Edward Kelley, MD, PhD

Coordinator and Head of Strategic Programmes, Patient Safety, World Health Organization

Dr. Edward Kelley currently serves as Director for the WHO Patient Safety Programme.  In this capacity, he coordinates both strategic management and external relations and business development for the world’s only global health care safety initiative, with responsibility for administration of the department and teams working in health care associated infection, technology, capacity building, reporting and learning and patient and community empowerment.  Prior to joining WHO, Dr. Kelley was Director of the first US National Healthcare Reports for the US Department of Health and Human Services in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)..  Dr. Kelley also directed the 28-country Health Care Quality Improvement (HCQI) Project of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. Formerly, Dr. Kelley served Scientist in the Operations Research Division for the USAID-sponsored Quality Assurance Project (QAP) and Partnerships for Health Reform Project Plus (PHRPlus).  In these capacities he worked for 10 years in West and North Africa and Latin America, directing research on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness in Niger.   Dr. Kelley’s other experience includes his role as manager for the Advisory Board Company, a large health care consulting firm based in Washington, DC.  Outside of the US, Dr. Kelley has worked throughout Europe (UK, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Italy in particular), Canada, North and West Africa and Latin America.  While at AHRQ, Dr. Kelley also served as an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he was involved in courses and research in health systems management and health systems statistics.  Dr. Kelley’s research and project work has produced numerous publications in the areas of health systems performance measurement and improvement, value for money in health care, cost and quality interactions and the clinical areas of pediatric infectious disease, respiratory illness, cardiac care and cancer survival.