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Bennathan Patient Safety Lecture

Thank you for joining us at the Bennathan Patient Safety Lecture on May 20, 2019 at the Embassy of France in the U.S. in Washington, D.C. 

For questions, please email [email protected] or call 410-772-6700.


6-person panel podium Gregory Argyros and 4 others Podium 2 Lecture audience Dr. Argyros 2 Podium 3 Reception photo 3 men 5 ladies 4 ppl at reception

The Bennathan Lecture, the first of a reoccurring annual lecture within the Washington, D.C. area, offers an opportunity for MedStar Health leadership, caregivers, board and community members, and other key stakeholders, to learn about the latest developments in patient safety and the role that each of us has to play in reducing and communicating about adverse outcomes for patients and their families.

Named in honor of the late Professor Esra Bennathan, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy University of Bristol UK, the Bennathan Lecture will continue a tradition of learning, teaching, and sharing, all of which were woven into the fabric of his life. Deeply respected in his community as an economist, Esra was a mentor to many of his colleagues and to other young people starting their professional careers. He was wise and witty. He celebrated the accomplishments of others and was a loving and loyal patriarch to his family and a devoted friend.

Preventable harm in healthcare is the third leading cause of death in the United States. When patients are wrongfully hurt, medical liability does not often serve them well and fails to compensate those who suffer preventable harm. In addition, the medical community reports the current medical liability system does little to promote patient safety and reduce risk to future patients.

Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) is a process that promotes open and honest communication, apology, and timely resolution for both patients and caregivers when preventable harm occurs.

In 2009, President Obama directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish an initiative that would help validate CANDOR Programs. MedStar Health was selected by HHS to help lead the development of the CANDOR toolkit which was published in 2017.

The program at this event will highlight progress made in implementing the CANDOR model at hospitals across the country, as well as, progress on breaking down existing barriers that keep it from being a standard practice.

2019 Speakers and Panelists


David Mayer, MD
Executive Director, MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety

Judith Nowak, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences


Larry Smith
Vice President, Risk Management, MedStar Health


Tim McDonald, MD
President, Center for Open and Honest Communication, MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety

Jonathan Schochor
Senior Managing Partner, Schochor, Federico and Staton

Jack Gentry
Patient Safety Ambassador, MedStar Health

Gregory Argyros, MD, FCCP
President, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Joe Kiani
Founder and Chairman of the Board,
Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Chairman and CEO, Masimo Corporation

Rollin J. (Terry) Fairbanks, MD, FACEP, CPPS
Vice President, Quality and Safety, MedStar Health