Timothy McDonald, MD JD, is the Chief Patient Safety & Risk Officer at RLDatix, the leading global provider of intelligent patient safety solutions. He is also a Professor of Law at Loyola University – Chicago. Additionally, Tim is a physician-attorney whose research has focused on the principled approach to patient harm and the "normalization of compassionate honesty" with an emphasis on the robust reporting of patient safety events, the use of human factors-based event analysis and providing open and honest communication following harm events. His federally funded research has focused on these domains and their impact on improving the quality of care while mitigating medical liability and other legal-related issues. He is the author of dozens of articles on patient safety and medical liability and recipient of several national and international patient safety awards.