Paul Barach

IADH Board Member (USA)


Dr Paul Barach is driven by a personal and professional mission is to transform healthcare and healthcare design while optimizing the value of health care for patients and society. Dr Barach is a Clinical Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and is a practicing double board-certified physician-scientist in Anesthesiology and Critical care, from the Massachusetts General Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is a formally trained health services researcher, with advanced post graduate training in quality improvement and lean techniques at Intermountain Healthcare, and in advanced medical education and assessment methods from the Harvard Medical School Josiah Macy Program. He has had additional training in human factors and design, epidemiology and statistics including both methodological as well as applied HTA research. He is interested in the organization and delivery of healthcare services and in the development and application of strategies for improving healthcare quality and outcomes, guided by theories and insights from the fields of implementation science and healthcare quality improvement research. He has lead efforts to merge health and architecture expertise through innovative cross-disciplinary research collaboratives and designs focused on building safer hospitals and designing better healthcare delivery systems. He is involved in a variety of efforts to further develop and strengthen the field of implementation science and to facilitate more effective collaborations between researchers and policy and practice leaders interested in improving healthcare delivery.

Dr Barach has advised the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank and has served as a consultant on health care reform to governments in a number of countries focused on reducing burden of NCD's working in Asia and Africa. Paul co-led the Harvard Quality Colloquium Patient Safety Certificate Program and continues to lead the Hospital Management Asia Patient Safety Officer training program.

Dr Barach is member of the US FGI that creates standards for healthcare hospital design, was head of research committee for the Center for Health Design, the editor of the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, was a member of the National Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Judge for the National Quality Forum Quality Award, and was inducted in 2005 into the honorary society for Anesthesia leaders (AUA). He was on faculty at the University of Cork, Ireland, University of Chicago, University of Miami, Utrecht Medical Center, University of New South Wales,  and the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Dr Barach has sat on several boards and is excited to join the board of the International Academy of Design and help lead its efforts to promote robust research on the impact of the built and organizational environment. He and has authored/co-authored over 400 scientific communications and 5 books. His work has attracted federal funding of more than $14 Million and he has mentored 35 students. His research appears in journals such as British Medical Journal, Analgesia and Anesthesia, Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Medical Care, Academic Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and BMJ Quality and Safety.

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