for this year’s conference, which will feature the largest program in the annual event’s six-year history, is ‘Building a Culture of Safety.’

Among numerous international and local speakers, the Forum will feature four internationally renowned plenary speakers:

  • Dr. Don Berwick is a pediatrician, President Emeritus, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health and on the staff of many well-known US hospitals.
  • Ms. Maureen Bisognano has been a popular speaker at this conference in previous years and is President Emerita and Senior Fellow at IHI. She is a prominent authority on improving healthcare systems and regularly advises healthcare leaders around the world on practical ways of introducing real, effective, and sustainable systems change.
  • Dr. Tejal Gandhi was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) from 2013 until 2017 when the Foundation merged with IHI. She is now IHI’s Chief Clinical and Safety Officer. She is also President of the Lucian Leape Institute, a think tank founded by NPSF that now operates under the IHI patient safety focus area.
  • Ms. Patty Skolnik is the Founder and President/CEO of ‘Citizens for Patient Safety’, which is an organization she established after a harrowing real-life experience with medical errors. She is a patient safety expert and an advocate for shared decision-making, informed consent, and improving patient/provider relationships in healthcare.

The Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is designed to be educational and stimulating and will offer sessions for all healthcare professionals on the latest improvement science methodologies, techniques, and programs. The Forum is an Accredited Group Learning activity (Category 1) as defined by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QHCP) - Accreditation Department and offers up to 21 CPD hours; online registration is available at:

The Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is the result of the continued collaboration between Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the principal public healthcare provider for the State of Qatar, and IHI, a leading innovator in health and healthcare improvement worldwide.