Dr/Professor Carol Peden has international expertise in patient safety, quality improvement and healthcare innovation and has held roles in quality and safety at national levels in the US and UK.
Dr. Peden is a Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology (Adjunct) at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California USA, Senior Associate Tutor at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Professor in Health System Innovation and Improvement at the University of Bath Business School, UK. Her academic research has focused on the use of implementation science to advance quality and patient safety, particularly in perioperative medicine. She was named Public Health Innovator of the year in 2016 by Harvard School of Public Health for her work to improve outcomes in high-risk surgical patients. Until recently Dr. Peden served as Executive Medical Director for Clinical Quality for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) covering care for 113M – 1 in 3 Americans, and in this role was an elected member of the Leadership Consortium of the National Quality Forum. Dr. Peden is the immediate past Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Perioperative Brain Heath initiative a nationwide public health campaign to improve brain health for older adults after surgery.
Dr. Peden is dually accredited in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine and has a medical degree and research doctorate in medicine from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She developed her quality improvement knowledge as an IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) Fellow and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.