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Paul Barach, MD, MPH

Paul Barach, MD, MPH, is a double-boarded anesthesiologist and critical care physician-scientist, public health researcher and educator. Dr. Barach is deeply committed to translating research into strategies for systems strengthening, patient safety, health protection and disease prevention. He has more than 25 years of experience as a practicing physician and physician executive in the military and in academic medical centers and integrated delivery systems.

Dr. Barach is also a Clinical Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Senior Advisor to CMO, Stavanger University Hospital in Norway, and Visiting Professor at the National Cancer Center in Seoul Korea.

Jonathan Gleason, MD

Dr. Jonathan L. Gleason serves as Executive Vice President and James D. and Mary Jo Danella Chief Quality Officer for Jefferson Health. Dr. Gleason is the inaugural chief quality executive of the 14-hospital system, with responsibilities for quality, patient safety, clinical risk management, patient experience, value-based care, and population health management. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Gleason served as the clinical lead of the Jefferson Health incident command system.

Dr. Gleason previously served as Chief Quality Officer at Carilion Clinic, where he founded and led the Department of Clinical Advancement and Patient Safety. Under his leadership, Carilion Clinic achieved sustained reductions in serious safety events, patient harm, and achieved overall improved clinical performance.


COVID-19 clearly demonstrated that rapid advances in high reliability organizing can be achieved if leaders are sensitive to operations and are appropriately opportunistic. Join us for a session that will explore transformational improvements at Jefferson Health.