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Professor Mary Dixon-Woods


A fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal College of Physicians, Mary Dixon-Woods is Director of THIS Institute and The Health Foundation Professor of Healthcare Improvement Studies in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge and Professorial Fellow at Homerton College. She is a Wellcome Trust Investigator and an NIHR Senior Investigator.

Mary leads a programme of research focused on healthcare improvement, healthcare ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. She holds honorary positions as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and as a visiting professor at the University of Leicester. 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.

Research Interests

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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