Helen Haskell, BA, MA


Mothers Against Medical Error

Helen Haskell is president of the nonprofit patient organizations Mothers Against Medical Error and Consumers Advancing Patient Safety. She is an Institute for Healthcare Improvement senior fellow, a board member of the Patient Safety Action Network and the International Society for Rapid Response, and previous co-chair of the WHO Patients for Patient Safety Advisory Group. Helen’s goal since the medical error death of her young son Lewis has been to enhance the patient contribution to safety and quality in healthcare. She has written and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and educational materials on patient engagement in safety and quality, including a co-edited textbook of case studies from the patient perspective. Her son Lewis’s story has been featured in educational programs and videos including Transparent Health’s full-length Lewis Blackman Story. Helen holds a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from Duke University and a master’s degree in Anthropology from Rice University in the United States.

  1. Haskell H. Unleash the power of patients to make care safer around the world. BMJ 2019;366:l5565.