Michael A.E. Ramsay, MD, FRCA

Chief Executive Officer, Patient Safety Movement Foundation

Chair Emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Baylor University Medical Center

Past-President, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute

Dr. Michael Ramsay is the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, having been previously appointed Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, taking Joe Kiani’s place in 2020. In addition, he sits on the PSMF’s Board of Directors and serves as the Chair of the “Failure to Rescue: Post-Operative Respiratory Depression” workgroup.

Dr. Ramsay also currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and serves as a member of the Baylor University Medical Center Board of Trustees. He is Past Director of Anesthesia for the liver transplant program at Baylor and has personally provided anesthesia for over 1,000 liver transplant recipients. Dr. Ramsay is also Past President of the International Liver Transplantation Society and previously was an at-large delegate to the United Network for Organ Sharing, Dr. Ramsay is a professor at Texas A & M Health Science Center and holds a clinical professorship in anesthesiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Ramsay developed the first Sedation Scale, a measurement designed to interpret the depth of sedation for patients in the critical care unit. This scale was adopted around the world. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and numerous chapters in textbooks. 

As President of Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI) from 2000 to 2020, Dr. Ramsay directed clinically relevant research efforts. While with the organization, he developed a successful infrastructure that increased the number of clinical trials from 250 to more than 2,000 active trials. He also executed a multimillion-dollar collaboration agreement with Roche pharma that supported very early research projects and accelerated their completion. This pilot project has since been replicated at many academic centers around the world.

Dr. Ramsay is currently a Study Monitor of several clinical trials to improve the outcomes of brain trauma victims.