J. Michael Henderson, MD

Chief Quality Officer Cleveland Clinic Health System

Dr. Henderson is Chief Quality Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System.  He started the Quality and Patient Safety Institute in 2005, which coordinates the content experts in Accreditation, Quality Public Reporting, Clinical Risk Management, Patient Safety, Infection Prevention, Environmental Health and Safety, and Quality Performance Improvement to support these areas in Cleveland Clinic Hospitals and Institutes.

Dr. Henderson is a surgeon:  he graduated from the University of St. Andrews and trained in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He came to Emory University in Atlanta in 1978 and moved to Cleveland Clinic in 1992 as Chair of General Surgery and Director of The Transplant Center.  His clinical interests are in liver, pancreas and transplant surgery, areas in which he developed an international reputation and had NIH funding.

Dr. Henderson uses a goal-oriented approach to drive Quality.  He builds teams that include all caregivers from the clinical frontline, content experts, and performance improvement to reduce variability.  The goal he sets for these teams is to keep to the basics, always seek to eliminate harm and improve patient outcomes in context of a good patient experience.