About this event

  • Date and time Thu 21 Jan 2021 from 12:00pm to 12:45pm
  • Location Online

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Please note this webinar begins at 12:00pm, rather than our normal time of 12:30pm.

Joining us the day after the inauguration of America’s new President Joe Biden, we welcome Dr Don Berwick, President Emeritus at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama.

After a violent end to a turbulent presidency, Dr Berwick will reflect on the handling of the pandemic by the Trump administration, the current state of the nation, and how President Biden plans to get the virus under control.

Speaking with RSM President Professor Roger Kirby, Dr Berwick will also offer insight into the wider healthcare reforms we might expect from the Biden administration, and whether America’s 46th President can heal the inequalities further exposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Key speakers

Donald Berwick

Dr Don Berwick

President Emeritus, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Speaker's biography

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE, is one of the nation's leading authorities on health care quality and improvement. In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which he held until December 2011.


A paediatrician by background, Dr Berwick has served as Clinical Professor of Paediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of Boston's Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has also served as Vice-Chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


He is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society and of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). Dr Berwick served two terms on the IOM’s governing Council and was a member of the IOM’s Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 1999 Joint Commission’s Ernest Amory Codman Award, the 2002 American Hospital Association’s Award of Honour, the 2006 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations, the 2007 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, the 2007 Heinz Award for Public Policy from the Heinz Family Foundation, the 2012 Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the IOM, and the 2013 Nathan Davis Award from the American Medical Association.


In 2005, he was appointed 'Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire' by Queen Elizabeth II, the highest honour awarded by the UK to non-British subjects, in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr Berwick is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and six books. He also serves now as Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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