Professor Mary Dixon-Woods


Photograph of Professor Mary Dixon-Woods
Photograph of Professor Mary Dixon-Woods

Mary Dixon-Woods leads a programme of research focused on healthcare improvement, healthcare ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare. A fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal College of Physicians, Mary is Director of THIS Institute and is The Health Foundation Professor of Healthcare Improvement Studies in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. She is a Professorial Fellow at Homerton College, Cambridge and an NIHR Senior Investigator. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. She served on the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England, which produced the Berwick report in 2013. She also served on the review of information technology in the NHS led by Professor Bob Wachter, which reported in 2016. Mary was the Harveian Orator for the Royal College of Physicians in 2018, the 500th anniversary of the College’s founding.

Mary Dixon-Woods’ programme of research is concerned with generating a high quality evidence-base to support the organisation, quality and safety of care delivered to patients. Characteristically using mixed-methods approaches, her work focuses on evaluation of quality and safety improvement interventions and programmes, culture and behaviour in health systems, and regulation and governance of health research and care. She has special interests in the ethics of quality and safety and in the development of novel methods for conducting health services research.

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Public Health

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