Ron Wyatt, MD
Ronald Wyatt is vice president/patient safety officer with MCIC Vermont, a major medical malpractice company. He was born in Selma, Ala., and grew up in nearby Perry County (Heiberger). As a child, his family relied on public health clinics for preventive health services and when sick, they saw a general practitioner in Greensboro, Ala., whose office was segregated by race, and Black people were walk-in only. Prior to joining MCIC Vermont, Dr. Wyatt was chief quality/patient safety officer at Cook County Health in Chicago. He served as chief of patient safety/quality for the Hamad Medical Corporation, a 14-hospital system, in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Wyatt was the first patient safety officer at the Joint Commission. He is an internationally known patient safety and health equity subject matter expert. He co-chairs the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Equity Advisory Group and is faculty for the IHI Pursuing Equity Initiative. Dr. Wyatt is a member of the American College of Graduate Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment Review committee and serves as faculty for the ACGME Disparity Collaborative. He also serves on several boards, including the IHI Certified Professional in Patient Safety, the Society to Prevent Diagnostic Error and the Consumers Advocating for Patient Safety. Dr. Wyatt is a credentialed course instructor in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is co-course director of the Keystone Program at the Northwestern University School of Medicine master’s degree in patient safety program in Chicago. Dr. Wyatt holds an honorary Doctor of Medical Sciences degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine and is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He was chief resident in internal medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine, where he was the first Black American chief resident in the history of the Saint Louis University System. He is a board-certified internist and practiced medicine for more than 20 years in St. Louis and Huntsville, Ala. He earned a master’s degree (executive program) in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. He was a 2009 to 2010 Merck Fellow at IHI.