Dean's Seminar Series presents Mark Williams

The McCormick Dean’s Seminar Series welcomes Mark V. Williams, professor and chief of the division of hospital medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who will speak on Tuesday, May 3 at 4 p.m. in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center ITW classroom.

In its seminal report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, the Institute of Medicine characterized the current provision of healthcare as "more to know, more to do, more to manage, more to watch, and more people involved than ever before." With new healthcare reform legislation aiming to increasingly pay for quality of care instead of quantity, change will be required to alter the delivery of healthcare. Such monumental change will require engagement of physicians with hospitalists as potentially ideal leaders to re-engineer care delivery in hospitals.

Hospitalists represent the fastest growing specialty in the history of American medicine with  more than 32,000 practicing in the U.S. They also represent a unique population of clinical change agents needing a formalized infrastructure and support network to drive healthcare improvement. This presentation, titled "Hospitalists and Healthcare Engineering," will describe the role of hospitalists, document their growth, review how healthcare reform is raising their importance, and provide ideas for the future.

Mark V. Williams established the first hospitalist program at a public hospital in 1998 and leads one of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the United States. A past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, he actively promotes the role of hospitalists as leaders in delivery of healthcare to hospitalized patients. He also is editor for the 135-chapter reference Comprehensive Hospital Medicine.

Williams' teaching activities center on promoting the use of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in patient care and a systems approach to patient safety. He developed the initial curriculum used to teach EBM to internal medicine residents at Emory University. He has participated as a tutor in the McMaster "How to Teach EBM" course and served as a member of the EBM Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine. Additionally, he has directed multiple local, regional, and national Continuing Medical Education programs.

He graduated summa cum laude from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.