Susan P. McGrath, PhD, is a biomedical engineer and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with over 30 years of experience leading research and systems implementation programs in industry, academia, government, and non-profit organizations. She is currently Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Surveillance Analytics Core at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. McGrath’s leadership of the Surveillance Analytics Core builds on two decades of multidisciplinary research and development at Dartmouth Hitchcock and Dartmouth College to create and improve patient safety systems that allow for serious but treatable event recovery and rescue.
Dr. McGrath received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University. She worked for the Naval Air Warfare Center from 1984-1997 and Lockheed Martin from 1998-2000, where her research focused primarily on intelligent software development for military applications. Dr. McGrath was at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College from 2000-2011 where she developed and taught courses in electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering. Her research focused on development of mobile computing and remote physiologic monitoring systems for biomedical, emergency management, and command and control applications.
McGrath joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Medical Center in 2011. In her role as Director of Performance Improvement she led the development and operation of the Value Institute until 2014. Prior to the formation of the Surveillance Analytics Core at D-H in 2020, McGrath led design and development of patient safety systems as co-Investigator and Director of Research for the AHRQ-supported Patient Safety Learning Laboratory. She served as chair of the Chair of the D-H Clinical Monitoring Committee, was a member of D-H the Department of Anesthesiology Research Committee, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Research at Dartmouth College.