Rosemary Gibson is an author, speaker, and national leader in U.S. health care. She is principal author with Janardan Prasad Singh of the critically acclaimed book, Wall of Silence, which tells the untold human story behind medical errors, and also The Treatment Trap, which tells about the extensive overuse of unnecessary surgeries, CT scans, and other procedures and tests. At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., for 16 years, Ms. Gibson led national initiatives to improve the quality of America’s health care and reduce the harm from medical errors and hospital-acquired infections. She designed a $200 million national strategy using philanthropic funds to establish palliative care in hundreds of hospitals around the country.
Ms. Gibson worked with Bill Moyers and Public Affairs Television on the PBS documentary, “On Our Own Terms,” which showed to more than 20 million viewers how the U.S. healthcare system can better care for seriously ill patients and their families. She has been a guest blogger for Consumers Union, KevinMD, and the policy journal, Health Affairs.
After graduating from Georgetown University and the London School of Economics, she joined the American Enterprise Institute as a senior associate in health policy. She became vice president of the Economic and Social Research Institute, a policy think tank, and then a consultant to the Medical College of Virginia and the Virginia state legislature’s Commission on Health Care. She has been a volunteer and board member for a free medical clinic in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.