Rosemary Gibson

Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center

Rosemary Gibson

Rosemary Gibson is Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center; Founding Editor for “Less Is More” narratives in JAMA Internal Medicine; and Author of Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington Are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It (2013), The Battle over Health Care: What Obama’s Reform Means for America’s Future (2012), The Treatment Trap: How the Overuse of Medical Care Is Wrecking Your Health (2010), and Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of Medical Mistakes That Kill and Injure Millions of Americans (2003).

She is the 2014 recipient of the highest honor from the American Medical Writers Association for her contributions to the field of medical communication. Her writing gives voice to the public’s interest in critical health care issues of the day.

Ms. Gibson serves on the Clinical Learning Environment Review’s Evaluation Committee to advance safety in sponsoring institutions.

Ms. Gibson was Chief Architect of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s $200 million national strategy to establish inpatient palliative care programs, which now number 1,600—an increase from about 10 in the 1990s. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She worked with Bill Moyers on the PBS documentary miniseries “On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying.”

Ms. Gibson led national quality and safety initiatives in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Pursuing Perfection, Transforming Care at the Bedside, and Rapid Response Systems. She is a Public Member of the American Board of Medical Specialties Health and Public Policy Committee and the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project. She served on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Technical Expert Panel for Consumer Reporting of Adverse Events.

Ms. Gibson has given presentations and grand rounds on patient safety at hundreds of hospitals and keynoted meetings of the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the American Medical Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine among others. She has been faculty for the Dartmouth Summer Symposium on Quality Improvement and was its 2013 “Wizard.”

Ms. Gibson speaks to public audiences at the New York Public Library, the AARP National Convention, George Mason University, the National Council of State Legislators, the Women’s National Democratic Club, the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety, Maine Quality Counts, and Maine Area Agencies on Aging among others. Her books have been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, JAMA, and Health Affairs; referenced in proceedings of the U.S. Senate; mentioned in Congressional testimony; and noted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, O Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and U.S. News & World Report. Wall of Silence was translated into Japanese, and the Chinese translation of The Treatment Trap won the prestigious Open Book Award from The China Times. She has appeared on “Chicago Tonight,” WBGH’s “Greater Boston,” “Fox News,” “The Doctors,” and C-Span’s “Book TV.”

Ms. Gibson graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.